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Student Employees (SEEDS)

Student employees engage their co-workers in sustainable behaviors in order to develop a culture of sustainability within their campus department or organization.

Student Employee Sustainability Liaisons are also known as SEEDS (Student Employees Engaging in Discussions for Sustainability). The Student Employee Sustainability Liaison program empowers Santa Clara University student employees to implement the University's Strategic Plan by fostering Justice and Sustainability programs among University departments and organizations. Liaisons model and engage their peers in sustainable behaviors in order to develop a culture of sustainability within their campus workplace at SCU.

Benefits of Being a Student Employee Sustainability Liaison: 

  • Receive Sustainability SWAG indicating your role as a Sustainability Liaison
    April meeting 2015
  • Extra support and resources from the Center for Sustainability
  • Opportunities to learn more about sustainability issues, community-based social marketing, behavior change theory, and more
  • Student Employee Liaisons will be eligible for the SCU Sustainability Champion award
  • Opportunities to connect and collaborate with students, faculty, and staff members working on sustainability initiatives at SCU
  • Resume-building experience

Student Employee Sustainability Liaison Responsibilities:

  • Attend one 1-hr meeting each month. These meetings are focused on a different topic each month. Liaisons bring questions and ideas for an engaging discussion. Liaisons take away action items meant to be accomplished in one hour or less. Two of the three meetings each quarter will be open to the campus community while one meeting will be soley with this cohort.
  • Spend 1-hr of paid work time each month on sustainability. This time is spent completing action items from the Liaison meeting, developing programs in the workplace, and presenting information to colleagues. 
  • Provide feedback to the Center for Sustainability. Liaisons are a channel for two-way communication between campus employees and the Center for Sustainability. Liaisons bring questions, concerns, and ideas to the Center for Sustainability as well as share new information and upcoming events with their peers.
  • Duration: We ask Liaisons to commit to an academic year term. Liaisons may continue as long as they wish, but there is no requirement to participate longer than one year.

*Employees who want to become an advocate must have supervisor support to spend paid work time on Liaison duties. 

Examples of Past Action Projects:

  • Reducing building energy usage in the Transportation Services office space
  • Measuring old banners from the SCU campus to be repurposed material for new products
  • Develop monthly engagement video for Campus Ministry audience: "Cla(i)re Corner"
Erin Murphy (intern lead) Center for Sustainability
Lauren Moore Center for Sustainability
Andie Filler Center for Sustainability
Jaro Bellier Center for Sustainability
Nick Spinelli Center for Sustainability
Clare Arbios Campus Ministry
Riley McShane Admission and Enrollment Services (Student Ambassador)
Matt Ryan  Food & Agribusiness Institute
Katie O'Neil Food & Agribusiness Institute
Taylor (Maya) Tromburg Campus Recreation
Kenzie Mayer Campus Recreation
Gabriella (Gabie) Carne Campus Recreation
Laura Hyslop Undergraduate Business Programs
Leah Wetterling Transportation Department
Zachary Gianotti Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Michelle Lee Office of Multicultural Learning (Rainbow Resource Center)