Student organizations



WHERE AND WHEN DO WE MEET?UWL Students for Sustainability logo

We meet Tuesdays at 7pm. The location is usually fixed for the academic year during the fall term and can be identified by sending an email to the co-chairs Ben Zess or Veronica Sannes or find us at   


Send an email to or the co-chairs with your name, year of school, major/minor, and your reason for wanting to join.  We look forward to hearing from you!

There are no membership requirements, however, this is the only club actively focusing on making the whole campus more sustainable.  If you care about environmental sustainability, we hope you will join us and start cultivating a more sustainable UWL with us.


A group of passionate students who strive for a sustainable world. Students from across campus with a shared love for the outdoors, and a desire to promote a "greener" campus. We organize events to educate the student body on a broad range of environmental issues and how we can make a difference.  We also have fun outings (hiking, trash pick-ups, camping and more) to keep close connections with the our members and community. 


  • Working to promote positive environmental changes on campus 

  • Leading the Residence Hall Sustainability Officers 

  • Green is Sexy Calendars 

  • Promoting and helping students utilize the Green Fund 

  • Hosting hikes, trash pick-ups and camping trips 

  • Educating members and the community on sustainability related matters 

  • Hosting Earth Week in spring 

Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability (JCES)

About the Committee:

The Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability (JCES) origins date back to 2008.  At that time Chancellor Gow signed the Talloires Declaration based on recommendations from Faculty Senate, Academic Staff Council, and Student Senate.  The Declaration includes 10 action steps with action 10 reading:  "Establish a Secretariat and a steering committee to continue this momentum, and to inform and support each other's efforts in carrying out this declaration". 

The JCES is made up of students, staff, and faculty from across campus.  Each academic year, the committee develops a list of sustainability "Best Practices" to accomplish.  In addition, an ongoing responsibility of JCES is to assist in oversight and review of the Green Fund application process.

Where and When Do We Meet?

We meet every other Friday at 11:00 am in the Student Union 2310   

Additional Information

Committee Bylaws

Contact JCES

The Food Recovery Network

The Food Recovery Network is a volunteer based organization that takes excess food from the Whitney Dining Center and delivers it to The Hunger Task Force, where it is given to those in need. The Food Recovery Network helps members of the La Crosse community while making the University a more sustainable campus. Within its first year and a half of operation, beginning in the spring of 2016 the Food Recovery Network had donated over 5,500 pounds of food.

Volunteers meet weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Whitney Dinning Center at 4:00PM. For more information and to volunteer please visit their Facebook page

Campus Food Pantry

COVE programming coordinates a campus food pantry available to UWL students, faculty and staff. The Food Pantry is located in 2220 Student Union, inside the COVE. If you would like to learn more information about the food pantry please click here.