Academic Year 2013-2014 Leadership Opportunities:
Eco-Reps, short for Eco-Representatives, is a new program of Residence Life that seeks to support student leaders, and to invite all students to engage with issues related to sustainability and practice it together in the residence halls. These paid positions will require a commitment of approximately 4 hours per week throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Students who will be studying abroad in either the spring or fall semester are also welcome to apply, but please note on the application which semester you will be away.
2013-2014 Eco-Representatives will:
• Coordinate the sustainable move-in and move-out programs
• Lead Concordia’s participation in Campus Conservation Nationals
• Create and lead events and activities related to sustainability in your residence hall
• Decide how to shape the future of the Eco-Rep program
If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume and a document (Word or PDF) answering the following questions to Kristin Brethova, Sustainability Coordinator, at kbrethov(at)cord(dot)edu by 5:00pm Sunday, SEPTEMBER 8. Please also note the name of your residence hall.
2. What fun, unique, engaging ideas do you have for connecting with students in the residence halls?
3. What prior experience do you have being proactive, initiating and implementing ideas, events, or projects?
Other Ways to Get Involved
Student Environmental Alliance is an organization that works to bring awareness of environmental and sustainability issues to the larger campus community. SEA has been a leading force in helping Concordia move towards a more ecologically literate campus while pushing for continued progress in sustainability.
SEA has undertaken many projects and played critical roles in the development of a “trayless” dining service, Concordia’s first organic student-run garden, expanding recycling—including glass and ink cartridges—planning events for “Green Week” and “Earth Week”, and organizing a unified student voice. More so, SEA does many fun projects and demonstrations such as the annual winter camp-out by the bell tower.
Steps Toward SustainabilityHere are some small steps you can take on your own to make a big difference in the environment:
- Save money and resources by shopping second hand rather than buying new
- Take advantage of sustainable transportation, like the hybrid vehicles available at campus carpool, or the F-M bus system (free with student ID)
- Bike or walk around town
- Conserve water and save time with shorter showers
- Hang your clothes to dry rather than using the dryer (bonus: saves money and clothing lasts longer)
- Reduce energy consumption by turning off lights and unplugging appliances
- Recycle glass, plastic, aluminum, and paper
- Wash your laundry in cold water
- Keep your house just a few degrees cooler in the winter
- Open your windows, rather than cranking the A/C in the summer
- Reduce food waste or take advantage of locally grown food
- Use a reusable water bottle
- Contact us for more ideas or to get involved.