Student Researchers & Peer Leaders in Sustainability
No matter what your major is when you come to USM, there is a role you can play in helping to green campus. The Eco-Reps program is one of the many ways you can get involved. It caters to students' professional development needs, by giving them the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to a number of environmental, economic, and social sustainability projects. Eco-Reps research interesting environmental challenges, issues, and concepts, while teaching environmentally-conscious behaviors to members of the University community. Each Eco-rep is assigned to a mentor who is experienced in the sustainability field. Projects encompass all manner of environmental subjects, including recycling & waste reduction, biking & alternative transportation, alternative energy & energy conservation, greenhouse gas emissions & climate change, pollution & stormwater, and sustainable landscaping.
What Do Eco-Reps Do?
- Design and execute projects
- Create, coordinate, promote, and host events
- Recycling and waste station coordination and monitoring
- Disseminate information to groups, give presentations in classes, offer sustainability tours of campus
- Gather energy and environmental data to assist in improving campus sustainability efforts
- Build connections with community partners
- Encourage, facilitate, and mediate student dialogue about sustainability opportunities and programs
- Act as ambassadors for the Office of Sustainability, both on and off campus
- Publish articles in the Free Press for the Sustainability and ME column
- Work in the USM Free Store in Gorham
Interested in becoming an Eco-rep?
- Visit us in your My USM Portal for information on how to apply.