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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.

These liaisons are also known as SEEDS (Student Employees Engaging in Discussions for Sustainability). This program empowers Santa Clara University student employees to implement the University's Strategic Plan and the .

Benefits of Being a Student Employee Sustainability Liaison: 

  • Receive physical and virtual Sustainability SWAG indicating your role
    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
  • Eligibility 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 may be special events. Meetings are focused on a different topics based on campus-wide initiatives. Liaisons bring questions and ideas for an engaging discussion. Liaisons take away action items meant to be accomplished in one hour or less.
  • Spend 1-hr of paid work time each month on sustainability. This time is spent completing action items from the Liaison meeting (e.g. checking waste signs), developing programs in the workplace, or presenting information to colleagues. This fall, each Liaison will prepare to present to their department on the Sustainability Strategic Plan and activate their department to adopt the Playbooks.
  • 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 1 academic year term. Liaisons may continue athe following year as long as they wish, and are asked to find a replacement in the event that they are no longer able to participate.

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

Examples of Past 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)

Alert icon Fall Quarter 2020 Due to fall quarter classes being held online and not in-person, we will be opening up student liaison positions to all students who have completed a Sustainability Guides training and are committed to being leaders for sustainability. We also have other virtual opportunities for you to stay involved with us! Please check out our Fall 2020 page under the Take Action section.

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