About the Student Network

Page - February 11, 2010
The Greenpeace Student Network has achieved stunning victories for the planet by focusing on two things: training and action. By organizing actions and events in support of our campaigns and continually training new leaders and activists, we build power to win time and time again. To do this, we need leaders. That's where you come in.

Since 2000, when it was created, the Greenpeace Student Network has been involved in many Greenpeace campaigns and has helped achieve numerous amazing victories for the environment. Here are just a few:

2005-2009 - Kleercut-Free Campuses and Victory!

On August 5, 2009 Greenpeace announced the successful close of the Kleercut campaign, as Kimberly-Clark announced a new policy that made it an industry leader in sustainability. Greenpeace student activists at universities and colleges across the country ran grassroots Kleercut campus campaigns against K-C due to the company's irresponsible environmental practices that turned ancient forests into disposable tissue products. Twenty-two universities and colleges took action against Kimberly-Clark by cutting campus contracts, phasing out products, and writing letters of concern. Schools that took action include the following: American University, Skidmore College, Harvard University, Rice University, University of Miami, University of Central Florida, LaSalle University, Northern Arizona University, University of Vermont, UC-Berkeley, Wesleyan University, Principia College, the University of Florida, Purchase College, Regis University, University of Indianapolis, Lakehead University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Goucher College, Kalamazoo College, Mercyhurst College, and Tulane University.Due in large part to student pressure, Greenpeace pushed Kimberly-Clark to sign a new fiber policy that places it among the industry leaders in sustainability. Read more.

2007 - Green My Apple Week of Action and Victory!

During the Green My Apple Week of Action, Greenpeace student activists generated hundreds of photo petitions asking Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, to score a "Green Ten," and lead the electronics industry to greener, more environmentally friendly pastures. Due in a large part to the student petitions and strategic campus pressure, Greenpeace has pushed Apple into making greener products with less toxic content and better energy efficiency.

2005 - 180 Student Actions to Stop Kleenex from Wiping Away Ancient Forests!

When we learned that Kimberly Clark Corporation, the makers of Kleenex, were destroying the ancient Boreal forest - considered the "Amazon of the North" - to make toilet paper and tissues, Greenpeace and student activists decided to make some noise. Students dressed up as giant tissue boxes, asked consumers to take a "Kleercut Challenge," made hundreds of phone calls to the company, and organized dozens of other creative events in every corner of the US and Canada to get their message out.

2005 - California State University: US's Largest Collegiate Clean Energy Policy!

Greenpeace and student activists took on the world's largest four-year university system, California State University. The two-year campaign generated 14,000 signatures of support, 15 high-level endorsements, and 30+ news articles in support of a sustainable energy policy. In the end, the Student Network won a truly groundbreaking clean energy and sustainable buildings policy.

2003 - University of California: Clean Energy and Green Building Policy!

Following the community colleges victory, Greenpeace joined forces with students at the most prestigious University system in the country, University of California. After a one-year grassroots campaign the President of UC agreed to adopt a clean energy and green building policy for all ten University of California campuses.

2002 - Los Angeles Community Colleges Go Solar!

In 2001, Greenpeace teamed up with students at the largest community college system in the U.S. to get their campuses to go solar. After a ten month campaign, the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees responded to student pressure by committing to build all of the 80-90 new buildings it had planned according to strict green building design standards. In addition, all of the buildings were required to use 15-25% clean energy.

2000 - Kyoto Treaty on Global Warming

Greenpeace invited 225 of the best student activists from around the United States to the Netherlands to defend the Kyoto Treaty on Global Warming from attacks by the fossil fuel industry. After two weeks of daily media events, creative actions, and direct lobbying, the brand new Greenpeace student contingent had defended Kyoto and kept nuclear power out of the treaty.