What is Sustain Champlain?

Sustain Champlain is a campus-wide initiative strives to infuse sustainability concepts and practices across Champlain College by coordinating and promoting best practices within four areas: our institution, academics, operations, and culture.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Announcing: the fall 2011 Eco-Reps! Coming soon to a Res Hall near you...

I am very excited that the pilot year of the new Eco-Reps Program at Champlain College is officially underway. On Monday, I met with the six fabulous students who are the new Eco-Reps: Grace vonRabenstein (Spinner), David Bender (Quarry), Kaylin Beauregard (North Campus), Kyle Judd (South Campus), Allison Markowitz (East Campus), and Schuyler Ogren (West Campus).

In general, Eco-Reps are expected to model environmentally responsible living behaviors and conduct education and outreach to fellow residents. Eco-Reps are trained and coordinated by the Sustainability Director who connects them to appropriate campus personnel and resources. Eco-Rep activities are generally focused within the residential areas of campus, but can spill out into broader campus issues when most applicable.

The Eco-Reps are just getting acquainted with the program, their expectations, and their domain. I hope you’ll all welcome them to your residential areas as they get to know the buildings. The Eco-Reps may be contacting the RAs of the buildings that they are responsible for, for a building walkthrough and/or to set up a time when they can meet your residents at a floor meeting or other gathering.

As a paid position, the Eco-Reps are expected to work 4 hours per week completing various tasks such as:
*regularly maintaining and updating a bulletin board or other communication channel
* building walkthroughs to inspect recycling areas, including bins and signage
* talking with residents about how to recycle, conserve energy & water, etc.
* co-sponsor at least one event/program/activity per semester with a Res Hall staff member or PA
* attend weekly meetings with program coordinator (Christina Erickson)

If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the Eco-Reps.

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