Peer education is essential to a sustainable future...
EcoReps are student educators committed to creating a culture of sustainability at Cornell University. Students from diverse majors and backgrounds encourage sustainable behaviors throughout the Cornell community through fun activities and student organizations, like the Environmental Collaborative and the Society of Natural Resources Conservation. The EcoReps help the university use its resources more efficiently while lessening the impact Cornell has on the surrounding environment. The EcoReps have had many successes that include the support of and implementation of composting initiatives and energy competitions in the North Campus Residence Halls; they have also diverted thousands of pounds of trash from the landfill and carbon dioxide from the air.
In addition to the EcoReps group, students can get training and academic credit to become a campus educator for sustainable living. ALS 2000: Leadership for Sustainability is a 3 credit service-learning course to develop leadership and peer education skills while improving campus sustainability in the residence halls. During the semester, each student will serve as a Cornell EcoRep, a program leader and role model for a specific North Campus residence hall. As an EcoRep, students learn how to plan, coordinate, and implement sustainability education activities in collaboration with residence hall staff. EcoReps will work with other students in and outside the class to develop competencies in persuasion, education, and community based social marketing.
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