EcoReps

During Move-In this past September, Frist South Lawn once again resembled a yard sale as part of our second annual Move-In Resale. Featured were rows of couches, futons, lamps, rugs, and more. The 3,000+ dorm items were collected the previous semester through the expanded Greening Move Out program.

The Office of Sustainability is now hiring EcoReps Leaders for 2019! 

The Princeton University Ecology Representative Program (EcoReps) was founded in 2004 and is hosted by the Office of Sustainability. The mission of the EcoReps is to promote the integration of sustainability into life on campus.

Applications are due by Sunday, November 25th at 11:59PM.

The application is available online via Google Forms

EcoReps Leader Expectations:

by Ezra Austin '19

This semester, Princeton's EcoReps launched “Mend Monday,” a bi-weekly clothing repair initiative in Frist Campus Center. Cecilia Shang '18 and Nico Viglucci '17, the group's organizers, believe that Mend Mondays can bring greater exposure to sustainability while empowering students to take clothing repair matters into their own hands.

Shang said that in preparing for the initiative, a survey was sent out to students in order to gauge interest. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

If you can't keep it or sell it, donate it during the EcoReps Move Out Donation Drive and Graduate Student Furniture Drive.

Every spring, the EcoReps Move Out team partners with local charities and organizations to donate any used or unwanted items from campus dorms. As you move out, please bring unwanted items to a donation station between May 21-May 26 and June 5-6. Donation stations will be located across campus and staffed with EcoReps. Abandoned items left on campus will be sent to the landfill, so please bring them to the closest EcoReps Donation Station!

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.

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