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Sustainability Advocates

The Sustainability Advocates Program offers staff and faculty the opportunity to take a leadership role in the collective effort to create a healthy and sustainable campus community. Advocates are each partnered with a student Green Advisor for the academic year; together they work to implement sustainability projects within the Advocate's department. The Sustainability Advocates Program supports the College's commitment to achieve a range of sustainability targets and to engage and educate all community members about sustainability topics.

2018-2019 Sustainability Advocates

Chip Proctor (EVS), Chris Capron (Admissions), Esther Wieman (Advancement), Georgina Texeira (HR), James Verdi (Borough resident), Jessica Stockett (ITS), Julie DiPietro (Advancement), Katherine Cerino Jones (Events Management), Michelle Stark (OSE), Mike Harper (Campus & Community Store), Nyk Robertson (IC / WRC), Pat Martin (Off-Campus Study), Roy Greim (Communications), Sandra Lopez Cortez (Grounds), Stacey Hogge (Sociology & Anthropology), Stephen Lockard (EVS), Tara Webb (Theater / Music & Dance)

Benefits to Departments

  • Foster a sense of ownership, shared responsibility, and expertise with regard to the College's sustainability commitments
  • Participate in meaningful professional development opportunities
  • Make significant sustainability improvements to campus operations
  • Form personal connections with both students and an interdepartmental staff/faculty cohort

Expectations of Advocates

  • Attend two August sustainability trainings
  • Meet 30 minutes weekly with their liaison Green Advisor
  • Develop and implement a sustainability project
  • Share updates on Advocates work at departmental meetings
  • Attend additional professional development workshops and Ecosphere campus events

 Advocates will be asked to identify small-scale sustainability projects that can be realistically implemented during the program. Part of the goal of August training is to equip Advocates with the knowledge and skills to identify their projects. That said, we ask that applicants come to the program with some idea of what they might want to work on for their department. Additionally, we will be placing a strong focus on departmental waste education and require each Advocate and their partner Green Advisor to work on:

  • Hosting waste sorting trainings within the department
  • Exploring the possibility of transitioning to 'buddy bins'

How To Apply to the 2018-2019 Cohort!

Applications are due on Monday, July 23 at 11:59 pm.

Application forms can be found here. This form will require you to submit a signed approval from your supervisor (the document for them to sign can be found within the application form). Please note that the application is a Google Form and cannot be saved prior to submission.

Submission of an application is not a guarantee of inclusion in the program. Each Advocate is matched with one Green Advisor. As this is the first year of the full launch of the Advocates program, we cannot predict the quantity of applications. You will be notified of your status several days after the application period closes.

There are two required trainings in August:

  • The first is a full-day training just for Sustainability Advocates. You may choose between two dates: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm on either Friday, August 3 or Wednesday, August 8. Lunch will be provided.
  • The second is a half-day training with all Advocates and student Green Advisors, from 10 am - 2 pm on Friday, August 24. Lunch will be provided.

We recognize that these dates may not work for you due to work or vacation commitments, but it is imperative that the '18-19 Advocates cohort receives training and meets the Green Advisors before the semester gets into full swing.

Campus Projects

Buddy bins are a two-part bin system for an employee's desk area, involving a regular sized desk recycling bin with a small trash bin that attaches to the side of the recycling bin. Employees with buddy bins are asked to manage the waste in their bins themselves by depositing waste in our new three-part 'waste stations', which will eventually be found in every campus building. Buddy bins encourage recycling, reduce overall waste (by changing behavior and by removing the need for plastic liners), and alleviate tasks for EVS colleagues.

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