Sustainability Intern -- Recycling

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Employer: 
JCC Office of Sustainability
Website: 
http://www.sunyjcc.edu/sustainability
Type: 
Breaking
Job Description: 

Students from the Jamestown or Olean campus will assist the Sustainability Coordinator in promoting recycling and the reduction of waste on campus.

These activities will include some or all of the following:

  • Assist JCC in bringing recycling to the attention of individuals and groups on campus, with an emphasis on student participation.
  • Take on an independent leadership role by developing a project or activity to stimulate recycling efforts among the students and others on campus.
  • Prepare and organize recycling fair to increase awareness of benefits of recycling and the negative effects of waste.
  • Work with the JCC Student Senate and Resident Life to ensure that there are a sufficient number of recycling bins, assure the bins are positioned appropriately, and that adequate signage is attached.
  • Work with the Cafeteria Staff to improve recycling in the cafeteria.
  • Evaluate the volume of waste versus the volume of recycled materials in order to determine the effectiveness of the recycling initiative.
  • Assist with Waste Audits by periodically sampling the college’s waste stream to determine the amount of recyclable content discarded and produce trending analysis.
  • Work with the JCC Green Media Team to produce a Recycling 101 video
  • Evaluate college purchasing practices to identify opportunities to increase use of recycled and recyclables products.
    Learning objectives
  • Students will understand the local contribution to the global issue of waste and recycling
  • Students will gain a better understanding of the sources, challenges, and impacts of waste in a college residential environment and how it relates to global challenges
  • Students will gain a better understanding of how to articulate the principles of sustainable living and the need to reduce waste and increase recycling to peers
  • Students will collect and analyze data, and report findings to the campus community, including campus decision-makers

Training:

  • Additional training will be conducted individually and as necessary

Context for Internship:
This internship utilizes the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment framework; a greenhouse gas emissions assessment is required by all signatories to the commitment.

Teaching Materials:

  • American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate (www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet developed the greenhouse gas calculator available for download. Their tool has is widely used by colleges and universities.
  • The Sustainability Handbook: The Complete Management Guide to Achieving Social, Economic, and Environmental Responsibility by William Blackburn
  • The Story of Stuff Project – Free Range Studios (www.storyofstuff.org)
Requirements: 

Students must have successfully completed at least 24 credits and earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

Responsibilities: 

Students will be responsible for:

  • Participation in all training sessions to develop an understanding of waste and recycling and how it promotes sustainable living
  • Participation in learning activities such as reading assignments, videos, or group discussions to gain a better understanding of the principles of sustainable living
  • Be able to articulate the principles of sustainability and recycling on a peer to peer basis.
  • Keeping a thorough and accurate record of activities and their effect
  • Participation in the computation of data into generalized information
  • Assisting in analyzing findings, determining recommendations for improvement and writing a report to that effect
  • Maintaining a professional attitude and demeanor toward both the project and those they come in contact with for the duration of the internship
  • Maintaining regular communication with the Sustainability Coordinator in order to schedule activities and maximize time available
  • Keeping a record of project hours for approval by Site Supervisor
Salary: 
Unpaid, but students can complete the internship for college credit
Zip Code: 
14701
Application Deadline: 
Ongoing

To apply for this internship, please contact the Office of Experiential Learning at 716.338.1381 or using this contact form.