Meet the new EcoReps Leaders for 2019!

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Posted on January 18, 2019

The Princeton University Ecology Representative Program (EcoReps) was founded in 2004 and is hosted by the Office of Sustainability. The EcoReps support the mission of the Office of Sustainability by promoting the integration of Princeton’s sustainability goals into life on campus, with a focus on residential life; athletics; Move Out/In; Reunions and other events. Through their efforts, the EcoReps aim to increase sustainability awareness and behaviors among Princeton students.

Greening Dorms 

Greening Dorm Leaders focus on integrating Princeton's sustainability goals into residential college life, with a focus on hosting educational study breaks and advancing everyday, sustainable living practices.

Leaders

Jessica Chen '22

Rocky College

Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Fremont, CA

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I hope to spread awareness about the necessity of sustainable living in today’s society and encourage greener actions throughout the Princeton campus.

What sustainability means to me: Sustainability is the concept of maintaining Earth’s resources and positively impacting the environment.

Fun fact: I have three cats: Sugar, Salt, and Pepper.


Eve Cooke '22

Whitman College

Major: Undecided 

Hometown: Montclair, NJ

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I firmly believe that if you want to have a positive impact you need to "think globally, act locally". I want to do my part in conserving and protecting the earth, and I see EcoReps as an opportunity to help to improve the sustainability of my surroundings. 

What sustainability means to me: preserving, conserving, and restoring natural resources for future generations

Fun fact: I was born on the day of a lunar eclipse. 


Grace Cuenca '22

Mathey College

Major: AB Computer Science

Hometown: New York City, NY

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: As an EcoRep leader, I hope to not only spread knowledge of environmental sustainability to campus, but I also hope to immerse myself in it more and surround myself with people who share the same sentiment about protecting the environment. The small steps we take as EcoReps leaders are all part of the global movement to make the earth a greener place.

What sustainability means to me: Sustainability means loving and protecting the environment and its resources for the benefit of current and future generations.

Fun fact: I play the bassoon!


Barrett Gray ' 20

Mathey College

Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Hometown: Whitefish, MT

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I care deeply about the environment and love teaching and encouraging others to live sustainably and support the beautiful world around us 

What sustainability means to me: Living in a way that leaves as little impact on the environment as possible so that the state of nature is preserved and future generations can experience nature the same way we can today

Fun fact: I really like birds


Isabelle Kuziel '21

Butler College

Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Hometown: Santa Fe, NM

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I want to help my community be more sustainable so that we can be sustainable on campus and elsewhere. We urgently need to protect the environment and while large scale action is needed, individual and local scale actions are also incredibly important. 

What sustainability means to me: The ability to persist without outside intervention; as applied to the environment it means that our activities do not threaten our or the planet’s future but instead enhance and improve it.

Fun fact: I love caving, and once saw a prehistoric grave inside a cave in Armenia.


Christopher Lugo '22

Wilson College

Major: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Hometown: Ocala, FL

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I applied to be an EcoRep in order to increase awareness about sustainability efforts on campus through programs meant to reach out to undergraduate students.

What sustainability means to me: To me, sustainability means being aware of the environmental impact of your actions, no matter how small, and acting to minimize that impact wherever possible.

Fun fact: I play the saxophone.


Camellia Moors '22

Butler College

Major: Woodrow Wilson School, intended certificate in German Language and Culture 

Hometown: Land O' Lakes, FL

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I applied to be an EcoRep because I wanted to be a part of a community of people with similar interests who would allow me to extend my appreciation for the environment to other students via sustainability projects.

What sustainability means to me: Sustainability means a relationship with the environment where no more is taken than what can be replaced, and environmental impact is as small as possible.

Fun fact: I'm ambidextrous with everything but handwriting (including scissors!)


Pooja Parmar '22

Wilson College

Major: Economics

Hometown: Suwanee, GA

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I learned about the topic of sustainability unintentionally my senior year of high school when I decided to take an environmental studies course. I was completely oblivious to what a carbon footprint was and the impact of our everyday decisions. Little did I know that the random choice to take an environmental studies class over physics in high school would lead me to one of my academic passions. Now as a freshman I wanted to continue to help myself and our campus become greener. 

