Sustainability, Food Access, & Environmental Conservation

Spiders engage with many organizations related to these three key environmental issuesIf you'd like to engage with one of these organizations, please explore the opportunities linked below.

Sustainability, Food Access, & Environmental Conservation organizations are also in need of one-time volunteers, and these opportunities are posted as they become available.

Community Relationships 

Feed More

Feed More is a food bank that collects, prepares and distributes food to neighbors in need across 34 cities and counties in Central Virginia.
Explore Opportunities at Feed More

James River Association

The James River Association (JRA) provides a voice for the river and takes action to promote conservation and responsible stewardship of its natural resources.
Explore Opportunities at JRA

James River Park System

Richmond's largest park, the James River Park System (JRPS), is a linear park that spans the City from west to east along both sides of the James River from Huguenot Flatwater to Ancarrow’s Landing. 
Explore Opportunities at JRPS

Richmond City Office of Sustainability

The mission of the Office of Sustainability is to enhance the quality of life for all residents by making Richmond equitable, healthy, and resilient. 
Explore Opportunities at Office of Sustainability

Shalom Farms

Shalom Farms is a nonprofit farm and food justice organization working for an equitable food system.
Explore Opportunities at Shalom Farms

Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

The Sierra Club Virginia Chapter is a grassroots, non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to building a commonwealth  where all people may enjoy our natural treasures, access clean air and water, and thrive in a healthy community.
Explore Opportunities at the Sierra Club


Viridiant is the Commonwealth’s most experienced, full-service green building verification and consulting firm.
Explore Opportunities at Viridiant

Campus Connections 

Office for Sustainability 
Whether it’s learning about sustainability at orientation, signing up for sustainability-related courses, getting involved with student groups, or attending events, students are essential to fostering sustainability at the University of Richmond. Learn more.

University of Richmond Sustainability Advocates
URSA is a peer education program dedicated to promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible behavior on campus. Learn more and apply to join here.

Students Engaging & Enacting Dialogue on Service
SEEDS is a student-run organization that focuses on engaging students in meaningful and sustainable service projects as well as dialogue centered around the social justice and environmental issues in specific communities. SEEDS offer three alternative spring break trips each year to the Gulf Region of Louisiana, the Appalachian Region of West Virginia, and the Detroit area of Michigan to learn about environmental and social issues in those areas and complete service projects. Learn more on their website.

Students organize environmental campaigns and host sustainability-related events. Stay updated on events and activities on Instagram.

Outdoors Club
The Outdoors Club builds community among UR students through outdoor activities like kayaking, camping, and hiking. Learn more.