- Zak Suhar ’13
- Hometown: Cedarburg, Wisconsin
- Major: Management and Spanish
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What is an Eco-Rep?
An eco-rep is a student who lives in on-campus housing and has an interest in practicing and promoting sustainable living. Eco-Reps can be members of the Residence Life staff, or hall residents who are interested in things like recycling, energy and water conservation, and environmental issues.
What does an Eco-Rep do, exactly?
Eco-reps will do a variety of things, some of which will be expected, and some of which will be at the discretion of each Eco-Rep’s interests and abilities. An eco-rep’s main purpose will be to educate his or her hall mates about the importance of living in a sustainable manner. This could take a variety of forms, such as conducting fun, informative hall programs, designing and installing educational bulletin boards, or organizing competition between residents on each floor to see who can reduce the amount of waste they generate. You will be asked to educate your peers on a variety of topics throughout the semester, which will be discussed at monthly meetings.
Each year, Mount Union participates in several friendly, nation-wide competitions and other local events. Eco-Reps would be expected to help with RecycleMania related events, like the competition between residences to see which residence recycles the higher percentage of their waste, and various promotional events to raise awareness. Eco-Reps would also be asked to help with events like Game Day Challenge, the Trash to Treasure Sale, and other events.
What is the time commitment?
We understand you are busy and that school is your first priority. Eco-reps would be expected to attend meetings twice a month to talk with other Eco-Reps, plan activities for the coming weeks, get briefed on upcoming events and the associated responsibilities, and receive education about upcoming topics. These meetings would last 1-2 hours, depending on the number of events happening at the time. Eco-Reps would also be expected to attend a one-afternoon retreat at the beginning of each semester. This will be a time to get to know each other, the sustainability staff, and to get organized for the coming semester. On top of that, we anticipate the time commitment being no more than 4 hours per week, between educating peers, constructing displays, running programs, etc.
What’s in it for me?
Eco-Rep is a work-study position, with funding available for 10 positions. Volunteers are always welcome! Eco-Rep would be a good resume builder, as it will show you have organizational, leadership, and time-management skills, as well as the ability to work independently with little direct supervision, all of which are skills that will make your more successful in today’s job market. Plus, you will get to know your hall mates better, get the chance to learn more about things that already interest you, and to make a difference in Mount Union’s impact on the earth and the Alliance community.
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