What can I do?

Get Involved

There are numerous ways to get involved at EWU to help reduce our environmental impacts, have fun, meet new people, and improve overall campus sustainability.

Check out the options below and find out what works best for you.  If you don’t see an opportunity here that you are interested in or have other ideas on how you would like to improve sustainability at EWU, reach out to us and let’s chat.

What Can I Do?

Sustainability Committee

The University Sustainability Committee is advisory to the President and provides guidance towards a future that is environmentally responsible, socially just and economically viable.

Sustainability Committee

Community Garden

A space for all at EWU to enjoy the outdoors and learn about growing food. Come volunteer and take food home with you, or just relax and enjoy the outdoors (and still take food home with you).

Community Garden

Food Pantry

The EWU Food Pantry Program aims to alleviate hunger and foster a healthy and inclusive community by providing access to nutritious food.

Food Pantry

Transportation Options

EWU is committed to providing sustainable transportation options for students, employees, and visitors travelling to and from campus.

Transportation Information

Campus Garden

The EWU Campus Community Garden is a space for all at EWU to enjoy the outdoors and learn about growing food. It is located behind the Red Barn on the far southwest corner of EWU’s Cheney campus.

Come volunteer and take food home with you, or just relax and enjoy the outdoors (and still take food home with you). At the garden, you can learn about all aspects of growing food like planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting throughout the spring, summer, and fall. All food is grown for our campus community and given away for free. Produce is distributed from the campus garden, at events, and through the EWU Food Pantries.

If you’re interested in learning more or getting involved, check out the Easy Come, Easy Grow Gardening Club or contact Erik Budsberg: ebudsberg@ewu.edu

Food pantry

The EWU Food Pantry Program aims to alleviate hunger and foster a healthy and inclusive community by providing access to nutritious food. All members of the EWU community are invited to take what they need from the cabinets and central pantry. The Food Pantry is always here to support you, and you can support the food pantry.  Drop by one of the seven pantry shelves on campus, or swing by the main pantry in Tawanka to grab some food whenever you need it. If you have some donations you would like drop off for the pantry, contact the Office of Community Engagement. If you are interested in volunteering your time to support the Food Pantry, you can either contact Office of Community Engagement or consider volunteering in the EWU Campus Community Garden, which grows food in part to help stock the Food Pantry.

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Student Clubs

There are multiple student clubs at EWU supporting different aspects of sustainability.


Easy Come, Easy Go Gardening Club

The ECEG exists to stimulate the love and interest of gardening, enrich the lives of students, share knowledge and skills for cultivating the Earth, and ease the burden of food insecurity on campus.

Club Information

Alternative Energy Engineering Club

This club's focus is about technology projects that are oriented around Alternative Energy and other technologies within the umbrella of sustainability.

ECOeagles Club

The EWU ECOeagles Club aims to unite students who are passionate about sustainability. We will discuss and resolve issues in our society centered around social equity, the economy, and the environment through volunteering and student engagements.

Transportation Options

EWU is committed to providing sustainable transportation options for students, employees, and visitors traveling to and from campus. Whether by bus, walk, skateboard, bike, or carpool, EWU can easily be reached by methods that save money, decrease traffic, and reduce pollution.

Commute Trip Reduction

EWU Employees can sign up for the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program. Receive a free Spokane Transit Authority bus pass and get connected with other carpooling commuters. Track your alternative transportation use to see how much money you saved, and the pollution you prevented by not driving alone to campus, and be entered to win prizes!

Sign up for CTR

Bus

Spokane Transit Authority provides convenient, regular, on time bus routes to and from campus.  Simply hop on and relax as you head towards your destination.  If you find yourself on an articulated bus (accordion-like) you can access free WiFi from your phone, laptop, or tablet.

STA Website

Biking

There are plenty of bike racks around campus along with showers that are located in the URC, PHASE, Patterson, and Hargreaves.  If you want to bike part of the way to EWU, all STA buses are equipped with bike racks to carry your bike. For those interested in group biking from Spokane, contact the Office of Sustainability.

Bikes on STA Busses

EV Charging Stations

EWU has four Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus. Two are located at the Visitors Center (VIS) and two are located by the Computing and Engineering Building (CEB). The Level 2 PowerPost EV charging stations supply 240V electricity. An hourly fee, the cost to park and charge simultaneously. The EV charging stations were installed as part of EWUs long-term plan to reduce GHG emissions and the US DOE Workplace Charging Challenge.

EV Charging Station Map

Carpool

Share a ride with friends and co-workers to the EWU campus by carpooling or through STA’s Vanpool. Find or organize a carpool that fits your schedule and you will help reduce traffic and improve local air quality.

Learn About Vanpool