Styrecycle is a student-led effort to keep expanded and extruded polystyrene (better known by brand name Styrofoam) from labs out of the landfill. We’re looking for high-energy volunteers looking to make a difference on campus to help us get more campus buildngs to recycle and to pick up Styrofoam from participating locations using our very own bike trailer!
Illini Lights Out
Once a month during the school year, students gather on a Friday night to turn off lights in campus buildings for the weekend. In 2016-17, students turned off more than 11,000 lights, saving more than $3,000 in energy costs, and keeping several hundred tons of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere.
Dump & Run Sale
Volunteer with the community’s largest waste-diversion event of the year! Each year, more than six semi-trailers worth of furniture, clothing, and home goods are collected from Illinois students and Chambana residents and sold at the sale to support the programs of the University YMCA. Why not share our surplus, rather than trash it?
Sustainability Working Advisory Teams (SWATeams)
Six topical sustainability teams examine broad themes of campus sustainability within the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) and recommend concrete steps the campus should take to meet its iCAP targets. Each year, iSEE seeks students to serve as SWATeam members or clerks for one-year terms on several different SWATeams beginning in the fall semester — though occasionally spots open midyear.
University of Illinois Office of Volunteer Programs
The Office of Volunteer Programs (OVP) promotes service by encouraging students to donate their time and volunteer for the university and local communities. OVP pairs students with opportunities where they gain invaluable experience through public engagement.
Sustainable Student Farm
The Sustainable Student Farm is a production farm that supplies our residence halls with locally grown, low-input sustainable food and provides practical, hands on experience in small-scale sustainable agriculture. Volunteers are needed throughout the year as they are involved in all aspects of production cycles, including: seed-starting, transplanting, cultivation, high tunnel work, and harvesting.
Campus Bike Center
The Campus Bike Center encourages people to ride bicycles, repair the bikes themselves with up-cycled parts, and provide low-cost bicycles to the community — creating an immediate impact by turning waste into emission free transportation. Volunteering at the Center means either getting your hands dirty working on bikes or meeting new people as register workers/greeters or a mix of both.
Green Apple Day of Service
Green Apple is a global movement of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. In September, Champaign-Urbana schools and communities are encouraged to create projects to improve the environmental health of their learning facilities. For the past few years the Illinois USGBC Students RSO has partnered with local entities to create volunteer and cleanup events.