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The SDSU Enviro-Business Society meets every other Wednesday in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. (Credit: SDSU Enviro-Business Society) The SDSU Enviro-Business Society meets every other Wednesday in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. (Credit: SDSU Enviro-Business Society)

Student Organization Spotlight: Enviro-Business Society

The SDSU Enviro-Business Society aims to create a positive environmental impact on the SDSU campus.
By SDSU News Team

The Enviro-Business Society is a San Diego State University student organization working to create a positive environmental impact on SDSU’s campus and the surrounding community.

The organization, also known as e3, uses the principles of ecology, ethics, and economics to create a more sustainable community. Through the organization, members have opportunities to network with professionals, participate in community service and help plan GreenFest each year.

Enviro-Business Society president Jillian Grabenstein said she joined the organization because she wanted to make a positive change on campus.

“The Enviro-Business Society has changed my life by showing me how I can combine my passion for sustainability and business and make it not just a career path, but a way of life,” said Grabenstein.

Is the Enviro-Business Society open to all majors or is it major specific?

Yes, our organization is open to all majors.

When it comes to finding new members for your organization, what type of students are you looking for?

We try to target sustainability, environmental science, and business majors, but overall we are looking for anyone who is passionate about sustainability and has an interest in the business world.

When are your meetings and is there a membership fee?

Our meetings are from 5-6 p.m. every other Wednesday in the Metzli Room of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Our membership fee is $15 per semester.

How can students find more information about your organization?

Students can find more information about our organization on our website, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

What kind of activities does your organization plan and attend?

We plan garden work parties at the College Area Community Garden, participate in beach clean-ups, attend farmer’s markets throughout San Diego, survey SDSU to see where we need more recycling bins and hydration stations, and host networking events with sustainably-minded students from other San Diego universities.

Here is a list of some upcoming events:
  • March 8: General member meeting with guest speaker Shannon Casey, vice president of CleanTech
  • March 15: Enviro-Business Society trip to the Ocean Beach farmer's market
  • March 22: General member meeting with guest speaker Mark Forster, director of marketing for Dudek
  • April 26: Enviro-Business Society end of the semester dinner (location TBD)
What impact have SDSU faculty made on your organization?

SDSU faculty members have been a crucial part of the growth and success of the Enviro-Business Society. Adviser Heather Honea has been a huge support system and has helped us execute many ideas we have had. Tom Abrams from Campus Sustainability has helped educate us on sustainable initiatives at SDSU and has encouraged us to make a positive change. Jessica Travis, a sustainability professor who also works at Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, has attended our events and promoted the Enviro-Business Society among her students.