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Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor
The Office of Sustainability employs 3 students who serve as Sustainability Representatives. They focus on student to student peer-to-peer education. They do this by putting on sustainability events in residence halls, presenting in classes, giving campus sustainability tours, and planning and facilitating campus-wide sustainability events. The presentations, programs, events, and activities are designed to engage students and inform them about UWRF sustainability initiatives as well as sustainability as a whole. By better educating our students, the sustainability representatives are able to catalyze behavior change.
Some of areas in which students teach other students to become experts include:
- Waste minimization training (include refuse, recycling, food waste, surplus property, upcycling, and donation collections on campus)
- The Real Game of Life program presentations which requires students to make decisions based on income an time available for a transportation source, light source, and food source. Activity highlights effects of choices and ways to make more sustainable choices in terms of food, transportation, and light sources.
- Events highlighting nutrition and healthy eating from local sources
- Plants and landscaping. The students also host a "plant your own plant event' where students can take home their plant. They also are educated on the benefits of having plants as well as the benefits of native plants and grasses. This also creates awareness for landscaping techniques on campus and stormwater management efforts.
Students who attend the trainings and events are encouraged to consider applying for a Sustainability Representative position in the future.
The student representative positions are open to all students. Once applications are received, materials are reviewed by the Office of Sustainability to narrow down the candidate pool. The candidates are then interviewed by the Office of Sustainability and positions are offered.
This program just started in Fall 2016 so the Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor, Mark Klapatch, conducted all interviews. In the future, current Sustainability Representatives will help evaluate application materials and will participate in the interviews to select new employees.
Mark Klapatch leads all formal training for student educators; Weekly meetings, guided sustainability tours, and presentations are a few of the training activities.
The Office of Sustainability supports the program both financially and administratively. The office covers the salaries for the students as well as minimal funding for events. Administrative support comes in the form of Mark Klapatch advising the sustainability representatives.
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