DePaul’s Education and Development Grant for Employability (EDGE) Program provides a select group of eligible first-year students the opportunity to participate in a campus-wide program that combines career and job skill development while contributing to a department or office project team. In collaboration with the EDGE Program, our office is proud to sponsor two teams: the Green Team and the Housing and Student Centers Marketing Team.
The Green Team program was established in fall 2011 as a way to strengthen sustainability initiatives within the residence halls. The Green Team is made up of 15 first-year students who reside in the residence halls, two upperclass student supervisors (who are typically alumni of the program) and a full-time professional to lead the program. Members of the Green Team are called Eco-Reps and assist in planning, coordinating and implementing various programs and initiatives around sustainability in the residence halls. Similar student-led sustainability programs are in place at a number of colleges and universities nationwide.
Green Team members act as stewards of sustainable practices and behaviors. They organize educational campaigns, campus events, and role-model a sustainable lifestyle. Their primary focus is to make an impact on their peers in hopes of creating lifelong habits.
Each fall, the Green Team sponsors the Laundry Sustainability Pledge. As part of this program, residents pledge to be as efficient as possible when doing laundry; they do only full loads, use only the amount of detergent required and wash and dry using the lowest possible temperatures.
In April, the Green Team sponsors the annual Earth Week Festival program on the DePaul Quad, a major initiative that brings together student organizations, DePaul departments and local businesses to showcase their sustainable practices and commitment. The event is attended by over 500 students.
Learn more about the Green Team through their Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marketing EDGE team members have the opportunity to propose and complete projects within Housing and Student Centers by utilizing both traditional and digital media to better enhance and promote on-campus student housing. The team is made up of 15 first-year students, two student supervisors and two full-time professionals to lead the program. Through hands-on projects and promotions that will be displayed in the residence halls, students will develop skills pertaining to professional branding strategies, professional writing and social media use. Between team meetings and office hours, it is expected for students to dedicate 3-7 hours per week to EDGE-related tasks.
One of the main tasks delegated to our team members is designing monthly bulletins for residence halls to promote housing initiatives and to practice marketing and branding skills taught throughout the year. Members of the marketing team also have the opportunity to research a project that would impact the lives of DePaul residents and to present it to Housing and Student Centers staff.
The primary goal for team members is to develop branding and researching skills while defining their own personal brand and expanding their professional toolbox to use in future endeavors.