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SMU provides many opportunities for students passionate in the environment to turn their passion into action.  As the world changers of tomorrow are shaped here, it is very important to SMU that we provide every tool and resource possible to students willing to shape a better and healthier world. 

Student Organizations

SMU hosts a variety of clubs and organizations created and led by students.  Many of these organizations aim to promote sustainable practices within our school, our community, and our country.  These organizations are open to all student willing to get involved or those wanting to learn more about sustainability.  If interested in joining a current organization or starting a new sustainability related organization, please email and we will connect you with the right people.

Degree Programs

SMU offers a variety of sustainability related degrees ranging from minors to PH.D's in many different disciplines.  Those undergraduate students who want to turn sustainability into a career can obtain degrees through the Lyle School of engineering ans/or the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.  For those who have already chosen a different degree path, Lyle offers a minor in Environmental Engineering.  Graduate students can choose from multiple Degrees through Lyle, or complete the Environmental Law Program through the Dedman School of Law. 

Engaged Learning

The Engaged Learning Fellowship (ELF) is an undergraduate student's SMU legacy work. The student engages in capstone-level scholarly research, community service or civic engagement, professional internship, or other creative project that moves learning beyond the classroom.  SMU funds ELFs up to $2000 per project and records ELF titles on student transcripts and commencement booklets. Students typically begin their fellowship sophomore or junior year and complete it the semester of their graduation. To complete a fellowship, students are required to bring their work to an end point, present their findings in a public forum, and turn in a final product of their accomplishment.   Below are current 2017 sustainability related ELF projects.

Noah Bartos, ’18

Majors: Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Paul Krueger

Noah is designing a solid rocket motor, powered by sugar and potassium nitrate fuel, and capable of lofting an experimental rocket to an altitude of 10,000 feet. 


Rachael Rodgers ’18

Major: Civil Engineering

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Quicksall

While interning with Engineers Without Borders, Rachael is evaluating the sustainability of water resource projects in Bolivia to determine sustainability and benefits. 


Big iDeas

The Big iDeas Pitch Contest is an annual competition for undergraduates to pitch creative or innovative ideas that provide value to society. Ideas can be new products as well as ones that solve a problem or improve an existing service. Big iDeas are those that are viable, sustainable, and bring positive impact to others. There can be as many winning teams as there are winning ideas identified by the judges. Winning teams receive up to $1000 in seed money to build a prototype or pilot of their idea by the time of the Big iDeas Demo Day fair early in the spring semester. If the idea shows promise and significant progress is made, winning teams will have the support to develop a professional business plan. Below are recent sustainability related Pitch Contest and Business Plan Competition winners. 


Blvd Bicycle Project

Ryan Bostick '18

Ryan will bring a shared bicycle transportation to SMU students after completing a swipe-to-unlock system, reducing the need for pollutant emitting vehicles. 


Imagine x Inspire

Brandon Cohanim '18

Brandon employs the homeless to collect unused food from local restaurants to feed the area's homeless community, reducing food waste and diverting it to those who need it the most.