Sustainability Fellows

Overview

Are you interested in having a positive impact on campus sustainability?  The Sustainability Fellow will work closely with a team of dedicated, like-minded people from the RC Energy Conservation Program, RC Sustain, and the Environmental Studies Department on projects that promote campus sustainability.  

Program Components

Training and Mentoring
As the Sustainability Fellow you will work one-on-one with the campus Energy Specialist and receive training on how to conduct building energy audits.  You will also take part in RC Sustain meetings, and trainings offered to campus Eco Reps and the Eco House Intentional Living Community.  Taught by both College and local experts, these sessions will focus on issues such as energy and water conservation, renewable energy, recycling, composting and sustainable food systems.  

Energy Conservation Program Student Assistant

  • Serve as the point person for the Energy Squad student volunteer program
  • Assist with doing building audits and walk-throughs to better understand building energy use and equipment throughout classrooms, labs, and residence halls
  • Recruit and assist with training of Energy Squad volunteers
  • Develop and oversee Energy Squad volunteer schedule
  • Represent the RC Energy Conservation Program at all RC Sustain meetings
  • Assist with researching energy conservation tips and preparing them for use through multiple university communication portals
  • Assist with updating and utilizing the RC Energy Conservation Program social media accounts (Twitter and Instagram)
  • Assist with planning, implementing and the up keeping of different RC Energy Conservation Program initiatives and events on campus
  • Attend events with the RC Energy Conservation Program on campus
  • Assist with creating Energy Conservation Program special event flyers and other marketing tools and pamphlets to give out to students campus wide
  • Assist with disseminating flyers and other advertisements to all residence halls and academic buildings on the campus
  • Help coordinate efforts of the Eco Rep and Eco House Intentional Living Community Programs
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications
Ideal candidates for the GIS Fellows Program have qualities that include:         

  • Strong interest in energy conservation and sustainability

  • Self-motivated/self-starter

  • Dependable and reliable

  • Excellent organizational skills/ detail oriented

  • Must have a flexible schedule that you will plan out with Energy Specialist and be available on some early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)

Application Details  

Applying to the program begins with an online application, including the following essay questions: (1) Please explain why you are excited about becoming a Sustainability Fellow, and (2) What sustainability issue interests you most and why?

If you are chosen as a finalist, you will interview with the campus Energy Specialist during a campus visit and receive a $1,000 scholarship per year.