Meet our Eco-Rep Team!

Are you an OSU student living in a residence hall, or do you plan to live in one next year?

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 2022-2023, the Eco-Reps reached people an amazing 14,173 times! 

For program details, please see the FY23 Program Summary.

2023-2024 eco-reps

Niko Cobbs (Wilson): Niko (he/him), is a first-year student pursuing a major in environmental science with a business minor. He enjoys camping, hiking, rock climbing and being outdoors. He looks forward to meeting new people and doing his part for the OSU community!

Vixen Kirkham (Callahan): Vixen (she/her), is a first-year from Silverton, Oregon majoring in human development & family sciences. She loves to read and is excited about getting to meet new people as well as helping people find ways they can help out the planet.

Isabella Mitchell (Tebeau): Bella (she/her), is a first-year from Seattle, Washington. She is majoring in environmental science and loves to row, play cards and board games, and do anything outdoors. She is excited to share her passion for sustainability with a new audience and educate her peers to take more steps toward protecting the planet.

Camryn Morris (Finley): Camryn (she/her), is a first-year student from Tri-Cities, Washington majoring in environmental science. She loves hiking, painting, photography, and playing tennis. She is excited to create designs for her Eco-Rep work and make new connections with people.

Taya Etzell (McNary): Taya (she/her), is a first-year from Las Vegas studying digital communication arts. She loves photography and road trips. She is looking forward to connecting with peers and contributing toward individual and campus sustainability efforts.

Tucker Kirkes (West): Tucker (he/him), is a first-year from Pheonix, Arizona, studying, environmental sciences with a minor in French. He loves playing piano, viola, hockey, and reading. He is looking forward to helping himself and others in his res hall adopt more sustainable habits.

Alexis Merker (Sackett): Alexis (she/her) is a junior from Texas who is studying fisheries, wildlife, and conservation. She enjoys dancing, singing, reading and photography and is excited to work with fellow eco-reps to keep our passionate campus sustainable.

Hannah Granger (Buxton): Hannah (she/her), is a second-year studying ecological engineering and comparative international agriculture. She enjoys, reading cooking, hiking, and playing with her dogs. She is excited to host events, meet new people, and talk to them about sustainability. 

Ariana Villa (ILLC): Ariana (she/her) is a second-year environmental economics and policy major from Southern Oregon. She loves doodling, painting, and cooking for friends. She is looking forward to meeting new people and sharing her interest in reducing waste around campus as well as promoting sustainable practices. 

Taija Riley (Bloss): Taija (she/they) is a first-year majoring in finance and music production from Portland, Oregon. She enjoys writing and producing music and is excited to connect to her Bloss community via sustainability.

Haeli Rowland (Halsell): Haeli (she/her) is a second-year majoring in tourism recreation & adventure leadership with minors in natural resources and environmental sciences. She is from Kent, Washington, and enjoys hiking, crafting, volunteering, and trying new recipes. She's excited to host the composting program and provide sustainability education in her hall!

Andre Bedoya-Bunch (Poling): Andre (any pronouns) is a first-year from Tampa, Florida, studying environmental sciences and speech communications. Andre enjoys singing, writing essays and poetry as well as going on hikes and road trips. Andre is excited to compare the skillsets from each major to communicate sustainability in res halls.

Let's get energized about Kilowatt Crackdown! 

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: Laundry & 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

What is an Eco-Rep?