EcoReps is Clemson Home’s sustainability-focused, student leadership program! EcoReps includes 18 Ecological Representatives and 4 student-filled executive board positions. The Graduate Assistant for Sustainability advises involved students.
An Ecological Representative (EcoRep) is an individual who is committed to taking action towards a sustainable Clemson! EcoReps live on campus and are a part of each residential community’s Community Council. Each community council has 2 spots specifically reserved for EcoReps. While involved in EcoReps, each student will participate in sustainability education and empower themselves and others to create positive change.
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. Returning EcoReps fill these roles and help coordinate events and initiatives. Executive Board members also individually support Ecological Representatives and help direct the program’s culture of learning and change.
To be an Ecological Representative, you must:
For any additional questions email Lauren Hughes, the Graduate Assistant for Sustainability.
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 have lead to increased opportunities and involvement for EcoReps across campus. EcoReps are constantly evolving to meet the needs of students and the Clemson community.
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.