Maddy Jones, Sustainability Representatives Coordinator
Jessica Loveland, Sustainability Representatives Assistant Coordinator
Creating a culture of sustainability that extends beyond the boundaries of Western’s Residence Halls.
The Sustainability Representatives Program exists with the goal of making students more aware of protecting local and global ecology, enhancing social equity, maintaining economic vitality, and upholding human health. SReps are student volunteers living in the residence halls who serve as liaisons between the SRep Program and campus residents. Through training, assisting, and advising SReps on pillars of sustainability, they will be able to lead and engage in positive, informative dialogues with their residents—increasing awareness of the many changes residents can make in their daily lives to promote sustainability. As a program, we wish to broaden sustainable education at Western through residence hall and campus wide events and by providing resources for furthering the sustainable practices of residents during both their stay on campus and for the rest of their lives.
The Sustainability Representatives Program, previously titled ResRAP (Residents’ Resource Awareness Program), was created in 2007. It was originally 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 has been funded by University Residences and has operated 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 ten years of existence. In the first year, we had five 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.
Our Strategic Goals
- Uphold sustainable living on campus.
- Adopt a new sustainability-related pilot program every year.
- Make Sustainability Representatives a well-recognized program on campus.