Divide and conquer! The EcoReps of have taken this popular quote to heart and have decided to divide their efforts and creativity into five committees all dedicated to working towards the same goal: a more sustainable community in the University of Rochester. But what exactly is an EcoRep, you may ask? An EcoRep is a freshman student that applied to take on the responsibility of making sure their freshman floor and the University campus are educating in and practicing sustainability.
To make this task more manageable and effective the EcoReps have split into five committees: Food, Recycling, Energy, Communications and Auxiliary. Recently, the food committee successfully organized and executed a “What’s in Your Food?” tabling event near the main entrance of Sue B. The event showcased foods such as ketchup, beer, Starbucks’ Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha, the McDonald’s Big Mac, and diet Pepsi and educated passersby on the contents and health issues associated with these foods. The food committee also plans on bringing more variety to salad bars and producing “Thank You for buying Fair Trade Coffee” sleeves for any location on campus that sells free trade coffee.
The recycling committee is trying to organize installing paper shredders throughout the school in order to find other uses for the shredded paper such as insulation. The recycling committee also hopes to start a program to make reusable bags available on campus for students shopping in order to minimize or even eliminate the usage of plastic bags around campus.
The energy committee has begun looking into finding a way to change most or all fluorescent bulbs to LED bulbs. They are also looking to educate the Residential Quad residents on effective usage of the heating sensors in the dorm rooms by not opening their windows unnecessarily.
The Auxiliary committee wants to install hand dryers in the Sue B and Residential Quad bathrooms to eliminate the need for paper towels in the bathrooms to make residential life less wasteful.
The communications committee has taken up the task of marketing the presence and efforts of the EcoReps via awareness posters and fundraising events.
If any of these projects seem interesting or if you have ideas of your own contact the EcoReps via this email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your ideas will be relayed to the respective committee.