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Contributors: Barnes,Brian G, Reed,Andrea J
UofL's peer-to-peer sustainability outreach & education program for students, faculty & staff.
Do you care about sustainability and want to make a difference?
Welcome to the University of Louisville Eco-Reps program! Join us whether you’re a new recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, social justice advocate, or anyone else who truly gives a damn! Follow on
Interested in learning more?
Contact EcoReps Director, Brian Barnes at email@example.com or 502-338-1338 (call/text).
Eco-Reps program wins national award (UofL Today, 9/17/14)
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 sustainable UofL! We provide basic training and resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person and peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. Sign-up below to become an Eco-Rep! Follow on .
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 2016, 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:
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.
There are two tiers of training for Eco-Reps - both a Basic and an Advanced program. The Basic training includes a series of videos (available below and on our Eco-Reps Channel) and accompanying supplementary materials. Taken together, the
series is intended to prepare you for becoming certified in
sustainability practices at UofL.
Steps to becoming a certified UofL Eco-Rep:
UofL-specific, online Sustainability training is now available to all faculty & staff through Blackboard's University Wide Training Resources. Instructions for accessing the Sustainability module are available here.
Certified Eco-Reps will lead workshops, educate peers at UofL, and offer their expertise to community projects both on and off campus. If you’re interested in going deeper, you can also become certified in Advanced Sustainability Topics through the Eco-Reps Advanced certification program.
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.
Training #1 - What is Sustainability?
Training #2 - Eating Sustainably at UofL
Training #3 - Sustainable Transportation
Training #4 - Healthy Eating
Training #5 - Energy & Water
Training #6 - Waste
Sustainability in the Classroom
Advanced Training #1: Bicycling for Transportation
Advanced Training #2: Urban Composting Program
EcoReps Advanced Certification in Community Composting Testimonial
...Stay tuned! More trainings are in the works!!
Get your hands dirty with UofL's Composting Project! Follow on
EcoReps Trash Mob Flash Mob!
Farmers' Markets - A UofL EcoReps Perspective
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.
Congratulations to our Certified U of L Eco-Reps!
Interested in learning more? Sign-up below!
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