Sustainability Leadership Center
Preparing Student Leaders.
The Sustainability Leadership Center (SLC) provides students with hands-on learning experience on campus and in the community. Our mission is to integrate sustainability with student life at PSU, and our programs are open to any student enrolled at the University.
The SLC is made up of seven student staff, many interns and volunteers, and one full-time coordinator. We intentionally seek interesting ways to learn by doing, and share our leadership processes and models with all program participants. Participant feedback helps shape the future of the program, and students make decisions about the projects on which they work. Check out our Flickr page to see some of our projects in action!
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 503-725-5598.
Sustainability Volunteer Program
In the Sustainability Volunteer Program (SVP), you're sure to find motivated, driven students working on projects that make tangible differences on campus and in the community! The SVP is designed to be a supportive and friendly launch pad for new and returning students who want to build their leadership skills, make friends, and work on exciting initiatives. Each term, each taskforce chooses a project and works together to make it become a reality!
We take a holistic approach to sustainability by focusing on the relationships between social justice, community building, and the environment. Join one of our five taskforces by making a commitment to volunteer at least 2-4 hours per week for a term. Many students continue for multiple terms:
- Gardening Taskforce: By maintaining and raising awareness of our gardens and shared spaces on campus, we will contribute to the health of the campus ecosystems, gain further knowledge of native northwest plants, and develop a stronger connection to the biotic community. Some ongoing projects include garden work-parties, build projects, garden design, and developing signs and garden maps.
- Cultural Sustainability Taskforce: Explore the concepts of what constitutes culture and develop innovative methodologies for creating and delivering knowledge about cultural sustainability to the campus. Some of the ongoing and proposed projects are to prepare and conduct cultural sustainability tours of campus, advocate for cultural awareness on campus, and develop and maintain a cultural website for campus.
- Food Systems Taskforce: Increase student awareness about issues with our current food system and work to develop and implement solutions for a more sustainable food system. During winter quarter we will be focusing on ways to promote composting on and around the PSU campus.
- Communications Taskforce: Design innovative outreach projects to share sustainability with the PSU community and beyond. Help produce our radio show, Hold Up PSU, and drive the direction of the show. Create content to explore our world through the lens of sustainability and use your creativity to highlight sustainability initiatives on campus.
- Waste Reduction Task Force: Design and implement creative projects and campaigns to reduce waste and promote reducing and reusing around campus with re-purposed materials. Learn more about the process and the work that goes into waste management through hands-on tasks, observation, or by hosting events.
Here's what some of our past volunteers have said about the program....
"I am absolutely, positively happy that I joined the volunteer program here. It has really given me a great way to meet people and do something positive and engaging for the community."
"Being a part of this has been a really good experience for me. Not only am I socializing with awesome people who have the same interests as me, but also we are doing some pretty great things. During the week I look forward to our meetings because I feel so comfortable and safe with the other members."
"Task force leaders are friendly and engaging.”
“It was incredible team building and everyone showed their leadership in their own special ways.”
“The staff was there every step of the way and provided help and support where needed. This is a solid crew, and it was the most enjoyable challenge I have experienced.”
“Great organization, and fun to be around.”
Want to volunteer? Applications are accepted for fall, winter, and spring terms. Learn more and apply here! Questions? Email email@example.com.
EcoReps are sustainability leaders within our residence halls. They participate in and host trainings, share knowledge and ideas with peers, design innovative projects, and strengthen their own skills. They promote the philosophy that we can, and do, make a difference! The program is built around the Relational Leadership model to be ethical, empowering, and inclusive.
Focal points of the program include:
- Mindful consumption and purchasing
- Reducing, upcycling, and recycling
- Food systems and composting
- Energy conservation
- Social sustainability and equity
- Building community
Year at a glance:
- Fall term — Knowing: Practice and learn about personal sustainability
Participate in the Northwest Earth Institute’s Voluntary Simplicity discussion course. Discuss leadership, and explore our own sustainability practices. We’ll also host fun outreach events.
- Winter term — Being: Build connections and host programs
Host a Conservation Challenge in Broadway, Ondine, and Stephen Epler residence halls. We engage our peers and practice the skills we learned together in the fall. Click on the following link for information and descriptions of the programs EcoReps hosted during the 2012 Conservation Challenge.
- Spring term — Doing: Design and create change
Design your own personal project and help plan PSU’s Earth Days festival. We’ll focus on understanding and developing each EcoRep's unique skills through career and resume workshops, reflection, and guests speakers.
Here’s what past EcoReps have to say....
“It was clear that [our coordinator] genuinely cared about each of us as individuals and as a group. I’m very happy I was part of EcoReps this year.”
“I like how we get the opportunity to apply knowledge to projects in the community.”
“I feel more comfortable about my true interests, my creativity, along with improvement of speaking skills.”
Want to be an EcoRep? Applications will be accepted through October 11, 2013. Check out our position description (PDF) and online application. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Student Sustainability Leadership Council
The Student Sustainability Leadership Council (SSLC) is a coalition of student sustainability leaders from across campus. They promote sustainability and engage students in thinking about the future of the University. They also form a bridge between students and administration at PSU. The SSLC promotes social, environmental, and economic justice.
The SSLC’s vision is to foster a university that engages the entire student body in sustainable practices across disciplines and in collaboration with the community, both on and off campus.
Main focus areas:
- Leadership development of student participants.
- Enhance the sustainability experience and curriculum for students all over campus.
- Share student voices on the Climate Action Plan Implementation Team (CAP-IT), especially with waste management and other aspects that relate to the every-day lives of students at PSU.
- Choose your own adventure! Work on projects that address community needs.
In past year, the SSLC has conducted focus groups about the student experience at PSU, met with faculty and staff, hosted interesting events, and participated in PSU’s Village Building Convergence.
Here's what past SSLC members have to say about the program
"My favorite part of the SSLC has been sharing enthusiasm with other participants, and suggesting ideas and seeing them acted upon in a timely manner."
"[I appreciate] the community—very friendly folks—and their engagement on campus."
"My favorite part of the SSLC has been meeting new people, finding out about the great events on campus and different organizations and classes."
"I gained a greater appreciation of sustainability in the sense that a congregation of people from diverse groups around campus can build a mutually supportive community by meeting on a regular basis to accomplish a common goal."
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and meetings are held monthly. To get involved, apply here! Questions? Email our graduate assistant at email@example.com.
Articles written by SLC Staff and Participants: