As an Environmental Science major, Jackie has always been drawn to preserving the environment and making the world a better place to live. There was an Eco-Rep flyer handed out in one of her other classes and she applied to the program as soon as she could, she learned about the principles of sustainability and got the chance to spread awareness. With a newfound enthusiasm, Jackie eventually became an Area Eco-Rep and began facilitating a cluster in Southwest followed by two semesters in Northeast. This involved creating lessons plans, running meetings, and guiding students in how to best approach the issues of fosteringsustainable behavior on campus. She is now Program Manager and works to organize, plan and manage the program, while overseeing the Area Eco-Reps.
In terms of sustainability, Jackie would like to see more campus-wide involvement at UMass; she hopes to see more people educated and making sustainable changes in their behavior. On a global level she wants more urgency among infrastructure, especially in politics. She believes that we need to be proactive to prevent further damage to our planet.
Outside of Eco-Rep, Jackie loves to spend her time outdoors, doing yoga, and with her friends.
“An individual action, multiplied by millions, creates global change” –Jack Johnson
Steph is a junior Environmental Science major who will be facilitating a section of the Eco-Rep course in Orchard Hill. She became interested in sustainability through creating a recycling program in her high school. She also had an influence her parents who have always been a factor: though they aren’t big environmentalists by any means, they are the ones that sparked her interest from a young age. Her uncle is also a Civil Engineer and was recently appointed a renewable energy lead in biomass for an international engineering firm. Steph says, “He has always been an inspiration and helped create a love of science and learning which ultimately lead to my interest in science, sustainability, and the environment”
Steph hopes in the future that sustainability will be taken more seriously on a global stage. She thinks this can happen through creation of policies to help progress sustainability and renewable energy as well as educating people about sustainable behaviors that can have real and lasting effects on our world. These behaviors don’t have to be extreme in every case, even the simple changes to behavior can have an effect. Steph is also a certified permaculture designer and would love to see the permaculture principles, which are based on working towards a sustainable future for individuals, households, and communities, implemented more across the country and world.
Outside of Eco-Rep, Steph loves hockey (Montreal Canadians, not the Bruins!) and has a pet hedgehog, named Maddi!
Hannah is a junior Natural Resources Conservation major with a concentration in Sustainable development and Education and outreach. She first got interested in sustainability when noticing that her grandmother and mother have always ‘saved stuff’ while many others threw things out- she saw a breach in the system. Her interests grew through Sustainability in Food and Farming: “to hear that everyone was eating ‘fake’ food and the land and soil were lacking nutrients and its ability to hold water, my interest in sustainability grew even more.” Climate change has remained a hugely important topic as well! Hannah now be facilitates the Central cluster, after previously facilitating Orchard Hill.
Hannah hopes that eventually we can find a way for everything we use to be truly reused and recycled, closing our wasteful cycle of consumption. This would allow ecosystems to thrive and leave humans as responsible consumers. Vital to this shift is moving away from the dirty fuels system we currently adhere to.
Outside of Eco-Rep, Hannah loves Sublime, dancing, and cooking!
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."
Julie is a junior Environmental Science major who will be facilitating a section of the Eco-Rep Program in Central. She got interested in sustainability through a literal obsession with recycling ever since she was very young. Says Julie, “If I were at a friend’s house and their family didn’t recycle, it would bother me so much that I would secretly steal all of the empty plastic bottles and soda cans thatI could find and bring them home with me to recycle”. Looking back, she remembers thinking it was a little crazy, but the more she learned about the importance of sustainability in all areas of life, the more desperately she wanted to be part of the movement.
In terms of sustainability for the future, Julie hopes to see more stricter environmental policies and standards implemented by the federal government, zero dependence on dirty fuels (coal, oil, gas, etc), and for more people who realize how beautiful the planet is and why it is critical for us to all work together in preserving it. Before Eco-Rep, Julie was a voracious meat eater, but is now a vegetarian!
Outside of Eco-Rep, Julie favorite musicians are The Beatles, Dave Matthews Band, and Coldplay.
