Got questions about what it’s like to be an Eco-Rep? Are you an Eco-Rep that may be stuck on planning an event? Not sure what to do next? If you’re looking for answers, you’ve come to the right place! I have assembled several questions I, or other people have asked about Eco-Reps and I’m here to answer them for you.
Q: So what is Eco-Reps? What’s the point of the program?
A: Eco-Reps is a volunteer leadership peer education program for sustainability. The overarching goal of the program is help Dickinsonians gain a better understanding of sustainability and how to connect these opportunities to their lives.
. We represent a number of diverse spaces on campus and we’re still trying to expand. Volunteers engage their communities in a number of ways to educate on sustainable practices.
Q: What are the responsibilities of an Eco-Rep?
A: Eco-Reps don’t have a lot of “required” responsibilities, as it is a volunteer leadership position. Eco-Reps must turn in a place audit every two weeks for their communities and they should attend 3 mandatory meetings per semester and make an effort to attend Sustain IT workshops to further their own sustainability education. Eco-Reps also must host one event or campaign per semester and they can work together with each other and RAs. For more information, check out the responsibilities page for Eco-Reps and take a look at the 2016-17 Eco-Reps Manual.
Q: Why do Eco-Reps have to do audits?
A: The place audits are collected and digitized by the Eco-Reps Coordinator (me) in an Excel spreadsheet and some of that data is used to compare waste habits of various buildings from year to year. However, the audits are mainly for the Coordinator to follow what is happening for the spaces being represented and see whether Eco-Reps are fulfilling their responsibilities. The audits are also to help Eco-Reps think more critically about their place and what they can do to improve different aspects of it.
Q: What characteristics does a good event have?
A: The purpose of the events is to put an Eco-Rep in a more visible position within the community. It allows them to engage directly with the people they represent and educate them about what Eco-Reps do and what non-Eco-Reps can do. A good event is planned far in advance and advertised effectively. Many residence hall Eco-Reps will team up with their RAs to expand their budget and potentially attract more people to the event. Ideas for events can often be difficult to come up with, but there is a list of sample ideas in the manual at the above link.
Q: Who can be an Eco-Rep?
A: Anyone! No, really. This semester we have Eco-Reps in nearly every residence hall and we have student Eco-Reps representing clubs and sports teams. We also have some faculty and staff Eco-Reps as well. Anyone at Dickinson can choose to be an Eco-Rep in almost any space. Spend a lot of time in Rector? Think of becoming an Eco-Rep for the building! We would love to get more clubs and centers on campus involved in the program. If you’re interested in applying for the Spring semester, check out the application online at www.dickinson.edu/ecoreps and email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.