Meetings: Every Tuesday, Baker 512 at 6:30p.m. – All are welcome!
Eco Reps is a student organization focused on offering friendly, sustainable education to its peers in a multitude of ways. We participate in a multitude of ecological volunteer opportunities around Athens in order to improve the community, especially in an environmental way. Eco Reps strives to promote 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.
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.
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.