Student Groups

Western recognizes that including the voices of youth is a very important step in working towards a sustainable future. These student groups at Western are fantastic positive contributors to sustainability within their various focus areas and networks! If you know of other groups that should be featured, please let us know by emailing sustainability@uwo.ca.

Biology Undergraduate Society (BUGS)

The purpose of BUGS is to broaden the academic and social experience of Western undergraduate students with an interest in biology. BUGS aims to connect undergraduate biology students with similar goals to each other, to serve as a liaison between undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and department officials, and to foster an environment where students can learn about scholarship, career, scholastic, and volunteer opportunities. Connect with BUGS on Instagram, Facebook, or by email at westernbugs@gmail.com.  

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

EWB Canada invests in people; the organization identifies, encourages, and equips talented leaders to have a positive impact on local, regional, and global communities. EWB invites and empowers people who value collaboration and cooperation to develop solutions to local and global poverty, inequality, and sustainability issues. EWB offers immersive experiences at Western, across Canada and sub-Saharan Africa to launch future leaders equipped to understand and engineer systems change.

EWB Western is a highly active chapter within the organization, with portfolios that focus on a range of global and local issues such as: Climate Change, Fair-Trade, Food Systems, Youth Engagement, Gender Equity, Political Advocacy and more! Connect with EWB Western on Facebook, Instagram, Slack, or by email at uwo@ewb.ca

Environment & Sustainability

Environment & Sustainability is run by students from the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, although the group not exclusive to these students by any means. The group has planned various activities such as documentary film nights, sustainability speaker series, Eco Challenge, guided hiking tours, and volunteer opportunities with local environmental organizations such as Friends of the Cove, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and Adopt a Street London.

EnviroWestern

EnviroWestern is a USC student service that promotes a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues that are important to students at Western. EnviroWestern provides numerous opportunities and initiatives for students to get involved in on campus throughout the year relating to gardening, sustainable food, waste, water, outreach and more! For questions, project ideas, or to join, contact EnviroWestern by InstagramFacebook, or by email at envirowestern@westernusc.ca

Food Resources and Education for Student Health (FRESH)

FRESH is a comprehensive peer nutrition education program that utilizes a partnership with Brescia's Food and Nutrition program and Western's Hospitality Services to increase awareness, improve knowledge, build skills, and influence the campus food environment. Through interactive events and healthy eating initiatives, FRESH strives to make Western and its affiliates the healthiest campus in Canada!

If you are interested in requesting a FRESH event, please email FRESH at fresh@uwo.ca. For Resources and information regarding FRESH, check out the website, Instagram, and Facebook

Indigenous Students Association (ISA)

The goal of the Indigenous Student Association (ISA) is to maintain a sense of community amongst their peers across campus while also providing programming, events, and workshops in order to educate Western's Campus about Indigenous peoples, their nations, and their distinct cultures alongside current issues involving Indigenous peoples presently. 

Learn more and connect with the ISA on their website, Instagram, and Facebook, or by email at isa.westernu@gmail.com

Ivey Social Impact Club (SIC)

In 2017, Ivey Social Impact Club (SIC) was formed as a merger between the Ivey Not-for-Profit and Ivey Sustainability clubs. Since then, the group has been connecting passionate Ivey students to opportunities in the impact space by promoting business as a tool to create positive social and environmental change.

Learn more and connect with the club on their website, Instagram, and Facebook

Marine Biology Society

The Marine Biology Society is focused on raising awareness for issues facing marine life, including plastic pollution, global warming, and oil spills. This year, they are planning to organize online events with marine biologists all across the world, connecting students with internships and other opportunities to do real life research on marine species. The group also plans to host conservation-based events with other clubs that focus on living a sustainable lifestyle.

The Marine Biology club began in 2019 and they are looking for excited new members to continue building up a presence at Western. Interested students can get in touch through Facebook, Instagram, or by email at marinebiology.club@westernusc.ca

Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee strives to make SOGS an environmentally sustainable organization. Centralized by the SOGS Climate Emergency Declaration, the committee works closely with the SOGS Climate Commissioner, graduate students, the campus community, and city stakeholders to better communicate and educate SOGS members about issues pertaining to the global climate crisis and environmental sustainability. Email the committee at sogssustainability@uwo.ca.

