Student Initiatives

Hector Okhumode Yakubu makes large strides in
eliminating polystyrene from NMSU food service locations

December 2016

The manager of the Office of Sustainability, joni newcomer, had the pleasure of working with Okhumode during the summer and fall semester 2016 to get rid of polystyrene food packaging in our food service areas on campus. Okhumode did this for one of his master’s degree classes, but mostly did it from that place of truly caring for the planet and his fellow students.

Below is a copy of the article that the NMSU Round Up newspaper wrote on Okhumode’s successes.



This is a list of student-led organizations that have worked in partnership with the Office of Sustainability.  There are several other student clubs and organizations that engage in sustainability initiatives not included on this page.  You can find the full list of student organizations here.

Group Shot - OASIS Earth Day 11

Associated Students at NMSU is the student government at NMSU who provides programs, services, and opportunities by utilizing money from student fees.  They work with sustainability initiatives such as:

  • Earth Week (April)
  • The FEED “Green Tip of the Week”
  • Collaboration with student organizations

Aggie Move-in Day

Freshman and transferring students move into university housing on the Sunday before classes start. It is a big event with different campus organizations present in booths lining International Mall in front of the dorms. The Office of Sustainability has had a booth during the event since it opened July 2011. The event is on the hottest day of the year, the second Sunday in August. Squirt guns are everywhere!

Our booth is there to educate new and returning students about sustainability on campus. We have games (bean bag toss through the tree made of completely re-used materials) and prizes for answering questions about sustainability in general. Most importantly it’s our opportunity to educate the new students about our ten sustainability initiatives and how students can be Green Aggies.


Bean Bag Tree Toss made of 100% reused materials – tabling at Move-in Day


Tabling at Move-in Day showing freshman the City of Las Cruces bicycle map


Aggie Fest is similar to Aggie Move-in Day but classes have already started and it’s a day for all students to learn about activities on campus. The Office of Sustainability is there with their usual goodies and tools to educate students about being Green Aggies.


Environmental Science Student Organization (ESSO) advances environmental knowledge and awareness at NMSU and in the community.

  • RecycleMania in conjunction with Aggie Recycling (February)
  • Composting program in HRTM 100 West Café
  • Great American Cleanup Day, (April)

Horticulture Forum helps the student body become familiar with horticulture and floriculture procedures on all levels including turf, xeric, and ornamental landscape plants.

  • Organic vs. non-organic growing experiment
  • Seeding vegetables, flowers, and herbs at the horticulture greenhouse
  • Plant Sale (April)

Organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability (OASIS) generates awareness regarding sustainable practices and engages with the community to promote green ethics.

  • Earth Day Festival (April)
  • Arbor Day elementary school tree planting -, (April)
  • Sustainability film series (fall)

Science Alliance is a joint organization combining the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and an education program of the Ecological Society of America: Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS).

  • “Expanding Your Horizons”
  • Science Film Club
  • River Cleanup (March)

Take Back the Tap NMSU is an initiative to inform, curb, and potentially end the use of plastic water bottles on New Mexico State University campus by generating awareness of the social, economic, and environmental impacts associated with plastic bottled water.

  • Work with ASNMSU to get water bottle filling stations around campus
  • Presentations on global and local water issues

Educational tabling on waste reduction

If you know of a green student organization that would like to be listed on this page, please contact