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Environmental Residents

The Environmental Resident (ER) program is comprised of student leaders who are the campus’s waste diversion experts and peer educators of environmental responsibility. Each residence hall on campus has at least one ER serving the building as the point of contact for all recycling, composting, and TerraCycle. Environmental Residents work closely with the Residence Life staff to address waste diversion issues and promote positive behavioral change towards energy, water, and resource conservation. As a group, the ERs meet bi-weekly to plan programs and volunteer projects for the campus and share updates about what sustainability issues are currently impacting Agnes Scott. 

Students apply and are selected in the spring to be Environmental Residents for the next academic year. Two first-years are also selected in the fall to serve as Environmental Residents so they can initiate correct recycling protocol among their peers. The Environmental Residents have a Chair who coordinates all meetings and projects and reports information back to the Center for Sustainability. 


What we do:

• Manage a “Tofu Board” in each residence hall for residents to post questions, concerns, and ideas around waste diversion 

• Conduct audits of trash and recycling in all campus buildings

• Participate in the annual RecycleMania nationwide competition

• Plan events and programs to promote waste diversion on campus

• Volunteer monthly at a local garden 

Issues we address on our campus:

• Recycling & Solid Waste

• Composting 

• Water

• Energy 

• Food

• Transportation

• TerraCycle

Annual list of programs:

• Introduction to sustainability program at Orientation

• National Recycling Day program in Evans Dining Hall

• “Leading Green” Weekend co-sponsored with the Center for Student Engagement

• Halloween and Valentine’s Day “Trash for Treat” events

• Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering 

• RecycleMania 

• Oakhurst Earth Day Parade

•Give + Go donation drive

Helpful Documents

Handbook for Environmental Residents: [ER Handbook]  

Application for Environmental Residents: [ER Application]