Campus Advocates for Climate & Justice

Sustain Leaders

The University of the South’s Undergraduate Sustain Leaders program is designed to enhance students' involvement in sustainability through diverse projects that address critical university and community needs, while simultaneously cultivating skillsets that will help them succeed in future careers and grow in leadership. Through their hands-on involvement, from start to finish, each project has the opportunity to positively, and continually, impact Sewanee for a more sustainable tomorrow.

Environmental Residents

Environmental Residents work to embody sustainable living practices - especially those that translate well to residential college life. These students adopt sustainable practices in their own lives, are committed to learning more about sustainability practices, and serve as mentors and leaders to others looking to adopt an eco-living practice. 

Sustain Leaders Advisory Committee

Committee members serve in an advisory capacity to Sustain Leaders. Due to the diversity of projects taken on by students in the program and the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, it is imperative to include experts, in a wide range of areas, committed to advancing campus sustainability initiatives.


We provide mentorship, project development, and guidance throughout the school year. This support system allows students to not only thrive, but projects to be successful. 

Environmental Justice Working Group

We acknowledge that some of the past and present rhetoric and practices of the environmental movement have included colonial and white supremacist ideas. Additionally, climate change, pollution, resource extraction, biodiversity loss and other such exploitation disproportionately impacts BIPOC in this country and around the world.


We work to identify and elevate the voices, concerns and experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students, researchers, activists, artists, and community members in order to clarify and examine environmental justice issues, assess the Sewanee community and our environmental programming through this lens, and to formulate strategies to address and improve those issues and programs.