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Campus Resources

Need information for a research project or lecture? Searching for a subject-matter expert to help you understand a problem, give a guest lecture, or advise an independent study? Putting together field trips on campus, or just curious about sustainability-related sites here in Auburn? These resource guides are here to provide starting points for all your sustainability-related informational needs.

  • Campus Food Pantry. Provides free non-perishable foods and toiletry items to food-insecure members of the student body.
  • Campus Kitchens Project. Student-run food recovery network that packages and distributes free, fresh meals from food recovered from on-campus dining facilities.
  • Community Garden. Educational and community resource where individuals can rent plots to grow food, ornamental plants, or anything else. Community gardens are a key strategy for reducing food insecurity nationwide. Contact: Marley Halter
  • Donald E. Davis Arboretum. Former pig farm that has been converted to a conservatory and showcase for native flora, including rare plants and trees. Multiple stormwater management features. Contact: L. Morgan Pendergrass.
  • Kreher Preserve and Nature Center
  • The Little Food Library. Provides students quick access to non-perishable foods in a convenient location: The parking deck entrance of RBD Library.
  • Old Rotation. One of the first experimental plots for crop rotation in the United States, under continuous (rotated) cultivation since 1896. Has been widely used for data on sustainable agriculture, soil and environmental quality, and productivity. Contact: Audrey Gamble
  • Parkerson Mill Creek, Creek that runs beneath much of the campus and has been “daylighted” and restored next to the Wellness kitchen. Outdoor classroom, information on landscape transformation on Auburn’s campus, native plants, stormwater management. Contact: Ben Burmester
  • Office of the University Architect. Multiple features on campus dealing with sustainability and accessibility. Field trips are available on topics including energy, green infrastructure, water, stormwater management, LEED buildings and design, etc.
    • Transportation, especially efforts to promote biking and walking on campus and to create green infrastructure that facilitates multi-use, environmentally friendly transportation. Contact: Ben Burmester.
  • Rural Studio. Off-campus sustainable and community-based design studio in Hale County, AL.
  • EW Shell Fisheries Center. Speakers and field trips on fisheries management, aquaculture, and aquatic sciences.

  • Auburn University Guide for Faculty Engagement (pdf)
  • AuburnServes. Searchable database of community partners for service-learning opportunities. Includes tools and support to help you design, coordinate, and register a service-learning class, or volunteer your students for upcoming service opportunities. Operated by the Student Engagement and Service Learning office in the Office of Public Service. Contact: Joyce Thomas-Vinson
  • Library databases and resources
  • Office of University Outreach maintains a directory of more than 140 community partners and campus engagement projects.
  • Campus Compact. Sample syllabi and other resources for service learning.

  • College of Engineering guest lecturers on sustainability
  • Hunger Solutions Institute. Outstanding resource on issues of food security, food deserts, health, human and community sustainability. Experts in forging “knowledge coalitions” between researchers, students, and partners from the private and public sector. Contact: Alicia Powers
  • Office of Inclusion and Diversity: works on diversity, inclusion, recruitment, and retention on Auburn’s campus. Contact: Garry Morgan
  • Greg Schmidt: Library subject matter specialist for sustainability
  • Sustainability faculty directory: a searchable database of four hundred researchers at Auburn University who are engaged in sustainability-related work. Search by name, department, college, or area of expertise (eg race, poverty, hunger, energy, etc.).
  • Scholars@Auburn: Searchable database of over two thousand Auburn researchers (use with caution, as the search function is not always accurate). 
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension Services: more than seven hundred experts working across the state on issues of rural development, poverty, sustainable agriculture, watershed management, and other topics. They lack a searchable database, but the website contains a vast trove of information. For assistance identifying subject-matter experts and programs, contact Director J. Mike Phillips.