Who Is My Eco-Rep?

Adeline Clayton

Eco-Rep

Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?I am originally from a small town in northern New Jersey I grew up with horticulturist parents and a love for the outdoors.  When it came to picking a school I immediately fell in love with UVM and the environmental studies program as well. What’s your favorite season and why?I think every season is my favorite for different reasons if that counts.   I really love summer and fall because I always am outside either rock climbing hiking or paddling.  Spring is great too because everything comes to life and it starts to get warm.  Winter is also great because snow is really pretty and fun to play in too. What do you like to do for fun?Anything outdoors when I get the chance.  I am really into rock climbing and kayaking.  I also dabble in photography and I really like knitting hats for the newest babies in my family. What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?I am an environmental studies major in Rubenstein and I hope to do environmental health work.  My dream job would be doing mission work in Africa and parts of Central and South America bringing clean water and other resources to the local people.  Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlistGive me back my Hometown- Eric Church  I won’t be found – Tallest man on earth Wolves- Ben HowardWhy are you an Eco-Rep (besides the obvious answer of you kicking butt throughout the application process)?I care.  I have passions about things that I want to make a difference with, and I personally believe that changing personal behaviors can change larger issues. Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.Watching sunsets on the lake from the fire escape are not only breath-taking and beautiful they make all the worries in my life seem some how less significant. 

Amber Vaillancour

Eco-Rep

Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?Hello! I’m Amber Vaillancourt and I grew up in Attleboro, MA and I decided to come to UVM because of the spectacular Rubenstein School and the lovely city of Burlington, VT.What’s your favorite season and why?My favorite season is Spring because I love watching the world come back to life with vivid sights and sounds after a period of dormancy.What do you like to do for fun?I love making people laugh (I try my hand at jokes), exploring parks and green space especially in cities with my friends, reading, and learning and experiencing new things whether it be through volunteer opportunities or school work. What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?My major is Natural Resource Planning and I also have a minor in Community and International Development. I’m extremely interested in conservation regarding green space such as public parks and gardens. Ideally I would love to help to create or sustain a public green space by working with people that reside in the specific community and local government. Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlistRolling in the Deep- AdeleFlowers in Your Hair- The LumineersLiving for the City- Stevie Wonder Why are you an Eco-Rep ?I’m interested in learning and contributing more to sustainable practices on the UVM campus because I believe that it is such an intricate part to ensuring environmental responsibility.  This opportunity will allow me to further explore my interests and truly feel like I’ve found a place within the UVM student body.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.:The sunsets I would witness as I left class from Williams Building.

Brittany LeBeau

Eco-Rep

 Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?  I am a native here in Vermont, my hometown being Windsor. I decided to come to UVM because I honestly couldn’t see myself anywhere else. It’s a perfect match in every way, from the academic experience to the extracurricular opportunities.What’s your favorite season and why?My favorite season is fall. With the arrival of cooler temperatures comes a feeling of vigor and refreshment. Also, nothing beats Vermont in October.What do you like to do for fun?I enjoy hiking and exploring new places, photography, reading, and volunteering…just to name a few.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?My major is Environmental Sciences. I’m not sure what I really want to do with it yet, since my ideas have gone from being an urban planner to an EPA scientist to a photographer for National Geographic. Who knows where this life will take me.Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlist.Brown-Eyed Girl - Van MorrisonLion’s Mane – Iron & WineDo You Remember – Jack JohnsonWhy are you an Eco-Rep ?I am an Eco-Rep because I want to share and use my passion for sustainable living to create a place that can give back to its environment.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.My favorite memory (so far) is when almost twenty people from my floor sat in the hallway to talk, sing, and play music together. It was that moment when I realized I had not found just an amazing group of friends here at UVM, but people I can call family. 

