Students Get Involved

Student Sustainability at AU

Students have long been leaders in sustainability at American University and there are many ways for students to get involved on campus. AU offers a number of academic programs, courses, student organizations, and events related to sustainability. Explore the links below for more information about how you, as a student, can get involved in campus sustainability efforts.


Stay in the Know

Sign up for the sustainability newsletter to receive notifications about upcoming events and opportunites. 

Sign up

Student signing waste reduction pledge

EcoPledge Program

Commit to making sustainable choices on campus and in your life and earn sustainable prizes.

Take the EcoPledge

Student Educators

EcoRep Program

EcoReps are energetic, passionate undergraduate students who volunteer to promote sustainability at AU.

Become an Ecorep

Students tabling at an event in SIS.


The Office of Sustainability hosts, supports, and promotes events throughout the year.

See Events

sustainability tour

Sustainability Tours

Join Office of Sustainability staff on a guided campus tour or virtually explore sustainable features on campus.

Take a Tour

Waste Sorting on Quad

Green Event Guidelines

Hosting an event? Follow these guidelines to make your event sustainable and zero-waste.

Green Your Event

WCL Students pose with community garden planter

Sustainability Fund

The sustainablility fund provides financial and administrative support to implement environmental projects on AU's campus.

Fund your Idea

Additional Resources

  • Become a Sustainability Intern

    Sustainability Interns are part-time, paid students hired to work on a variety of projects in the Office of Sustainability. Projects include data analysis and research related to ongoing sustainability projects, work on green building and campus sustainability reporting, outreach and communications, and education and curricula development.

    Sustainability Interns are hired for an entire academic year, and applications for internships are posted each summer. Subscribe to the sustainability newsletter to receive notifications about upcoming internship opportunities. 

    U.S. Green Building Council

  • All instructors and students have access to American University’s institutional subscription to the U.S. Green Building Council. This subscription provides many resources, lesson plans, presentations, and case studies related to green buildings and sustainability. To access these resources, please follow these instructions:
    • Create an account through the USGBC website using your email address.

    • Within your account settings, you will see an option to connect your account with an institutional account.

    • Search for “American University,” select the DC campus, and request access to join.

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