Get Involved! Join the GLC
WHY JOIN THE GREEN LIVING COUNCIL?
- Have a passion for the environment and sustainability (or want to learn more about them)?
- Enjoy engaging with your peers to discuss important issues?
- Want an exciting way to meet people and join a network of campus leaders while furthering a cause you believe in?
- Like to organize activities, social events, and other programming?
- Aspire to be a leader in driving a movement toward a culture of sustainability at Stanford?
- Have the dedication and enthusiasm to represent your fellow housemates on green issues and serve as the primary advocate for sustainability in your residential community?
If so, then the Green Living Council is for you! Our members (we call them Green Living Coordinators) are champions for sustainability on campus. To find out more about the role, read on, and to learn more about what we do, visit our projects and initiatives page.
WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A GREEN LIVING COORDINATOR?
We work hard to maintain a flexible framework for the GLC that allows people with varying levels of time and availability to get involved. Many members participate at a highly committed level, not only helping to implement campus-wide GLC projects but also designing and scientifically testing their own pilot projects specific to their residence. But even members with less time to spare can make important contributions by serving as a messenger for sustainability in their dorm or house.
In general, responsibilities of all GLC members include:
- Attending weekly GLC meetings on Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00 pm (although students with time conflicts may still join the GLC)
- Updating your piers about the state of sustainability at Stanford and the current GLC events at weekly house meetings and other dorm/house events
- Implementing behavior change projects and campaigns in your residence
- Maintaining a blog page for your residence with updates about your projects and progress
- Collaborating with other GLC members through smaller group meetings and online discussions
- Helping to coordinate projects such as CFL distributions and electronic waste collections
- Leading efforts to engage your residence in campus-wide competitions such as the Conservation Cup and RecycleMania
- Serving as the sustainability expert and advocate for your residence and anyone who happens to ask
- Expected time commitment: 2-3 hours per week at least. However, there are plenty of opportunities for members to grow more involved
WHAT EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO GLC MEMBERS?
Joining the GLC community is an extremely rewarding chance to not only build your skills in environmental leadership and have a tangible impact on campus, but also to meet an amazing group of people! Just some of the opportunities the GLC offers include:
- A 2-unit, fall quarter training course to teach you the skills needed to effect real change in sustainability on campus
(for more info, click here)
- Opportunities for you to get funding and other resources to implement a project of your own design in your residence
(for examples of past and current projects, click here)
- The annual GLC Symposium, open to any GLC members that want to showcase their work from the year
(for more info, click here)
- Chances to work with administrators, staff members, and Stanford professors
- Frequent social and networking events, including movie nights, field trips to Jasper Ridge, baking parties, and much more!
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Joining the GLC requires completing a brief online interest form (follow the link below). Note that we do not use this form to reject potential applicants, but rather as an opportunity to get to know the people who will be joining us in the coming year. We welcome all classes, from freshmen to graduate students. In addition, we allow (and even encourage!) two, three, or even more GLC members from each residence, so don't worry about having to compete with others from your dorm or house. GLC members generally commit to serving for a full year, although we understand that many students take quarters off to study abroad.
Please note that some dorms and houses elect Environmenal Representatives (E-Reps) as part of the dorm government. The Green Living Coordinator position is synanimous with that of E-Rep. If you are elected as the Environmental Representative for your dorm, please fill out our interest form (once again, this form serves solely as an opportunity for us to get to know you). We look forward to meeting you!