EcoReps is Clemson Home’s sustainability-focused, student leadership program! EcoReps includes 20 Ecological Representatives and 4 student-filled executive board positions. The Graduate Assistant for Sustainability advises involved students.
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An Ecology Representative is an individual who is committed to taking action towards a ‘greener’ Clemson! Ecology Representatives live on campus and are a part of each residential community’s Community Council. Each community council has 2 spots specifically reserved for Ecological Representatives. While involved in EcoReps, each student will increase their ecological knowledge and experiment with behavior changes to pursue a sustainable lifestyle. Each Ecological Representative will then apply what they’re learning, and work to actively engage members of their community in joining them to create more sustainable living environments!
The EcoReps Executive board leads EcoReps, and is made up of 4 positions, including: Leadership Chair, Activities and Events Chair, Collaboration and Outreach Chair, and the Current Events and Social Media Chair. Seasoned Ecological Representatives fill these roles, and help coordinate EcoReps events and initiatives. Board members also individually support Ecological Representatives and help direct the program’s culture of learning. Each student involved in an Executive Board position will be eligible for a stipend each semester.
To be an Ecological Representative, you must:
For any additional questions, contact the Graduate Assistant for Sustainability, whose contact information can be found on the Clemson Home Staff Directory page: http://housing.clemson.edu/staff-directory/
EcoReps began in the fall of 2011 as a means to engage Clemson’s on-campus student population in sustainability education. Since its inception, dozens of students have been directly involved in sustainable activities and initiatives each year. These students have had opportunities to coordinate campus cleanups, assist with institutional initiatives such as Recyclemania, partner with third party organizations, and numerous other events and initiatives. Prior to the summer of 2016, involvement in the program was open to any number of students and was not limited to those students who lived on campus. During the summer of 2016, substantial restructuring took place in order to better integrate EcoReps with other student leadership groups within University Housing. These changes include incorporating EcoReps into community councils, limiting program involvement to students living on campus, and the development of a curricular framework. We’re excited to be rolling out these changes!
Mission: EcoReps seek to promote a strong foundation of sustainable lifestyle practices within the Clemson University campus and community, through fostering a culture of awareness, respect, accountability, and education among peers, staff, and faculty.
(Adopted from “The Tbilisi Declaration” 1977)
Purpose Statement: We believe that integrating a holistic, triple bottom line (i.e. environmental, social, and economic) approach to student education is critical in every Clemson Home experience.
Vision: EcoReps will be integrated into each Clemson Home student experience. EcoReps will serve as a resource and offer on campus students meaningful and pertinent experiences that provide a foundational understanding of sustainability and its practical application that can be applied throughout each student’s personal and professional future.
Values: EcoReps is a sustainability-focused, student leadership program that values Justice, Learning, and Community. These values are encompassed by University Housing and Dining’s values of integrity, courage, and excellence.