Eco-Rep Program

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Apply now for the 2017-18 Eco-Rep Program!

Please fill out the 2017-2018 Eco-Rep Application by September 13th, 2017.  

Eco-Rep Job Description

An eco-rep is a student who understands the importance of sustainable living and wants to encourage those habits in all residents of their dorm. The eco-rep’s job is to promote habit change and environmental awareness in their own dorms with the help of the Office of Environmental Sustainability and fellow eco-reps. The eco-rep will lead campaigns and projects within their dorm to generate larger practice of sustainable habits in the campus community. 

Duties include:

-Attending meetings and related events

-Pursuing an individual dorm project 

-Hosting dorm tea times

-Volunteering for all-campus events hosted by Eco-reps, such as Eco-fair and clothing swap

-Making posters to remind students of sustainable habits

-Publicizing the program and its purpose to other students

-Running the Green Games competition and rallying dorm participation

-Any other jobs to support the mission of the program

Approximate Number of Hours per Week: Varies, 2-4 on average

Requirements: Commitment to sustainable living, enthusiasm for seeing projects through to completion, good communication skills, ability to engage peers

Recommended Skills: Leadership experience, ability to solve problems creatively, knowledge of environmental issues

Wage: TBD stipend/ semester

Responsibilities for receiving the stipend:

-Attend weekly meetings – 3 skips allowed per semester with prior notification

-Complete one dorm project by the end of the semester

-Help plan the Green Games and Eco-Fair

-Volunteer for one Green Games shift and one Eco-Fair event

-Host one dorm tea time

How to Apply:

Please fill out the 2017-2018 Eco-Rep Application by September 13th, 2017.  

 Eco-Rep 2016-17 Projects

Below are a few examples of eco-rep projects from this year:

Gabby - Wieland Dormitory - Food Tea Times

My project is ongoing and invites students from Wieland to cook a vegetarian or vegan meal together once a month in order to encourage sustainable living habits while also learning the ways in which consumption habits and practices influence the health of our environment (and our bodies)! Everyone present was able to participate in the actual cooking process to learn some practical skills, but we also talked about our food system and the many ways in which it is troubling and incredibly dangerous to social and environmental justice. I also explained why I am a vegetarian to those who were unsure of the link between meat and environmental degradation and injustice. 

Yuko - James Dormitory - Compost

For my 2016-2017 Eco-Reps project, I installed compost bins throughout James Hall, one of the larger first year dorms. In each floor’s common room, I set up a green bin about as large as the recycling and trash bins that were already in the recycling rooms. Paul Thornton from facilities helped me by painting the bins green and providing me with some posters to raise awareness for the new bins. To make sure residents would notice and use the composting bins, I spoke to most of James’s residents at a dorm-wide meeting, which included a short explanation as to how composting works and why everyone should compost. This seemed to go over well with everyone, although a lot of people had questions as to what could and couldn’t be composted. To address this issue, I wrote a list of compostable items for reference and listed the James Eco-Reps’ emails to contact with any further issues, which sits just above the bin.

Fernando - Williston Dormitory- Planting

At the moment, all three floors of Williston have picked up their seeds and have access to soil. Of the two floors that have planted, one of them already has a germinating plant. People have responded with excitement towards the project and have stated that they have been spending time researching and looking for additional equipment like fertilizers and heat lamps to aid in their plants’ growth.

Carlos - Greenway C Dormitory - Shower Timers

During weekly Tea/Tree times, I have talked to residents about the trial and handed out time sheets to volunteers who are interested in timing their showers. So far, I have gotten about 5 volunteers, however I will be continuously sending out emails about the test in hopes of reaching out to more interested people. Olivia (one of the Greenway C RCs) and I have placed one shower timer in every communal bathroom in the building for the residents to use. After about one month of data collection (around late March/early April), those who have volunteered will return to me their time sheets and for their effort I will be providing them with some small prizes (most likely Glazed donuts or trinkets from AJ Hastings). After Spring Break I will also be broadening the search for more volunteers by posting Floor-wide time sheets onto the bathrooms with strings and pens (similar to the custodian notepads on the door of custodian closets). In doing so, I hope that residents will be reminded about the program and will find it easy to use the timers and report their shower times as soon as they leave the shower. If OES has the resources, I’d like to make it into a floor-by-floor competition, with the first floor to fill out the timesheets winning a prize like a pizza party or something. At the same time I’ll also have posters about the program set up in the hallways by the time students return from Spring Break. So far students have been pretty happy about the program. People who have volunteered to report their shower times have made some positive comments about it.

Ann - Williston Dormitory - Drying Rack

My project, which was to put up the drying lines in my laundry room, has been a huge success! Everyone has been using them and they have expressed much appreciation for a more convenient and eco-friendly way to dry their clothing. I highly recommend that drying lines be installed in all laundry rooms across campus.

Sam - Chapman Dormitory - Least Valuable Eco-Resident

The least valuable eco-resident initiative, or L.V.E., is a program designed to incentivize positive environmental behavior by the residents of Chapman. Together, this initiative will help cut down waste, encourage education of environmental issues, and ultimately help Chapman become a more sustainable environment. The L.V.E. Initiative uses a combination of public shaming and waste reduction strategies to help achieve the overall mission of the program. At the start of each month a Chapman resident will be selected by an in-person vote to be the L.V.E. for the upcoming term. The voting shall be based on a response to the following question: Which resident do you believe has done the worst job being an environmentally conscious and sustainable member of our society? No single resident can be the L.V.E. two months in a row. The L.V.E. must follow all the criteria below or face repercussions as stated.


            1. The L.V.E. must spend the month without purchasing any new plastic water bottles or single-use cups. Failure to do so will result in a penalty.

            2. The L.V.E. must eat at least 1 vegetarian meal (lunch or dinner) a week and send a picture to the house group chat verifying he has completed the task. Failure to do so will result in a penalty.

            3. The L.V.E. can eat red meat 2 meals a week. Failure to do so will result in a penalty.

            4. The L.V.E. must make an initiative for the next month that can help make Chapman a more environmentally sustainable house.

            5. The L.V.E. will have his picture displayed in the foyer of Chapman.