The Peers Network educates and empowers members of the Auburn family to lead and connect the campus community in cohesive efforts toward sustainability.
Employee Ambassadors, who champion sustainability, represent units across the university. The Office of Sustainability trains the Ambassadors to affect change, and then this network of changemakers works in their respective areas to help Auburn University achieve its sustainability goals, particularly in relation to the university’s day-to-day operations.
The Office of Sustainability is currently recruiting the first cohort of Peers Network Ambassadors from units across campus. If you are interested in learning more about the program, applying to be an Ambassador, or know someone who would be a great fit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-844-7777.
Peers Network Ambassadors serve as liaisons between the Office of Sustainability and the functional unit they represent for a minimum of 2 years.
Their main responsibilities include:
- Communicating with their unit and the Office of Sustainability on sustainability topics, goals, and concerns;
- Attending 3 foundational training sessions during the first semester of involvement;
- Attending a minimum of 4 gatherings per academic year, of which at least 3 must be focused on topical subjects and 1 can be topical or social. Ambassadors may choose to bring a guest as a way to help extend the network;
- Assessing needs and setting goals with their unit related to the program;
- Implementing at least one change initiative in their unit during the two-year commitment. This begins with a one-on-one strategy meeting with the Office of Sustainability staff and an intern, who will continue working closely with the Ambassador throughout the campaign process; and
- Coordinating the activities, resources, and services needed to achieve goals.
In addition, Ambassadors are expected to sign up for the Auburn Sustainability Digest, actively communicate within the Peers Network through the Yammer communication platform, and contribute to program evaluation efforts.
Office of Sustainability staff and interns will provide direct support for the Peers Network Ambassadors by:
- Providing foundational training on key aspects and concepts of sustainability, including how to create lasting changes;
- Hosting and facilitating the gatherings;
- Creating outreach campaign materials — including timelines, posters, videos, etc.;
- Conducting a unit site visit to help identify opportunities for improvement;
- Assisting in researching potential solutions to identified opportunities;
- Getting product samples; and
- Connecting to key campus units that can help with sustainability goals.
In addition, each Peers Ambassador will be paired with an Office of Sustainability intern to work with over the course of the year. The intern will serve as the Office Liason and will touch base with the Ambassador on a regular basis to check on progress and see how they or the Office can be of additional assistance to the Ambassador. Ultimately, the Office of Sustainability commits to providing direct, individualized support to the Peers Network Ambassadors to ensure their success.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Peers Network program, you can reach out to your unit’s Ambassador, join your Ambassador as a guest for a topical gathering, or attend any of our social gatherings. Of course, you may also contact our office directly.
BEFORE YOU APPLY
While any employee may apply to become an Ambassador, the nature of the program and associated responsibilities align particularly well with job functions of staff/A&P employees. That being said, we’re happy to have anyone apply!
Active participation by Ambassadors in Peers Network trainings and gatherings will be critical to ensuring success for sustainability efforts at Auburn, along with helping to weave together a strong network of changemakers. As a result, we require all Ambassadors to attend the 3 foundational trainings during their first semester in the program, along with attending at least 4 gatherings during each academic year.
Therefore, we recommend assessing your availability for the 3 trainings, and at least some of the gatherings prior to applying. If you find your schedule already conflicts with training dates, please go ahead and still complete an application, making sure to note in the appropriate space what conflicts you may have. The 2017-18 and 2018-19 dates and times have been listed below for your convenience.
Given participation in the program will involve a commitment of time and effort, official designation as a Peers Network Ambassador will require the support of the Ambassador’s direct supervisor. As such, it’s suggested applicants discuss participation with their supervisors prior to applying to ensure adequate support. If additional information or direct support should be needed at this phase, please reach out to our office.
2017 foundational training sessions will be held:
- Wednesday, September 13 from 8am-12pm
- Wednesday, October 11 from 8am-12pm
- Wednesday, November 8 from 8am-12pm
2017-18 gatherings will be held:
- Thursday, August 23 – 4:30pm-6:30pm (social – Sustainability Picnic)
- Tuesday, September 26 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – Meet the Peers)
- Tuesday, October 24 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – A-ha!)
- Tuesday, November 28 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – What’s the Plan?)
- Tuesday, December 12 – 11:45am-12:45pm (social – What’s Cooking?)
- Tuesday, January 23 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
- Tuesday, February 27 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
- Tuesday, March 27 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
- Wednesday, April 25 – 3:30pm-4:45pm (social – Spirit of Sustainability Awards)
- Wednesday, June 13 – 11:45am-12:45 (social – Peers Network Info Session)
2018-19 gatherings will be held:
- Welcome Week – 4:30pm-6:30pm (social – Sustainability Picnic)
- Tuesday, September 25 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
- Tuesday, October 23 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
- Tuesday, November 27 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
- Tuesday, December 11 – 11:45am-12:45pm (social – TBD)
- Tuesday, January 22 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
- Tuesday, February 26 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
- Tuesday, March 26 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
- Wednesday, April 24 – 3:30pm-4:45pm (social – Spirit of Sustainability Awards)
HOW TO APPLY
You can apply to be a Peers Ambassador each year between May 1st and August 18th. To begin the application process, simply complete the Peers Ambassador Application Form. If you have computer-based accessibility needs, we kindly request you please reach out to our office to begin the application process.
After being accepted into the program, applicants will need to complete the following tasks to become an official Ambassador.
- Meet with your supervisor and Office of the Sustainability staff to sign the Memorandum of Understanding.
- Fill out the Ambassador Profile Form.
- Sign up for the Auburn Sustainability Digest.
- Add the foundational training sessions to your calendar.