North Texas Ecology Representatives

Welcome to the UNT Eco Rep Training 

Understanding Your Contract

Introduction

Welcome to the Eco Reps Training

This course will cover the following five sections: 

  • Understanding your Contract 
  • Dimensions of Sustainability 
  • Event Planning 
  • Internal Communication 
  • Promotion

This section will focus on:

  • Detailing your Contract
  • How to be a REP

Remember your Contract

Remember the contract you signed when you were accepted for this position.

Benefits

What being an Eco Rep does for you—

  • 20% Discount on UNT student housing
  • Extracurricular Opportunities
  • The chance to make UNT a better, more eco friendly place

Expectations

Being an effective North Texas Eco Rep will require work and dedication. 

Being an ecology REP

Resident

Educator

Planner

Your Importance as an Educator

Educator

While all of your roles as a rep are important, it is critical to remember that your number one responsibility is as an educator. Your efforts toward sustainability should focus on educating yourself and then transferring that knowledge onto others. Your roles will all work together but without the skills of an educator you will be unable to transfer your knowledge.

Resident

As a student you'll have more opportunities to teach students than anyone else. Use this to your advantage and make sustainability apart of your everyday life as a resident.

Planner

Creating a solid plan for your lessons and events will make spreading the your knowledge that much easier.

Recap

Here’s a summary of what we’ve learned so far

  • Being a REP
  • Understanding your contract

Moving forward you will learn new skills that will help you implement these goals.But before we can move on, you will test your knowledge to ensure you’ve understood the concepts thus far.

Contract Test

Question 1

R

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Question 2

  • Provide students with help recycling
  • Using your relationship with other residents to teach about sustainability
  • Clean up the dorm space to improve the ecology around dorms
  • Plan events for students in the dorm
What is the Importance of your Role as a Resident

Question 3

  • A ten percent discount on housing
  • A great extracurricular opportunity
  • A chance to improve UNT
Your contract provides you with:

Question 4

  • Resident
  • Educator
  • Planner
Which of the following is the most important part of REP

Dimensions of Sustainability

Introduction to Dimensions of Sustainability

Introduction to Dimensions of Sustainability

In this section, we will cover: 

  • Three dimensions of sustainability
  • Applying sustainability to being an Eco Rep
  • Teaching methods to educate others about sustainability


Dimensions of Sustainability

Integrating Dimensions of Sustainability

Consider future generations and their social, ecomomic, and environmental needs.

Approach problems with a framework of sustainability.


Social Sustainability

Social Sustainability

  • Equity
  • Health
  • Community
  • Adaptation
  • Human activity

Social + economic = equitable

Social + environment = bearable

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

  • Renewable & non-renewable resources
  • Pollution
  • Conservation  and restoration of nature
  • Human built environment

Environment + economic = viable

Environmental + social = bearable

Economic Sustainability

Economic Sustainability

  • Economy
  • Production
  • Financial capability 
  • Financial longetivity

Economic + social = equitable

Economic + environmental = viable

Dimensions of Sustainability

Sustainability As a Whole

An endeavor or project must be socially, environmentally, and economically feasible for it to truly be sustainable. 

Applying Sustainability to Being an Eco Rep

Resident

Show through your actions your concern with sustainability. 

Focus on dorm hall practices (environmental sustainability).


Educator

Impart knowledge about sustainability to others. 

Collaborate outside of dorm hall with others & teach (social sustainability).

Planner

Set up and host programs and events that practice and educate others about sustainability. 

Integrate sustainable practices into planning (economic sustainability).

Practice: 3 Dimensions of Sustainability

Drag each dimension of sustainability to its proper place in the venn diagram. Pay attention to where the circles overlap. 
  • Social
  • Environmental
  • Economic

Teaching Dimensions of Sustainability

Teaching Dimensions of Sustainability Overview

  • Using appropriate teaching methods
    • Learning settings
  • Teaching memorable ideas

Typical classroom setting


Group activities/hands-on work

Learning Settings

Lecture/typical classroom setting


Small group discussion/presentations

Teaching Dimensions of Sustainability

Teaching Goals

  • Help residents remember what you're teaching
  • Know what tone and learning setting you should use

Determining Appropriate Teaching Methods

Questions to Determine A Serious vs. Fun Topic

Pose the following questions to yourself when figuring out what learning setting and tone you want to take on for different topics. 

