Sustainability at SFU: Zero Waste Educators Needed

Sustainability at SFU: Zero Waste Educators Needed

By: Graham Cook
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Sustainability at SFU has recently introduced a new way for students to get involved with their new Zero Waste Program! They are looking for students to volunteer as Zero Waste Educators, a great opportunity to get engaged with the campus community while taking part in an important initiative. Landon Hoyt provided some details about the position and program for interested students:

What is the goal of the Zero Waste Program?

The goal of the zero waste program at SFU is simply to reduce our waste. It falls in line with our overall sustainability goal of helping to leave the world as a better place for future generations. Landfill space is continually becoming less and less in Metro Vancouver, and costs to dispose of our waste is continually increasing. So, SFU has set a goal in its Sustainability Strategic Plan to divert a minimum of 70% of our waste from landfills by 2015. This mirrors the target set by Metro Vancouver. 

What will the Zero Waste Educators be doing?

Zero Waste Educators will assist in the launch of SFU’s new Zero Waste initiative on all three SFU campuses. The major portion of this initiative is educating the SFU community on the four new waste streams as well as the signage and symbols representing those streams. Volunteers will be educating people in person on how to use our new zero waste stations.

What sort of requirements are there to be an Educator?

We are simply looking for motivated and outgoing SFU students who want to be a part of SFU's largest zero waste initiative yet.

How long is the commitment?

The commitment includes a two hour training from noon-2pm on December 3 (includes lunch!) and a minimum of 12 hours over the first two weeks of classes in January 2014 (January 6-17).

What sort of skills can the Educators expect to develop?

Educators will leave with a much better understanding of the newly standardized waste system at SFU and be able to share this with their peers after the launch. Their communication skills will certainly benefit as well.


Interested applicants can find more information and instructions on how to apply through this link or on Symplicity. Please note that the deadline for applications is Friday, November 29. An honourarium will be offered to volunteers who fulfill the minimum requirements of training and hours during January. Stay tuned to as the launch approaches for more updates!

Posted on November 22, 2013