We have three SGA-recognized student organizations on campus specifically dedicated to environmental causes and several more that champion environmental issues. These groups combine to host a range of activities dedicated to promoting environmental awareness, reducing energy consumption and increasing the recycling rate. Their continued passion for environmental initiatives has been a moving force in the development of our sustainability program.
Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA) is an organization dedicated to promoting environmental awareness on campus and in the community by developing environmental projects and taking action in environmental events. The organization develops and participates in local clean-ups, recycling initiatives, promoting the presence of organic and vegan/vegetarian foods in campus dining halls and other environmental campaigns on campus.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the representative governing body of undergraduate students authorized by the administration of the university. In the spring of 2010, the SGA established a Green Fund to direct $30,000 worth of SGA funding toward the implementation of sustainability programs and initiatives on campus. Additional information about the fund is available on the Get Involved page.
Towson Campus Greens is a group of progressive students working to effect change with respect to the university's trade record, attitudes toward gender equality on campus, local labor concerns, voter registration and environmental issues.
The Towson Energy Action (TEA) group is dedicated to linking sustainability and civic engagement. The group aims to provide volunteer opportunities for students to expand environmental awareness within the community. TEA does this by working with students, community organizations and the administration to address climate neutrality and social injustice.
University Residence Government
The University Residence Government (URG) is the main governing body for the residence hall building council. Since 2009, the group has sponsored an annual Energy Conservation Contest wherein all campus residence halls compete for the greatest year-over-year reduction in energy consumption.
The Video Activism Organization fosters and promotes awareness of video activism, using video for advocacy and a tool for social change. The organization aims to support and encourage interest in video activism as a genre for productions; create a vibrant community forum of media producers and consumers from diverse backgrounds with the common interest of video activism; host screenings of video activism features and short films; and host video activism lectures, panel discussions and events.
Environmental Science and Studies Program
The Environmental Science and Studies Programs are perfect for students who are concerned about the environment and want to make a difference. Courses studied within the programs prepare graduates for various entry-level environmental positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors and is excellent preparation for advanced study as well. The programs draw extensively from faculty across all university concentrations, offering a well-rounded education that enables students to meet the challenges of planning, regulation, policy, and informal environmental education that are present in post-graduation positions.