Eco-Reps

UofL's ongoing peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program for students, faculty, and staff.

UofL Eco-Reps Program

Interested in learning more?
Contact EcoReps Director, Brian Barnes at brian.barnes@louisville.edu or 502-338-1338 (call/text).

Do you care about sustainability and want to make a difference?
Welcome to the University of Louisville Eco-Reps program! UofL's Sustainability Council launched this ongoing peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program in 2012 for all students, faculty, and staff who give a damn! Eco-Reps is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training and resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person and peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. Sign-up here to become an Eco-Rep! Follow on Facebook.

Our on-going workshop series during the regular academic year provides opportunities for getting together to learn more about specific topics in sustainability and to meet people actively working to advance sustainability in Louisville. In 2018, we're continuing our monthly series of EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch at noon on third Fridays in Ekstrom Library Room W210 (Topics TBA):
Jan. 19 -
Feb. 16 -
Mar. 23 -
Apr. 13 -

Want to be a University of Louisville EcoRep?
I don’t know! What’s an EcoRep?
An EcoRep is a sustainability point person and educator on campus. They help others learn about sustainability practices and they share ideas about sustainability through workshops or informal conversations.
Interesting! Who can be an EcoRep?
EcoReps can be students, staff, or faculty.
Okay! What else do EcoReps do?
EcoReps are invited to come to the monthly workshops and to participate in any and all events listed on the UofL Sustainability events.
I’d like to be an EcoRep, but I don’t know much about sustainability.
That’s ok! You don’t have to start with anything except your willingness to learn and a place to practice your learning. EcoReps start off with a list of best practices, and you’ll receive more direction as an EcoRep if you’ll send the following in an email to the EcoReps Director: brian.barnes@louisville.edu:

  1. Your name
  2. You status (student/staff/faculty)?
  3. Your year in school?
  4. Which building(s) would you like to be an EcoRep in? [EcoReps will “represent” one or more buildings on campus where they live, work, or play. An EcoRep’s building affiliation can change semester to semester.]
  5. Your t-shirt size?

I was an EcoRep in an earlier program? Am I still an EcoRep?
Thanks for all you’re doing for sustainability, but older EcoReps programs on campus are being replaced with this one. Please sign up again. Any earlier EcoReps should contact Dr. Barnes to associate themselves with one or more buildings on campus. We still need you!
Is there something about a points system?
Yes! EcoReps will earn points for every EcoReps event attended, and these points will accumulate throughout the academic year. One hour of sustainability work equals one point, and EcoReps should self-report their activities to receive credit. The highest point earners at the end of April earn special recognition and awards!
Where can EcoReps report their service activities or get more information?
Any EcoReps reporting or questions should be sent to the EcoReps Director, Dr. Brian Barnes. Dr. Barnes can be reached at 502-338-1338 by phone or text, and he can be emailed at brian.barnes@louisville.edu. Dr. Barnes has a campus mailbox in the Philosophy Department, HUM 312F, and his physical office is Stevenson Hall, room 421.

At the core of the Eco-Reps program is an online training series (below) focused on topics in sustainability, particularly as they apply at UofL. The series is not intended to be exhaustive concerning sustainability as a whole, nor any individual topic, but the intent is to empower and educate you about the different ways UofL is addressing sustainability and what we, the UofL community, must do to move forward.

Once you become an Eco-Rep, you’ll be expected to serve as a resource person for sustainability in your sub-community at UofL, whether it’s your immediate peers and colleagues, your department, your building, your club, your residence hall, or any other realm where you live, work, and play. We encourage you to become conscious of the specific physical and social systems in your own department or residence hall. Help your peers understand the options and advantages of more sustainable solutions during planning meetings or when designing systems.

Brian Barnes & Angie Carlson discuss EcoReps and campus sustainability efforts (UofL Today with Mark Hebert, March 15, 2016)

Training Video #1 - What is Sustainability?

Training Video #2 - Eating Sustainably at UofL

Eating Sustainably - Supplementary Reading

Training Video #3 - Sustainable Transportation

Sustainable Transportation - Supplementary Reading

Training Video #4 - Healthy eating

Healthy Eating - Supplementary Reading

Training Video #5 - Energy and Water

Energy & Water - Supplementary Reading

Training Video #6 - Waste

Waste - Supplementary Reading

Sustainability in the Classroom

Sustainability in the Classroom - Supplementary Resources

Advanced Training #1: Bicycling for Transportation

Part I: Bicycling for Transportation

Part II: Bicycling for Transportation

Bicycling for Transportation - Supplementary Reading

Advanced Training #2: Urban Composting Program

Urban Composting Program - Supplementary Reading

Advanced Community Composting Training Testimonial

...Stay tuned! More trainings are in the works!!

Service

Get your hands dirty with UofL's Community Composting Project!

Volunteer with the UofL Free Store!

Come grow with us in UofL's Gardens!

Eco-Reps stand for sustainable action, so we also encourage you to actively demonstrate your personal commitment in those places where you can have the most impact. Eco-Reps are not “green police.” Eco-Reps are educators and mentors. As an Eco-Rep, you should feel free to politely observe and make note of problem behaviors or unsustainable systems, but you should always be courteous, respectful and supportive rather than punitive. It’s important to remain sensitive to the university's policies and structure. Eco-Reps should also be a voice for sound practices regarding our campus environment, its inhabitants, and the planet at large. Eco-Reps should always strive to “practice what they preach” and to lead by example.

Eco-Reps will be expected to attend monthly meetings to discuss your own sustainability activities in a public forum (with food!), and at least once per year, each Eco-Rep will report on your activities and ideas about Sustainable practices to UofL's Sustainability Council. We’ll also expect you to submit a brief monthly report designed to help everyone brainstorm and document more effective strategies for Eco-Reps representation across campus.

Eco-Reps will engage in an annual project to be decided by the current Eco-Reps at the beginning of each fall semester. The projects should engage the community around UofL in some highly visible and meaningful efforts. Eco-Reps are encouraged to partner with RSOs, Residence Life, the Student, Staff, and Faculty Senates, and other campus organizations to spread the word about sustainability on campus, and to help identify opportunities to engage with sustainability.

The Eco-Reps Advanced training program at UofL offers serious sustainability advocates the opportunity to work with a UofL mentor in a particular sustainability area to develop a focused project that addresses the needs of the university or wider community. The Advanced program begins with video training about a particular topic, such as bicycling for transportation, or urban composting (more advanced trainings in the works). You’ll then explore a set of supplemental materials on the topic and develop a proposal for a community project. Proposals will be reviewed by the Sustainability Council and the Eco-Reps mentor. If approved, the project will be conducted under the supervision of an Eco-Reps mentor and you will be listed on UofL's Sustainability website as being among UofL's advanced community mentors available for consultation.

Interested in learning more? Sign-up here to become an Eco-Rep!
You can also contact EcoReps Director, Brian Barnes at brian.barnes@louisville.edu or 502-338-1338 (call/text).
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