ECO-REPS' Responsibilities include:
- New Student Orientation - presentation on Sustainability and university Recycling procedures to all incoming first-year students
- Residence Halls - Promotion and Education about Sustainability (energy and water conservation & recycling) through signage, tabling and programming of 'green' events such as RecycleMania, and beach & roadside clean-ups
- Promote and educate students, faculty and staff about university-subsidized use of public transportation
- Work with the co-chairs of the University Recycling & Sustainability Committee to assist with and coordinate campus-wide sustainability initiatives
- Assist in maintaining University Recycling Stations
- Work with Office of Campus Programs in the programming of 'green' co-curricular events and to ensure that recycling, and energy and water conservation take place at all co-curricular events
- Work with the Office of Service Learning to promote sustainability and recycling in the local school systems, including presentation of a session at the annual GRRL Tech conference
- Assist Dining Services in their continued efforts to reduce waste, buy locally, recycle, and compost whenever possible and conserve energy and water
Over the past five years, various departments and individuals at Roger Williams University have been committed to reducing the university's carbon footprint. With the formation of the University Recycling & Sustainability Committee and his support for their projects, President Nirschel put the goal of making Roger Williams University an environmentally-friendly institution on the front burner. With his signing of The President's Climate Commitment on Earth Day, April 22, 2008, the president has committed the entire university community to the goal of becoming carbon-neutral and incorporating the idea of sustainability into all facets of the curriculum and daily operations of this institution. Through this commitment to creating the Eco-Reps Program, we are following through on our pledge to educate our students about sustainability and show them how they can make a difference.
March 1, 2009 - Begin to promote the program and recruit the 12 students who will serve as Eco-Reps for the 2009/2010 academic year, as well as recruiting an intern who will serve as the Coordinator of Eco-Reps
June 15, 2009 - Have Eco-Reps and Coordinator hired by this date and have them involved in New Student Orientation in the form of presentations and/or manning an information table
September 1, 2009 - Weekly meetings begin with Eco-Reps, Eco-Rep Coordinator, and their staff advisor, Asst. to V.P Student Affairs/Director of Special Projects.
As the Eco-Reps program progresses, our goal is to increase recycling in the residence halls by 20%.