Student Involvement in Sustainability at Agnes Scott

Global climate change is the single most pressing issue of our generation, and will persist to be for many generations to come, as we deal with the consequences of climate inaction and work to create a world where we are in harmony with our environment. Climate action, due to the intersectionality of issues within ‘global climate change’, touches many disciplines: sociology, biology, physics, chemistry, math, economics, engineering, and the list goes on. Our college’s sustainability achievements could not have been accomplished without the hard work and dedication of the community, especially our work-study students, interns, and volunteers. The Center for Sustainability is committed to educating the campus community on global climate change and the steps they can take to become an advocate for sustainability and all its facets (e.g. environmental justice, waste diversion, energy conservation,etc.). We welcome anyone coming to the Center and encourage them to engage with our office in ways that help us all become better stewards of the environment. 

Opportunities for Involvement: 

  • Work-study, internships, and student volunteers in the Center for Sustainability 
    • You will learn about sustainability, and work on addressing the challenges it presents, but you will also enjoy the comradery of the Center team. Your specific work in the Center will depend on your interests and your needs as a student, along with the needs of the Center. 
    • Some innovative projects that have come out of the Center for Sustainability due to the work of student staff are: Healthy Offices Program, Climate Resilience Plan, Communications Plan, Bee Campus Advisory Committee, Bee Campus USA certification, Integrated Pest Management Plan, Sustainable Food Plan, Greenhouse Gas Inventory projects, Agnes Swag Policy, Sustainable Paper Procurement, Clothing Swap, Waste Diversion education, Green Building Video Series, etc. 
  • Environmental Residents 
    • The Environmental Resident (ER) program is a partnership program with the Center for Sustainability and Residence Life. It is a cornerstone of the college’s sustainability vision, and as an ER you serve as an ambassador for sustainability within your residence hall and campus community. You will promote environmentally conscious living, have meaningful conversations in your living spaces, plan interactive programming, and much more. 
    • The application to be an Environmental Resident is released every spring semester.
  •  Student Green Fee Fund (SGFF) 
    • The Student Green Fee Fund is an exciting way for students to have an active hand in planning and leading sustainability initiatives on campus. This partnership with the Student Government Association enables Agnes Scott students to address issues of sustainability with the support of the Center for Sustainability and the Center for Student Involvement. This student-led group guides the funding decisions on a variety of sustainability initiatives on campus including student organization sustainability projects, sustainability equipment upgrades, as well as small-scale student sustainability research projects. 
    • Some past projects funded by SGFF include hydration stations throughout campus, Purple Bike program, recycling bins for ERs, campus event waste diversion bins, and registration costs for sustainability-related conferences. 
  • Bee Society 
    • The Bee Society is a student organization that was created with the purpose of educating the school and local community about bees, their importance, maintaining and caring for our on-campus hives, and preserving one of humanity’s most important symbiotic relationships. Agnes Scott’s Bee Society maintains a relationship with the City of Decatur (“BeeCatur”), a designated Bee City USA. They partner on educational activities and resources to raise awareness about the important roles bees play in the ecosystem.
  • SGA Sustainability Senator 
    • The SGA Sustainability Senator will meet with the Director of The Center for Sustainability and provide reports to the SGA body about updates from the department. The sole duty of the SGA Sustainability Senator is to advocate for student concerns regarding sustainability in all its facets: environmental justice, education, efficiency, etc.
  • Green Team
    • The Green Team is a group of students, staff, and faculty that focuses on solutions of day-to-day environmental concerns. Monthly Green Team lunch meetings are open to the entire Agnes Scott community where we learn and discuss sustainability topics and invite various speakers in the field to share their expertise.
  • Other committees 
    • Students representatives are recruited each year for other sustainability committees that include staff, faculty, and student representatives. Currently these committees include: the Green Revolving Fund Committee, the Arboretum Advisory Committee, and the Bee Campus Advisory Committee.

Please contact the Center for Sustainability by emailing sustainability@agnesscott.edu if you are interested in joining one of these committees or being involved with sustainability in any way!

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