ESW projects design, build, and implement solutions to sustainability issues, often with a focus on energy and the environment. Chapters select their own project topics and locations for implementation based on the interests of their members, and the resources and guidance available to them at their respective universities. Some chapters chose to focus primarily on sustainability issues on campus or in their local community, while others work to implement sustainable development solutions for communities in the developing world. Many have project portfolios that include a mix of local and international efforts. Topics vary widely across chapters, but include areas such as clean energy generation and energy savings, water and wastewater treatment/management, and the development of green infrastructure. To carry out these projects, chapters often partner with on-campus staff, community organizations, or other sustainability organizations that have experience and established relationships in the communities where they work.

You can view many of the projects completed or in progress in this directory, and we encourage you to contact the chapter to learn more or help implement a similar project where you are!

Please use the options below to confine your search. To view projects conducted by specific chapters please visit our chapter pages by traveling here. ESW Members can add projects by clicking here.

This project seeks to improve access to safe drinking water in Dhaka, Bangladesh in collaboration

The combination of intermittent energy supplies and highly consumptive irrigation methods, such as flood irrigation, are resulting in the over-­‐extraction of water sources and high electricity use in India. This year, in collaboration with Wells for India, a UK-­‐based charity, and Sahyog Sansthan, a local NGO, ESW-­‐Stanford will design a solar irrigation system that will be suitable for poor farmers in the region.

The purpose of this project is to investigate ways to mitigate the lost of life during a tsunami by increasing the capacity for tsunami evacuation infrastructure in Padang, Indonesia. Padang, the capital city of the West Sumatra province, currently has the highest risk for a tsunami in the world. Due to the city's dense population and flat terrain, more than half of the city's 1 million population cannot effectively evacuate inland in the case of a tsunami. This project has focused on vertical evacuation into buildings or onto other high ground within the city.

Making a mobile food cart which will use solar energy to run blenders to make smoothies

We are applying for the Bike Friendly Campus distinction, info can be found at

ESW Planned an end of the year event, where students and faculty from across the University could showcase the work they've done relating to sustainability.

The group completed a rain garden, 3 times bigger than any on campus, at the Coralville UMC in April.  A great resource is:

We want Habitat homeowners to have bills they can afford as well – taking this one step further, we don’t want them to have any bills at all.  The idea is that with specific technologies and construction methods, the next generation of Habitat homes will not use more energy than they produce.

Attended training as a group, spent 10 hours weatherizing a home the following weekend.  Followed up with pizza.