What is an EcoRep?
EcoReps are enthusiastic incoming freshman with a desire to promote change.
There are 30 EcoReps each year -- at least one on each floor of the freshman dorms. The EcoReps are guided by two upperclassmen student leaders who are experienced in on-campus environmental efforts and who have both themselves gone through the EcoReps Program. EcoReps educate the students in their halls on environmental issues like waste reduction and energy conservation by planning dorm activities and events.
The EcoReps are taught about sustainability through an EcoReps class. This two credit seminar meets twice a week for either a lecture, discussion, or program meeting and covers many topics including recycling, energy, and climate change.
Meet the EcoReps Coordinators
Tyler Trine '16
Tyler grew up in a small rural area just outside Rochester. He fell in love with his wild side at a young age, delving into disciplines such as exploration and taxonomy with unbridled fascination and fervor. He quickly realized, however, that all was not well in the natural realm - the very species to which he belonged was guilty of heinous crimes therein! So momentous were these transgressions that he, in his youthful innocence, could hardly believe that his fellow brothers and sisters were capable of committing them. A goal, a calling even, very quickly precipitated out of these moments of disturbing discovery - he would help determine how the human race should restructure itself to live harmoniously with the wilderness that bore it. He knew, however, that the biggest obstacle he'd face was not one of malicious intent, but one of apathy, for humans are a comfortable species. Thus his journey would necessitate as much persuasion as it did personal discovery - in fact, very likely more. Now he is helping to coordinate an enthusiastic group of young men and women with a passion for righting society's environmental wrongs, charging them with the task of making a real, measurable difference in his community, inculcating in them those necessary ideals of personal discovery and persuasion. Needless to say, Tyler is very excited to be an EcoRep coordinator for the 2013-14 school year - it's very nearly his dream job.
Tyler is double majoring in English literature and Japanese culture with a minor in Linguistics.
Brittany Flittner '15
Brittany is originally from Stamford, Connecticut, and is majoring in Environmental Science with a Sustainability minor and Bioethics cluster. Brittany’s passion for protecting our natural resources developed in High School and continues to grow each day. This year Brittany will continue her Presidency of GreenSpace, a special interest housing floor dedicated to living a sustainable lifestyle. This past summer, Brittany participated in an Interdisciplinary Water Sciences and Engineering REU at Virginia Tech where she researched Legionella pneumophila in plumbing systems. She is also a current NOAA Hollings Scholar and will be interning with NOAA next summer. Besides her love for the natural world, Brittany is also apart of Celtic, an Irish dance group on campus. Brittany is extremely excited to be involved in the EcoReps program for a third year and hopes that she can spread her knowledge of sustainability to the incoming freshman class.
Ulrik Soderstrom '16
Ulrik hails from Rochester, NY and has been impassioned for years by the city's local farmer's markets and other green initiatives. These things have been catalysts for him to get involved with the sustainability movement for himself. Ulrik intends to dual major in Geological Science and Business, with a minor in Film. He is quite involved around campus in a medley of various groups and activities. Ulrik is very excited to be involved in coordinating EcoReps and looks forward to being apart of many positive changes around campus!
Meet the 2013-2014 EcoReps
Deidre Ann Burrell
Abdullah Al Mamun