What sustainability means to me: Sustainability to me means making those little decisions, and when everyone makes the little decisions it can have a big impact.

Fun Fact: I have double jointed middle fingers


Tali Shemma '22

Forbes College

Major: Physics

Hometown: Herzlyia, Israel

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: In order to build the sustainable future that will allow us and the planet to continue thriving in the future, we must simultaneously adopt a top-down and bottom-up approach. I think EcoReps are in a unique position to promote sustainability at the convergence of these two approaches within Princeton - where administration’s goals and resources meet student interest, engagement and responsibility. 

What sustainability means to me: Sustainability to me means doing the best we can to take care of this beautiful planet that we live on, while recognizing the potential of sustainability action to bring people together and address a myriad of social injustices. 

Fun fact: I do aerial acrobatics and parkour.


Wesley Wiggins ' 21

Butler College

Major: Geoscience

Hometown: Washington, DC

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I applied to be an EcoRep because every day I see lots of unsustainable practices throughout Princeton and I want to do my part in bringing more sustainability education to the university.

What sustainability means to me: Sustainability means taking little actions and making changes that benefit of our environment. When everyone makes these changes then we begin to make global changes for the health of our planet.

Fun fact: I've loved superheroes since I was a kid, and I continue to love them to this day. I love Marvel movies, TV shows and anything else related to Marvel.


Greening Reunions        

The Greening Reunions team works to advance sustainability practices at Reunions. Activities include raising awareness about sustainability through communications, encouraging waste reduction and increasing recycling. 

Leaders

Dee-Dee Huang ' 20

Major: ORFE

Hometown: Houston, TX

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I wanted to be more involved in sustainability efforts around campus, and this seemed like the best way to do so! I just want to get everyone else in the community, especially in my residential college, as hype about sustainability as I am! I believe that sustainability efforts have to start locally first, and what better way than connecting with others through my res college?

What sustainability means to me: For me sustainability is just ensuring that in all you do, you’re conscious of limiting your effect on the environment, whether that be through eliminating food waste to taking careful notice of recycling rules!

Fun fact: Parks and Rec is my favorite TV Show! 


Nalanda Sharadjaya '21

Major: Philosophy

Hometown: New York, NY

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I think environmental justice is one of the biggest issues facing our generation and I got tired of just complaining about it—I wanted to become personally involved with promoting awareness and change on Princeton's campus.

What sustainability means to me: To me, sustainability is about being mindful of those less fortunate than us, and of generations to come, when we consume scarce resources.

Fun fact: I've never eaten at a McDonald's in my life!


Beimnet Shitaye '20

Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Hometown: Virginia

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I wanted to be involved in incorporating sustainability on campus. It was the perfect opportunity to be involved in a topic I am interested in, but might not be able to explore within my academic studies. 

What sustainability means to me: Sustainability to me is maintaining the beautiful components of nature and taking care of our planet!

Fun fact: I was born in Germany.


Claire Wayner '22

Major: Civil & Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I wanted to meet other sustainability-minded students on campus and spearhead greening initiatives together.

What sustainability means to me: being more efficient with our resources, saving money, and keeping our ecosystems and ourselves healthy

Fun fact: I love to watch birds and have seen 440 different species in my life. Let me know if you want a bird tour of campus!


Greening Move Out/In     

Greening Move Out/In Leaders focus on integrating Princeton’s sustainability goals for purchasing and waste into the annual Move Out and Move In process. Their main objective is to  plan, organize, and carry out the logistics for the Greening Move Out collection and subsequent Move-In Resale.

Leaders

Christie Chong '20

Major: Woodrow Wilson School

Hometown: Danville, CA

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I wanted to get more involved with sustainability initiatives that would have an immediate impact on Princeton's campus and student life. I think it's really important to take action on the things you care about, and sustainability is one of them for me.

What sustainability means to me: To me, sustainability means always trying to make decisions knowing that it could impact something bigger than yourself and to always take care of the planet. 

