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McMaster Student Sustainability Ambassadors Program

Hospitality Services & Academic Sustainability Programs Office

The McMaster Student Sustainability Ambassadors Program (SSAP) is a student experiential leadership program to support collective action, personal and professional development, and collaboration focused on sustainability.

There are many sustainability-focused groups, clubs, and courses at McMaster, but they operate in silos. The SSAP will provide a student-led sustainability presence across campus and the broader community. Through administrative support, the SSAP will provide continuity of projects and share resources so that student-led clubs and groups can collaborate on projects and events to further enhance their collective impact and reach. The SSAP will focus on three key objectives related to sustainability: generate student awareness and engagement in academic sustainability, foster student leadership through collaborative and active learning, and support students in coordinated and collective action.

The SSAP will be supported by two staff Advisors and one Coordinator. The Core Team of six students will provide strategic direction and recommendations for planning, communication, and implementation of SSAP initiatives. Alongside the Core Team, the SSAP will have a student Ambassador Team, which will together form a large network of students who are passionate about sustainability, want to grow their knowledge and skills, and be a part of sustainable change. The Core Team will report to the McMaster Sustainability Action Group on SSAP achievements and requests for connections, support, and advice.

Through skill development and peer, group learning, the program will support students to develop new engagement opportunities, create and support campus projects and events, and act as sustainable leaders on campus.