(University Park, PA) The Penn State Eco-Rep Program is now recruiting first year students for paid positions in the residence halls this fall. All incoming first-year students are eligible and encouraged to apply. Hired students will be living within East Halls and will be paid $500 per semester.
Students selected to become Eco-Reps will promote responsible energy usage in the fall and will emphasize recycling and composting during the spring semester. Eco-Reps will work together to design and implement fun activities in their residence halls that inspire peers to live more environmentally responsibly. The University is offering 28 positions.
Applications must be submitted before the July 29, 2010 deadline. To apply, students need to submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to Milea Perry, Campus Sustainability Office Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Benefits of Being an Eco-Rep:
•Increase knowledge of environmental topics
•Develop friendships with peers that share a common interest
•Be part of the solution to help green Penn State
•Develop leadership skills
•Develop connections with top environmental leaders at Penn State and in the community
These positions are focused on peer to peer education in residence halls about environmentally responsible life-styles and is based on a model created by Psychology Professor, Dr. Janet Swim.
"It is important that students living in the residence halls understand what they can do to make a positive impact. This ultimately helps control costs for the short term and helps the environment for the long term," reported David Manos, Assistant Director of Housing. The Eco-Rep program is a collaborative effort between Housing, Residence Life, and the Campus Sustainability Office.
"This is a great student leadership opportunity that supports Residence Life's educational emphasis on respect and responsibility for the environment. The Eco-Reps can have a life-long impact on their peers behavior as sustainable citizens," said Diane Andrews, Director of Residence Life.
"We at Penn State take the lead in many aspects of student life and charity. The Eco-Rep Program shows leadership and initiative opportunities for outstanding students who want help educate their fellow students," said Christian Ragland, University Park Undergraduate Student Association President.
Questions about the Eco-Rep Program can be answered by calling Milea Perry at (814) 865-2714 or sending an email. More information about the program can be found by clicking this link:
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