Stevens students can extend their education and involvement in “green” initiatives beyond the classroom through a variety of clubs and organizations.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
Engineers Without Borders USA is a non-profit, national humanitarian organization that partners with communities around the world to help meet basic human needs through engineering solutions. Groups of professionals and students — like Stevens’ EWB chapter — fundraise and apply to work on projects through the national organization. Last summer, following more than five years of work, the group completed a project assisting small villages in northern Thailand. Using foundational knowledge from Stevens classes, students built an irrigation and water filtration system and taught the community how to maintain the technology. Because of their work, more than 1,000 residents now have reliable access to clean water. Recently, Stevens’ EWB was selected to take on a new challenge — this time for a community in Bolivia — helping to replace and expand an existing water delivery system as well as identifying new water sources. The group hopes to begin the project in early 2021.
Visit the EWB Ducklink page.
Stevens Environmental Engineering Professional Society (SEEPS)
SEEPS was created in 2018 to centralize several environmental engineering professional society chapters at Stevens, including the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). By bringing these groups together, SEEPS members aim to gain a more holistic understanding of professional opportunities in fields related to environmental engineering and a wider social network. The club has hosted panels featuring professionals in the field and plans sustainability-focused events. They also have toured wastewater treatment plants and conducted other industrial site visits through AWWA.
Visit the SEEPS Ducklink page.
Stevens Sustainability Coalition (SSC)
Founded by three graduate students in spring 2019, the Stevens Sustainability Coalition (SSC) is a student-led initiative that focuses on implementing sustainability at Stevens, as defined by the United Nations: by leveraging resources without jeopardizing future generations. In pursuit of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the SSC partners with on-campus clubs and municipalities to develop innovative, sustainability-oriented projects, such as incorporating renewable energy, achieving zero waste, and encouraging efficient water use. The organization utilizes recognized sustainability management methods, like materiality mapping, to make its projects successful. In addition, the SSC holds social gatherings, such as potlucks and movie nights, to build community. SSC members have presented to organizations on-campus, organized volunteer activities in Hoboken, and held incubation expos to challenge students to “think sustainably”. Most importantly, the SSC assisted Stevens in attaining an AASHE STARS Gold rating in 2020 by creating and analyzing the Sustainability Literacy Assessment. The SSC works to create a tangible presence of sustainability at Stevens.
Email the SSC at [email protected] to learn more.
Sustainability, Activism, Volunteering, and Engineering (SAVE)
Founded in spring 2013, SAVE is the Stevens chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, an international nonprofit network of students and professionals united by their shared passion for technical sustainability. On Castle Point, SAVE has spearheaded a number of initiatives, including “Sustainability Smackdown,” a competition challenging all clubs at Stevens to host the most sustainable event; an annual campus-wide Earth Day celebration; and participation in RecycleMania, a national collegiate recycling challenge. The group also is in the early stages of engineering a unique fundraiser: a solar smoothie cart. They envision a bicycle that propels a cart featuring two blenders — one powered by a solar panel and one powered by pedaling the attached bike — that allows club members to serve up sustainable smoothies. SAVE also participates in beach sweeps, hikes, and Hoboken city clean-ups. Members even joined the Global Climate Strike in New York City this past fall.
Visit the SAVE Ducklink page.