Camilla Petronio

Eco-Rep

Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?             I was born and raised in New York City. I decided to come to UVM because I fell in love with Burlington, and thought it would be a nice change of pace from New York. Additionally, several academic programs drew me to UVM and I liked the balance students seemed to have.What’s your favorite season and why?            My favorite season is summer because I love to cook with all the fresh fruits and vegetables. I also like to spend my time outdoors, on the beach, or hiking in upstate New York.What do you like to do for fun?            For fun I enjoy exploring New York City, playing with my dogs, cooking and travelling.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?            I am a Psychology major, in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am not sure what direction I want to go in with my degree, but I possibly want to go into psychotherapy or public health.Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlist-212 by Azealia Banks-Valerie by Amy Winehouse-Be Mine by Alabama ShakesWhy are you an Eco-Rep?            I am an Eco-Rep because I wanted to join an organization that can actually insight environmental change on our campus, and that allows me to work directly with the members of our community.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.             As a first year, my favorite activity at UVM was going to the farmers market in Burlington on Saturday mornings. Not only did it allow to me escape dining hall food, but it allowed me to get to know my floor-mates better and made Burlington feel more like home.  

Chloe King

Eco-Rep

Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.  I decided to come to UVM when I learned about the incredible range of environmental courses offered, and after falling in love with the campus on a tour.What’s your favorite season and why?My favorite season is fall. I love watching the leaves change colors, how chilly and windy it can get, and being able to bundle up comfortably without worrying about any unexpected (Vermont) snowstorms.What do you like to do for fun?For fun I love to see live music, dance, go on hikes, swim, write music, and make art.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?I’m currently double majoring  in Environmental Studies and Public Communication. Someday I hope to either start my own not-for-profit focused around helping people using environmentally conscious methods to benefit both the natural world, and the less fortunate, or to become an eco-friendly and sustainable event planner.Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlistElectric Lady - Janelle MonaeKilling in the Name  - Rage Against the MachineDirty Harry - GorillazWhy are you an Eco-Rep?I’m an Eco-Rep because I want to make a positive impact on my college campus that will benefit students and the environment even after I’ve graduated. As an Eco-Rep I intend on becoming involved in helping organize and run both on and off-campus events utilizing eco-friendly methods. Lastly, I look forward to working on a team with amazing people who share similar interests as my own.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far. One of my favorite memories from my first year at UVM was when my new best friend and I watched the sunrise from behind the Green Mountains while sitting at the top of a tree. 

Christina (Chrissy) E. Sauerbrunn

Eco-Rep

Chrissy is a Sophomore student at UVM currently studying Geography. She is from Massachusetts, and loves dogs, rollerblading, and warm weather. She is excited to be a member of Eco-Reps not only to promote sustainable practices and environmental responsibility here on campus but to also take advantage of everything she can learn from those around her. She will be focussing particularly on water and water conservation and would love to talk about and listen to any suggestions or ideas from her peers...don’t be shy! 

Connnor Sullivan

Eco-Rep

Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?I am from North Branford, Connecticut. I decided to come to UVM because of the strong environmental atmosphere, both in the school and in the surrounding area. Burlington is an awesome place year round that offers a lot of opportunities to experience the outdoors. What’s your favorite season and why?My favorite season is summer. Everything is full of life and the extra hours of sunlight allow for plenty of occasions to be outside enjoying nature.What do you like to do for fun?I enjoy hiking, spending time with friends, biking, exploring, growing food, and helping people.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?I am a sophomore Environmental Studies major in the Rubenstein School. I am minoring in Green Building and Community Design because I want to incorporate an environmental background into developing sustainable communities. In addition, I am interested in food systems and environmental health.Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlistHeart it Races by Dr. Dog, Bird Stealing Bread by Iron and Wine, Drops in the River by Fleet FoxesWhy are you an Eco-Rep (besides the obvious answer of you kicking butt throughout the application process)?I am an Eco-Rep because I hope to apply what I learn in my classes to experiences with my peers. The Eco-Reps program is a great way to ensure every student on campus is exposed to environmental knowledge.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.My favorite spot on campus is the university green near the fountain. During the warmer months I enjoy spending time there with friends doing schoolwork or just hanging out under the trees. 

