Student Group Initiatives
Student Organizations and the Sustainable Development Goals they address
Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA)
SEA aims to raise awareness about the environment in a way that is enjoyable and fun for our members and other community members. With strong support from the faculty, students, and Rutgers departments, SEA is a student-run, activist organization that motivates and inspires individuals to help protect, conserve, and clean up the environment. We are committed to creating environmental change and promoting environmental justice, both on and off campus through education, community service, and awareness campaigns.
Engineers Without Borders
The Rutgers University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA Rutgers) engages in community development programs to design and implement engineering solutions to address basic human needs. EWB-USA Rutgers currently has four active projects located in Guatemala, Kenya, Tanzania, and Camden, NJ. These projects work collaboratively with the communities they serve to create sustainable and lasting change addressing problems such as water scarcity, safety in school structures, and food access.
Rutgers Solar Car Club
The Rutgers Solar Car Club is tackling the issue of clean energy in transportation by designing and building, from scratch, an entirely solar-photovoltaic-powered car capable of transporting a person across the country. They will be sending their first completed vehicle to the American Solar Challenge in 2019 to race against other schools on a 1,700 mile journey from Nebraska to Oregon. Students of all majors are invited to join the team to help push forward their vision for a fast, safe, and high-mileage clean-energy car.
NJPIRG Students is the largest student-run, student-funded nonprofit in the state, and our students run nonpartisan campaigns for a wide variety of public interest issues. In addition to campaigning for 100% Renewable Energy at Rutgers, we’re working to Save the Bees, curb the use of single-use plastics, and cut back on food waste and food insecurity with our new Zero Waste Zero Hunger campaign. Find out more at njpirgstudents.org
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of social entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, teams work on projects to address these social needs.
Take Back the Tap
Here at Rutgers University, we pride ourselves on our commitment to sustainability. We believe water should be safe, accessible, and affordable for all: that water is a human right and basic public service, not a corporate commodity. Bottled water is no safer than tap water, but costs 240 to 10,000 times the price, with devastating environmental and economic impacts in communities nationwide. Take Back the Tap seeks to organize students around this issue, to form coalitions with other like-minded groups, and to educate the overall Rutgers community about the problems surrounding the selling of bottled water. Their goal is to expand the prominence of water filtration systems across campus and ban the selling of bottled water.