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 Eco-Reps 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 the campus community 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.

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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 2021-22, we are continuing our monthly series of Eco-Reps Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability at noon on last Fridays in Ekstrom W210, or you can join us virtually via Microsoft Teams Meeting, or dial in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)


Upcoming (2021-22) Eco-Reps Workshop Series
Aug. 27Student Leadership for Sustainability
Sept. 24 - Topic TBA
Oct. 29 (Sustainability Week & UofL Arbor Day!) - Trees
Nov. 19 - Topic TBA
Jan. 28 - Topic TBA
Feb. 25 - Topic TBA
Mar. 25 - Topic TBA
Apr. 22 (Earth Day!!) - Topic TBA

Click here to see a list of past workshops.

Take a virtual Belknap Campus Sustainability Tour to learn about some of our efforts!

Want to be a University of Louisville Eco-Rep?
I don’t know! What’s an Eco-Rep?
An Eco-Rep 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 Eco-Rep?
Eco-Reps can be students, staff, or faculty.
Okay! What else do Eco-Reps do?
Eco-Reps are invited to come to the monthly workshops and to participate in any and all UofL Sustainability events.
I’d like to be an Eco-Rep, 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. Eco-Reps start off with a list of best practices, and you’ll receive more direction as an Eco-Rep if you’ll send the following in an email to the Eco-Reps 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 Eco-Rep in? [Eco-Reps will “represent” one or more buildings on campus where they live, work, or play. An Eco-Rep’s building affiliation can change semester to semester.]
  5. Your t-shirt size?

I was an Eco-Rep in an earlier program? Am I still an Eco-Rep?
Thanks for all you’re doing for sustainability, but older Eco-Reps programs on campus are being replaced with this one. Please sign up again. Any earlier Eco-Reps should contact Dr. Barnes to associate themselves with one or more buildings on campus. We still need you!
Where can Eco-Reps report their service activities or get more information?
Any Eco-Reps reporting or questions should be sent to the Eco-Reps 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 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.

As 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 particular spaces. Help your peers understand the options and advantages of more sustainable solutions during planning meetings or when designing systems.

Click here to see what training videos are available.

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 Eco-Reps Director, Brian Barnes at brian.barnes@louisville.edu or 502-338-1338 (call/text).
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Special thanks to all those who have helped make our Eco-Reps Workshop Series a resounding success over the years! We appreciate you taking the time to share your expertise and your passions with us!