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As student advocates for sustainability on campus at New York University, the NYU EcoReps cultivate environmental literacy and sustainable behavior through peer-to-peer education in residence halls.

"By joining EcoReps, I became a part of something bigger than myself"

Become an Environmental Leader

EcoReps are environmental peer educators in their residence halls, spreading the word about sustainable actions in fun and appealing ways. EcoReps work to inform their peers by supporting sustainability campaigns, designing informational materials, communicating creatively, hosting residence hall events, more.

Over the course of the semester, the EcoReps attend monthly meetings focused on one environmental topic. Topics include waste, energy use, food systems, climate change, conscious consumerism, and environmental justice. Through guest speakers and events, the EcoReps deepen their own understanding of these environmental topics and become better advocates for environmental action.

Want to become an EcoRep? Here's what you need to know:

Interested candidates should be:

  • Available for Fall training;
  • Able to devote 3-5 hours per week (flexible schedule — potential to work some evenings and weekends);
  • Interested in the environment & sustainability;
  • Creative, enthusiastic, and positive;
  • An excellent leader and communicator (and available and approachable in residence halls);
  • Able to work independently as well as collaborate with a group; and
  • In good standing with the university, with a suggested cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Past and Potential Projects:

  • Set up and maintain eco-bulletin boards or create eco-e-mails in residence halls
  • Conduct audits of the recycling bins in buildings
  • Swap incandescent or CFL bulbs for LEDs
  • Raise awareness about recycling
  • Set up and/or design tabling events in your residence hall
  • Work jointly with other EcoReps and RAs to coordinate environmental events in residence halls
  • Assist the Office of Sustainability in the development and implementation of awareness campaigns on campus
    • Assist with the Office of Sustainability's Waste Week, NYUnplugged, and Earth Month festivities