Sustainabilty Representatives are dedicated to reducing Western’s resource consumption through our commitment to training, assisting, and advising student volunteers, who are peer educators and leaders living in the residence halls. By training Sustainabilty Representatives on aspects of sustainability, they will be able to open a positive, informative dialogue with their residents—increasing awareness of the many changes residents can make in their daily lives to reduce their personal consumption. As a program, we wish to broaden sustainable education at Western through residence hall and campus wide events, providing resources for furthering the sustainable practices of residents during both their stay on campus and for the rest of their lives.
Creating a culture of sustainability that extends beyond the boundaries of Western’s Residence Halls.
ResRAP (Residents’ Resource Awareness Program), now titled the Sustainability Representatives Program, was created in 2007 and was coordinated during the 2007-2008 school year by Kimbrough Mauney as part of her Environmental Education Master’s Degree. From the beginning, the Sustainability Representatives Program had been funded by University Residences and worked out of WWU’s Office of Sustainability. The program now is overseen by two undergraduate Western students, a coordinator and an assistant coordinator.
The Sustainability Representatives Program has grown tremendously in its six years of existence; from five Sustainability Representatives in year one to thirty-five in year five. In the fifth year of the program, a cap was placed on the number of Sustainability Representatives in hopes of increasing the efficiency within the program and the accountability of the Sustainability Representatives. Now every residence hall community (nine total) has at least two active Sustainability Representatives.
Sustainable Energy Efficient Dorm (SEED)
SEED is a large grant project funded by the Sustainable Action Fund. The pilot project aims to educate the campus community about personal energy use and act as a trial space for new energy-saving technologies.
The students maintain a weekly blog documenting their time in the room and the technology available to them.
The Sustainability Representative assistant serves as advisor to the students residing in the room helping them collect data, formulate education materials and provide support as they live this experiment.