Emily Roland

Senior Eco-Rep

Name: Emily Roland Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?I’ve lived most of my life outside Philadelphia in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and decided to come to UVM on a whim having never even visited campus. When I arrived for Orientation, I fell in love with the area – the environmental activism and education, and the gorgeous landscape! Not to mention there is maple syrup everywhere. Win! What’s your favorite season and why?I’m all about the late summer transition into fall time-of-year. It’s still warm, apples are in season and the leaves are starting to change color – and of course, school starts! What do you like to do for fun?To keep myself busy I enjoy hiking, camping, beekeeping, gardening, traveling, reading, yoga, baking, writing, and environmental activism – all at once. I also like taking my ball python on trips and making a goon out of myself on rollerblades. What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?My major is Environmental Studies with a self-described (still a work-in-progress) concentration that will help me to work on food justice issues and promote sustainable development locally and globally. I plan to work to change the current conventional food and energy systems to make them more environmentally sound for all, while changing the way people view environmentalism in the process. Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlist:My favorite music playlist is always changing, but these are my go-to tunes that have yet to get old:- Southern Sun by Boy & Bear- [Nothing But] Flowers by Talking Heads- Easy Beat by Dr. Dog Why are you an Eco-Rep (besides the obvious answer of you kicking butt throughout the application process)?I think that UVM has a lot of steps to take in order to make itself the “green” institution it preaches about in environmental studies. I believe that, as students, we have a lot of sway in the way our university operates, and I am confident that there are enough people who care about the planet that can help make change.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.One of my favorite memories of UVM is when, in the spring of my sophomore year, a couple of my friends and I decided to throw a beach party on the green between Harris/Millis and University Heights South because the temperature had finally reached 40 degrees (despite a lack of sunshine). Beach towels, Frisbees, flip-flops, sunglasses, and the Beach Boys were in abundance. Nothing beats the reactions from people leaving the basketball game from Gutterson. Nada.

Erica Gilgore

Eco-Rep

Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?I’m from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about an hour outside of Philly. I was first drawn to UVM because of the strength of the environmental studies department, and upon visiting campus I could completely picture myself here. Although it may sound trite, I just knew I would be happy here. I was struck with the beauty of the campus and of Burlington itself, as well as the entire state of Vermont. The depth of UVM’s academics and the multitude of opportunities the school seemed to offer, as well as UVM’s location situated on Lake Champlain and near the mountains most certainly attracted me. And, my expectations of UVM thus far have been exceeded.What’s your favorite season and why?Although I love all the unique seasons, spring is my favorite, for it is a reawakening and renewal of life. This time of year never ceases to rekindle my spirit and inspiration after enduring long, seemingly endless winters (particularly in Vermont).What do you like to do for fun?I love playing guitar, hiking, running, reading, writing, cross-country skiing, yoga…pretty much anything outdoors, traveling, and playing tennis.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?I am an Environmental Studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and I may decide to double major in Anthropology. As of now, however, I am not certain exactly which direction in my field I would like to pursue. I may eventually be interested in studying public health, an area in which both environmental studies and anthropology converge. I definitely want to work with people and focus on environmental justice issues.Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlist“Lady Sun” by Earth, Wind, and Fire“Faithful” by Ornette Coleman“Pearls” by India Arie and Dobet GnahoreWhy are you an Eco-Rep?I am an Eco-Rep because I am extremely passionate about improving the ways in which we interact with the environment. I see a great need to educate people (those who are not necessarily studying Environmental Studies) about the facts of climate change, waste, energy issues, etc. There is too much blatant ignorance and apathy. Environmental issues are everybody’s problems, and it is essential to engage as many people so that we have an educated and concerned public. Our increasing environmental crises are too dire to ignore, and we must adapt, both on the micro and macro scales. I hope to galvanize more support and create even greater awareness on campus to become more sustainable and more mindful of our ecological footprint as a university.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.One of my favorite spots on campus is the fire escape on Williams. I love going there with friends to watch the sunset descending over the lake and mountains. It’s beautiful!    

Grace Scorpio

Eco-Rep

Name: Grace ScorpioTell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM? I’m from St. Paul, Minnesota. When I visited UVM, I fell in love with Burlington instantly because of the beautiful lake and mountains. I was also drawn to the Rubenstein School because I knew I wanted to study something related to the environment.What’s your favorite season and why? My favorite season is fall because I love the changing leaves and the chillier weather!What do you like to do for fun? I really like spending time outside mostly by biking, skiing, hiking, or generally just exploring the great outdoors. I also enjoy reading and watching movies. What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that? I’m studying Environmental Science through the Rubenstein School. I’m not sure what I ultimately want to do, but I hope it involves travelling and being outside in some way. Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlist.I and Love and You – The Avett BrothersAmerica – Simon & Garfunkel Midnight on the Interstate – Trampled by TurtlesWhy are you an Eco-Rep? Throughout my life, I’ve grown to be passionate about the environment. I want to help integrate sustainable choices into everyday life all over the UVM campus so we can all work together to protect the earth. Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far. My favorite memory so far is when I did a sunrise hike to summit Mount Mansfield with a group of friends. It was amazing!

