So you're the EcoRep . . .
Move In—Check your bins. Do you have all you need to recycle and reuse: green, red, and blue? Set up a cardboard "EcoRep Box" to recycle special streams like cell phones, ink jet cartridges, and old batteries. Establish a way to collect plastic bags so they can be recycled at Hannaford. Make sure people understand to flatten their cardboard boxes so they can be recycled, and bag packing peanuts for the trash.
Spring semester—Recyclemania contest begins each February and runs 8 weeks. Plan to lower waste during this competition. Bard has reduced waste over 30 percent since 2005!
Move Out—Feed Barry the blue bin using blue bags, and pack up unwanted items for FreeUse.
Bulb Swap—Stop by BoS for a free CFL. In 2008 and 2009, students swapped out enough bulbs to save over $2,500 each year. (Download Bulb Swap Calculations PDF)
Look for work-study positions on the Career Development Office website. We hire students to work in materials management (recycle yard, compost commandos, FreeUse), alternate transportation (pedicab pedalers, bike share coordinators, sustainability engagement), as EcoRep managers, and more. Your best bet is to start by volunteering to be the EcoRep for your hall.
Student Clubs—The Environmental Collective (EC), Bike Coop (put in some labor on a broken bike, and then you can keep it!), Bard Biodiesel Coop, Outdoors Club (backpacking/camping in the Catskills and Adirondacks, rock climbing in the Gunks, skiing/riding), plus many more, including several clubs with food themes.
Sustainability Council needs you. Students are elected to the council; find out how to run through Student Government.