Student Organizations


Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs

The CAUSE (Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs) student organization aims to provide every student with the inspiration, skills, experience and networks needed to make a social impact through innovation and entrepreneurial pursuits. Their signature event, the Social Impact Summit, educates attendees about social entrepreneurship and its enormous impact, inspires attendees to become changemakers and facilitates networking among those interested in the social space.

Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife (CPW)

The Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife was organized at NIU in 1972. A group of undergraduate students were willing to prove that student activism could lead to something positive. The Preservation of Wildlife in the organization's name should be interpreted to include all forms of living things.

The objectives and purpose of the organization, as stated in its constitution are:

  • Bring about the protection and conservation of wildlife
  • Undertake an active role in preventing environmental degradation
  • Increase awareness and appreciation of wildlife values

Communiversity Gardens

The aptly named Communiversity Gardens thrive with the care and oversight of a strong volunteer network of students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Engineers Without Borders

The Northern Illinois University chapter of Engineers Without Borders (NIU EWB) is focused and determined to aid the developing countries of the world. NIU EWB strives to bring awareness to the local communities and the northern Illinois region at large. Through awareness events, fundraisers, and engineering projects, NIU EWB improves the quality of life and sustainability of citizens around the globe!

Environmental Law Society

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) student organization focuses on protecting the integrity and advancing the interests of the environment through the legal system, and educating the NIU community about the current state of environmental law

Green Paws Environmental Alliance

As an environmental advocacy group Green Paws are raising awareness about pressing grassroots issues on campus and in the community and implementing projects to initiate change.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Club

LEED Club is a professional development group that provides students with opportunities to connect with local employers, preparation for the LEED-GA Exam, and opportunities to attend USGBC Chapter events.

Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club is a group of students and community members who enjoy skiing, kayaking, backpacking, canoeing, hiking, caving, volunteering and so much more!

Other Organizations With Environmental Impacts

  • American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • Anthropology Club
  • Geography Club
  • Geology Club
  • History Club
  • Soil Judging Team
  • Vegetarian Education Group (VEG)