Serious Topic - Traditional Setting

Are we discussing an environmental and social struggle that negatively impacts a certain population?

Fun Topic - Discussion Setting

Are we discussing an environmental, social, or economic topic that is more removed from human struggle or negative effects on a certain population?

Teaching Serious & Fun Topics

Sustainability Topic Examples

Teaching Serious Sustainability Topics

Talking about humans and non-humans who are negatively affected

Use a traditional learning setting and a somber, serious tone when talking about populations of living beings who are negatively affected by various factors or situations.

Teaching Fun Sustainability Topics

Talking about less serious things, like children's activities and trees

You can use a more engaging learning letting that includes hands-on activities or discussion groups for topics that are about less grave or serious situations. 

Teaching Memorable Ideas

Which visual below do you remember the most? 

  • REP text acrostic
  • Sustainability as a Whole venn diagram
  • Topics in Sustainability infographic

When planning how to teach memorable ideas, consider using variations of the visuals used in this training to help you. Review the visuals that you have seen so far. 

What it means to be a REP

Sustainability as a Whole

Topics in Sustainability

Practice: Teaching Memorable Ideas

  • Traditional setting
  • Hands-on or small group discussion setting

Choose the type of learning setting that would be appropriate for this topic: 

Devastating effects of plastic on marine life 

Practice: Teaching Memorable Ideas

  • Traditional setting
  • Hands-on or small group discussion setting

Choose the type of learning setting that would be appropriate for this topic: 

Do-it-yourself laundry detergent and how to make other more environmentally friendly household products

Dimensions of Sustainability Conclusion

Dimensions of Sustainability Conclusion

In this section, you learned about: 

  • Dimensions of Sustainability 
    • Applying Sustainability
  • Teaching Sustainability
    • Using Appropriate Teaching Methods 
    • Teaching Memorable Ideas

In the next unit, you will learn how to plan the meetings and events in which you'll use these skills. 

Dimensions of Sustainability Test

Question 1

Match the adjective used to describe each sustainability dimension overlap. 
  • Social and economic
    Equitable
  • Environmental and economic
    Viable
  • Environmental and social
    Bearable

Question 2

  • Lecture led by you
  • Information presentation and discussion
  • Text visual
  • Infographic
  • Diagram

At a meeting, you will discuss with Eco Reps how to remember to conserve energy in their dorm rooms and discuss ways to teach this to residents.

 

Which of the following would you choose to implement? Choose all that apply.

Question 3

  • Lecture led by you
  • Information presentation and discussion
  • Text visual
  • Infographic
  • Diagram

At an event in which you show a documentary about factory farming, you have Eco Reps and residents attend. You have time to show the documentary and one hour following.

 

Which of the following would you choose to implement? Choose all that apply.

Question 4

  • Lecture led by you
  • Information presentation and discussion
  • Text visual
  • Infographic
  • Diagram

At an event, you have information from Citizens Climate Lobby to give to Eco Reps and residents about civil engagement and how to talk about climate change.

 

Which of the following would you choose to implement? Choose all that apply.

Event Planning

Introduction

Event Planning

In this section we will cover the following:

  • Good and Bad Meetings
  • How to Create Effective Agendas
  • Tracking Attendance
  • Recording Feedback

Distinguishing Good and Bad Meetings

Is your meeting effective?

To distinguish strong meetings from weak ones you will want to consider a few concepts. 

  • Positively affect sustainability

  • Be Interactive

  • Offer value to the organization

Affect Sustainability

Clean Up Initiative

Getting students together to clean up part of campus is a good event. This embodies a benefit to the organization, sustainability, and is interactive with students. More than anything this provides a real change in the quality of sustainability at UNT.

Discussing Sustainability

While talking with students about sustainability is valuable it does not provide the same benefit of actually doing something to improve UNT.

Interactivity

Recycling Contest

A recycling contest gives students the chance to participate in an event and can even offer prizes. Prizes are a strong incentive to get students in the programs.

Watching the Sunset

While appreciating nature is important, there is no long term benefit to such an event.

Value to the Organization

Creating Plans for Future Events

Planning ahead for other events is a great idea for an internal event. It requires input from multiple students and is valuable for creating better future events.

