EcoReps are sustainability leaders within our residence halls. They educate their peers about sustainability issues and promote socially just and environmentally responsible behaviors. EcoReps distribute resources, design innovative projects, and create, coordinate, and host activities in their residence halls. They promote the philosophy that we can, and do, make a difference!
Please read all program information before applying.
EcoReps work as a team within the Sustainability Leadership Center and Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) to promote and support sustainability efforts within the residence halls. Their work is completed in partnership with University Housing and Residence Life (UHRL) and other campus partners.
The main role of each EcoRep is to educate their peers about sustainability issues and promote socially just and environmentally responsible behaviors in their residence halls. EcoReps will distribute resources, design innovative projects, as well as create, coordinate, and host activities in the residence halls.
Throughout the year, the EcoReps team will host a variety of outreach and education programs which include Fair Trade Trick or Treat (fall term), Campus Conservation Nationals (winter term), personal projects (spring term), film screenings, surveys, and workshops. EcoReps meet for two hours each week for trainings focused on sustainability, leadership, career development, and more, as well as to plan events, programs, and projects. EcoReps also meet at least once per term to socialize and explore Portland and its surrounding natural areas. Attendance at these excursions is not required, but encouraged.
Time commitment: 2-4 volunteer hours per week
Duration: Through June 2015 with option to reapply as Mentor EcoRep or EcoRep Intern for the next academic year.
Compensation: Extensive leadership and sustainability training, opportunities to network, and ability to apply to be an Intern with the Sustainability Leadership Center. A $300 leadership award after spring term is also available to EcoReps upon completion of stipulated expectations.
Distribution of Responsibilities
- 50% - Participate in weekly meetings (2 hours/week)
- 50% - Work on event coordination, projects, and programs (1-2 hours/week)
- Expects to maintain good academic standing and complete at least 6 undergraduate, or 5 undergraduate PSU credit hours per term during the 2013-14 year
- 2.75 or higher cumulative institution GPA
- Current resident in one of PSU’s residence halls
- Experience or interest in sustainability
- Preferred but not required: Excellent interpersonal skills that enhance communication with people of diverse backgrounds and interests
- Preferred but not required: Experience planning and hosting programs or events