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Green Advisors

foster behavioral and structural change by raising campus environmental conscientiousness.

The Green Advisors (GAs) are student workers of the Office of Sustainability who work to encourage sustainable and socially-just lifestyles among all Swarthmore community members. The GAs support environmental justice & climate crisis education/action, work to reduce campus waste generation in close partnership with Environmental Services, oversee the campus composting system, serve as liaisons to the Sustainability Advocates program, and much more. The GA program supports a multitude of approaches to environmental issues, and encourages dialog within and beyond the program to understand these differing perspectives.

About the GA Program

GA MISSION: Green Advisors serve as campus leaders and advocates for greater environmental consciousness. Through the Green Advisor program, we strive to promote and practice intersectional sustainability, climate and waste justice, and campus resiliency in order to foster a greater sense of responsibility and hope amongst our community. We do this through the following roles:

RESIDENTIAL PEER LEADERS:

  • Serve as student leaders and advocates for greater environmental conscieousness within the residential campus community 
  • Advocate for sustainable habits in residential halls and assist with yearly move-out
  • Engage residents in critical conversations pertaining to intersectional sustainability, climate resilience, and wellness around climate anxiety

ZERO WASTE EXPERTS:

  •  Serve as compost sorters and zero waste advocates
  •  Identify areas for improvement in campus waste systems 
  •  Expand zero waste education in residential halls and across the campus community

CAMPUS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FACILITATORS

  • Work in partnership with staff and faculty on departmental initiatives 
  • Create community partnerships and bridge sustainability opportunities
  • Represent the Green Advisor program at campus-wide events, working groups, and other stakeholder conversations

 

2022-2023 Green Advisors

Student Coordinators: Elena Lee '23, Juna Saito '25

The Team:   Elena Lee '23, Emmy Li '25, Fatima Jahra '24, Hulices Murillo '23, Isabela Ibrahim '25, Nathan Nguyen '25, Noe Caplan '25, Prince Tardeh '25, Sophia Puang '24, Tina Chen '25, Vivian Guo '24, Juna Saito '25, Aidan Godfrey '25, Jiho Shin '25, Xezel Peshlakai '25, Tommy Vu '24, Tejas Sarna '25, Eleanor Van Rheenen '24, Anastasia Erley '24*, Tammy Lam '24*

* denotes GA beginning in the Spring 2023 semester.

GA Program Director: Clare Hyre, Associate Director of Sustainability (chyre1@swarthmore.edu)

 

GA "Tribute" Video

Watch the 2017-2018 Green Advisor cohort describe why they enjoy their internship role and especially why they love composting!

Green Advisor Final Presentations, Spring 2020

Each year the Green Advisors partner with community Sustainability Advocates on group projects. Check out the video to get a sense of these projects! You can also learn more about the Sustainability Advocates program here.

Zero Waste

The Green Advisors aim to reduce the College's waste and, when waste is produced, to divert as much of it as possible away from the Covanta incinerator located in Chester.

A key task for the GAs is to manage the College's compost system. GAs sort contamination out of campus compost before it is picked up by our hauler, Kitchen Harvest

Help our community to develop more environmentally just practices by reducing your waste whenever you can, and by learning how to compost & recycle!