Become a Sustainability Ambassador this Fall!
About the Sustainability Ambassadors Program
- Student Engagement for Sustainability
- Beyond Plastics
- Biodiversity Initiative
- Carbon Neutrality
- Communications & Social Media
- Intersectional Environmentalism
- Sustainability Assessment, Tracking, and Reporting
Sustainability Ambassador Job Announcement for Fall 2020
The Sustainability Ambassador application period is now closed.
To get involved in sustainability activities at SUNY New Paltz, please follow us on Instagram @sustainablenewpaltz and join our email list (by visiting www.newpaltz.edu/sustainability and entering your email when the box pops up). You may also set up a virtual appointment with Campus Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Mitten to share your sustainability interests and she can suggest opportunities and resources for you at SUNY New Paltz and beyond.
Become a Sustainability Ambassador!
The Office of Campus Sustainability is recruiting a team of paid and volunteer student Sustainability Ambassadors for the fall of 2020. Sustainability Ambassadors are passionate about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. We seek students who have excellent verbal communication skills, enjoy working as a team of students, and can easily and naturally connect with fellow students.
Adapting to COVID-19: New Paltz Forward
The mode of meetings, communication, and peer-to-peer engagement for Sustainability Ambassadors - 100% virtual vs. a hybrid of in-person (socially distanced and with masks) and virtual engagement - is to be determined. Your perspective on the type of engagement that you're comfortable with will be requested in the online application. Please still apply for a position, even if you anticipate that you will not be living on or near campus during the fall of 2020, as a 100% virtual environment for some (or even all) teams is possible. For some teams, being on or near campus is desirable due to the nature of the work (ie. the Beyond Plastics team and the Biodiversity Initiative Team).
Responsibilities of All Sustainability Ambassadors throughout the semester
- Training/Orientation – Sustainability Ambassadors attend a full two-day orientation/training prior to the start of the semester tentatively scheduled on August 20 and 21. 100% virtual vs. hybrid training is to be determined. Participation in this training is mandatory, however, if you have other obligations (ie. RA training), please still apply.
- Regular Team Meetings – Every week, Sustainability Ambassadors will meet to plan activities to carry out the goals of their team.
- Bi-Weekly All-Sustainability Ambassador Team Meetings - Every two weeks, all Sustainability Ambassadors will meet to connect and build community.
- Peer-to-Peer Engagement via Tabling – All Sustainability Ambassadors spread the word about Sustainability Ambassador campaigns during the weekly farmers market on Thursdays from 10 AM to 3:30 PM and at Peregrine Dining Hall midday on Wednesdays. Students will be assigned hours - such as 2 hours per week - at the farmers market or Peregrine when they are not in class. This type of in-person engagement is pending COVID-19 realities and exact details are TBD.
Responsibilities of the Sustainability Ambassador Team Leaders
- Setting the tone and leading the team
- Facilitating the team conversation about what each team will focus on this fall and how the team will carry out this work
- Planning meetings, developing agendas, and facilitating team meetings
- Coordinating logistics (scheduling meetings) and email/text communications within the team
- Inspiring and motivating student volunteer Sustainability Ambassadors
- Meeting weekly with all Sustainability Ambassador team leaders
Sustainability Ambassadors Teams/Positions:
The Office of Campus Sustainability is currently seeking Sustainability Ambassador team leaders and team members to participate on the sustainability teams listed below during the fall of 2020. Team leaders are paid positions. Team members are unpaid positions.
- Sustainability Ambassador Program Coordinator - Assists Campus Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Mitten with coordinating all of the Sustainability Ambassadors and running the program.
- Student Engagement Team – This team plans and coordinates student engagement and peer-to-peer education about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development including tentatively tabling at the Farmers Market and Peregrine Dining Hall. The team’s focus will include shifting outreach and engagement to adapt to COVID-19 realities. The nature of student engagement (100% virtual vs. hybrid) is to be determined.
