|Submission Date||Feb. 24, 2015|
Ambassadors are committed to the development of a sustainable campus. Through peer-education and other outreach activities, Ambassadors provide knowledge, skills, perspective, and values to guide and motivate students to live in a more sustainable manner. The Ambassador Program is a student-driven commitment to peer education and the development of a sustainability-literate student body. Its mission is to foster a campus-wide culture of sustainability and assist the University of Missouri in its goal to improve its ecological footprint. Ambassadors engage Freshmen Interest Groups, Transfer Interest Groups, Mizzou Alternative Breaks, and more with presentations related to their majors and organizations emphasizing how pervasive sustainability is. In addition, they offer tours around campus to highlight he University’s sustainable efforts, progress, and milestones.
An information night is held at the beginning of each semester to anyone interested. Then, students fill out an online application and attend an interview night. They answer questions about the reasons for their interest, availability, dedication, other interests, and what they would like to learn from the program.
Weekly two hour meetings consist of the examination and discussion of the complexity and challenges of sustainable development from the past and present lifestyles, concepts, practices and beliefs. Contemporary issues of food security, public health, social justice, neoliberal globalization, and environmental degradation are explored through research, investigation, dialogue, and experience. Ambassadors are mentored by experienced participants and are evaluated by their peer audience at each presentation and tour.
The Ambassador Program is financially supported by the Environmental Leadership Office. Moral support is extended by Residential Life, Residence Hall Association, and the Sustainability Office as they collaborate on events and outreach opportunities.
USGBC is the University of Missouri chapter for the United States Green Building Association. Mizzou USGBC educates students about sustainability in built environments. As the next generation of design professionals, Mizzou USGBC recognizes the responsibility in the choices its members make.
Activities include events with the Kansas City and St. Louis chapters, socials with professionals in town (great networking experience!), Habitat for Humanity builds, study sessions for LEED accreditation and sustainable field trips. Other events include: CANstruction, Mizzou Homecoming, Shryocks Hayride & Bonfire, BARKitecture, AIA Convention in Washington, DC, Tour of Columbia's Landfill and City Hall, Boston Architectural Trip, YELANTS Dance Marathon Team, Visit to Nick Peckham's Farm, Extreme Makeover Home Edition-Joplin.
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