Sustainability Ambassadors

Welcome to the Sustainability Ambassador Program 

 

The Sustainability Ambassador program is an incubator-based program dedicated to empowering University of Guelph students to improve environmental sustainability on campus. Students are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through organizing student-led projects, initiatives, and campaigns on campus.  

 

Why Become a Sustainability Ambassador?  

 

Joining the Sustainability Ambassador team means joining an active network of young environmental leaders on the University of Guelph campus. This program provides the opportunity for students to learn about institutional sustainability, while developing personal and professional skills related to event planning, program development, and engagement. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline at the University of Guelph. Successful sustainability initiatives require an interdisciplinary approach, so we encourage everyone to apply!  

 

Perks of the Program:  

  1. Becoming a Sustainability Ambassador is a great way to get involved with our Office. If you’re interested in becoming a Sustainability Office Peer Helper (Lead Sustainability Ambassador or Green Team Lead) or receiving one of our summer student positions, we recommend getting involved! 
  2. You’ll receive recognition as a sustainability leader on campus, through the experience you’ll gain in educating peers and running events!.  
  3. You will have plenty of opportunity to earn volunteer hours, that count towards the WWF Living Planet Leader certification! 
  4. Connect with various sustainability groups, organizations, and departments on campus!  
  5. Develop professional and personal skills that can elevate your resume!  
  6. Ability to channel your passion and activism into action based projects that will improve or promote sustainability on campus. 

 

Becoming a Sustainability Ambassador 

This program provides the opportunity for dedicated and passionate students to take initative around environmental sustainability on campus. We are looking for students interested in taking intiative on student led projects and campaigns. 

 

This program consists of a 1-hour weekly incubator meeting that is run by our lead Sustainability Ambassadors (date and time of meeting to be scheduled in the early Fall). These weekly meetings will act as workshops to help you develop key skills and competencies around environmental sustainability. This program also requires you to meet with other ambassadors outside of the weekly meetings in order to work on projects or run events that are developed through the weekly incubator meetings. The average time commitment is between 1-3 hours a week depending on your level of involvement. For this program, we ask that you please commit to a minimum of one semester of involvement and try to make most weekly meetings. If you’re in graduate school, we will be creating a graduate student group of sustainability ambassadors. This will be a great way to meet other graduate students from across campus. 

 

If you’re interested in applying to become a Sustainability Ambassador in September 2019, please email Samantha at sustainability@uoguelph.ca with your name, degree program, areas of interest, and an idea of a project you have that relates to sustainability on campus.   

 

We will be scheduling an orientation meeting for new and returning Sustainability Ambassadors for the second week of September, stay tuned for the date to be announced! 

 

List of Potential Projects for Sustainability Ambassadors Fall 2019: 

1) Waste Reduction Week Events 

2) International Student Sustainable Move In/Out Program 

3) Revamp the "Free Store" on campus

4) Bee Campus - Milkweed Meadow Project 

5) Bee Campus / WWF Canada In The Zone - Container Pollinator Pop-Ups

6) Documenting Sustainability on Campus - Photo Drive 

7) Residence Energy Conservation Blitz 

8) Working with the Sustainability Office to implement a Zero Waste Station in the University Centre (mascara wands, cell phones, toner, batteries, lightbulbs, etc). 

9) End of the Semester E-Waste Drives 

10) Assisting Bag Bank with program development and launch

11) Any idea you may have!