Community Outreach

Student Organizations

There are a number of student organizations on campus that are working in various ways to advance sustainability issues.

Ithaca College Environmental Society (ICES)  promotes environmental awareness and responsibility on our campus through education, activism, and stewardship, while reaching out both within our campus and to the larger community of Ithaca.  Our topics include alternative energy, green collar jobs, eco-justice, ecofeminism, animal rights, organic, locavores, vegetarian food politics, Monsanto vs. sustainable farming, recycling and resource management, green building design and peace portfolios, Aldo Leopold and Al Gore, national parks, toxicity and cancer, corporate social responsibility, chemical imbalancing, fair trade foods, and much much more! 


Bomber Bikes is a collaboration of Ithaca College students, faculty, and staff working to promote sustainable transportation by improving bicycle infrastructure, launching a bike-share program, and expanding bike culture.


Take Back the Tap is committed to illuminating the challenges that the bottled water industry poses for sustainability. We oppose the subsequent erosion in citizens’ faith in municipal water supplies that results from the reliance upon bottled water. Therefore, we focus on continuing dialogue to reconsider the sale of bottled water at Ithaca College, as a part of the university’s commitment to sustainability. In addition, we support the increased availability of tap water on campus, and ultimately, call for a ban in the sale of bottled water at Ithaca College.


Net Impact is a network of students and professionals dedicated towards creating a more sustainable business world. Net Impact has a strong multidisciplinary focus where its members help shape the future of sustainable business.


Terracycle: The IC Brigade collects non-recyclable waste and sends it out to be converted into useful, everyday products (such as backpacks, pencils, notebooks, etc.). For every unit collected, a percentage of the profits will be donated to a charity/school or choice.


Organic Growers of Ithaca College is for members of the IC community interested in growing organic produce. We started and currently maintain the Ithaca College Community Garden on the lower portion of campus. We experiment with many aspects of sustainable gardening and farming including permaculture design, crop rotation, companion planting, four-season food production, and heirloom seed saving. We all help to organize workshops, our CSA program, harvest dinners and other special events for club members and volunteers. Organic growing on campus is a wonderful way to interact with peers of varying interests and to connect with the land and food that sustain us.


Slow Food Community - Interested in issues of sustainability? Acting locally? Cooking, eating, and celebrating good food? The Ithaca College chapter of Slow Food works to promote the principles of Slow Food International, a sustainable food movement that started in Italy.


Food for Thought is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children around the world who are denied access to basic living necessities, a quality education, and proper nutrition.


Stop Wasting Ithaca's Food Today (S.W.I.F.T) - Through working closely with IC Dining Services and Tompkins County Food Distribution Network, we repackage food from the dining hall into individual meals and then deliver the meals to local food pantries.


IC TOMS - TOMS Shoes was founded in 2006 when American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created a company that would match every pair of shoes sold with a pair given to a child in need. One for One. With a group of family, friends and staff, Blake returned to the same area later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by caring TOMS customers. Since that first Shoe Drop, TOMS Shoes has given over 140,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world.

Frack Off - Hydraulic Fracturing is a relevant and rising concern in the world's environmental well-being. This gas drilling procedure is spreading, most alarmingly to Ithaca itself. "Frack Off" is the gathering of concerned students who want to inform and motivate the community to take action against what could potentially change our way of living forever. 


IC Animal Rights - The mission of IC Animals is to help raise awareness and funds for local and global animal rights organizations. By collaborating with both local and national organizations, we will explore issues of animals (both domestic and undomesticated) regarding animal welfare and health. This includes but is not limited to; helping fund shelters for domesticated animals and centers for wildlife rehabilitation; raising awareness about animals' treatment in food production and supporting wildlife conservation efforts.  


IC Primitive Skills Club provides students a place where they can share and practice their primitive skills and wilderness survival strategies. We will ideally practice tool making and tool use, cordage making, shelter construction, traps and/or hunting tools, animal tracking and track identification, tree and plant identification, and wild edibles. Every club member has varying skills and experience, however we will all be learning from each other.


IC Nutrition Club raises awareness about the importance of eating healthfully and works to promote healthy eating options among the campus community. 


Labor Initiative in Promoting Solidarity (LIPS) is an organization dedicated to workers’ rights. We strive for economic and social justice by organizing initiatives for change in labor standards. Through this, we build solidarity among community members.