Fun fact: I went white water rafting on the Nile last summer!


Tatijana Stewart '21

Major: Architecture

Hometown: Ogden, UT

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I am excited to become more involved with cultivating an environmentally-conscientious atmosphere on campus. There are always ways to improve our efforts! 

What sustainability means to me: Sustainability is a mindset which we should apply to all aspects of our lives. To be sustainable in our actions is to be mindful of our consumption of resources and make efforts to minimize our impact in the best way possible for ourselves and future generations. 

Fun fact: I can wiggle my ears :)  


Daniel Tjondro '20

Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Hometown: Queens, NY

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I want to help establish sustainability as one of the core values of Princeton.

What sustainability means to me: In this age, a key component of sustainability is to be mindful of what and how much we consume.

Fun fact: I can memorize 100 digits in 10 minutes.


Greening Events   

Greening Events Leaders focus on integrating Princeton’s sustainability goals for purchasing and waste into events on campus, both large and small.

Leaders

Leyla Arcasoy '22

Major: AB Undecided

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: Growing up, the lessons on the environment and recycling were always my favorite.  I didn't quite realize how much I took it to heart and internalized all that I'd learned from school and from home until I saw the EcoRep application and thought: this is for me!

What sustainability means to me: Sustainability is a metacognitive view of the world that encourages us to be aware of our impacts and use them in positively green ways.

Fun fact: I'm full of them!


Gabriel Duguay '22

Major: Woodrow Wilson School

Hometown: Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I applied to be an EcoRep because I am passionate about instilling the importance of environmentalism to my peers, who will go on to become leaders across many sectors. If a passion for the environment can be instilled in them at Princeton, the environment will benefit in the long term!

What sustainability means to me: Sustainability for me has two components: Firstly, your duty to minimize your personal carbon footprint by reducing, reusing and recycling, and secondly, encouraging others to be a steward of the environment.

Fun fact: I'm really interested in fisheries policy!


Rebecca Han '22

Major: Undecided

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: I've always been passionate about the environment and sustainability and see EcoReps as an opportunity to promote those causes on campus. For many people and especially for college students, sustainability is often a very low priority. I believe that the EcoReps can not only remind Princetonians of the importance of sustainability, but also find ways to make sustainability easier and more habitual. 

What sustainability means to me: Recognizing the impact we leave on the planet and making it as positive as possible.

Fun fact: I don’t know how to whistle. 


Trisha Madhavan '21

Major: Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Katy, Texas

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: Before coming to Princeton, I found making sustainable changes on my own very difficult without much guidance or support. EcoReps offered me a community of leaders with similar goals and the resources necessary to influence Princeton’s environmental real estate. EcoReps gave me the push I wanted to take action! 

What sustainability means to me: Sustainability to me is a way of life that ensures all of earth’s inhabitants can enjoy the same planet we have for generations to come.

Fun fact: I spent a summer growing coffee in the Costa Rican cloud forests! 


Greening Athletics  

Greening Athletics Leaders focus on integrating Princeton’s sustainability goals for purchasing and waste into athletics events.

Christie Chong '20

See bio above!


Tatijana Stewart '21

See bio above!


Vivian Ufongene '20

Major: Molecular Biology

Hometown: Vernon, CT

Why I applied to be an EcoRep: After being able to spend a week at the Poconos Environmental Educational Center my freshman year for a trip centered on sustainability, I not only received an extensive education on sustainable living but also the inspiration and guidance to learn and do more in my own community. Becoming an EcoRep was one of the greatest avenues I saw to expanding my own personal knowledge, while also being able to impact my community.

What sustainability means to me: With the ravaging changes our earth is going through every day due to the actions of humans, I feel it  is more important than ever for every citizen to have basic knowledge on sustainability. To me, sustainability is an integral part of our daily lives as it comes into play constantly; the foods we eat, clothes we wear, how we travel, and so on. It’s essential to our way of life.

Fun fact: I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and have read the series through 6 times


Claire Wayner '22

See bio above!