Organizations and Partnerships

CMU is widely regarded for having a close-knit community and leadership culture. These two aspects culminate in a number of organizations dedicated to sustainability, education, and conservation. This page features CMU's registered student organizations and community partners pertaining to environmental sustainability.

Student Organizations
  • The Student Environmental Alliance promotes environmental awareness, protection, and sustainability through education and activism. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. in Anspach 165.


  • Take Back The Tap Group Picture.jpgTake Back the Tap is part of a campaign run by Food and Water Watch, a non-profit that works to create an economically and environmentally viable future. Take Back the Tap’s main mission is to end the sale of bottled water on campus and encourage students, faculty, and staff to drink tap water and use reusable bottles instead. Take Back the Tap focuses on the social, economic, and environmental problems with bottled water, bringing attention to the impacts of single-use bottles.  Although it’s a distinct project and organization, Take Back the Tap’s meetings are held with the Student Environmental Alliance on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. in Anspach 165.


  • The Student Sustainability Coalition is a group of students, staff, and faculty who meet monthly to learn about sustainability, and educate others about the importance of environmental sustainability and its relation to social and human sustainability. The groups plans a monthly sustainability theme, and even hosts an annual sustainability conference.


  • The Community of Future Environmental Scientists is a pre-professional organization that connects environmental science students and provides internship, professional development and learning opportunities. The Community of Future Environmental Scientists participate in a number of education-oriented projects.


  • Parks and Outdoor Recreation Coalition promotes stewardship and conservation of public lands. The group offers professional development and networking opportunities in addition to outdoor retreats and service projects.

  • SGA.jpgStudent Government Association is made up of campus leaders from a diverse variety of student registered organizations. Collectively, they work toward improving the university community from within and promoting student advocacy. SGA hosts a number of breakout committees, including a sustainability committee. SGA meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium on the third floor.

  • Residence Housing Association group.jpgThe Residence Housing Association is composed of representatives from CMU’s residence halls that work to improve the quality of life on campus. RHA offers conferences and networking opportunities, but has been expanding its sustainability department. All residence halls have sustainability advocates that run green teams in their respective halls to promote recycling. RHA also has a director of sustainability position that makes suggestions and looks for ways to incorporate sustainability into events, meetings and projects.


  • The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center offers a number of different volunteer opportunities within Mount Pleasant and beyond. You can explore volunteer opportunities on Engage from the Volunteer Center or look into programs like Alternative Breaks, which allow students to participate in service experiences dedicated to social justice. Students sign up for breaks based on the social issue, and they vary in type and by year. 


Community Partners

  • The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Mount Pleasant, Michigan has 2,767 enrolled members and is mainly made up Saginaw, Black River, and Swan Creek Ojibwe bands. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has a strong historic and cooperative relationship with CMU that complements each entity's goals and encourages collaboration. This has fostered educational initiatives, cultural events and speakers, and Native American resources for the campus and tribal communities. Most recently, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and CMU have continued to cultivate a sustainable relationship by working toward a more diverse community, stronger partnerships, and environmental restoration efforts.


  • Mount Pleasant Citizens' Climate Lobby group photo.pngThe Mount Pleasant Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a grassroots lobbyist group with a chapter in CMU’s local community. CCL is a nonpartisan, environmental group that empowers people to work together on climate change solutions, advocating for legislation which supports a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend. Though based in Mount Pleasant, the group aims to collaborate more with the nearby university and student community.


  • Morgan's Composting in Sears, MI has been an essential part of CMU's composting initiatives. Straight from the on campus dining halls, food waste is transported to Morgan's, who turn the waste in healthy soil. This soil is then used at CMU in locations such as the marching band practice field, creating an Earth-friendly cycle in which we reduce our food waste.



If you feel like an organization that should be featured is missing, please contact homsi1tm@cmich.edu or urban1ed@cmich.edu. All student organizations listed above are on EngageCentral where you can find contact information to set up collaborative projects.