Organizing the Supply Closet 

This could be done by one or two Eco Reps and doesn't justify all of the reps participation. This could be a part of a larger event but is not sufficient as an event on its own,

Agendas

Strong Meeting

  • Guiding Agenda
  • One leader

Weak Meeting

  • No focus
  • No leader

Importance of Agendas

A Focused Topic

A List of Goals

A Schedule

Agenda Check

Click on the goals section of the agenda below

Tracking Attendance

Recording Feedback

Analyzing Feedback

Analyzing Ratings

Analyzing Suggestions

Recap

Here’s a summary of what we’ve learned so far

  •  Good and Bad Meeting Types 
  • Planning an Agenda 
  • Tracking Attendance 
  • Recording Feedback 

But before we can move on, you will test your knowledge to ensure you’ve understood the concepts thus far.

Event Planning Test

Question 1

  • It helps NTER to understand why certain events are popular
  • It helps NTER come up with new events
  • It helps NTER understand which REPs are best at their job
  • It helps NTER publicize their success
Why is it important to record feedback at Eco Rep Events? Choose all that apply.

Question 2

  • More detail
  • Less detail
  • Less specific time slots
  • No time slots
Look at the "Schedule" section of the agenda. Which of the following answer choices would improve the Schedule section? 

Question 3

How would you organize the following suggestions recorded as feedback from a student survey?

For context, the original question was: What kind of group activity would you want to do over spring break with the Eco Reps?

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Europe
  • Touring our city recycling center
  • Visit the local watershed education center
  • Volunteer at the community garden
  • Six Flags
  • Ice skating

Question 4

Connect the agenda content to the type of content
  • Topic
    Discuss how to promote recycling
  • Goal
    Teach NTER the best ways to encourage recycling
  • Schedule
    Recap the last meeting (10 min)

Question 5

  • Student are more likely to attend interactive events
  • We want students to always have fun
  • Students do not pay attention if the events are boring
  • Students don't want to take sustainability too seriously
Why is it important to create interactive events

Communication

Introduction to Communication Channels

Introduction to Communication Channels

In this section you will learn about...

  • the three communication channels 
  • appropriate audiences for messages 
  • message priorities
  • when to respond


Communication Channels

Communication Channels

Eco Reps will communicate through three basic channels:



1. Email (Microsoft Outlook)



2. Group Messaging (GroupMe)



3. Phone Calls


Things to keep in mind...

  • Most communications are done through email and group chats
  • Check each channel daily
  • Respond on the same communication channel as the original message

Selecting Appropriate Audiences

Selecting Appropriate Audiences

This Venn Diagram shows some of the instances in which you might send a message to an Eco Rep, Residents, or Both. When deciding who to send the message to, think about the message’s information. 

Eco Reps should to receive confidential and NTER specific information. Residents receive resident specific information. Information that is not confidential and is general in nature can be shared with both. 

Practice 1

  • Other Eco Reps
  • The Residents
  • Both
Let’s take a quick quiz! Answer the following questions about audiences who should receive notifications based on the given scenario.

Diana has contracted a contagious flu and will miss an Eco Reps meeting. She should contact:

Practice 2

  • Other Eco Reps
  • The Residents
  • Both

Mark found an exciting news story about a break through in solar energy on the BBC’s website. He should share it with:

Priorities for Communication Channels

Communication Priorities

This graphic displays the priority ranking from lowest to highest: 

  • Email should be used for low priority communications that do not need to be received immediately.
  • Group chats should be used for priority communications that needs a response within an hour. 
  • Phone calls should be reserved for emergency communications that need an immediate response.

When to Respond on a Communication Channel

When Should You Respond?

Requires Response

  • Phone Call 
  • Direct Message 
  • A time sensitive question

Does not Require Response

  • General Meeting Information 
  • Discussion topics 
  • Statements

Communication Conclusion

Conclusion

To recap, in this section you were introduced to:

  1. What the three communication channels are 
  2. How to select the appropriate audience for messages 
  3. Which priorities to follow when using a communication channel 
  4. When to respond on a communication channel

If you feel like you do not understand a section, return to that section!

Up next, we will test your comprehension of Eco Rep communication channels.

Communication Test

Question 1

  • Email
  • Group Messaging
  • Phone Calls

Jane is running late to an Eco Rep meeting and wants to tell the other Eco Reps.

How should she send her message?

Question 2

  • Other Eco Reps
  • The Residents
  • Both

Jane is running late to an Eco Rep meeting and wants to tell the other Eco Reps.

Who should she send the message to?

