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Eco Reps

Meetings: Tuesdays at 6:30 in Baker 239


Our Mission:

Eco Reps is a student organization focused on offering friendly, sustainable education to its peers in a multitude of ways. We also participate in various ecological volunteer opportunities around Athens in order to improve the community and collaborate with other organizations, including the Office of Sustainability, to promote environmentalism. Eco Reps strives to encourage a sustainable culture around campus by example; we aim to be personally sustainable, constantly educating ourselves about what it means to live a green lifestyle.

Alex Slaymaker


Our Work:

Education – We teach students about sustainability through educational initiatives as well as leading by example. Our main course of outreach is offering dorm programs to Residence Assistants in which we teach their residents about various sustainability topics in a fun, creative way. Some of our programs include education on the importance of plants, the process of composting, and ways to reuse items.
Volunteer work – This year, we have taken part in several activities: Planting trees at Wayne National Forest, trail-building with a nearby church in Nelsonville, and digging up potatoes at one of OHIO’s student-run gardens to donate to CFI (Community Food Initiatives). We also plan to take part in several other opportunities, including Beautification Day in April and anything else we can find!
Collaboration – We work closely with the Office of Sustainability and Recycling Services to help them achieve their goals, further promoting sustainability across campus. Currently, we are helping the Office of Sustainability create educational bulletin boards for Residence Assistants. With Recycling Services, we have been involved in promoting Recyclemania, a competition among colleges nationwide to recycle the most content.
And much more! – The work we get involved in changes as new opportunities arise. We are constantly looking for ways to further our outreach and education to the campus and the community.

Do you have questions? Notice any problems with our campus that you wish you could fix? Contact us! We are always interested in working with others to help build a strong, sustainable campus community.


Wayne National Forest

Eco Reps


Our Dorm Programs

Eco Reps offers dorm programs for Resident Assistants for a chance to teach students about important topics in sustainability. Below is a complete listing of our available programs, and we can also help develop any other program you can think of! If you are interested in any, please email to discuss setting up a program! 

Please note: Eco Reps will supply any recycled content needed, but RAs are responsible for purchasing any other necessary supplies. You will be informed of what you'll need to purchase - nothing too expensive!


Edible compost  - This program will educate your residents on the process of composting and includes a delicious burrito-like snack that symbolizes the process of decomposition.

Recycled Notebooks - This is a craft-oriented program; it emphasizes the reusing and recycling of cardboard and paper. Residents are encouraged to bring their favorite cereal or other cardboard boxes for the notebooks.

T-shirt tote bags - This program entails the refashioning of old T-shirts to create a unique tote bag. Residents are asked to bring an old T-shirt (the larger the better).

Growing Greens – Teach your residents about the importance of plants with this program while giving them the tools to plant their own herbs or flowers. 


Natural Beauty - Participants of this session will learn about the negative environmental impacts of traditional cosmetics, discuss the toxins found in many products, and explore natural, healthy alternatives to store-bought products.  This is a hands-on workshop; all participants will walk away with samples of products to test and recipes to remake the products they liked the most. 


Natural Cleaning - In this program, participants will learn about the harmful effects of chemical-based cleaning products for the home.  They will examine alternatives and make their own recipes based on the group's interests.  This is a hands-on workshop; the group leader will walk away with samples of cleaning products.  This is best for a residence hall floor or fraternity/sorority presentation where the cleaning supplies can be used by everyone after the program.


Sustainable ResHall Food Options - This delicious workshop teaches residential students about different, sustainable options for snacking while living in the residence hall.  Participants will make simple, creative and low-carbon foods to satisfy any craving.  Recipes utilize food products that can easily be found in the dining halls and markets.  Participants will be able to sample all recipes made during this session.  This session is only available for residential floor programs.


Our Leaders:

Liz Emley – President
Liz is majoring in Psychology as well as obtaining a minor in Business and an Environmental Studies Certificate. Driven by her desire to help others and improve the world we live in, her career goals include a profession in the counseling industry. She currently works at the Office of Sustainability as the Professional Development Coordinator, helping other employees discover their own career goals and ways to promote their own personal sustainability. Outside of school and work, she enjoys reading, going on bike rides, and laughing as much as possible.

Katie Kelleher – Vice President
Katie is finishing up her Urban Planning degree with plans to move to New York City in May.  Until then, she will be interning with Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources doing GIS for the Abandon Mine Land Program.  Katie hopes to work in community development and planning with a focus on environmental and social justice issues.

Alex Slaymaker – Treasurer
Alex is a senior at Ohio University pursuing a degree in Environmental Planning and Policy, along with a minor in Geography, and an Environmental Studies Certificate. She plans to attend Graduate School in the Fall of 2014 to learn strategies to help transform cities into engines of resilience and sustainability. She loves learning about green infrastructure, urban agriculture, resource management, and green building. Her long-term goal after school is to pursue a career in sustainable community revitalization in Detroit. She is a vegetarian who loves growing, cooking, and eating food. She also enjoys camping and volunteering in her community.

Matthew Dougherty – Volunteering Coordinator
Matthew studies Creative Writing and Spanish here at Ohio University. He has also obtained his TEFL Certificate from the Languages for Life Academy in Barcelona, Spain. Matt is the rhythm guitar player and lead singer for the Athens band, All Matter, as well as a solo-act singer songwriter. Next year, he will be a bilingual elementary teacher in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas via Teach for America. Matt also loves to go hiking and play basketball.