Student Groups

Interested in getting involved in a group on campus that focuses on sustainability? Check out some of the groups below to get started!

Student Sustainability Committee Logo

The University established the Villanova Sustainable Leadership Council to develop and execute the campus sustainability plan. In an effort to address all elements of sustainabilityneed across campus the Sustainable Leadership Council created four committees, one of which is focused on making student life more sustainable. The Student SustainabilityCommittee (SSC) is an arm of the Villanova Sustainable Leadership Council, giving its members campus wide impact. 

Students on SSC work to make every students experience at Villanova more sustainable. Members of the SSC have the opportunity to lead projects, create new initiatives, and partner with faculty and staff across the University. Students are expected to both lead and work collaboratively in small groups on various projects and events. SSC gives students the opportunity to make positive and long lasting sustainable change to campus.

For more information, visit the Student Committee page.

Fair Trade
Fair Trade; under Catholic Relief Services, is a group dedicated to the education and awareness of social rights of third world farmers and workers by promoting and encouraging the purchase of Fair Trade products. Contact Will Stehl for more information.

Villanovans in Defense of Animals (VIDA)
VIDA addresses the way in which animals are treated in the food, pet, entertainment, and gaming industries with an eye towards minimizing or eliminating the suffering they endure. Members work on letter writing campaigns, educational initiatives, and may volunteer with local rescue organizations. Contact Julia Chae for more information or check out their website.

Villanova Environmental Group (VEG)
VEG targets the issue of environmental responsibility by addressing issues of recycling and practices that are sustainable. For more information contact Evan Hansen or visit their website.

Business Without Borders
Business Without Borders works to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. For more information contact Debra Arvanites or visit their website.

Ecological Society of Villanova
The Ecological Society of Villanova is focused on the ecological concerns addressing the world today. For more information visit their website.

Nursing Without Borders
Nursing without Borders, founded in 2011, addresses healthcare issues and social injustice in a sustainable manor, with four focus pillars: local projects, international projects, advocacy, and education. For more information, email or check out their website.

Student Managed Fund
The Student Managed Fund includes both undergraduate and graduate students tasked with socially responsible investing for two student run funds. Areas that are considered when looking for investments that are socially responsible include: protecting human life; promoting human dignity; reducing arms production; pursuing economic justice; protecting the environment; and encouraging corporate responsibility. For more information check out their website.

USGBC Student Group
The USGBC Student Chapter works to raise awareness of sustainable design, as well as analyze current and future construction work on campus to ensure sustainable design practice. For more information check out their website.

Environmental and Energy Law Society
The Environmental and Energy Law Society provides information and resources for students interested in pursuing careers in environmental and/or energy law, including various related legal efforts within the community. For more information please email

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund works to protect the lives and advance the best interest of animals through the legal system. For more information please email


Villanova University, as a community of learned and learning scholars, respecting the sacredness of all creation, accepts its responsibility to the integrity of Earth and its biodiversity, to the heritage of future generations, and to the security of nations. By utilizing the Augustinian values of Unitas, Veritas, and Caritas, meaning love thy neighbor, promote community unity, and live life in moderation through our curriculum, work environment, and operations, Villanova’s approach to sustainability exemplifies an emphasis on social justice and community service.

For questions regarding campus sustainability email Liesel Schwarz