Emerson Green Collective
A great way for students to get involved in sustainability efforts happening on campus is to join a student organization. Emerson Green Collective (EGC) is Emerson’s main sustainability-focused student organization, founded in 2018 as a way for students to advocate for bees and animals. As it has grown, EGC now consists of four subgroups:
- BEE (Bee Enthusiasts of Emerson) focuses on bee advocacy and helps students get outside for hikes and other activities outside.
- VEG is dedicated to education on vegan and vegetarian food.
- Green Mag, EGC’s sustainability-focused magazine, publishes a magazine every semester on recycled paper.
- Earth Emerson focuses on environmental advocacy locally in the Boston area.
Overall, EGC creates volunteer opportunities, partners with other organizations on campus, educates each other on sustainability, and organizes activities to grow a sustainability-focused community of environmentalists on campus. To get involved, find EGC on EmConnect and follow them on Instagram at @emgreencollective.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) works to advance sustainability efforts on campus, including through the work of a sustainability senator, who. For example, the SGA led the implementation of the Generation Conscious kiosk on campus, which provides low-waste, accessible laundry detergent sheets to students. You can read more information about the Generation Conscious kiosk here.
Students and staff can get involved directly with Campus Services to work on sustainability projects through the Eco Corps program. The goal of the program is to advance campus sustainability through peer to peer learning, advocacy, and program development. The Eco Corps is comprised of two groups:
- Eco Reps: student volunteers who lead peer education projects or organize sustainability events
- Green Teams: Staff teams that set sustainability goals for their building and/or office
Volunteer Eco Reps contribute to the College’s sustainability goals through peer education within the context of a residence hall, extracurricular activity, or another group/department on campus. Each Eco Rep pursues their own project and/or plans an event to advance sustainability on campus. Eco Reps can also partner with each other to increase the reach of their efforts. Eco Reps can sign up at any time but ideally will be able to commit to an entire academic year. Interested students should follow the Sustainable Emerson blog for sign-up information or email sustainability [at] emerson.edutitle="Email Sustainability" to express interest.
Sustainability Fellows are paid student employees who work in the Campus Services department with professional sustainability staff. Fellows are responsible for peer education and campus projects that bring Emerson closer to our sustainability goals. Each Fellow has their own unique focus and works to create new initiatives and support existing ones.
When spots open up, Sustainability Fellows are hired at the start of the fall semester for the entire academic year. Follow the Sustainable Emerson blog for application information or email sustainability [at] emerson.edu to express interest.
Volunteer staff Green Teams contribute to the College’s sustainability goals through peer education within their office, building, or department. Green Teams are expected to run sustainability events in their offices and make progress towards one concrete sustainability goal each year through peer education. Green Teams can be started at any time and do not dissolve at the end of the academic year. Interested staff should contact sustainability [at] emerson.edutitle="Email Sustainability" to learn more and get started.