Eco-Rep Program

Eco-Rep Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

The UMass Amherst Eco-Rep Program is focused on working toward environmental literacy and leadership both within the program and on the campus at large. This is an academic course open to students of all interests and education levels; it is especially encouraged to those who wish to gain or expand their knowledge in sustainability and environmental literacy. Eco-Reps build a foundational knowledge surrounding issues of sustainability and explore how best to raise awareness about these issues amongst their peers. Focusing on the role and impact of the individual, Eco-Reps work to promote environmentally responsible behavior in the campus community.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Eco-Rep Program is to foster environmental literacy within the campus community and translate that new understanding into more sustainable behavior.

Want to Join?

Search SPIRE for Environmental Science 197D on in the fall semester, or Environmental Science 297F in the spring semester to register for Eco-Rep!

If you have any questions, contact Eco-Rep Program Manager at ecorep@umass.edu.

 

Meet the Fall 2018 Team!

 

Program Manager

 

Kaleigh Keohane

My name is Kaleigh Keohane and I’m the program manager this year! I’m currently a senior majoring in Journalism and Natural Resource Conservation. I am from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. My hobbies include bird-watching, cooking, and rock climbing. Before this year, I was a facilitator for four semesters. I first took Eco-Rep as a freshman and loved the small discussions. They gave me a voice and a place to talk about issues I was passionate about and meet like-minded (and non like-minded!) individuals from every background. Each week I felt like I was learning something new. The unique opportunity of doing outreaches across campus also made me feel like I was making a real impact on the community. Eco-Rep has helped me grow so much throughout college and I would recommend this course to everyone!

 

Facilitators

 

Maddy Zeliff

Hi, I'm Maddy and I'm from Ashland , MA.  I'm a junior management major with a concentration in sustainable management and a minor in natural resource conservation. As well as being a facilitator for Eco-Rep, I am also the secretary for the Climateers. In my free time, I like to go hiking, go to concerts, cook, and hang out with my friends. I took Eco-Rep both semesters during my sophomore year and really enjoyed it, so I thought becoming a facilitator would give me the chance to keep learning about sustainability and to meet more like-minded people.

Meghan Sawtelle

Hi! My name is Meghan, and I’m a Junior studying Sustainable Food and Farming. I grew up in the area and have always been fascinated by the intricacies involved in the ecosystems of New England. I began my career at UMass as an Environmental Science major, but became frustrated with the messages being relayed in my classes. Many of them highlighted everything that was going wrong with the world, never giving me any inspiration on how to go about reversing the damage. Eco-Rep was an exception, giving me a safe space to brainstorm solutions with peers. Coupled with Sustainable Food and Farming, I finally feel as though my actions matter and I will make a positive difference in the world. I’m looking forward to continue educating the public of the enormous possibilities that regenerative agriculture presents us. These programs gave me a voice.

Isabelle Laushine

Hi! My name is Isabelle. I am a senior environmental science major with a minor in natural resource conservation. I am originally from Westford, MA. I love hiking and being outdoors. I spent my past two summers working in Yellowstone National Park and exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Last spring, I studied wildlife management in Tanzania with School for Field Studies. I joined Eco Rep because I liked that it was a small discussion based class. I hope to learn more about sustainability from my students and also provide them with a safe space to speak openly about their opinions and beliefs. 

Sophia Englehardt

Hi, my name is Sophia Englehardt and I am a senior majoring in Resource Economics. I am from a small town in the North Shore called Wenham. I spent this summer as an Investor Relations/Analyst Intern, which has sparked an interest to pursue a career in private equity or a related field upon graduation. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, practicing yoga, meditating, listening to podcasts, and hang out with my roomies! A couple fun facts about me: I was born on Friday the 13th, I've moved 14 times, I have no pinky knuckles, and my favorite animal is a pangolin! I got involved with Eco-Rep to share my love for sustainability, while also learning from everyone I interact with. I hope to gain more experience speaking in front of a group of people and leading a discussion.

Clara Silverstein

I’m Clara, a sophomore political science major and I’ll be facilitating Eco-Rep in Dwight Hall this semester! I’m from Marlborough, MA and I spent my summer working at a camp in NY state. On campus, I’m involved with the Outing Club (rock climbing, hiking, cross country skiing) and SGA Sustainability. I’ve also been helping with Rack City Thrift, UMass’ student run pop up thrift store. I can’t wait to get to know everyone and learn about what other people are doing for sustainability on campus!

Jonathan Haarstick

My name is Jonathan Haarstick and it is my first semester facilitating! I am a junior marketing major focusing on sustainable business practices. I am currently working on a natural resource conservation minor. Outside of class I am involved with Sustainability Projects Abroad (SPA), a club on campus. This semester I have gained a leadership role in SPA by becoming the Head of Marketing. SPA has allowed me to make some amazing connections and be a part of larger movements on campus. Without Eco-Reps I don’t think I would be involved on campus in the ways I am now. During my sophomore year I knew that I wanted to take some environmental courses. I signed up for Eco-Rep in the Fall hoping I would get something out of it. My first semester introduced me to new organizations on campus and got me to think in a different way. I wanted to make sustainability fit into my own life. I loved the class and took it again in the Spring. Once I took two semesters I realized that I wanted to facilitate the course. Through facilitating I hope to get people excited about sustainability. I hope that I can get my students to be more informed and involved through my efforts and the program. Outside of UMass I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, and listening to live music.

Yulia Suvorova

I am Russian originally, and lived in Canada for 4 years before I moved to the Boston at the age of 16. I enjoy spending time outdoors and taking selfies with flowers. I love fashion and the environment so my dream is to come up with a sustainable way for these to coexist. Fun facts: I hiked up Mount Washington I love to mountain ski, I have an AAS degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and I work at the Student Union Craft Center.