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Student Eco Reps
Through the Eco Rep program, students serve as green leaders in their residence halls and across campus. Eco Reps help with Eco-Challenge, Recyclemania, Green Moveout, e-cycling on campus, Earth Hour, and Earth Month. Eco Reps are a valuable resource for GW, in disseminating the message to "go green" across campus, particularly among students and student groups.
Students: Interested in helping make GW a greener campus? Want to build your environmental skills and gain leadership experience? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up.
A Sample of Recent GW Eco Reps:
Name: Miles Milliken
School/ Major: Environmental Studies, minors: Organizational Communications, Sustainability
Why did you become an Eco Rep? A friend asked me to join with them. I've always enjoyed working with people to help us all become more sustainable, and feel that altering personal habits is an effective way to do this.
What are you looking forward to next year? I can’t wait to get started working with everyone involved in the program. I am hoping to expand it to have a deeper as well as wider impact on campus. Most importantly I look forward to working with the many amazing students in our program.
Graduation year: 2016
School/ Major/Minors: CCAS Environmental Studies/ GIS and Sustainability
Why did you become an eco rep? My parents raised me to be environmentally concious and that has only increased since I came to GW. We need to increase education and communication about environmental issues to ensure a cleaner, safer, and healthier world for future generations.
What are you looking forward to next year? I had the great pleasure of studying abroad my sophomore year in Australia on a program specifically made for Sustainability and Environmental Action. Also, I am now interning with the Office of Sustainability at GW. I hope to use both of these perspectives to enhance GW's and even the greater DC area's sustainability initiative.
Residence Hall: Ivory Tower
School/ Major: Geography, minors: GIS, Sustainability
Why did you become an Eco Rep? I first became interested in the goals of Eco Reps before my freshman year at Colonial Inauguration. Eco Reps is a really great program because it is peer-to-peer instead of top down. I think this is is a much more effective way to encourage responsible stewardship of resources.
What are you looking forward to next year? I'm currently the Zero Waste intern (a position I found out about through Eco Reps), and I am really excited about what the new Zero Waste team has planned for campus. Single stream collection and the initiatives with signage has the potential to really increase our recycling diversion numbers.
Graduation Year: 2017
Why did you become an Eco Rep and what are you looking forward to next year? I decided to join this organization because of my absolute passion to “be green”. Ever since I saw “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore in middle school, I had the drive to do something every day to help the earth. This organization, to me, helps me embrace this passion because as an Eco Rep, my responsibility is to focus on the recycling in my dorm hall. This helps me direct my thinking, every day, in the way of sustainability. I not only make sure that I am recycling - and recycling correctly - but I make sure that others around me are doing the same. I am also involved in greek life and hope to combine both my love for sustainability and of sisterhood next year in my own event. I am hoping to be able to create an “Eco-Challenge” just for the greek housing, since the Eco-Challenge, now, does not include townhouse row. This, to me, would be an extremely interesting, and hopefully successful, way to get greeks in the know about sustainability. This way, when they see their results from eco-challenge, they can learn how to improve for next year - just like all of the dorms did this year during the event! All in all, campaign GW has taught me that sustainability is all around us. There are countless amounts of ways to be green every day, and this club helps me embrace that idea in every facet of my life at GW!
Name: Greg Lidrbauch
Residence Hall: The Dakota
School/ Major: GWSB International Business and Marketing
Why did you become an eco rep? I am interested in the action GW is taking toward becoming a more environmentally conscious institution and want to contribute to that goal in any way that I can.
What are you looking forward to next year? Next year I am looking forward to ensuring the continued success of competitions like RecycleMania, and expanding them to have an even larger presence on and around campus.