Student working groups & Clubs

SNRE Funds for Student Groups

Thanks to generous Class of 2011 gift and a substantial gift from an alumnus, SNRE student groups registered through MSA can now apply for funds (up to $1000)to help support their group activities. These funds should supplement the MSA funding not be in lieu of MSA funding. Funding requests will be reviewed on a first-come first-serve basis; groups may register in advance of their activity to assure funds will remain.

Applications for funding will be accepted on a rolling basis. The proposed activities, goals, and desired outcomes will be posted to the web to showcase how our students are engaging the student community.

Because funding is primarily designated for the benefit of the SNRE student community, priority will be placed on projects that are open to the broader community and have potential to engage as many students as possible (not all students may choose to participate, of course, but accessibility is important). Ideally, proposed activities should 1) involves students from multiple tracks, degree programs (PhD, MS, dual degrees, etc); and/or 2) have a clear plan for engaging with additional groups, U of M departments, SNRE alumni, or external organizations.

Proposed activities should clearly state how the activity will further the academic, professional, and/or community interests of the SNRE student community.

Proposed activity goals and desired long-term outcomes should be clearly specified. Each proposal needs a detailed budget.

Only complete funding proposals will be reviewed:

  • Description of proposed activity
  • Goals and long term outcomes
  • Detailed Budget
  • SNRE student group shortcode number, contact name,and uniqname

CLICK HERE to submit the funding proposals. Reviews are completed on a rolling basis. Questions about the proposals and proposal submission process should be referred to the Director of Academic Programs. CLICK HERE to review prior funding requests.

Consortium on Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (CAFE)

The Consortium on Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (CAFE) convenes students interested in sustainable food systems to collaborate on academic, professional, and social events designed to catalyze and enrich student advancement while raising the field?s profile on campus. CAFE conceives of the field broadly, to include issues of social, environmental and economic sustainability at each stage of the contemporary food system: production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management. This scope accommodates students with a wide range of interests, from environmental impact of food production to food access issues. For more info:

USGBC Students at the University of Michigan

The USGBC Students at U of M is an official student group affiliated with the U.S. Green Building Council. Its main purpose is to achieve lasting solutions to push the university to become a leader in green building and sustainability through three main components: collaboration with the all university stakeholders, outreach with the greater community, and educational opportunities for students including LEED workshops. For more information please contact our board at Follow them on facebook:

EcoValuation Working Group

EcoValuation is a multi-disciplinary student-run working group based at the School of Natural Resources and Environment that seeks to educate the student body about market-based payments for ecosystem services as a means of advancing environmental conservation. We provide educational programs about valuation, markets, and policy through speaker panels, workshops, and treks. For more information, please contact our officers at

Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Group (LACEG)

The Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Group (LACEG) would like to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the diverse mechanisms driving environmental degradation and social inequities in Latin America and the Caribbean. We meet on a weekly basis to discuss these critical issues by screening documentaries, inviting guest speakers or presenting our own research on the region. For more information:

The Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Group (LACEG) would like to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the diverse mechanisms driving environmental degradation and social inequities in Latin America and the Caribbean. We meet on a weekly basis to discuss these critical issues by screening documentaries, inviting guest speakers or presenting our own research on the region. For more information:

Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI)

Sponsored by Graham Institute, yet operating as a fully independent student roundtable, the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is dedicated to helping pull together and facilitate the multiple student organizations with similar or related sustainability goals at the University of Michigan (U-M). The SSI does so, in part, by providing a forum for student leaders from multiple student government organizations and campus environmental groups to share ideas, collaborate on U-M sustainability projects, and develop "one voice" for speaking to U-M administrators about environmental sustainability at the university.

As part of this work, the SSI awards Small-Scale Grants, which are designed to encourage and support innovative student projects that help make U-M a global leader in campus sustainability. The SSI also hosts regular SSI Roundtables, a large forum for student environmental groups to discuss campus sustainability issues and plan various action items. For more information, please contact the SSI Board at

University of Michigan Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects ("SASLA")

SASLA is one of 68 chapters in the United States, all from Accredited programs in Landscape Architecture. We serve to unite the interests of graduate students in the field of Landscape Architecture, which will allow for the planning, development, and execution of activities, events, and networking that fulfill the educational, professional, and social needs of the students and Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan. We have seven committees, monthly enrichment events and annual social events such as the Gingerbread Competition at SNRE's annual Winter Solstice party. We meet once a month on the second Wednesday of each month from noon-1pm in our "crit room" between the 1st and 2nd year Landscape Architecture studios. For more information, please contact Caroline Bergelin at

Art and Environment

This interdisciplinary group explores the intersection between art, nature and place in support of the practice, study and awareness of creative interactions between people and their environments. The group is dedicated to bringing creativity to SNRE through art projects, music, creative writing, trips to exhibits and discussions. We hope to explore the creative process with students and faculty from all disciplines. No prior experience or expertise is required.  Contact Julia Raskin for more information.

Landscape and Inequality

This group is dedicated to furthering dialogue about social justice at SNRE. We explore the root causes of inequality, privilege and oppression, particularly as it relates to social justice in environmental discourse. The group sponsors talks from activists, community organizers and academics at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, as well as film screenings and discussions.  Contact Julia Raskin for more information.


BLUElab (Better Living Using Engineering Laboratory)

BLUElab at the University of Michigan is a student-run organization that works toward sustainable solutions to development problems at home and abroad. Toward our goal, BLUElab coordinates project teams that develop environmentally, culturally, and economically sustainable technologies. BLUElab also organizes educational events to raise awareness of development issues and the critical role engineers play in tackling these technical problems in a socially responsible way. BLUElab's diverse membership consists of over one hundred undergraduate and graduate students spanning all College of Engineering departments, as well as students studying disciplines outside of engineering. In addition to its members, BLUElab collaborates with other student-run organizations, faculty, professionals and nonprofits.

Any questions, or to join our mailing list, please e-mail:

Ross Net Impact

Ross Net Impact (RNI) equips leaders with the skills, network, and opportunities to improve the world through business by:

  • Supporting career development of students,
  • Engaging current leaders through conferences and events; and
  • Integrating sustainability and the social sector into the curriculum and campus life.

We share a passion for using the power of innovation and business to create a just society and sustain our natural resources while promoting integrity in decision-making. University of Michigan's Net Impact club is a chapter of the national Net Impact organization - a network of 15,000 MBAs, graduate students, and professionals using the power of business to improve society and the environment. Ross Net Impact has been voted National Chapter of the Year 3 years in a row! We are also one of the largest clubs at Ross. We offer our members diverse career development and networking opportunities. For more information, please contact Sarah Howie at

The OUTside Club

The OUTside club is a group of LGBT students at SNRE that shares information and events of interest. We often participate in graduate-school (Rackham)-wide LGBT happy hours, potlucks, game nights and other events. To join the OUTside email list or if you have any questions, contact Rick Hollander at