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?
    • Wesleyan’s Eco Facilitator (EF) program will be comprised of 12 Wesleyan students (preference given to sophomores and juniors), hired for the program in Spring 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Each EF will be assigned to work with a first-year dorm, preferably one in which they currently live or have previously lived in, though this is not a requirement. Each EF will participate in a fall half-credit seminar, called Sustainable Behavior Change. Throughout the year, EFs will learn about sustainability and ways to design 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 will learn about social and environmental sustainability issues, how to promote sustainable practices, and encourage environmentally-conscious behaviors amongst their peers. EFs will acquire knowledge about effective communication skills and how to enhance the impact of their actions. Through small- and large-scale projects, Eco Facilitators will focus on changing the student body’s attitudes towards 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 Monday, February 24th. 
  • How can I become an Eco Facilitator?
    • There will be 2 information sessions before applications are due, one on Tuesday, February 25 (7:30 PM, 41 Wyllys 114) and a second info session during the last week of March (not yet scheduled). Be sure to attend one or both of those to learn all about the program, and the application will be available from Monday, February 24 through Thursday, April 3. If your application is accepted, we will contact you to schedule an interview date (held April 7-9).   To be an Eco Facilitator this fall, you will be required to enroll in Sustainable Behavior Change after being accepted into the program.
  • How much time will I be giving?
    • As an Eco Facilitator, you will participate in a 1.5 hour class once every week in the fall and an hour-long meeting once every week in the spring (date TBD; will be 1 weekday each week from 7-8:30pm).  In addition, you will work 3-5 hours weekly in preparing small- and large-scale projects to promote sustainable behavior change on campus as part of your coursework. Outside of the 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 (2014-2015).

  • 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 the fall, you will receive 0.5 credits for the course (ENVS 300).  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 (this requires filling out some paperwork). The pay rate is $9/hour in Spring 2015. 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 a training in the week of August 25-29, 2014, during orientation week. This means that if you have committed to another program with August commitments, you cannot also be an Eco Facilitator, as the trainings will overlap. We will have all 12 EFs complete full-day training on August 25 and 26, then you will help with move-in when new students arrive on August 27.  We want you to be visible during orientation, like the RAs are, so you can create an EFs presence on campus and be able to explain to new students what we do and how we’ll interact with them throughout the year. We want to get the new students in a sustainable mindset right away.  Additional trainings and commitments may be required on August 28-29.

  • Do I have to live in a first-year dorm?
    • No.  Applications for the EF program and course registration will occur before housing selection.  EFs will be asked in late spring 2014 about dorm assignment choices.  Preference will be given to EFs who live in or have lived in the dorm to which they are assigned, but this is not a requirement.

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

      • Attend weekly EF class (day of week TBD, 7-8:30 PM)

      • Complete 3-5 hours/week of work outside of class

      • Attend hall/dorm meetings and Res Life meetings as needed

      • Carry out weekly assignments in dorm

      • Work on your own or with a partner 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

      • Complete 3-5 hours/week of work

      • Attend hall/dorm meetings and Res Life meetings as needed

      • Carry out weekly assignments in dorm

      • In large groups, launch a successful campus-wide behavior change project

  • How are Eco Facilitators selected?
    • We will be accepting applications from Monday, February 24 through Thursday, April 3.

      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 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 Monday, February 24, 2014. It will be put on the Facebook pages of Wesleyan Sustainability Office (like it for sustainability updates from around campus!) and Wesleyan University, Twitter (@sustainablewes), Wesleying, and through all-student emails.

      The website link is: http://www.wesleyan.edu/sustainability/students/eco-facilitators.html

      Please complete the online application by 11:59pm Thursday, April 3rd. We encourage you to apply early! If your application is accepted, we will contact you to schedule an interview date (held April 7-9).