Hannah Weiss

Eco-Rep

Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?I’m from Massachusetts and I came to UVM for a couple reasons: New England has been and always will be my home. However, I wanted to find somewhere far enough away so that I wouldn’t run into my family on the streets. The small, liberal arts schools I had also been accepted to (Skidmore and Bard) just didn’t give me the right vibe. But, when I walked around UVM and saw the flannel shirts and guitars, I felt instantly welcomed. I was excited about the multitude of research opportunities and study abroad opportunities, and I loved location (between the Greens and the Adirondacks). Burlington reminded me of Northampton, and because of its progressiveness, it was a perfect place to explore and learn independence.What’s your favorite season and why?My favorite times of the year, season-wise, are the changes between seasons. I love knowing that we are about to enter a new one with a whole new set of clothing requirements, thermostat alterations, and lifestyle changes.What do you like to do for fun?What I do for fun depends on how much time I have – ideally; I’d backpack every chance I got, however that requires at least 48 hours. With less time, I love playing guitar and singing, writing and reading, occasionally I’ll draw, and when my knee isn’t giving me problems I’m at the gym or running outside. At home my dog and I explore the woods behind our house, and in Burlington I sit at Muddy Waters and do homework. I love hanging out with friends or skyping friends not in visible distance, and I love talking to my family.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?I’m an environmental science major in Rubenstein and a Spanish and Mathematics minor. Aside from that I love history and part of me really wanted to add a history minor just for the heck of it (alas, I’m a double minor and not a triple). For my studies, however, I love the natural world and chose to study environmental science because I feel obligated to set myself on a path to protect our world. It sounds idealistic – I’m aware – but all I can do is everything I can do. I believe in treating every living organism the way I’d like to be treated, and as a species, the human beings have, thus far, done a pretty horrible job with following the golden rule. Hopefully the combination of my three major/minors will land me a job, which will eventually protect some ecosystem or species.Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlistKiss the Rain – Yiruma. This beautiful, melancholy piano piece, by a Japanese pianist, instantly puts me in a peaceful mood. My younger sister also learned it on piano, so whenever I hear it I think of her.Mr. Jones – Counting Crows. I love playing this song on my guitar almost as much as I like listening to the actual band play it. I listened to this song on repeat after a backpacking trip and it always evokes memories of hiking in the White Mountains during summer.Emmylou – First Aid Kit. This is my go-to song on guitar whenever I’m playing at a coffee house or at an open-mic. I love how it sits in my vocal range, and I love the Travis-picking that I do on guitar for it. It also evokes good memories because I’ve been lucky enough to play it in many different places.Why are you an Eco-Rep?I’m an Eco-Rep because I have a responsibility, just like every other human being on the planet, to do whatever we can to improve our environment. On my own I recycle, compost, turn off lights, and bike whenever possible. The Eco-Reps program gives me the opportunity to promote and help create a greener lifestyle for others. I hope I’ll learn a lot about how to improve my lifestyle as well.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.I’m from a very rural town, so when I go running, I normally run on trails looping their way through the New England forest. When I began at UVM, the campus and surrounding areas proved more urban than I was used to, and I realized that I missed running through woods. Some friends in a forestry class had told me about Centennial Woods, so one warm day in the fall I decided to locate it. I donned my running attire and took off in the direction they had vaguely described. When I found the trail and entered the small patch of trees, I instantly felt relaxed. About 45 minutes later, I emerged from woods feeling physically and mentally refreshed. Centennial Woods is, thus far, my favorite place on UVM’s campus. 

