American Studies

Eco Facilitators Program

Your Questions, Answered

The Wesleyan Sustainability Office launched the new Eco Facilitators program in Fall 2014. Eco Facilitators are peer-to-peer sustainability educators who promote energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and other sustainable habits on campus. We've created a list of some frequently asked questions below, but please email ecofacilitators@wesleyan.edu if you have any additional questions. 

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  • What are Eco Facilitators?
    • The Wesleyan Eco Facilitator (EF) program is comprised of 17 Wesleyan students (preference given to sophomores and juniors), hired for the program each April for the following academic year. Each EF is assigned to work with a first-year dorm. Each EF participates in the fall student forum, Sustainable Behavior Change, and in spring meetings. Throughout the year, EFs learn about sustainability and ways to design projects and create sustainable behavior change on campus.
  • Why should I become an Eco Facilitator?
    • As a participant in the Eco Facilitators Program, you will grow as both a leader and an environmental steward. Through weekly classes, the Eco Facilitators learn about social and environmental sustainability issues, how to promote sustainable practices, and encourage environmentally-conscious behaviors amongst their peers. EFs acquire knowledge about effective communication skills and how to enhance the impact of their actions. Through small- and large-scale projects, Eco Facilitators focus on changing the student body’s behaviors relating to waste, food systems, energy, water, and overall resource consumption. You should become an Eco Facilitator if you are interested in promoting a sustainable future for both yourself and others.

      If you are passionate about sustainability, the Wesleyan community, and creating change, you can make a difference as an Eco Facilitator! A link to the application will be available on Thursday, March 26th.  

  • How can I become an Eco Facilitator?
    • Apply through our Google Form by April 10th, 2015. There will be an information session before applications are due, on Tuesday, April 7th at 4:15 in Allbritton 004. If your application is accepted, we will contact you to schedule an interview date (held April 13-18).  As an Eco Facilitator, you will be required to enroll in the student forum, Sustainable Behavior Change, when you return to school in the fall.
  • How much time will I be giving?
    • As an Eco Facilitator, you will participate in a 1.5 hour weekly class in the fall and an hour-long meeting once every week in the spring (date TBD, most likely a weekday evening).  In addition, you will work 4-5 hours weekly interacting with your dorm and working on small- and large-scale projects to promote sustainable behavior change. Outside of weekly classes and meetings, most of your work will be done independently, on your own schedule.
  • How long will I be an Eco Facilitator?
    • Your position as an Eco Facilitator will last one academic year (2015-2016).

  • Does the fall course count toward a major?
    • Yes.  Sustainable Behavior Change (ENVS 300) will count as a half-credit course toward the Environmental Studies Linked Major and Certificate.
  • Will I get paid for this?
    • Yes, but not until the spring. In order to have a paid position, you must go through the fall semester course first. Students (regardless of work study eligibility) will be hired as student employees through the Sustainability Office. The pay rate is $10/hour in Spring 2016. Specific information about payroll details will be discussed during fall training.

  • If I am selected to be an Eco Facilitator, what responsibilities will I have before the school year starts?
    • We will have our own orientation and training program during the first week of September 2015, during freshman orientation. This means that if you have committed to another program with commitments during this time, you cannot also be an Eco Facilitator, as the trainings will overlap. As part of orientation, you will help with move-in when new students arrive.  We want you to be visible during orientation in order to foster a strong EFs presence and also to explain to new students what we do and how we’ll interact with them throughout the year.
  • Do I have to live in a first-year dorm?
    • No. Preference will be given to EFs who live in or have lived in the dorm to which they will be assigned, but this is not a requirement. EFs will be asked in late spring 2015 about dorm assignment choices.

  • What are the expectations for next year?
    • Fall semester:

      • Attend weekly EF student forum (date & time TBD)

      • Complete 4-5 hours/week of work outside of class

      • Attend hall/dorm meetings and Res Life staff meetings

      • Hold office hours

      • Carry out weekly assignments in dorm

      • Work on your own or with a group to plan activities, campaigns, and events to change a specific behavior in your dorm

      • Evaluate and present to class on the success of your behavior change project

      Spring semester:

      • Attend weekly EF evening meeting (date & time TBD)

      • Complete 4-5 hours/week of paid work

      • Attend hall/dorm meetings and Res Life staff meetings

      • Hold office hours

      • Carry out weekly assignments in dorm

      • Work on your own or with a group to plan activities, campaigns, and events to change a specific student behavior

  • How are Eco Facilitators selected?
    • We will be accepting applications from Thursday, March 26th through Friday, April 10th.  We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who will be dedicated to making a big difference in the environmental culture on campus and in their assigned dorm. We look for students who communicate effectively and get along well with others, and are comfortable teaching and collaborating with their peers in order to promote positive behavior change.

      Applicants will be evaluated on their:

      • level of enthusiasm for the program and sustainability

      • ability to communicate effectively and get along with others

      • past history of taking initiative

      • creativity

      • amount of time they are able to commit to the program

      • environmental/sustainability knowledge (not required, but a plus!)

      Applicants who are self-starters, outgoing, eager to learn, comfortable teaching others and not over committed in other areas of their lives, will do well in the Eco Facilitators program and can make a big difference in their assigned dorm’s culture.

  • How do I apply?
    • The online application will be available on Thursday, March 26th. It will be put on the Wesleyan Sustainability Office website: http://www.wesleyan.edu/sustainability/students/eco-facilitators.html

      Please complete the online application by 11:59pm Friday, April 10th. We encourage you to apply early! If your application is accepted, we will contact you to schedule an interview (held April 13-18).