The Vassar Sustainability’s EcoLeader Program will select 10-12 students to act as liaisons for the 9 residential houses and senior housing. The EcoLeader program provides students interested in sustainability issues an opportunity to take meaningful action in their residential spaces while learning valuable change-making skills.
As part of the program, EcoLeaders will be offered leadership development training, educational about and involvement in Vassar’s operations, and a programming budget for implementation of a project of their choice. The semester long program will conclude with a thank you dinner for their dedication to making their residential spaces and Vassar as whole more sustainable.
Vassar Sustainability defines ‘sustainability’ for this initiative and its other programs on campus as focusing on the interconnectedness of ecological, economic and social concerns. For EcoLeaders this will play out in organizing a program, like a study break, that addresses sustainability directly, helping with outreach for Vassar Sustainability events, and in managing their own semester long project.
The Time Commitment
EcoLeaders will be expected to devote 1-2 hours a week to the program.
Vassar Sustainability’s Commitment
EcoLeaders will work closely with the College Sustainability Assistant and with a Sustainability Intern over the course of the semester. Together we are all seeking to create a more sustainable Vassar and so strive to operate via consensus and ‘safe space’ principles. At times our visions of what a more sustainable Vassar looks like may differ, but regardless we commit to actively listening, addressing concerns and working collaboratively on solutions.
Interested in getting involved? Fill out the application below!