A college campus provides an incredible palette for research, learning, innovation, and implementation; great minds, across many disciplines, all together in one place at one time. Imagine what could be accomplished if they were all aimed at solutions to heal our planet. That is our hope as we start to launch Project Green U Chapters on campuses across the country and around the world.
Project GreenU is a global initiative led by students to vision, plan and implement sustainability initiatives that will help guide environmental stewardship on each campus. The PGU Chapters seek to mentor and mobilize the next generation of young global leaders to develop projects and initiatives that will transition daily life, campuses and communities from conventional to conscious.
how to get started...
The Project Green Calendar is a way for individual Project Green Clubs to stay connected with Teens Turning Green and have a model for their own academic year.
Activities within each Project Green chapter should correlate with the master calendar so that a strong network of students is focused on the same thing.
Activities may still be unique to each campus depending on what’s happening at the local level.
PGC in October
Name: Project Green (Insert name of university) ie: Project Green: RICE
Article II: Mission Statement
Project Green: (name of univeristy) is a chapter of a national coalition supported and mentored by Teens Turning Green, a student led nonprofit organization aiming to educate and advocate for environmentally and socially responsible choices. Furthermore, Project Green (name of university) seeks to facilitate a collaboration between students and the Teens Turning Green team to vision, plan, and implement sustainability projects and initiatives that will set a new standard on each campus. A key focus of the club that we believe to be truly unique is to engage first year students in the campus sustainability community.
Article III: Goals
To provide students with the resources necessary to implement sustainability projects and practices on campus
To engage and mobilize students around environmental issues on their campus and at the global level
To foster and maintain cross campus collaboration between student sustainability leaders, clubs, organizations, staff and faculty
To enable global collaboration between students by creating a network of Project Green campus representatives at state, national and international levels
To use college campuses as a palette for modeling real life solutions to sustainability challenges
Article IV: Non-discriminatory and Non-Hazing Clause
This organization and its members shall not discriminate against any individual(s) for reasons of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Our organization will not tolerate any form of hazing activities to members or potential members. Hazing activities are defined as, "Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off university premises to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule."
Article V: Membership
Voting membership is limited to (insert name of university) students. Faculty and staff may join as honorary non-voting members.
Article VI: Leadership Board
Organization leaders consist of the President, Vice President, Communications Coordinator, and Treasurer.
Article VII: Leadership Selection
Executive Officers will be voted in by the membership by a majority vote. They must give a speech at the appointed election meeting, and the voting will occur thereafter. Candidates must have been involved in the club for at least a semester, and candidates may be deemed unqualified by the Executive Committee.
Article VIII: Duties of Officers
o oversee all the meetings and activities of this organization;
o chair and supervise all meetings of the membership and of the Executive Committee
o ensure that, at all times, this organization is abiding by the rules and regulations of the Student Association.
o sends out club information to club members
· Vice President
o assist the President in the execution of his or her duties
o submit all required forms to the Student Association Senate and the Office of Student
Activities whenever they are required.
o be in charge of programming
· Communications Coordinator
o Handles communication and publicity
o Outreaches to administration and faculty
o Handles social media outreach
o maintain a correct balance of this organization’s funds
present a budget to the membership no later than November 1
make available, when requested, a current breakdown of the organization’s income and expenses.
Article IX: Advisor
Advisors must be a member of the universities faculty or staff.
Article X: Removal Process
Should an officer of the organization act in a manner unbecoming of the organization or fail to uphold their duties as outlined by this constitution, the officer in question may be called before the other officers and sponsor of the organization to present their side of the story. After hearing this, the officers and sponsors may vote to remove the officer. A 2/3rds vote and support of the sponsor are required for removal. The officer will be notified of their removal either in writing or by phone within 24 hours of the decision.
An Executive Officer may be removed from office, if the three other members deem him/her to not be performing up to par. If a person is removed from office or resigns, the Executive Committee will appoint a new Officer with a majority vote.
Article XI: Meetings
Project Green _____ will hold regular meetings every week or biweekly. Special meetings may be called as necessary. Advisor meetings will be held twice a semester.
Article XII: Financial Procedure
There will be no membership dues. The club may apply for semester funding from the university and/or supplementary funding for special projects and initiatives.
Article XIII: Amendments to the Constitution:
An amendment to the Constitution occurs with a major vote of the membership and the majority approval of the Executive Committee.
Establish Leadership: Each club must have Executive Officers and Committees that will be organized on each campus. We look forward to setting up annual meetings with all key leaders to synthesize and collaborate on innovative initiatives.
President, Vice President, Communications Coordinator & Treasurer
Dining, Housing, Student Life, etc.
Engage a team of passionate and dedicated eco leaders to become the Executive Officers of your new PG club
Find a faculty advisor who believes in the PG mission to provide support and mentorship
Create a Facebook group and email listserv to facilitate discussion and planning
Set up an initial officer meeting to establish roles, expectations, club mission, vision, goals, and to plan out the year (check out our PG master calendar here)
- Plan the first official meeting
Cover the logistics
- Set an appropriate day and time
- Book the space
- Connect with TTG leadership for the opportunity to have samples sent and possibly have dinner supported (Chipotle/Suja)
Prepare an agenda
- Presentation of “A Day in the Life”: this fun activity showcases eco living at its best and highlights the positive impacts associated with individual action
- Introduction to Project Green Challenge 2014: encourage participation and sign ups
- Spread the Word!
- Request permission to host a tabling or sign up event during major campus wide events (such as Orientation Week and Activities Fair) and collect student contact information
- Create and disperse flyers in visible and frequently populates areas
- Create a Facebook page and invite students to like it
- Once you have student contact information, put them on the club listserv and send out information publicizing the first club meeting
To become an active, registered club on campus you will need to create a constitution that outlines the fundamental principles and structure of the organization. The constitution should guide a club in its operations and activities, as well as create the basic rules of procedure by which the organization is governed. Many college campuses require the same information to be included in the club constitution, thus the following outline is provided to assist in the preparation of your constitution.