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Clubs & Organizations

In addition to undergraduate and graduate representation on the Sustainability Council, Caltech supports several student-run clubs and organizations on campus who contribute to a sustainable environment.  These clubs and organizations include:

Caltech Community Garden Project

The Caltech Community Garden Project is working to increase gardening efforts on campus to make more vegetable, flower, and fruit gardens accessible to the Caltech community.  We hope to enrich student life, promote health and provide for the wider community.


Caltech Student Solar Initiative

The Caltech Student Solar Initiative (CSSI) aims to provide a valuable experience for students, staff and faculty seeking to contribute to the worldwide demand for cleaner, cheaper, globally accesible energy and more generally to being to understand the challenges associated with solving national and global problems.

Contact: Morgan Putnam or Michael Kelzenberg

Caltech Sustainable Vehicle Club (SVC)

The sustainable vehicle club seeks to promote sustainability through their explorations in the design and building of sustainable vehicles. The club’s inaugural project is to transform two defunct go-carts into EVs – one battery powered and the other a fuel cell vehicle.  SVC is seeking sponsors and mentors.


Caltech Undergraduate Sustainability Project (CUSP)

CUSP works to raise awareness about issues of waste, consumption and product composition and to provide solutions to related problems.  Their goal is to foster sustainability projects, financing, and research in a directed fashion, particularly in conjunction with the core curriculum.  One of their current projects is trying to produce ethanol using cellulose-based agriwaste produced during the normal operation of campus.


Caltech Y

The Caltech Y is an independent 501c3 organization formally affiliated with the California Institute of Technology. Founded by students in 1916, the Y was organized to provide extracurricular activities planned and implemented by students as an opportunity to learn leadership skills and discover themselves. The mission of today’s Y remains the same—to provide opportunities that will prepare students to become engaged, responsible citizens of the world. The Y seeks to broaden students’ worldviews, raise social, ethical, and cultural awareness through teamwork, community engagement, activism, and leadership.

The Y also sponsors the Social Activism Speaker Series, which seeks to expose Caltech students, as well as the community at large, to the many diverse issues that face us, both locally and globally, so that the scientists of tomorrow may use their skills, ingenuity, and leadership to address these issues.


Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

ESW maintains a large and diverse student body.  This club fosters sustainability on and off campus through community service, student activism, and lecture series.

ESW organizes a fall speaker series in conjunction with Professor Ken Pickar's ME 105 class, "Product design for the developing world."  The club may help start up a new ME106 class, "Product design for the developed world," if there is enough student support.

ESW also sponsors the Science for Social Impact Forum in the spring—an "alternative career fair" of sorts with a focus on sustainability and social responsibility.


calTechers for a Sustainable Future (TSF)

calTechers for a Sustainable Future serves to promote campus sustainability in energy, investments, and resources. We also host a sustainability film series, a gardening series, field trips, and workshops/speaker events.


Solar Decathlon 2013

A team of students from the Southern Calfornia Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and Caltech were selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to compete in the prestigious 2013 Solar Decathlon competition.

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