Sustainability Peer Educator Program

SPEP: Learn about the Program

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela
Peer Educator Program Overview

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The Sustainability Peer Educator Program (SPEP) trains undergraduate student leaders to deliver sustainability lessons and workshops to their peers. This program is intended to improve sustainability literacy, encourage the adoption of sustainable behaviors, and foster a culture of sustainability among students. The initial topics of focus will be waste minimization and energy conservation. The initial target audiences will be residence halls and the Greek community.

Peer educators will support sustainability education in three ways: 1) By drawing on student feedback to design and teach lessons and workshops that provide peers a basic understanding of sustainability and its importance as well as tools for adopting sustainable behaviors, 2) By coordinating with peers and campus partners to identify and remove barriers to adopting sustainable behaviors in each specific living environment, and 3) By connecting students to other sustainability initiatives on campus.

The compensation will be $10 per hour, and peer educators will work 10 hours per week. We are not currently seeking any students for this year (2014-2015 academic year), but the hiring process will resume in December. If you would be interested in applying, and aren't already on our interest list, email

Duties & Responsibilities

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  • Attend training and planning meetings as designated by the Office of Sustainability (IUOS)
  • Set a good example and mentor peers informally by adopting and promoting a sustainable lifestyle
  • Lead sustainability lessons and workshops weekly as requested
  • Answer questions submitted via email or social media
  • Represent SPEP and IUOS at related events
  • Collaborate with campus partners to strategize on both new and existing efforts
  • Track and report changes in sustainability literacy among members of the target audience
  • Assist coordinator in reviewing relevant literature and producing new educational materials
Required Qualifications

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  • Availability to sign up for a one-credit hour class in the second weeks of this semester (March 10 - May 9, 2014 with specific dates and times TBD)that will serve as peer educator training
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 maintained throughout the course of employment
  • Strong interest in sustainability and education
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt quickly and resolve problems
  • Ability to articulate complex issues, moderate nuanced conversations, and advise accordingly
  • Flexible schedule, availability to work some evenings and weekends
Preferred Qualifications

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  • Background in education, social psychology, environmental studies, or sustainability
  • Experience collaborating with diverse groups of individuals at the college level
  • Good management skills and confidence guiding others
Application Details

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If you are interested in this position, please fill out the application found HERE. Details on application provided at link. All application materials should be submitted by February 15, 2014.