Established in spring 2013, Eco-Reps is a “peer-to-peer education program” in our residence halls. It's an exciting partnership between enthusiastic, environmentally-minded students and the Office of University Sustainability (OUS).
This program is all about the Eco-Reps: they’re ambassadors who promote environmental stewardship to their hall-mates. They arrange movie nights, trash audits, and volunteer on campus in the community. Their interests and ambitions shape the program. Basically, Eco-Reps are working on the front lines in the residence halls, committed to sharing their knowledge and making a difference.
OUS is dedicated to helping the Eco-Reps spread their knowledge. Monthly Eco-Reps meetings cover educational material on a variety of environmental themes, and provide suggestions for how to engage their hall-mates. Eco-Reps will learn about the breadth of sustainability opportunities on campus, from classes to research to student clubs.
The program will also provide personal intellectual, social, and professional development. Eco-Reps is a great way to get to know like-minded student leaders at Purdue. While everyone comes from different academic backgrounds, all have an interest in environmental stewardship. OUS will arrange unique experiences and learning opportunities, like a fun retreat early in the year, “field trips” to environmental sites like the Wade Power Plant, and networking with faculty and working professionals.
Here is an interview with the former Eco-Reps leader Allison Turner: