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Eco-Reps: Peer-To-Peer Sustainability Outreach

Dedicated to promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible behaviors, this educational peer-to-peer exchange project seeks to identify Eco-Reps and assist them in designing and implementing projects that will bring sustainability into their own lives, their schools, communities, and small businesses. Through a partnership with the Center for Transboundary Cooperation (CTC) in St. Petersburg, Russia, this project aims to facilitate an exchange of ideas between countries at the end of the year.

Who Are Eco-Reps?

Eco-Reps are creative individuals, or small teams of individuals, who are interested in educating their peers about environmental issues, advocating for sustainable living, and leading sustainability projects.

What Will the Eco-Reps Do?

  • LEARN about greener ways to live
  • LEAD by example
  • INSPIRE others to greater economic responsibility
  • EDUCATE others about sustainable living
  • NETWORK with domestic and international peers
  • IMPLEMENT positive change in the community

All those interested in the project will be invited to take part in a series of webinars, which will also be posted on the project’s website. The first webinar will clarify the nature of the project, steps designed for Eco-Reps to take part in the sustainability outreach, and answer inquiries from the participants.

After completing and submitting the application, Eco-Reps will be connecting into the networks of project participants with peers from Russia and the US based on their interests and nature of the sustainability projects they are interested in developing and pursuing. The teams of Eco-Reps will have access to online forums and assistance from sustainability experts to hone their project ideas and to prepare proposals for sustainability projects that will be due for review and feedback by December 15th.

Concurrently, Eco-Reps will be offered an opportunity to take part in two more webinars, one engaging the project participants into re-thinking sustainability in the context of the circular economy and introducing them to the system design approach for changing business practices and daily activities in the communities. Another webinar will be dedicated to examples from the sustainability projects in various settings (campuses, communities, businesses, neighborhoods, etc.).

From December 2014 through February 2015, teams of Eco-Reps will implement their projects. Examples of projects include: publication of sustainable practices using social media, greening some aspect of a campus, organizing a tear-down lab, building with reclaimed materials, and many others.

Following the submission of sustainability project reports on 28 February 2015, expert committees will review and assess the projects. The designer/s of the project/s that receive the highest appraisal by the committee will be offered an opportunity to travel to Russia to take part in a series of workshops and a mini-conference showcasing Eco-Reps projects. All top projects will be featured on the KU CREES website and promoted to respective constituencies.

Still Have Questions?

Contact CREES at crees@ku.edu

This project is funded by a grant from the United States Department of State’s U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Program (award # S-RS500-15-GR-124).


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