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, Housing Services is proud to sponsor two teams: the Green Team and the Media and 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 the following student-run outlets or email email@example.com.
Media and Marketing Team
Marketing and Media EDGE team members have the opportunity to participate in projects within Housing Services that focus on building university affinity through student housing utilizing traditional and new media. The team is made up of 15 first-year students who reside in the residence halls, two student supervisors and two full-time professionals to lead the program. Students learn about personal and professional branding strategy; design promotions for the residence halls; gain experience with business writing and social media; perform and present research on marketing and media that interests students; and create a professionally branded LinkedIn profile and a digital portfolio.