Eco Hawk program FAQs
- Who can be an Eco Hawk?
Any University of Iowa student, staff, or faculty member.
- Is Eco hawks a student organization?
No, Eco Hawks is a network of students, faculty and staff who are interested in furthering sustainability and campus and beyond. There are no regular meetings, but we do hold informal gatherings and workshops. There was an Eco Hawks student group on campus, but it has disbanded and its members will work with other environmental student organizations. The Eco Hawks student leaders have graciously let us carry on "Eco Hawk" name.
- Is there time commitment required to be an Eco Hawk?
Minimally, being an Eco Hawk means signing up and taking a pledge (2 minutes) and receiving monthly emails. At this level, reading the emails will allow you to gain knowledge of sustainability concepts, campus applications, and campus success stories. You can choose to share messages, make sustainability a conversation topic at meetings, or, for instance, schedule a recycling walk-through of your building to improve recycling. If you choose to proceed to the Eco Hawk Silver level, there is an volunteer and education requirement, and a project requirement for Eco Hawks Gold. See Eco Hawks Gold for more details.
- Is the Eco Hawk training mandatory?
No, but if you can make the time, it will enhance your experience as an Eco Hawk.
- Is the Eco Hawk training repeated?
Yes, at least once per fall and spring semester.
- Do I need to sign-up to be an Eco Hawk to attend the training?
Yes, this is the expectation.
- What can I expect from the monthly newsletter?
These will include Eco Hawk testimony and success stories, news of campus sustainability progress, sustainability tips, student projects, highlights from the Eco Hawks toolkit, and news and stories from other campuses and national outlets. The goal is to offer compelling information that will speak to a broad range of students, staff, and faculty.
- What are some examples of how I can better my knowledge or my building's practices using the Eco Hawks program?
Use the Eco Hawks listserv to ask Eco Hawks a question, or share a success story from your building. Use the Eco Hawks toolkit to bring up energy conservation opportunities at a meeting. Use the biweekly email to become a resource and advocate. Attend the training to further develop your ability to be a resource and advocate and take your building or department to a new level.
- Are my Eco Hawk activities limited to the building or department in which I work, live, or study?
No. Just as sustainability is about interconnections, so can be your work as an Eco Hawk.