- Beyond Plastics Team – During August and September, this team will focus on implementing the practices that Sustainability Ambassadors sought during 2019-2020 as well as campus education about moving beyond plastics. Major changes anticipated for the fall of 2020 include switching from mostly beverages served in plastic bottles to mostly beverages served in aluminum cans and incorporating resusable to-go servingware (including to-go food containers, soup cups, drink cups, and utensils) at Peregrine Dining Hall, the Terrace, and the Roost. The rest of the year will be focused on operational changes to move the campus beyond plastics through continued partnerships with Sodexo, Campus Auxiliary Services, and Facilities Management.
- Biodiversity Initiative Team – This new team will forward biological diversity activities on campus. Laura Wyeth of the Biology Department will also support this effort by attending meetings and providing technical assistance. Specific operational, education, and engagement strategies will emerge from the student-led team as this program develops. To learn more about past Biodiversity Initiative activities, visit here, here, and here.
- Carbon Neutrality Team – In the fall of 2020, this team will focus on developing a proposal for NYSERDA funding to develop a Carbon Neutrality Student Fellowship Program. The program will focus on the intersection of sustainability, program management, change management, planning, design, and engineering for a Zero Net Carbon future that meets Governor Cuomo’s climate goals. The intent of this program is to create opportunities for SUNY New Paltz students to work side-by-side with facilities managers and consultants as the campus updates its short-term and long-term strategy to meet Governor Cuomo’s climate goals.
- Communications Team – This team will focus on developing content our Instagram account, @sustainablenewpaltz, and written communications via our email list using the myemma email marketing program. Students serving on this team will serve as liaisons to other teams to inform the campus community about the work of Sustainability Ambassador Teams. Historically, this team has used Canva, Later, and Repost to develop and schedule content.
- Intersectional Environmentalism Team – This new team (whose name is welcome to change) is the Office of Campus Sustainability’s response to President Christian’s call and commitment to become an anti-racist institution of higher education expressed in an email communication to all students and employees on 6/30/2020. This team will examine opportunities to integrate the Movement for Black Lives and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives into campus sustainability work. Specific operational, educational, engagement, and research activities will emerge from the student-led team as this program develops. Want to learn more about what other sustainability offices of higher education are doing in this area? Check out Princeton University Office of Sustainability’s Draft Environmental Justice Framework and Anti-Racist Initiatives as well as Princeton’s website on Land Acknowledgements. See also Leah Thomas’ definition of Intersectional Environmentalism.
- Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Reporting Team – This team will be devoted to collecting data for SUNY New Paltz’s third campus-wide sustainability self-assessment using the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Our report is due in early March of 2021. To learn about the STARS assessment framework visit this website. To view the campus’ past STARS submissions, visit this website.
- Have a passion for the three dimensions of sustainability (social, economic, and environmental) and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development
- Have experience with sustainability whether through student organizations, living-learning communities, prior employment, or academic courses and programs
- Have excellent verbal communication skills, are enthusiastic, and are able to motivate and inspire other students
- Have skills that directly relate to the team responsibilities described above including:
- Being a self-starter
- Able to work effectively in teams
- Experience with making things happen at SUNY New Paltz (ie. logistics)
- Good at public speaking
- Effective at mobilizing volunteers
- Self-motivated and able to work independently (there is no office space available for students)
Sustainability Ambassadors are employees of the Office of Campus Sustainability and will report to Campus Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Mitten.
Applications were due August 3, 2020.
No applications are being accepted at this time. To get involved in sustainability activities at SUNY New Paltz, please follow us on Instagram @sustainablenewpaltz and join our email list (by visiting www.newpaltz.edu/sustainability and entering your email when the box pops up). You may also set up a virtual appointment with Campus Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Mitten to share your sustainability interests and she can suggest opportunities and resources for you at SUNY New Paltz and beyond.
Please email Campus Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Mitten at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.