Isabel Molina

Eco-Rep

Name: Isabel Molina Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?I’m from Ridgewood, NJ. It’s only about 40 minutes away from New York City, so sometimes I like to pretend that I’m a New Yorker. I decided to come to UVM because of the atmosphere. When I first visited Burlington, I automatically fell in love. The natural area and downtown are both stunning and charming. When I visited the school itself, I found it to be incredibly welcoming and believed that it was a perfect fit for my personality and major.  What’s your favorite season and why?I can’t say that I have a favorite because I love them all for different reasons. Each changing season holds it’s own beauty and charm.What do you like to do for fun?Hiking, cooking, baking, travelling to familiar or different places, creating artwork, doing anything with my hands.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?I am an environmental science major in the Rubenstein School. I am not sure what kind of career I want to pursue just yet; all I know is that I want to make the world a better place. Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlistDon’t You Evah – SpoonsIf So – Atlas GeniusIgnition (Giraffage Remix) – R. KellyWhy are you an Eco-Rep (besides the obvious answer of you kicking butt throughout the application process)?I want to get involved with environmental groups on campus to make a difference. I also want to widen my knowledge about our school’s level of environmental friendliness and maybe learn more about different ways to be eco-friendly.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.My favorite spot on campus is the Greenhouse in-between the Aiken Center and Jeffords Hall. I think it’s such a hidden gem, and even though I want to keep it all to myself, I also think everyone should be able to enjoy it.

Jamie Van Clief

Senio Eco-Rep (abroad Fall 2013)

Hi, I'm Jamie Van Clief and I'm from a small town in southern Connecticut! I'll be a sophomore this year majoring in both Environmental Science and Forestry. This year I will be all over campus either volunteering with Campus Kitchen, subbing a show at WRUV, or working at the Fleming Museum. If you ever see me around feel free to say hi and ask me any sort of question!  

Josh Kendrick

Senior Eco-Rep

Name: Josh Kendrick Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?My name is Josh Kendrick and I’m from Northampton, Massachusetts. I chose to go to school at UVM because it offered everything I was looking for in a school. What’s your favorite season and why?When it comes down to it, my favorite season would have to be winter. I’ve been skiing for 17 years and there’s nothing that I enjoy more than a powder day. What do you like to do for fun?What I like to do for fun completely depends on the season. In the summer I enjoy trekking through Vermont, Sailing on Lake Champlain, and tossing a Frisbee; but in the winter, I spend nearly all my free time skiing. What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?I am an Environmental Studies Major with a concentration in Sustainability Studies in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. With this degree I hope to raise awareness about the environment and change the fundamental way we react in regard to the environment.  Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlistCan I kick it? – Tribe Called QuestWhat I got – SublimeTimes They Are a Changing – Bob Dylan  Why are you an Eco-Rep (besides the obvious answer of you kicking butt throughout the application process)?I wanted to be an eco-rep because I want to promote campus sustainability through raising awareness about our impact on the environment; with the goal of changing people’s behavior.  Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.My housemates and I received a bench in our names on the summit of Mt. Philo 

Katty Conforti

Eco-Rep

Katty is a sophomore majoring in Education and an RA in Mercy Hall on North Campus.  Beyond academics, her personal interests include being outdoors and working with wildlife, as well as berry picking, apple picking and generally being around nature.  Her past experiences include peat harvest and working with stray animal rehabilitation, but she hopes to expand that to campus based initiatives in her first year as an Eco-Rep.  She is most eager to work with other students to spread the 'green' way of living even further!

Kristina M. Puris

Eco-Rep

Kristina is a sophomore Environmental Studies student and has not yet chosen an area of concentration, but is interested in food systems, agriculture, sustainable development, and environmental education. Growing up in central Massachusetts, she spent a lot of her time outdoors and became interested in studying the environment after years of backpacking and camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  This past summer, she was an intern at a farm and bed & breakfast in her hometown and also spent a few weeks participating in a WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) work exchange program in Brightwood, Virginia.  This is her first year as an Eco-Rep and will be working with the ‘Reuse’ team! 

