Team Initiatives

Curb Your Consumerism | Fall 2018 

While the consumption of goods and services is a crucial component of modern economic systems, the culture of consumerism contributes to waste, resource depletion, pollution, and social and economic inequities. In recognition of students' propensity to consume throughout their time at college, the UVM Eco-Reps carried out a campaign to educate students about the effects of consumerism and the various ways in which they can decrease their consumption.

At the community team level, each team of Eco-Reps came up with their own outreach strategy to promote practices geared towards reducing consumption habits. This included education about responsible consumption, the culture of waste, waste reduction, doing more with less, bulk buying, thrifting, DIY, and the reuse and repair of products. Eco-Reps also created a local shopping guide to educate students about about circulating money within their community and reducing environmental impacts by eliminating components of supply chains. Additionally, this guide also provided students with information about locally-owned shops and businesses. 

Sweater Swap | Fall 2018 

Eco-Reps hosted a sweater swap event in the UVM student center. This event promoted both the reuse and donation of used clothes by encouraging students and faculty to exchange winter clothing. Items for the swap were collected using donation bins in various campus locations and during tabling events in the week leading up to the event. The majority of items were donated by various local consignment stores including Battery Street Jeans, Downtown Threads, Outdoor Gear Exchange, and Dirt Chic. Participation in the event was free, regardless of whether an attendee was bringing something to contribute. We donated nine boxes of gently used clothing to Spectrum Youth and Family Services.

I Choose to Reuse | Spring 2014 

This promotion included a "Bring Back Silverware" Sodexo petition and student sustainability pledges. I Choose to Reuse showcased how students on campus can make personal choices that are more sustainable than their disposable alternatives.