Think Beyond Yourself

USF students think beyond themselves and contribute to the campus, San Francisco, and people and places around the world. Students share their knowledge and energy—and have fun—while making a difference.

USF Sustainability Fact

USF’s Food Recovery Network recovers and donates up to 500 pounds of food each week.

Group of people wearing "Food Recovery Network" t-shirts

Our Impact

At USF, there are many ways to get involved and connect with other people passionate about the environment.  Here are some ways you can have fun while making a difference:

  • Environmental Education and Outdoors Club:  Aims to educate students about the issues facing our environment and cultivate environmental stewardship.

  • USF Community Garden:  Located between Lone Mountain and the Education Building, the USF Community Garden is a living laboratory for students, faculty, and staff interested in sustainable agriculture.  All members of the USF and surrounding community are invited to join our weekly Garden Workdays on Fridays from 2-5 pm.

  • Associated Students of USF (ASUSF) Sustainability Committee: This is a committee of elected student senators that focuses on environmental issues at USF, raising awareness of environmental issues, supporting green initiatives, and creating new student-driven initiatives.

  • Graduate Student Senate:  The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is committed to encouraging involvement with USF and to the advancement of graduate studies. In keeping with the Jesuit mission of the university, the GSS supports the development of the whole person (cura personalis) by offering opportunities, services, and events that empower graduate students to become caring, socially-responsible leaders for the future.

  • Campus Ministry Volunteer Programs:  University Ministry's Solidarity-In-Action program collaborates with a variety of Bay Area non-profit agencies to provide USF students with opportunities to serve in their local community.

  • USF Eco-Restoration Club: The mission of the Eco Restoration Club is to promote awareness of the importance of healthy ecosystems through student involvement in restoration. Learn about ecosystems through restoration, stewardship, and maintenance of the Lone Mountain Native Plant Preserve.

  • The Food Recovery Network: A single college campus ends up trashing 169,000 pounds of perfectly edible food every year and the average student who lives on campus throws away 141 pounds of uneaten food annually. The USF chapter of the Food Recovery Network turns campus-produced food waste into meals for those in need.

  • The USF Beehive: Bee curious? Any USF member can get involved with the USF Beehive, located at the USF Community Garden. Contact Craig Peterson at cpetersen2@usfca.edu .  No prior experience is required and necessary protective equipment is provided. The hive is a great opportunity to learn more about bees and the pollination process, how honey is made, and how to maintain a hive and colony.

A beekeeper examining a frame from a bee hive

  • USF Net Impact: A student group that promotes social responsibility, sustainable business, and social entrepreneurship.

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