Earth Day Network is working to grow the environmental movement among the next generation of leaders – college students. MobilizeU is bringing the environmental education efforts to university and college campuses around the world. This higher education campaign, launched by Earth Day Network in 2012, aims to create an international network of concerned and active students and administrators passionate about creating a sustainable future for all. Since 2012 the network has recruited more than 500 US and 380 international colleges and universities.
MobilizeU has helped turn passion and people power into environmental action by connecting teachers and students with the tools they need to host teach-ins, organize cleanups, start sustainability clubs, and promote plant-based initiatives on their campuses and in their communities.
We recognize the power, innovative abilities, and organizing capacity of students across the planet. Harnessing this energy, we can unite around a common interest of environmental action and continue to work toward a healthier planet.
Organize your campus for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and we will help provide the resources as well as the inspiration from other campuses around the world.
UVA President Jim Ryan addresses the important role colleges play in Earth Day – Join UVA in becoming a green campus today!
WHAT IS IT?
The student ambassador program aims to unite students and universities across various regions and countries that have a passion for creating a better sustainable future. Work with other students and faculty on your campus and around the world on fun and engaging environmental initiatives. This program will provide students with the tools and support needed to become environmental leaders on their campus.
BENEFITS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
By becoming a Student Ambassador, you will gain valuable skills and connections, all while bolstering your resume. As an ambassador, you will have the opportunity to participate in EDN events, webinars, and even be featured on the EDN website or other publications. Some responsibilities of this program include hosting events and meetings with other student ambassadors on your campus, checking in with EDN on your progress and current projects, and sharing events and information through social media.
Specific Responsibilities May Include:
- Networking with your school’s advocacy and environmental groups
- Planning educational and organizing events in the lead-up to Earth Day
- Recruiting fellow organizers
- Meeting with supportive faculty and staff
- Posting on social media, putting up posters, publicizing events
- Tracking results on a robust database
- Coordinating strategy with and giving feedback to Earth Day Network staff in Washington D.C.
- A strong interest in and knowledge of environmental issues
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or master’s degree program
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Professional demeanor
Desired Professional Qualities:
- Passion for advocacy and social causes
- Network of friends and classmates who are socially involved
- Ability to work independently and to ask good questions
- Respectful, hardworking, results oriented individual
- Positive attitude and willingness to tackle large challenges
- Experience with social media and attention-earning techniques preferred
Work hours will be decided based on your availability and the conditions on your campus but will likely fall in a range of 5 to 15 hours per month.
The faculty liaison will act as a quintessential point of contact for their college or university. They will be asked to respond to the occasional email and meet with any student ambassadors at their school. This position is entirely volunteer, and the time commitment is minimal. We are looking for faculty that are committed to improving sustainability on campus.
Green Campus Partnership:
The green campus is a network of sustainability departments at colleges and universities around the world. The green campus program offers an opportunity for higher education institutions to show case the work they are doing to promote sustainability on campus. We ask each member to submit a description of their sustainability programs on campus and we pick two to four campuses to spotlight a month in our newsletter. The logo of each green campus school will also be featured prominently on Earth Day’s partnership page.
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