Champlain's 2023 Ecoreps group photo on campus

Eco-Reps Program

Champlain College Eco-Reps are (primarily) residential students who help raise awareness about ecological issues and encourage environmentally responsible behavior from campus residents.

Eco-Reps educate their peers about environmental issues such as waste reduction and energy conservation. They also collaborate on related activities in their residence halls with their Resident Assistants (RA) or other Champlain student event planners.

Eco-Reps act as additional “eyes and ears” regarding the physical operations of the buildings and will alert Physical Plant staff if necessary.

There are currently over 100 similar programs on campuses across the country.

Goals of the Eco-Reps Program at Champlain College

  • Train, educate, and empower student leaders
  • Increase student engagement and community building through peer leadership
  • Increase environmental behaviors on campus (including but not limited to: waste reduction, energy and water conservation, alternative transportation, and conscious consumption)

Program Format & Training

Student Eco-Reps meet with the Sustainability Coordinator on a weekly basis. Each month has a theme with related events & activities. Students are provided related resources and a to-do list for the month.

Throughout the year, students participate in trainings that include: team-building exercises, program orientation, and other activities.

    • Waste
    • Energy
    • Food
    • Transportation
    • Water
    • Conscious Consumption

    We work deliberately to show the intersectionality between these topics and many social justice issues.

    • How to Host an Event
    • Effective Communication
    • Community-Based Social Marketing
    • Time Management for Student Leaders
    • Collaborations across campus
    • Set up an bulletin board in their residence hall / target area and post information
    • Collaborate with residential life staff and/or other campus event planners on programming opportunities
    • Conduct audits of the trash and recycling bins in their building/area
    • Be a resource person for students in the residence hall/area
    • Promote the Green Room Certification Program
    • Act as “eyes & ears” regarding res hall operations and report accordingly to Physical Plant staff
    • Conduct energy audits of appliances in residence halls
    • Conduct surveys about ecological issues
    • Attend meetings to plan activities and provide feedback to the Office of Sustainability staff
    • Assist with waste reduction activities at move in/move out
    • Set up and staff environmental information tables and exhibits
    • Go on tours of local sites such as Green Mountain Compost and the Material Recovery Facility
    • Develop programs and projects related to your interests

How to Apply

To learn more about Champlain’s Eco Rep position, download the full job description. Eco-Reps must reside in a Champlain College residence hall.

  • Eco Reps must attend training and planning meetings on Wednesday afternoons 3:30-5pm, where you’ll be introduced to a new topic, help plan activities, and brainstorm actions you’ll take in your residence halls and target area over the following weeks. Other duties include group activities, collaborative projects, and opportunities to represent the Eco-Reps Program at various campus events.

  • Eco Reps commit an average of four hours per week including one-and-a-half (1.5) hour meetings on most Wednesdays. Much of your work will be done independently and on your own schedule. There will be requests for participation in occasional group events and training opportunities.

    • Effective communication skills (through a variety of means)
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
    • Ability to see projects through to completion
    • Ability to learn information about environmental topics and relate that information to your peers
    • Creativity and fun
    • Eco-Reps must reside in a Champlain College residence hall.
    • Enthusiastic, engaging individuals who are passionate about environmental and social issues
    • Students who can be held accountable for their work
    • Folks who have planned events of any size or are excited to learn how to do so
    • Students who are willing to learn how to interact and informally educate their peers about sustainability topics
    • Level 1 student employee pay rate for 4-6 hours of work per week. (You do not have to be work-study eligible, but you can use this position as a work-study job.)
    • Professional development, leadership, event planning, teamwork, and peer education skills
    • Knowledge of environmental and social justice topics
    • The experience of working with other passionate students
    • Connections and trainings with representatives from local organizations
    • Great resume builder available to students starting their first semester
    • Room to grow into roles like Eco-Rep Area Coordinator and/or Eco-Rep Captain
Apply Now!


Contact Holly Francis at or (802) 865-5449.

Meet the Eco-Reps

Office of Sustainability

Skiff Annex, Room 203
163 South Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Tuesday – Friday
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Email us to set up a meeting outside of the academic year