Student Energy at Western University (SEWU)

Student Energy at Western University (SEWU) seeks to provide students with the knowledge, connections, resources and practical experiences that will inspire and empower them to lead the just transition to a sustainable energy system.

SEWU joins 43 other Student Energy chapters in 24 countries. At Western, SEWU has hosted a model energy policy negotiation and climate simulation, move night on fusion energy featuring Q&A with leading international researchers, and partnered with Facilities Management and EnviroWestern to host Western's first pitch competition for solutions to help the university achieve carbon neutrality. SEWU has also led a number of advocacy, education and service initiatives. Students are encouraged to get in touch via Facebook, Instagram, or by email at western@studentenergy.org.  

UES Sustainability

The UES Sustainability Committee is a group of undergraduate students that operates under the Undergraduate Engineering Society (UES). The goal of the committee is to run initiatives that educate engineering students and promote sustainability in their daily lives and professional careers. This committee also works to provide all UES activities with guidelines for being sustainable, audit all UES activities' environmental footprint, and suggest improvements for the following year.

Students interested in attending events, checking out resources, or contacting UES Sustainability can stay updated through Instagram, or email the group at ues.sustainability@gmail.com

WaterAid Western

Hundreds of millions of people do not have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. This issue impacts health, poverty, education, and the growth of communities. WaterAid Western is a chapter of WaterAid Canada, and the organization aims to bring awareness to, and fundraise towards, making clean drinking water, reliable toilets, and good hygiene accessible to everyone. Connect with WaterAid Western on Facebook, Instagram, or by email at wateraid.club@westernusc.ca

Western Active Transportation Society (WATS)

WATS is a multidisciplinary group of students, faculty, and staff at Western University who are passionate about researching and promoting safe cycling and walking as a means of transportation. Much of current infrastructure is focused on cars, and while cycling and walking is not for everybody (and not for every day), WATS believes that better support for active transportation will yield important and significant benefits. Cycling and walking is fun, and research clearly shows that it is good for body, brain, society and environment. 

WATS sends out a bi-weekly newsletter by email and hosts bi-weekly meetings where all members are welcome! Connect with WATS on TwitterInstagram, Facebook, or by email at wats@uwo.ca

Western Environmental Business (WEB)

Western Environmental Business (WEB) is a club that fosters a future generation of environmentally conscious business leaders and changemakers. Through carefully curated programming of workshops to case competitions, WEB strives to educate students on the intersections of business and sustainability. Students are encouraged to join as general members regardless of skill level or faculty.

Come join us in making a meaningful environmental impact! Follow WEB on Facebook and Instagram to receive updates on events. 

Western iGEM

Western iGEM is engineering biosensor and biofilms for the detection and degradation of emerging contaminants in wastewater treatment while various sub-teams work on integration, ethics, community engagement, and much more! This organization competes in the global iGEM competition, where teams from around the world use synthetic biology to solve various real-world issues. The team has positions available in Human Practices, Wet Lab, and Dry Lab for all faculties regardless of prior science knowledge. Contact Western iGEM on Facebook, Instagram, or by email at westernigem@gmail.com.

Western Sustainability Leaders Program

The Western Sustainability Leaders Program (WSLP) is a collaborative initiative between the Office of Sustainability and student leaders on campus. WSLP features monthly themes throughout the year with themed events and webinars. Faculty, student groups, and practitioner guest speakers address various sustainability topics over the year, and there are also many ways to get involved with activities, contests and prize draws! Email sustainability@uwo.ca and follow @WesternUSustain for more information.  

Western Wildlife Conservation Society

Western Wildlife Conservation Society (WWCS) is a student organization dedicated to educating and increasing involvement of the student body in wildlife conservation. WWCS aims to raise awareness of how to lower ecological footprints and create a healthy and sustainable planet. WWCS pairs up with local organizations such as the London Environmental Network and Salthaven Wildlife and Education Center to educate students on how they can get involved locally to help our environment and the wildlife that live in it. Contact WWCS on Facebook, Instagram, or by email at wildlifeconservation.club@westernusc.ca.