Student employees and volunteers in the Office of Sustainability each devote 15% of their time to professional and personal development. Through this program, many of them are able to share the skills they learn with the rest of campus by offering workshops that we call "EcoSkills."
The assortment of offerings will vary each semester, depending on the student staff currently participating in office programs. Check back frequently for an updated listing of EcoSkills programs. To schedule an Office of Sustainability representative to come to your residential floor, fraternity, sorority or club meeting, please complete the request form below.
Note: This program is entirely dependent upon the dedication of a select few student volunteers and interns. So, please be aware that we may not be able to honor all requests. If you are a current student interested in creating your own "EcoSkills" workshop sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seasonal Sustainability: This floor program is being offered to Resident Assistants from November 18-December 11, so the two-week notice requirement is being waived for this temporary workshop. Learn about energy and waste reduction efforts, creative gift giving, sustainable foods, and other sustainability-related behaviors that students can take home with them during winter break. This is a great seasonal floor program, regardless of what holidays participants celebrate. Spaces are limited so sign up today!
Natural Beauty - CURRENTLY NO OPENINGS AVAILABLE. Participants of this session will learn about the negative environmental impacts of traditional cosmetics, discuss the toxins found in many products and explore natural, healthy alternatives to store-bought products. This is a hands-on workshop; all participants will walk away with samples of products to test and recipes to remake the products they liked the most.
Natural Cleaning - CURRENTLY NO OPENINGS AVAILABLE. During this session. participants will learn about the harmful effects of chemical-based cleaning products for the home. They will examine alternatives and make their own recipes based on the group's interests. This is a hands-on workshop; the group leader will walk away with samples of cleaning products. This is best for a residence hall floor or fraternity/sorority presentation where the cleaning supplies can be used by everyone after the program.
Sustainable ResHall Food Options - CURRENTLY NO OPENINGS AVAILABLE . This delicious workshop teaches residential students about different, sustainable options for snacking while living in the residence hall. Participants will make simple, creative and low-carbon foods to satisfy any craving. Recipes utilize food products that can easily be found in the dining halls and markets. Participants will be able to sample all recipes made during this session. This session is only available for residential floor programs.
Edible compost – This residential hall floor program is facilitated by EcoReps, a student organization that works closely with the Office of Sustainability. This program will educate your residents on the process of composting and includes a delicious snack that symbolizes the process of decomposition.
Recycled Notebooks –This residential hall floor program is facilitated by EcoReps, a student organization that works closely with the Office of Sustainability. This is a craft oriented program; it emphasizes the reusing and recycling of cardboard and paper. Residents are encouraged to bring their favorite cereal or other cardboard boxes for the notebooks.
Bottle Cap Magnets –This residential hall floor program is facilitated by EcoReps, a student organization that works closely with the Office of Sustainability. Another craft program, this reuses bottle caps and magazine clippings to make a decorative refrigerator magnet. Again, students are encouraged to bring their favorite magazines.
T-shirt tote bags - This residential hall floor program is facilitated by EcoReps, a student organization that works closely with the Office of Sustainability. This is a new program for EcoReps. It entails the refashioning of old T-shirts to create a unique tote bag. Residents are asked to bring an old T-shirt (the larger the better).
Growing Greens – This residential hall floor program is facilitated by EcoReps, a student organization that works closely with the Office of Sustainability. Teach your residents about the importance of plants with this program while giving them the tools to plant their own herbs or flowers.
Important information to keep in mind before requesting a workshop:
- Workshop requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the requested date.
- Due to cost and program management, we can only accommodate 20 participants per workshop and only one workshop per group each semester.