New Year, New Opportunities for Student Leaders

The National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeaders


A note from the EcoLeaders Team

Happy New Year! We are happy to share the first EcoLeaders Insider of 2020 – the place to get the inside scoop on higher education sustainability – with an emphasis on project-based leadership and career development. Read on to learn about:

• RecycleMania 2020
• Endangered Species Art Contest
• EcoCareers 2020
• Careers in Consumption and Waste

Courtney CochranThank you,

Courtney Cochran
EcoLeaders Community Manager
The National Wildlife Federation

Registration Closes February 1 for RecycleMania 2020 – Is your campus competing?

RecycleMania is a college and university competition focused on waste reduction and recycling, and it’s free to participate in. Campuses may compete in one or more main and/or special categories.

RecycleMania can help your campus:

  • Set a benchmark and develop goals for waste reduction on campus
  • Tackle use of single-use plastics
  • Educate the campus community on how to properly recycle
  • Test out new strategies to reduce waste, and reuse materials

Learn more and register today!

Due February 16 – Art Submissions for the Saving Endangered Species College Student Art Contest

The Endangered Species Coalition and National Wildlife Federation are pleased to announce the 2020 Saving Endangered Species College Student Art Contest, which is open to current college students, ages 17 to 30. The contest is an integral part of the 15th annual Endangered Species Day on May 15, 2020.  To be eligible, students’ artwork must depict a land or ocean-dwelling species or a plant/flower that has been placed on the threatened/endangered species list or is considered a recovered species or a candidate species (proposed to receive protection). The first place winner will be featured in National Wildlife magazine and used in promotions for Endangered Species Day 2020.

Learn more and enter

EcoCareers 2020

Are you ready for a career in the green economy? Do you want to work towards a socially and environmentally responsible future? Register today for the National Wildlife Federation’s virtual EcoCareers Conference – Preparing for Employment in a Sustainable World on April 1-2, 2020.

Hear from leading experts and learn more about:
● Preparing for the shift toward a clean economy
● Developing effective, personalized career plans
● Exploring online sustainability career development resources
● Identifying top degree programs and project learning credentials
● Interacting with others across fields, from climate change resilience to finance to food justice to the arts and beyond!

Learn more and register*

*Registration is free for NWF EcoLeader members and for high school groups and classes!

Career Corner

In each issue of the EcoLeaders Insider, we are highlighting a different career sector with quick links to explore careers and academic offerings. This month, as we look forward to the upcoming RecycleMania competition, we are highlighting careers in Consumption and Waste.

Our Career Sector Outlook lists various jobs that support this sector, such as Process Engineers, Material Recovery Facility Managers, Material Sorters, and Industrial Production Managers. Numerous options for academic study are offered, such as a Bachelor of Science in Soil and Waste Resources (Waste Management focus) from University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point or a Master of Environmental Engineering with a focus on Environmental Risk, Assessments, Waste Management and Remediation from Vanderbilt University.

Also, our partners at The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) offer information, tools, and resources for current students to explore and get started with a career in responsible waste management. Check out their Online CommunityMentor Match ProgramCareer Listings, and Scholarships for more information!

Take the first step in preparing for a career in this sector by working on a project on your campus or in your community. Check out ideas on successful EcoLeader projects, such as the Swap-A-Thon event at Moraine Valley Community College, a Composting Pilot Project at UMass Amherst, or the many case studies submitted by RecycleMania participants!

Recently posted job listings in this sector include:
• Land a paid fellowship by joining the Class of 2020-21 EcoFellows with The Center for EcoTechnology in Northampton, Massachusetts.
• Join the Recycling and Materials Management team at Cascadia Consulting Group in Seattle, Washington as a Policy and Planning Analyst.
• Join a 100% employee owned an integrated resource recovery company, Recology, in Vacaville, CA as an Environmental Specialist.


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