ENSP 490 Sustainability

This course combines a sustainability project with a monthly class taught by the sustianability director for 1-3 ENSP 490 credits. Some projects are capstone eligible.

The course requires approximately 5 hours per week spent creating and implementing a sustainability project/research, in collaboration with a supervising staff or faculty member.  Class will be held monthly with the sustainabiltiy director.  This is a great opportunity to work with different departments and offices while making a difference furthering sustainability at the university. 

Applications for Fall 2019 are accepted until the positons are filled or until Sept 2. Applications are now closed.

If you have questions about the program or any of the projects, contact Calandra Waters Lake at [[waterslake]].

W&M Earth Week Chair & Co-chair 2019 | 2 positions | year-long | 2-3 ENSP credits

W&M Earth Week is 7 days of activities, programs, and displays in celebration of Earth Day (April 22), culminating in a fun-filled festival.  The Earth Week Committee chair and co-chair will work with the sustainability director, Calandra Waters Lake, and a Committee on Sustainability advisor. The students will manage the Earth Week Committee program coordinators and must have strong communication and organization skills, attention to detail, ability to delegate and team build, as well as comfort in leading a group.  W&M Earth Week plans the Earth Week Festival and acts as a hub of information for campus Earth Week activities. Planning takes place in the fall, with implementation in the spring. 

Project Goals:
  • Partner with campus and community groups
  • Act as the hub, creating a platform for other groups to advertise and network their Earth Week events
  • Lead a committee of students in collaboration with faculty, staff, and community members
  • Create and manage a family-friendly Earth Week Festival!
VIMS Discovery Lab Assistant | 2 positions | year-long, with focus in Spring semester | 2-3 credits

The student(s) selected for this project will work with Sarah Nuss, Education Coordinator, and education staff for the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at VIMS, to create informal education activities and demonstrations for the Discovery Lab program.  The Discovery Lab program is a monthly, family-friendly outreach event on the VIMS campus designed to allow families to learn about marine science together, with each month focusing on a specific marine science theme.  The students will assist with the planning and creation of a “Climate Corner” at each of the January, February, and March labs, focusing on how climate change will impact the highlighted habitat or species.  In April, the students will be the main contributor, planning and implementing a Discovery Lab on a topic of their choice related to the Bay, including a “Climate Corner”.  The students for this project should be well organized, creative, and enthusiastic about working with the public and environmental education.  This is a full year project, with planning taking place in the Fall semester, and more hands-on work in the Spring semester.  Ability to travel to VIMS required.

Project Goals:
  • Work with Education staff to develop topic for April Discovery Lab.
  • Develop a “Climate Corner” for the Discovery Labs taking place in January-April.
  • Volunteer at the Discovery Labs in January-March.
  • Develop hands-on activities, demonstrations, and display information for Discovery Lab in April.
  • Assist with evaluation of the program.
Green Careers | 1 position | year-long | 2-3 credits

This student will be working with the Cohen Career Center’s Tonya Nations, Director - Career Readiness and Public Service Careers, and Ryan Patterson, Graduate Assistant. They will explore and define the multiple facets of the green career industry through organization and occupational research via websites and LinkedIn, and interviews with professionals in the field. As a representative of Cohen, the student will be acting on leads for recruitment and meetups with professionals, as well as developing and managing their projects.

 Project Goals:
  • Employer Development – First aspect of project would be to identify new green occupations that are emerging due to green trends, such as Energy Auditors, Chief Sustainability Officers, and Wind Energy Engineers. The second step: Compile a list of employers according to each field, and include viable contact information. Finally, reach out to employers to determine interest in recruitment of William & Mary students. A reasonable expectation for outreach would be contact with 15 prospective employers.
  • Green Careers Meetups – Format will be either in-person or via video. Professionals will speak with students about their career paths, current position and organization, and opportunities in the field. A reasonable number of meetups to coordinate would be 2 per spring and fall semester.
  • Web Page Maintenance – The current Green Careers page requires maintenance and fresh/current green careers information to students. The eco-ambassador will work with members of the Cohen staff to develop new material for the page.
  • Green Careers Section of Newsletter – This is a weekly project that requires researching, gathering, and submitting content about green careers for the Public Service Careers Newsletter, as well as other newsletters generated by Cohen Career Center.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required
  • Must have the ability to research trusted sources
  • Must have working knowledge of LinkedIn, Excel, and Word
  • Must have ability to synthesize large amounts of information
  • Initiative, professionalism, and resourcefulness are required
  • Programming and event organizing experience is required
  • Experience with Cascade web content management system is preferred

 The student will be trained on internal software necessary for registering new employers, as well as introduced to professional sources such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook and CareerOneStop. Resources for event scheduling and hosting will also be provided.