Start Your Own Chapter



Chapters are at the core of ESW. They are the local entities that bring
people together to design, educate, and build sustainable communities.

Don't see an ESW chapter near you? Get involved by starting your own!





Benefits of starting a chapter


Dedicated 1:1 support from ESW-HQ
Use of the ESW name and logo for your chapter
Free ESW membership for students and a faculty advisor
Access to funding opportunities and ESW conference discounts
A community of people passionate about sustainability



What Do Chapters Do?



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Why Should You Start a Chapter?


What is Engineers for a Sustainable World?
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a national nonprofit that seeks to forge innovative, lasting solutions to local and global sustainability challenges. The heart of our organization is in our 50+ collegiate student chapters, which implement hands-on domestic and international sustainability projects. Through our professional membership and educational programs, we further seek to build a global network united by shared environmental and social values.

What do ESW student chapters do?
ESW’s action-oriented student chapters design and implement sustainability projects. These chapters are largely autonomous in their interests and scope, working on a mix of both technical and non-technical projects. Chapters have traditionally focused on projects on campus and in their local communities, with many chapters also engaging in international projects. Examples include:

  • Designing a rainwater catchment system for a local community garden,
  • Building solar smoothie carts to raise sustainability awareness around campus,
  • Developing a remote monitoring system for micro-hydroelectric plants in Indonesia,
  • Running an on-campus energy competition to encourage efficient energy usage,
  • K-12 sustainability education programs with classrooms at local schools.

What are the benefits of starting a student chapter?

  • Leadership experience through sustainability-oriented projects,
  • Networking opportunities such as the ESW Annual Conference and regional conferences,
  • Matching with a liaison from ESW-HQ who connects each chapter to resources, collaborations, and funding opportunities from our national network,
  • Free ESW membership for all student members and one faculty advisor.

What are the requirements for starting a student chapter?

  • A faculty advisor and official school recognition,
  • An initial founding document and identification of a few initial projects,
  • An identified means of paying chapter dues.

What are the chapter dues?
Annual dues are $450 for large chapters (10+ members) and $225 for small chapters (< 10 members).