Get involved

Volunteering, participating in campus and community events, changing how you get to and around campus ... there are plenty of ways you can get involved with the University's sustainability efforts. Why not make a dent in your ecological footprint? Sustainability can be a way of life for faculty, staff, students and members of the community!

Join a student organization

  • The Binghamton Food Co-op is a student-run organization that aims to make alternative food choices available for students and the general public by providing a number of different organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and local food products. They also serve lunch weekdays during the academic year.
  • The Campus Climate Challenge at Binghamton University is part of a project set up by more than 30 leading youth organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Challenge is growing a generation-wide movement to stop global warming by reducing the pollution from colleges down to zero, and leading our society to a clean-energy future. At Binghamton we are focusing on helping the campus respond to the President’s Climate Commitment, reducing the University’s carbon footprint.
  • The Fair Trade Club is committed to raising awareness of contemporary unjust trading conditions around the world and encouraging the use of Fair Trade products at Binghamton University.
  • IDEAS for Binghamton is part of the national non-profit network IDEASforUs, Inc. We seek to provide solutions and raise awareness to local and national environmental challenges.
  • The New York Public Interest Research Group has an active Binghamton University chapter and is the state's largest student-directed consumer, environmental and government reform organization.
  • The Student Environmental Action Coalition raises awareness of environmental issues involving our campus and community, but more importantly, mobilizes its members and interested parties to effect positive change in these issues.
  • SUNY Vines members perform volunteer work at community gardens, working closely with the nonprofit organization VINES in the city of Binghamton to teach students the basics of gardening and promote local and sustainable food options.

Become a Friend of the Nature Preserve

Binghamton University students, faculty, staff and community members make up Friends of the Nature Preserve. This group dedicates itself to trail upkeep, habitat enhancement, guiding walks and education hikes.

Explore community groups and volunteer opportunities

Participate in green events

A number of events are held throughout the year, including:

  • Earth Day
  • RecycleMania
  • Spring Campus Clean-Up Day
  • Move-Out Week
  • Student E-Waste Drive

Adopt energy-saving methods for computers

The University’s Information Technology Services' Go Green website offers a number of tips for reducing the amount of energy used by computers, as well as ideas for smarter printing. 

Take a green ride

  • Bearcat Bikes is a free, bike-sharing service for the Binghamton University community. Our program aims to help to reduce carbon emissions, alleviate traffic congestion and promote a healthy, active lifestyle. Go to the Bearcat Bikes Facebook page for details 
  • Broome-Tioga Rideshare helps you find carpool partners by searching for others who live near you and have similar schedules and lifestyle preferences.
  • Hertz 24/7 car-sharing service for students, faculty and staff features 3 new vehicles drivers 18+ can rent for low, by-the-hour or by-the-day rates. Cars are located right on campus next to the parking garage. Go to the Hertz 24/7 Facebook page for details

Last Updated: 8/13/14