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Are you interested in getting involved in sustainability at OSU and working with a cohort of peers to develop great leadership skills? Then look no further than the OSU Eco-Representative program!
Eco-Reps began at Oregon State in fall 2012, helping move the OSU campus and student experience forward with sustainability content and programming. Eco-Reps are responsible for encouraging a culture of sustainability in the residence halls in which they live. They educate residents about sustainable lifestyles and resources, assist with marketing and outreach, and plan and execute sustainability-focused events. They also maintain their hall's composting program.
In the academic year 2021-2022, the Eco-Reps reached people an amazing 14,094 times!
For program details, please see the FY22 Program Summary.
Noah Fisher (West): Noah (he/him) is a first-year student from Portland, Oregon, pursuing a major in Environmental Engineering. He is passionate about sustainability and hopes to be working to mitigate the effects of climate change in the future. In his free time, he enjoys snowboarding, hiking, art, and live music.
Karissa Makus (Tebeau): Karissa (she/her) is a first-year engineering student, pursuing a major in either Environmental or Ecological Engineering. She is from Spokane, Washington and enjoys outside activities such as camping and kayaking. She enjoys sustainability because she hopes to make a positive impact on the environment.
Elle Benson (Finley): Elle (she/her) is a first-year Biology student with a pre-vet option. She is from Moscow, Idaho and loves to do anything outdoors like running, skiing, backpacking, and paddleboarding, to name a few. She also enjoys learning about the ocean and became interested in sustainability after seeing the masses of microplastics on her favorite beaches.
Ella Moreno (ILLC): Ella (she/her) is a first-year student currently finding something to pair with Sustainability as a double major. She is from the Seattle area in Washington and loves all things Pacific Northwest. Ella loves anything having to do with the ocean, art, and being eco-friendly. Outside of Eco-Reps, Ella is also on the women's club soccer team here on campus, is a member of Cru, and is in Theta.
Georgia Rojas (Bloss): Georgia (she/her) is a senior from Southern Oregon, pursuing degrees in Animal Sciences and Sustainability. Inspired by the complex relationships between humans and the environment that occurred throughout her own rural community, she hopes to one day utilize her love for traveling and volunteering to help others. Until then, you’ll find her spending time with her assorted pets and trying out new recipes.
Louise Martin (Sackett): Louise (she/her) is a third-year exchange student from London, England, and is pursuing a general music degree. She has been passionate about the environment her whole life, and is looking forward to helping promote the composting program within her hall. Aside from her work as an Eco-Rep, Louise is also a proud sousaphone player in the marching band.
Sena Pradipta (Orchard Court): Sena (he/him) is a Ph.D. candidate from the School of Public Policy. He is from Bandung, Indonesia. An environmental engineer by training, he is currently studying social engineering to better understand pro-environmental policies’ impacts - particularly the less-salient ones, such as greenwashing. He has seen the devastating impacts of the improper recycling industry in Western countries on South East Asian villages. Therefore, Sena is an advocate for better recycling and waste management transparency in every part of the world. In his spare time, Sena loves watching soccer and analyzing matches.
Kasey Gratz (Cauthorn): Kasey (he/they) is a first-year Chemical Engineering student hoping to minor in Computer Science and/or Mathematics. He is from Lafayette, Colorado and holds a deep respect for the environment, hoping to one day be able to make things in his field more environmentally-friendly. Kasey enjoys spending his time listening to music in nature and exploring all of the different plants here in Oregon.
Vivian Sparks (Buxton): Vivian (she/her) is a first-year Environmental Sciences major, specializing in Aquatic Biology. Originally from Seattle, and moving to Portland in high school, she has familiarity and love for the Northwest. She found a love for environmental conservation when she saw logging and poor forestry management wipe out the forest she grew up in. Outside of environmental science and activism, she enjoys gaming, hiking, and a good book.
Kilowatt Crackdown is an annual energy-saving competition between the residence halls, hosted by the Eco-Reps! Each week of the competition, there is a new theme to help guide energy reduction.
Week 1: Lighting
Week 2: Community spaces (lounges, kitchens)
Week 3: Laundry
Week 4: Unplug
The winning residence hall will have the greatest reduction in energy use during spring term compared to winter term. Be on the lookout for tips and reminders from your Eco-Rep, such as using natural light when possible, only running efficient loads of laundry, and unplugging devices that are not in use. Also, check out the Sustainability Office Tips webpage for dorm-specific sustainability tips, including a downloadable poster (coming soon!).
View the Kilowatt Crackdown leaderboard here.