Mairijane (Mj)Soilis

Eco-Rep

Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?What's my name? Marijane, but no I do not live down the drain. I'm actually from Westchester, NY. And for all you fans of The Clique series, yes it's the same Westchester. Although I was banished to Trinity last year, I'm proud to call Burlington my home. I've always known I was a catamount at heart. I chose UVM because it's the best school ever...  but also because my grandparents convinced me to.What’s your favorite season and why?Let's talk about why fall is the best season. First, it opens up with the best day of the year, September 26 (if you need gift ideas, I still don't have a Patagonia). Then there's good ole Halloween when you can be a kitty, a cop, and a Powerpuff girl all in one weekend. But once November rolls around, Thanksgiving is the only thing anyone can think about. And you get to enjoy the leftovers. But if you don't agree with me that fall is the best season, my final argument can't be beat. Apple orchards, apple pies, and apple cider: the ultimate triple threat of all seasonal treats. What do you like to do for fun?Activities that you might find me doing from time to time: scuba diving, kayaking, skiing, playing soccer, rock climbing, camping, catching frogs, sky diving, adventuring around the world, hanging out with my wonderful roommate Rosie, taking pictures, saving the planet, etc.Mostly eating though, I really like eating.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?Loud and proud Rubie environmental sciences major here. I'm playing with either a wildlife bio double major or maybe a double minor in wildlife and forestry. If you have suggestions, please I beg you, send them my way. I don't really know where I'm going with this BS, probably the Peace Corps and then maybe marine work or scuba instructing. Who knows, I'll figure it out later.Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlistScenes from an Italian Restaurant, Billy JoelOld Pine, Ben HowardCalifornia, The KooksWhy are you an Eco-Rep ?I'm an Eco-Rep because gee dangit this earth needs some attention. UVM is a great place to get the green wheel moving, and Eco-Reps are the ones who drive the car. But don’t worry; it’s a sexy electric car, like the Tesla. As a campus, it’s time to hunker down on our waste control, energy consumption, and overall downsizing our ecological footprint. We’ve got serious potential – I’m ready to motivate and get green.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.Funniest/scariest moment at UVM so far: I nearly bled out in the downstairs Aiken bathroom because I cut my finger with a Leatherman. So it goes.    

Matt Gelman

Matt Gelman

 Where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?            I'm from Rockland County, New York. I love UVM and what it has to offer, and I love living in Burlington.What’s your favorite season and why?            Summer is my favorite season. I love being outdoors, having longer days and less responsibilities.What do you like to do for fun?            I love hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?            I'm majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish. I hope to get the opportunity to study other cultures and one day publish an ethnography.Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlist            Someday       -The Strokes            Miss You       -Foster the People            No Cars Go   -Arcade FireWhy are you an Eco-Rep ?            I care about the environment and want to make a difference by helping promote sustainability. Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.            Watching the sunset over Lake Champlain from Williams.

Melissa Moldovan

Eco-Rep

Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?I am from Essex, Vermont.  I decided to come to UVM because when I visited a friend on campus, I felt so welcome and comfortable.What’s your favorite season and why?My favorite season is a short season that occurs in the early days of June. Summer snow; when the cottonwoods float their puffs all over town.What do you like to do for fun?I love spending long days outside, hiking, white-water kayaking, tending to plants, and laughing.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?My current major is Wildlife Biology, but I am interested in learning about everything. Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlistRibbon by She Keeps Bees, Breezeblocks by Alt-J, and The Indie Queens Are Waiting by Dan ManganWhy are you an Eco-Rep ?I am an Eco-rep because I hope to provide others with doable ways to reduce their negative environmental impact.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.My favorite part of UVM so far is when 40-degree weather hits in the spring and everyone breaks out their shorts.

Rachael DeWitt

Eco-Rep

Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?I am from Skaneateles, New York, which is located in the Finger Lakes region. The reputation of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources was a huge factor in my decision to attend UVM. I also fell in love with the natural beauty of the greater Burlington Area. Lake Champlain has a similar vibe to the Finger Lakes, which makes me feel right at home.What’s your favorite season and why?Though I love all 4 seasons for different reasons I would have to say that my favorite one is summer. The weather that comes along with summer allows me to partake in my favorite outdoor activities more often.What do you like to do for fun?I enjoy spending my time outdoors and staying active. I love swimming, scuba diving, water and snow skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, hiking, exploring and traveling.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?My major is Environmental Science with a focus in Fisheries Biology. My love for scuba diving has influenced my plan to attain a Masters degree in Marine Biology.Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlistFlawless by BeyoncĂ©Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan LewisOne Day by MatisyahuWhy are you an Eco-Rep (besides the obvious answer of you kicking butt throughout the application process)?I am an Eco-Rep because sustainability needs to be at the forefront of everyone’s thinking. I want to act as a role model for others, and I can do this through demonstrating ways to live sustainably. I am competent on current environmental issues, and I enjoy conveying my knowledge to other curious students. I want to promote unity and togetherness campus wide through the topic of environmental responsibility. I intend to give back to the earth and the UVM community, which has given so much to me.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.            My favorite memory at UVM was when ~50 students took a coach bus down to Washington D.C. for the 350 Climate Change rally. It felt great to first come together as students and second come together as a nation demonstrating the importance of climate change issues and voicing our concerns about the Keystone XL pipeline.My favorite spot on campus is the walking path between Old Mill and Williams Hall looking towards the green in front of Waterman and Lake Champlain. 

