by Ezra Austin '19

On Friday, January 12, the EcoReps Greening Athletics group worked with the Princeton Athletics department to host the first ever “Tiger Sustainability Night,” a double-header basketball game with a focus on recycling practices and raising awareness.

The game marked the first major event organized by the Greening Athletics group, a new initiative of the EcoReps, founded last year. Three EcoReps—Taylor Bacon ‘19, Erin Mooz ‘19, and Alie Fordyce ‘19—are leading it.

This New Year, put your best foot forward by including a sustainable New Year's Resolution in your list! During Reading Period, Princeton EcoReps have several events planned to help you think green:

All week:

Participate in the EcoReps Clothing Swap by donating clothes outside any residential college dining hall or at the Frist Welcome Desk.

On November 4, four EcoReps attended the Students for Zero Waste (SZW) Conference organized by the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Erin Mooz '19, Erin Redding '19, Cecilia Shang '18 and Aleks Cvetkovic '18 share their thoughts and takeaways from the conference in this Q&A.

By Ezra Austin ‘19

On a cold, windy fall afternoon, several Princeton students gathered to participate in the University’s public waste audit. Over the course of three hours, volunteers sorted through over 60 bags of landfill waste and recycling from various parts of campus, assessing and logging how much recyclable material had been improperly thrown out.

The goal of the audit was to collect data, but also to bring attention to a problem that many Princeton students may not be aware of.

by Somi Jun '20

Two weeks ago, Ming Wilson ‘18 and seven other Princeton students spent their Saturday afternoon walking around campus to pick up litter. In the process, they found packaging, old beverages, and two abandoned bicycles, which are now being restored in Cyclab.

“We specifically emphasized going ‘off the beaten path’ to pick up trash that was hidden and which have even been misplaced for years,” Wilson said. “We hope the initiative will [lead] to a cleaner campus and the accidental fruit of friendship, as well.”

by Somi Jun '20

The day before classes began, students bought used furniture, mirrors, bins, school supplies, and more at the inaugural EcoReps Greening Move-in Dorm Resale.

This summer, students involved with the Princeton Garden Project and EcoReps participated in a diverse array of activities, near and far. Here are some highlights of their experiences.

If you can't keep it or sell it, donate it during the EcoReps Move Out Donation Drive

Collection dates and times:

Please note: The dates and drop off hours below are the ONLY donation times. Any items left at the collection sites before or after these times will go to the landfill. 

Friday, May 26: 10am-8pm at all donation sites

Saturday, May 27: 9am-12pm at all donation sites, 12-5pm in Dillon Gym only

At the second annual Tiger Chef Challenge, sustainability was on display in more than just the delicious plant-based dishes created by student teams competing in the Latin-American-inspired cook-off. Campus Dining also aimed to minimize the event’s waste by encouraging food vendors to use compostable serving materials, and by piloting a "Resource Recovery Station" for waste disposal.

This spring, the Office of Sustainability welcomed many new students to serve as Princeton Ecology Representatives (EcoReps), a group that was founded in 2004. The mission of the EcoReps is to promote the integration of sustainability practices into campus life. Here you can learn about each of the group's projects, and the student EcoReps leading them.      


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