Question 3

  • Yes
  • No

Jane is running late to an Eco Rep meeting and wants to tell the other Eco Reps.

Tanya receives the message. Should she respond?

Question 4

  • Yes
  • No

Anthony was asked a question in an email by another Eco Rep.

Should he respond?

Question 5

  • He does not need to respond
  • Email
  • Group Messaging
  • Phone Calls

Anthony was asked a question in an email by another Eco Rep.

On what communication channel should he respond?

Question 6

  • He does not need to respond
  • The Eco Rep
  • The Residents
  • Both the Eco Rep and the Residents

Anthony was asked a question in an email by another Eco Rep.

Who should he send the response to?

Question 7

  • Yes
  • No

Jared received a mass email sharing of an article on recycling from another Eco Rep.

Should he respond?

Question 8

  • He does not need to respond
  • Email
  • Group Messaging
  • Phone Calls

Jared received a mass email sharing an article on recycling from another Eco Rep.

On what communication channel should he respond?

Question 9

  • He does not need to respond
  • The Eco Rep
  • The Residents
  • Both the Eco Rep and the Residents

Jared received a mass email sharing an article on recycling from another Eco Rep.

Who should he send the response to?

Promotional Materials

Introduction to Promotional Materials

Introduction to Promotional Materials

In this section, you will learn:

  • The two types of promotional materials 
  • CRAP design principles 
  • The timeline for creating a promotional material 
  • The Eco Rep Styleguide

Promotional Materials

Promotional Materials

Eco Reps use two types of promotional materials:

Flyers and Posters are...

  • the primarily promotional material that an eco rep will create.
  • generally made to advertise an event. 
  • briefly describe the event 
  • posted to bulletin boards.

Brochures are...

  • used to promote specific instructions
  • provide in-depth detail 
  • found at booths and on tables

Practice 1

  • Flyer/Poster
  • Brochure

Let’s take a quick quiz! Answer the following questions about what promotional material should be used based on the given scenario.

Steven wants to let students know about a upcycling event he is hosting. To promote it, he should create a:

Practice 2

  • Flyer/Poster
  • Brochure

Jamie wants to distribute step by step instructions to her residents on how and what to recycle at the dorm. She should create a:

Promotional Competition

The CRAP Design Principles

Unsuccessful use of CRAP Principles

Successful uses of CRAP Principles

Practice 3

In the CRAP acronym, the:

C stands for: 

R stands for: 

A stands for: 

P stands for: 

Timing and Promotional Items

Promotional items need to be:

  • Drafted three weeks before the event occurs
  • Posted two weeks before the event occurs

Eco Reps Styleguide

Styleguide Basics

All flyers and posters must contain the following event information:

  • Name of event 
  • Location 
  • Date 
  • Three sentence description 
  • Relevant graphics 
  • Eco Rep logo

Unsuccessful use of Styleguide

Successful use of Styleguide

Practice 4

  • Name of event
  • Location
  • Date
  • Three sentence event description
  • Relevant graphics
  • Eco Rep logo

What important piece of information required by the styleguide is missing from this flyer? Select all that apply.

Promotional Materials Conclusion

Promotional Materials Conclusion

To recap, in this section you were introduced to:

  1. What the two types of promotional materials are 
  2. What the CRAP design principles are 
  3. How to create a timeline for creating a promotional material 
  4. What the Eco Rep Styleguide is

If you feel like you do not understand a section, return to that section!

Up next we will test your comprehension of promotional materials.

Promotional Materials Test

Question 1

  • True
  • False

An Eco Rep should advertise an event a week in advance.

Question 2

  • Flyer/Poster
  • Brochure

Brooke wants to let students know about a green day celebration she is hosting in her hall. To promote it, she should create a:

Question 3

  • Flyer/Poster
  • Brochure

Foster wants to teach people 20 ways to reduce their carbon footprint. The type of document he should create she be a:

Question 4

Drag the appropriate term to the correct definition.
  • Alignment
    Place elements deliberately and rationally to improve clarity
  • Repetition
    Repeat visual elements to create strong unity
  • Contrast
    Make elements different to increase understanding
  • Proximity
    Place related items together to convey relationships

Question 5

Which of the following examples of posters uses the CRAP design principles the best?

Question 6

  • Name of event
  • Location
  • Three sentence event description
  • Relevant graphics
  • Eco Rep logo

What important piece of information required by the styleguide is missing from this flyer? Select all that apply.