Student Organizations

Students on campus

Students often contribute to creating a more sustainable campus through organized activities. If you are interested in exploring and learning about sustainability, consider joining a student club or organization. If you are experienced and passionate about sustainability, and looking for a more formal commitment, check the list below of student committees that make important decisions impacting the sustainability of our campus.

The suggestions below are not exhaustive. If you have a student group that wants to help, the Office of Sustainability is eager to partner with you.


Sustainability is a balancing of concerns that are environmental, social and economic.  Students interested in these issues team up in many clubs and organizations to learn and make an impact on our campus and in our community. While many people associate sustainability with environmental issues, they are intertwined with social and economic issues, which many groups focus on. The list below ranges from one of the oldest student organizations, the Earth Club, to diverse groups addressing social justice, citizenship, health, technology, nature and career paths.

  • Advocates for Change: Enhancing the quality of life for oppressed and vulnerable populations through advocacy, human services delivery and research.
  • American Society of Safety Professionals: students pursuing a career in the safety, health and environmental (OSH) fields. 
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA): Bringing together students who are interested in water, waste-water, environmental and sustainable practices.
  • Audubon Club: This club is dedicated to the advocacy, protection, and admiration of birds in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area.
  • Biology Club: A community of Biological Sciences and like-minded students whose purpose is to develop common interests, and promote sustainability, scholarship, professionalism, and self-development through education and action. 
  • Bonner Leaders Program:  community work that  fights hunger, preserves cultural histories, promotes racial and environmental justice, and ends poverty.
  • Charlotte Road Cycling Club: building an active student cycling community.
  • Community Garden Club: For students interested in gardening, sustainabiliity, or community building, this is the right club for you.
  • Culinary Club: learn about food preparation, encourage a healthy lifestyle, and support the community.
  • Customer49: affordable and quality public education for all students and advocating for social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Earth Club: Helping UNC Charlotte become a more sustainable campus. 
  • Enactus: Using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
  • Exercise is Medicine-On Campus: making exercise a vital part of UNCC's campus. 
  • Foreign Affairs Council: global understanding of how events around the world can play a role in everyday life.
  • GEO Club: a student chapter of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists
  • GirlTrek UNCC: a health movement for African-American women and girls grounded in civil rights history, walking campaigns, community leadership, and health advocacy.
  • Global Dental Brigades: provide immediate, restorative, and preventive dental services in underserved communities.
  • Global Engineering Brigades: design and implement clean water projects to underserved communities.
  • Global Legal Empowerment Brigades: provide sustainable development to underserved communities on legal issues pertinent to international health.
  • Global Medical Brigades: provide sustainable development to underserved communities to set up free medical clinics and improve public health and sanitation. 
  • Graduate Public Health Association: advancing health equity and well-being in an urbanizing world.
  • Health Care Justice: Advocating for universal access to high-quality health care.
  • Hiking Club: Bringing together students that have a common interest in hiking and the outdoors.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): Instilling an interest in social justice and the elimination of discrimination.
  • National Council of Negro Women: research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on health, education, and economic empowerment. 
  • Niner Student Pantry Organization: helping address the issues of food insecurity within our campus community.
  • Peaks & Professors: intellectual, curious conversations with faculty while hiking in the great outdoors.
  • Plants for People: extending the benefits of horticulture to students.
  • Pollinator Club: Increasing awareness of pollinator species on campus.
  • Red Cross Club at Charlotte: volunteer and leadership opportunities and health and safety training.
  • SDG Club: working to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN.
  • Student Organization of Meteorology (STORM): Sciences students in a professional and social capacity. 
  • US Green Building Council (USGBC): students who want to change the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated.
  • Venture Outdoor Leadership: comprehensive outdoor leadership program for adventure trips and team building. 
  • 49er Democracy Experience: enhance public understanding of and participation in the democratic process.
  • 49er Mountain Biking Club: bring together the mountain biking community

The Niner Engage website provides a complete listing of student organizations including information about the group and how to join.


Students can apply for positions on key committees that decide policies and actions that impact sustainability of the campus.

  • Charlotte Green Initiative (CGI): Decides on the use of student-generated funds based on proposals that advance environmental and social sustainability.
  • SERVE Team: Planning, recruiting and implementing community engagement events for: Hunger & Homelessness; Environment & Animals; Civic Engagement & Democracy; Youth & Education; and Public & Community Health.
  • Resident Students Association: Promoting an appreciation of housing and residence life and the well-being of our community.
  • Dining Services Committee: Advising the University on student dining preferences.
  • Cultural Unity Board: Implementing diversity initiatives.