You're the Leaders
Environmental sustainability is a part of CU Boulder. It’s also part of an RA or student leader's duty to promote it in the resident halls, just as it is a duty to promote diversity, safety and education. As leaders in your communities, you have the ability to make a difference. By educating residents through passive or active programming, spreading knowledge through conversation or simply by example, you’ll encourage sustainable behavior among residents for their time in the resident halls as well as the rest of their college career. Check out the topics below to explore all resources that the Environmental Center provides for housing, including advice for sustainable advertising or programming, posters, bulletin boards, EcoStar challenge, and even the opportunity to request funding for programs.
There's always a way to make your everyday actions, including what you do in your job, more environmentally friendly. Follow these simple pieces of advice to reduce your staff's impact.
-If you save old fliers, the back can also be used in the future.
-Sometimes there are better ways to advertise than with paper. Try writing with a dry-erase marker on whiteboards, mirrors and windows (for will vill) to get simple information or messages across. Emails or facebook groups can be effective as well.
- A program that isn't about sustainability can still be sustainable. Get a compost bin for paper utensils, plates and food at major events. Depending on the season, it is even possible to provide local and sustainable food for a program.
-Provide incentives, rewards or recognition for residents who show sustainable behavior. Even verablly recognizing how a resident reycles or turns off lights can go a long way.
-RAs use lots of plastic bags when shoppng for programs. If available, use cloth bags at the store. Sometimes you might not even need a bag.
-Start collecting chip bags, candy wrappers or used printer paper to make crafty door decs or bulletin boards. It looks cool and cuts down on the supplies used from your resource room.
RA sustainability liaisons
We’ve started them for you. These were made by CU resident advisors and residents to be passed on to others.
For funding sources beyond your Hall Council and RHA Funding Board, the Ecenter has a few options.
EDUTAINMENT FUND: All Hall Council Eco Chairs may apply for the edutainment fund to access funding for programs that will educate or inspire sustainable behavior in the resident halls. After filling out the form, funding will face a pending approval.
SUSTAINABLE CU GRANT: Any CU student may write a proposal to recieve funding from this grant. Every month are applications for the small grant (under $2,500) and every year are applications for the large grant (over $2,500). This is your opportunity to fund any program that promotes sustainability on campus, big or small.
Need a program with Sustainable Learning Outcomes? We can help. The Environmental Center has plenty of resources for you to use. If you like the following ideas, or have one of your own that you need help with, email us.
Ecenter staff member and a Libby Hall resident advisor hand a resident CFL lightbulb.
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