There are a number of ways to get involved in ‘green issues’ on campus. The Vassar Student Association serves as our student government and manages all of Vassar’s more than 120 student run organizations. Check out their website here!
Here are a few orgs you should check out:
The Vassar Greens – as per their mission statement, the Greens pursue environmental and social justice through action-based campaigns that create lasting change. They have been integral in creating a Zero-Waste Founders Day and in passing a ‘no-bottled water resolution’ through the VSA. They have weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings, and separate campaign-specific meetings on other nights of the week.
Slow Food – the Vassar chapter of Slow Food International meets weekly to discuss current events, organize locally sourced dinners and farm visits, and sell the cookbooks they write.
Vassar Animal Rights Coalition – works to promote a cruelty-free diet on campus and in the Poughkeepsie Community. They are best known for their promotion of Meatless Mondays; a pledge to forego meat products on Mondays. You can find them tabling each week for the Pledge and other programming they organize.
The Vassar Food Coop – enjoyed their first ‘season’ this past fall by organizing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for the Vassar community. They reach out to local Hudson Valley farmers and organize a pick up on campus so that students, faculty and staff may enjoy fresh dairy, eggs and produce each week.
Habitat for Humanity – helps build and rehabilitate houses with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Hudson Valley and other areas. They seek to encourage interaction between diverse cross sections of the Vassar community.
Challah for Hunger – bakes and sells challah to raise money and awareness for social justice. The Vassar chapter of this national organization sells challah every Wednesday afternoon in the College Center each Thursday, supporting international and local causes.