Volunteer Opportunities

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Campus Clean-up

A campus clean-up will remove litter that would otherwise get washed into streams, ponds, and Lake Superior. Use the Volunteer Interest form to join a planned campus cleanup OR host your own!

How to Host a Clean-up: 

1. Contact the Sustainability Office ([email protected] or call 218-726-6245) at least 1 week in advance.

2. Request gloves, bags, and safety vests (as needed) for your group size

Day of Campus Clean Up Instructions

Football Tailgating

**Not available for Fall 2021. Volunteers are needed for tailgating at home UMD Football games. Volunteers circulate through the stadium parking lot during the 3 hours prior to game time to help Bulldog fans sort their trash/recycling while they tailgate! 

Invasive Species Removal

Tools and supplies will be provided by RSOP.  Email [email protected] to get involved.

Trash Talking

Outgoing, friendly people are needed to talk a little trash!   The purpose of trash talking at UMD is to educate people to sort their items properly and reduce the amount of recyclable and compostable items going to the landfill.

Students who participate will undergo a brief training (10 minutes), wear official Trash Talker nametags and stand near high-traffic waste stations to assist/guide/coach people in sorting. A few examples of high-traffic areas are the Food Court or Kirby Student Center Lounge. 

UMD Land Lab

The UMD Land Lab does more than just grow vegetables. If you are interested in food systems, food justice, sustainability, soil, ecology, GIS, or water quality look into volunteering at the Riley Road site. Contact Teresa Bertossi, UMD Land Lab Director for more information at [email protected]

Waste Audit

Do you find yourself pulling plastic bottles out of the trash bin and putting them in the recycling bin? Do you ever wonder how much of our trash is actually trash? Then you've come to the right place! If you're down to sort through bags of waste and analyze the results then WE NEED YOU!

Waste Audits are conducted every semester to monitor how our waste sorting system is doing and whether or not people are putting the Right Thing in the Right Bin. Each audit helps us to target where to focus our education and outreach initiatives. Check out the results from past audits here.