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Eco Reps

Eco Reps are student leaders that implement sustainability programs at UT Dallas. Their mission is to make life at UT Dallas more sustainable by helping students make simple, daily decisions to be eco-friendlier, one choice at a time. The program launched in 2017.

Check out what the Eco Reps are up to at The Greenhouse Blog.

Meet the Eco Reps!

 

Eve Gersh

Eve Gersh

Eve is a junior majoring in public policy and minoring in environmental studies. She is dedicated to public service and involving the community in protecting what affects and supports us all, the environment. Projects she is currently involved in include a neighborhood effort to restore a local greenbelt’s natural beauty with native plants and trees, maintaining a monarch waystation at a local high school, and educating students and the public about the importance of honeybees. On the weekends you can find her planting trees or relaxing in their shade. Serving UT Dallas as the Bee Campus USA Eco Rep, she will be planning and conducting service learning opportunities through honey collection, hive inspection, and other pollinator related events.

Carolina Parra

Carolina is a junior studying Marketing. Her passion for the environment started at a young age with tours of the many national and state parks that America has to offer via road trips, camping, and biking, as well as familial visits to her home country of Ecuador –one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. As the Marketing Eco Rep for the Office of Sustainability, she will be managing The Greenhouse Blog, social media, and facilitating communications for the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability and the North Texas Regional Centers for Expertise.

Anna Reid

Anna is a sophomore majoring in ATEC [Arts, Technology, & Emerging Communication] , concentrating on environmental design for games and minoring in environmental studies. She’s always had a passion for plants and the great outdoors and is thrilled to be working for the Office of Sustainability. Anna will be working on office gardening initiatives like the Eco Hub, Tree Campus Higher Education, and is an active volunteer for the UT Dallas Community Garden. When not at her computer, you can find her hiking, gardening, or tending to yet another house plant.

Gwen Schaulis

Gwen is a senior studying management and public policy. After taking a global climate change class at UTD, she became motivated to pursue sustainability. Outside of school you can find her playing with her dog or cooking vegetables from her garden. Her role as an Eco Rep is to gather data for our Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System] ) report. Gwen aspires to be an environmental consultant or urban planner. She is particularly interested in environmental justice and hopes to lift the voices of the underrepresented.

Ian Seamans

Ian Seamans

Ian is a first year Masters student studying International Political Economy. He has a long-time interest in sustainability and is a Texas Master Naturalist. He will be working on creating a safe and accessible campus for cyclists and other micromobility users through events, infrastructure, and student involvement.

Mohini Shanker

Mohini Shanker

Mohini is a sophomore studying Computer Science. She’s been interested in water conservation and the fight against food insecurity since she was little, and knows that university campuses often provide an intersection of these issues at a larger scale than just the individual. As an Eco Rep, she hopes that her work with the Eco Hub, the Blanca Botello Garden, and the Community Garden can work towards the goal of creating a greater dialogue around these issues on campus.

Jaime Valdez

Jaime is a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in management and environmental studies. He has a deep appreciation for the environment and is committed to finding new ways to create a sustainable future. He will be working on the STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System] report, which is a vital resource to UTD that brings recognition to sustainability efforts, engages the community, and establishes guidelines for improvements.

Anastasia Whittemore

Anastasia Whittemore

Anastasia is a senior studying Political Science on the pre-law track. Her involvement with Roosevelt at UTD, a local think tank that advocates for policy change in the larger Dallas and Texas region, and Student Government’s Sustainability Committee sparked her interest in sustainability on campus. As an Eco Rep, she oversees Campus Sustainability Month, Campus Race to Zero Waste, and waste data entry. In the upcoming semester, she will also lead a monthly e-waste recycling event and begin updating data for the AASHE [Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education] STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System]  report.