Peer Education for Students

Students leaders help educate each other to strengthen our sustainable campus culture. Many student organizations practice peer-to-peer education. The campus also has several formal sustainability peer-engagement programs. 

Orange bear logo for RSL program
Residential Student Leaders (RSL) make a difference by creating a culture of sustainability in residential communities on campus.

Residential Sustainability Leaders (RSL) Program

Applications accepted during Spring & Summer - check opportunity listing for exact deadline.

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The Residential Student Leaders (RSL) program serve as the primary student peer-to-peer leadership network at Cornell.  RSLs form an action-oriented, problem-solving group who work to identify sustainability-related issues in residential facilities and across campus.

RSLs work closely with the Campus Sustainability Office, Residential Life, and West Campus House System to implement real solutions on campus to pressing sustainability problems. Open to students at every level.


Composting at the 2017 Grassroots Festival
Residential Compost Program
The program launched in Fall 2018

Residential Compost Managers Program

Registration and training occur at the start of each semester

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Composting is available in all on-campus residential communities.  Students can apply to become Compost Managers, leaders on-campus overseeing kitchen compost bins within their residential communities and who provide peer-to-peer education on composting practices.

Compost Managers empty compost bins weekly, work to reduce food waste contamination, and communicate with residential staff and the Campus Sustainability Office.  


Students tabling on Ho Plaza behind a sign for the student club "ECO"
Join our team
Students manage key events on campus like Recyclemania, SpringFest, and more

Campus Sustainability Office Internships

Applications accepted as positions become available

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The Campus Sustainability Office offers 5+ paid internships each semester in roles such as "Student Engagement Coordinator," "Sustainability Coordinator," and more. 


Looking for staff peer-to-peer education programs? Check out the Sustainability Teams page.