Student Sustainability Educators serve a critical role in the Office of Sustainability by working with students across campus to expand sustainability awareness and increase engagement. The part-time, paid interns connect students with institutional sustainability initiatives, create connections with the Office of Sustainability, and inspire personal behavior change in the AU community. Students work 5-10 hours per week, including mandatory weekly meetings and at least two hours in the Office of Sustainability. Tasks include event planning and outreach, in addition to general office work as needed.
Students receive training in sustainability topics such as green buildings, zero waste, carbon neutrality, and energy efficiency, as well as strategies for developing outreach campaigns and effectively engaging peers.
The mission of the American University Student Sustainability Educators:
- To educate ourselves and our peers about sustainable behaviors that benefit our lives, our communities, and the environment;
- To encourage mindful behaviors in the ways of resource and waste management, energy efficiency, and other topics related to sustainability;
- To engage students, faculty, and staff of American University, and collaborate with greater sustainability movements in order to form a environmentally-friendly institution and promote responsible citizenship.