Steve is a Natural Resource Conservation major with a concentration in Environmental Conservation. He chose this major due to his enjoyment of the outdoors; as he got older, he traveled and saw what pristine environments looked like and realized that we are harming the Earth very badly, and it has to stop immediately. He joined Eco-Rep his first semester as a sophomore at UMass after discovering a poster in his dorm. Steve knew Eco-Rep was his chance to meet others with similar interests, learn about sustainability and assist his peers to better the planet. Now he has brought what he learned through Eco-Rep back home and is spreading sustainability to friends and family. He now facilitates the Southwest cluster.
Steve thinks that, “UMass does a great job at being sustainable, however if there were any advancements to be done it would be to spread our practices to as much of the world as possible. Globally, I wish to see as many environmentally friendly designs and policies as possible. Sustainability shouldn't be a new thing it should be a continuing practice from years ago. Being at such a large University means that all of us as students are given some form of power. Power then leads to strength in numbers. With Eco-Rep we have the power to teach people to alter the faith of the planet and make it more sustainable.”
Outside of Eco-Rep he is a huge football fan (Patriots!), loves Game of Thrones and his favorite band is Queens of the Stone Age.
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."
Sammi is a sophomore Natural Resource Conservation major with a concentration in Environmental Conservation and an Environmental Design minor. Coming from the city, she always had a special appreciation for nature and being outdoors. She attended a high school for environmental studies, and it was there where her interest/passion for the environment really sparked. Sammi hopes that UMass proceeds with it’s sustainable efforts and that more people, both on and off campus, choose eco-friendly lifestyles. Sammi is very excited to be facilitating a Southwest North cluster of the Eco-Rep Program this semester.
She thinks that, “education is the key for combating environmental issues. People need to be taught the importance of their actions and what they can do to help save our planet.” In the future, she hopes for environmental issues to be taken seriously on individual, political, and global levels.
Outside of Eco-Rep, Sammi loves to cook (and eat what she cooks) and to travel/explore new things.
Kristie is a sophomore majoring in Psychology, and is in the process of creating a BDIC with Civic Engagement, Anthropology, and Sustainable Food and Farming as a second major. She was at first double majoring with English, but the more and more she learned about the Big Issues in the world: “socially, economically, and environmentally” the more she realized that this was the important stuff she wanted to work on in her life. Kristie first found interest in sustainability through her dad, who was always an avid recycler, consumption conscious and grew some awesome veggies in the backyard; with that background, she grew more interested and helped start her high school’s first environmental club. Kristie facilitates the Southwest cluster.
Kristie believes, “the information that is out there about how we are hurting our Earth is insurmountable, but the key is making that information accessible, and more importantly, making sustainable lifestyles that can change that information for the better accessible sustainable should be the easy and obvious choice, not the difficult one.” On a larger scale, Kristie hopes to see policy changes on the environmental issues such as the implementing renewable energy sources and phasing out the old ways like oil and coal. Kristie hopes to see the environmental issues we face brought to the forefront in politics and education, and that more people can realize that we only get one Earth and the importance of closing the loop.
Outside of Eco-Rep, Kristie is learning to play the guitar and hopes to join the Peace Corps after college.
Kevin is ajuniorScience major with a focus in Environmental Science. He is also pursuing minors in Education and Information Technology. He was late arriving to the environmental movement coming from a very conservative and rural area of New Jersey. After watching "An Inconvenient Truth" and doing his own research, it is clear that humans are affecting the climate. Kevin facilitates the Northeastcluster, after serving as an Eco-Rep there for two semesters!
He believes that “in order to solve climate change we need a combination of Science, Education, and Technology. Students are at a perfect position to contribute to the movement and make the drastic changes necessary to solve our climate crisis, and the Eco-Rep program is the perfect medium for them to do so.” He hopes we can continue contributing to the environmental movement by divesting UMass during the 2013-2014 year, and continuing the many projects that Eco-Rep will be working on. He is optimistic and thinks that there is always hope to save the planet just as we've done before.
Outside of Eco-Rep, he work for Student Affairs Technology Services on campus, and loves to scuba dive and play guitar.
His favorite quote about sustainability is by Carl Sagan speaking about the picture "The Pale Blue Dot;” "To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”