The following list of student groups have an environmental focus and work on projects ranging from having a healthy mind and body to working on environmental projects and campaigns in the community.
GLADES (Growth of Leadership, Academics, and Diversity in Ecological Sciences)
GLADES is FIU’s premier ecology club and is a chapter of SEEDS, a student program of the Ecological Society of America. GLADES strives to grow and diversify the field of ecology by reaching out to students at FIU, one of the top minority serving institutions in the country.
GLADES currently hosts meetings twice a month for students to learn about ecological research at FIU and career building opportunities in ecological sciences. They offer volunteer opportunities at locations across South Florida with local environmental organizations. In the future GLADES will establish a research project at our very own FIU Nature Preserve, host ecological workshops, and plan outdoor adventure trips.
If you have a passion for science and research, love exploring the outdoors, and acting as an environmental leader in the community, then you should join GLADES! The benefits of being a member include but not limited to: networking and making new friends, expanding your knowledge of ecology, earning community service hours, and having fun!
If you would like more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/GLADESFIU
Facebook fan page: facebook.com/GLADESFIU
IDEAS (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions)
IDEAS strives to create self-sustaining, proactive university groups on campuses across the U.S. which empowers youth leaders to initiate the type of environmental change that our communities need to see. Each university chapter focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to Educate, Empower and Engage peers in environmental sustainability by offering innovative solutions through Research (R&D), Action, and Environmental Awareness. With a focus in educational outreach, IDEAS provides service learning and volunteer opportunities through hands-on, action based practices which focus on environmental education, stewardship and conservation. In addition, we perform scientific research in advanced biofuels, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
As a proactive organization, IDEAS provide the initiatives that link peers with issues effecting our local environment and surrounding communities.
Garden Club/ Agroecology Program
The FIU Garden Club is centered around the Agroecology Program and the FIU Organic Garden, which is located on the southwest side of the FIU Nature Preserve. The Garden Club gives students an opportunity to learn about and grow an organic garden plot. There are multiple gardens that students can work with including, an edible garden, a fruit orchard, a meditation garden, and more. Come out on Fridays starting at 1:00 p.m. to garden with the other club members. For more information, visit the Agroecology page.
SWAGG (Student Workshops on Acidification & Greenhouse Gases)
Student Workshops on Acidification and Greenhouse Gases is a student organization at FIU focused on the climate change science related to greenhouse gas emissions and ocean acidification, and its dissemination. This group, intended for both undergraduate and graduate students, creates a platform for cross-disciplinary discussions and understanding of climate change science, pedagogy, and politics.
FIU Organic Farmer’s Market Consortium
The Organic Farmer’s Market Consortium is comprised of various student organizations committed to building a healthier internal and external environment at FIU. While offering young leaders the opportunity to develop leadership abilities, the FOFMC promotes partnership between student organizations to work as a team to benefit the FIU community.
The Organic Farmer’s Market is every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Modesto Maidique Campus between Primera Casa and the Green Library, by the fountain, at the red brick wall. The market features local organic produce from the FIU garden and local farms, local honey, fresh bread and cracker products, smoothies, sandwiches, free bike repairs, yoga, educational information, and much more.
To learn more, check out the Facebook page.
Contact FIU Organic Farmer's Market at email@example.com
Age of Aquarius
Age of Aquarius is an student-run organization at FIU dedicated to educating students and society about the health of our oceans and the vital role that Aquarius Reef Base plays its future. While focusing on education, outreach and service, Age of Aquarius helps to engage and inspire the community to as well as provide an outlet for students to become a part of Aquarius's legacy. For more information about the Aquarius Reef Base visit their website.
Age of Aquarius Facebook page.
Student Government Association
FIU has two branches of the Student Government Association, one for MMC and one for BBC. Both branches are active in environmental sustainability issues at FIU. Each Council has a Sustainability Coordinator that also sits on the FIU Sustainability Committee.
The Office of University Sustainability collaborates with many of these student groups on projects and events, and is eager to partner with other student groups. Tell us what your club is doing to go green!
Got an idea? The Sustainability Committee is looking for student environmental/sustainability projects to fund on campus! Learn more about it on our Student Sustainability Projects page.