Rachel North

Eco-Rep

My name is Rachel North and I am the eco-rep for Harris Hall. I am a sophomore majoring in Wildlife Biology. I hope to use this major to make the world a better place for animals.  I am also a native Vermonter who enjoys knitting, playing in the snow, and smiling! After UVM I would like to go everywhere and see everything!

Rosie Blick

Eco-Rep

Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM?I came to UVM because I wanted to be a part of the Rubenstein School as an Environmental Studies major. I had heard that UVM had an amazing environmental program, and I wanted to be around like-minded people with similar passions. Coming from a small town in Connecticut, I was not surrounded by many ecologically-minded students.What’s your favorite season and why?I enjoy spending time in the water, so my favorite time of year is the spring and summertime.What do you like to do for fun?I enjoy hiking, exploring rivers and streams, and going to concerts. Additionally, I take pride in my involvement in activist groups on campus, including Student Climate Culture, and Vermont Students Towards Environmental Protection.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?I am majoring in Environmental Studies in the Rubenstein School. I am especially interested in environmental education and activism.Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlistRamble on Rose – The Grateful DeadI Will – The BeatlesThat’s What’s Up – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosWhy are you an Eco-Rep ?I applied to be an Eco-Rep because I am very interested in environmental education, and furthering UVM’s reputation for being an eco-friendly school. Additionally, I lived on Trinity Campus my freshman year, and noticed a plethora of improvements that could be made at Trinity that I would love to get started on.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far.I have had amazing experiences being involved in activist groups on campus. In November, myself and a group of other students from UVM went to Powershift 2013 in Pittsburgh, which is a conference where thousands of young environmentalists from all over the country convene. I had first attended this conference in 2011 when I was in high school, and it was an incredible to attend for the second time as a college student. I learned so much about environmental activism at Powershift, and cannot to attend the next one in 2015. I also made a lot of friends from UVM at Powershift.

Zach Fayer

Eco-Rep

Name: Zachary Fayer Tell me a little bit about yourself:  where are you from?  Why did you decide to come to UVM? I am from Central Jersey, right near Princeton. I came to UVM because of the Environmental Science program, and how vocal the campus is about environmental issues.What’s your favorite season and why?The Fall: the trees are beautiful, the weather is nice and crisp, Halloween and Thanksgiving are near, and apple cider is literally everywhere.What do you like to do for fun?Explore Burlington, hike, ski, and the occasional spat of video games.What are your academic interests: what’s your major? What do you want to do with that?I am an Environmental Science major with a double minor in Chemistry and Business Administration. My ultimate goal is to work for a technology company as an environmental consultant, working to make tech clean and green.Three songs that are most definitely on your favorite playlist1. Coldplay – Everything’s Not Lost2. Alesso – Years (feat. Matthew Koma)3. Grouplove – Love Will Save Your SoulWhy are you an Eco-Rep?I like techno-trash, and I really want to try to make it more of a priority on campus. Aside from that, I’m always looking for new experiences related to environmental activism. The UVM campus is passionate about the environment, and I think it will be really cool to foster and direct that positive energy towards environmental initiatives.Favorite spot/memory/part of campus/ anything UVM related that you have so far. The Rubenstein first-year students took a field trip out to the Northeast Kingdom to explore the fauna and natural features of the area. In the middle of a spruce-fir forest, knee-deep in a blanket of moss, I realized that coming to UVM was the right choice.