What is the Green Ambassadors Program?
The Green Ambassadors program is an initiative of the Campus Energy Task Force to create and empower a network of individuals across campus interested in taking action in their own lab, office, or dormitory to promote more sustainable practices at MIT.
The Green Ambassador program seeks to help establish MIT as a model of community-engaged sustainability through: strengthening our sustainability community; providing and sharing critical information and knowledge; driving “place-based” action; supporting collaboration; and sharing best practices widely.
Areas of focus include energy conservation, resource efficiency, green purchasing, alternative transportation, awareness, and outreach.
What Will Green Ambassadors Have to Do?
The goal of the Green Ambassador is to share information and enable best practices in their lab, office, or dorm that can have a positive impact on their place’s environmental impact. As a Green Ambassador, you will be provided tips, tools and other information to help you find greener opportunities in your work place that can make a difference. At a basic level, Green Ambassadors can show by example the choices and practices that can be adopted that can have an impact. If Green Ambassadors choose, they can take on larger roles in their work place to build awareness, post information, promote others to take action, host events, etc.
Will Green Ambassador Be Paid?
Currently, the Green Ambassadors are a voluntary team, interested in taking action and getting others around them to take action to reduce their energy and environmental footprint. MIT will provide outreach and educational material, networking tools, and host periodic events for Green Ambassadors that strengthen the network and develop new approaches to be effective.
How Can I Have an Impact?
As individuals, we often feel powerless to impact our larger environment, particularly around the challenges of global climate change. However, when individual action that changes a practice for the better becomes routine in a place, the impact is multiplied as others learn of and adopt the new practice. Individual action becomes collective action and in the aggregate can have a very large cumulative impact. This is particularly true for energy conservation. “If everyone turned off their lights when leaving a room…”
How Can I Get Started?
There are several steps a Green Ambassador can take to get started. Here are just a few tips to help you on your way:
Educate yourself by referring to the following MIT resource sites
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus greening tips, tools, and resources are available to get you started.
Visit the MIT Energy Initiative's Campus Energy Task Force
resources for information on additional campus energy activities.
Communicate - Post signs and stickers around you office, lab or dorm. "Turn off the Lights"; "Recycling Do's & Don'ts"; "Power Management settings from IS&T"; etc. These signs and others can be found in the Sustainability Tool Kit.
Talk with your supervisor, manager or department head to set up a team and get an initiative going. Make sure to verify that your supervisor is supportive of this role you wish to take in the department
Conduct an office audit using the template found in Sustainability Tool Kit.
Invite a representative from the Campus Energy Task Force Community Outreach group to work with you to set up a plan, determine next steps and/or meet with your office or lab to get you started.