UNIVERSITY HOUSING & DINING

Eco Reps program

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What is EcoReps?

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.

Check out our Tiger Quest page for more information: https://clemson.collegiatelink.net/organization/ecoreps

We’re also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClemsonEcoReps

What is an Ecology Representative?

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!

What is the EcoReps Executive board?

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.

How do I join EcoReps?

To be an Ecological Representative, you must:

  • Live on campus
  • Be elected by the students in your community to one of the two community council Ecological Representative positions
  • Demonstrate an interest in wanting to learn more about sustainability
  • Be willing to take action, engage others, and make a difference
  • Provide creativity and time to work on marketing and educational activities
  • Participate in group events, discussions, presentations and leadership development
  • Support other Eco Reps with enthusiasm for their creative endeavors.

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/

How did EcoReps get started?

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!

What drives the EcoReps? 

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.

Goals:

  1. To foster clear awareness of and concern about economic, social, political, and ecological interdependence in Clemson University’s on-campus students.
  2. To provide every on-campus students and staff opportunities to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment, and skills needed to protect and improve the environment.
  3. To create new patterns of behavior exhibited by individuals, groups, and society as a whole toward the environment.

(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.

What makes an EcoRep, an EcoRep? 

  • EcoReps KNOW:

    • The three different areas of sustainability and how they interconnect
    • The ongoing sustainability initiatives at Clemson
    • Pressing threats to our environment on a local, national, and global scale
    • How to collaborate with fellow students to create sustainable events and initiatives
    • How to think critically about a given material or behavior and its impact on the larger environment
    • How to maintain hope and remain empowered on an ever-increasingly polluted planet and within systems that are resistant to substantive change
  • EcoReps ARE:

    • Knowledgeable resources on where to find accurate information that pertains to sustainability
    • Effective collaborators, both amongst fellow student leaders and with on-campus departments
    • Advocates for environmental, social, and economic justice
    • Engaging students leaders who can empower fellow students to join them in their efforts to live in a more sustainable world
    • Student programming consultants
  • EcoReps ACTIVELY:

    • Seek out new information and behaviors that lead to a more sustainable lifestyle
    • Look at student programming critically, and make recommendations to increase the sustainable-focus of a given program
    • Effectively integrate sustainable perspectives into student leadership programs
    • Maintain an open mind towards learning new information that may challenge previous thoughts and/or experiences
    • Identify opportunities for collaboration with university and community partners
    • Advocate for increased sustainable behaviors on an individual and community-based level.
    • Engage members of the Clemson community in conversations regarding sustainability