Are you looking for meaningful leadership and team-building experiences while at college? Do you want to play a part in solving environmental issues, fostering economic prosperity, promoting social justice or creating healthy communities?  Would you like to leave a lasting positive impact on KU’s campus and surrounding community?… Become a KU Steward!

The KU Stewards Leadership Program is a year-long collaborative learning experience which will equip first-year students with the knowledge, confidence, skills, and wherewithal to become student leaders and change agents for sustainability on campus and beyond. 

Participation as a KU Steward involves attending interactive weekly meetings and enrichment activities that will focus on three learning goals:

  • Understanding sustainability issues, projects and potential solutions on campus and in the surrounding community.
  • Demystifying the complex processes and considerations that go into decision making and policy change at a large institution such as KU.
  • Discovering and exercising the key traits of leadership within yourselves!

Topical areas covered through the program will include:

  • Transportation
  • Waste Management
  • Energy and the Built Environment
  • Food Systems
  • Social Justice
  • Navigating Campus Administration
  • Facilitating Behavior Change 
  • Traits of Leadership

Upon completing the program in spring semester, under the guidance of Center for Sustainability advisors, KU Stewards will have worked as a group to develop, propose and implement a project to further sustainability on campus or in the Lawrence community. You can find details of past Stewards projects here

Apply by Friday, August 28, 2015. Please include a copy of your fall class schedule, along with any other regularly scheduled commitments, with your application. 

Download an application

Fall meetings will begin the week of September 7th

View a draft schedule of weekly activities.(Subject to change.)

Questions? Contact the KU Center for Sustainability at or 785-864-5398. 

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