Eco-Rep Alumni

Eco-Reps encourage diners to join them for a Meatless Meal in Dewick (Spring 2011)

Eco-Reps Meatless Meal Mar 2, 2011
 Eco-Reps (L to R): Dani, Claudia, Jess (Coordinator) and Thiago (Spring 2011).

2013 Fall Eco-Reps

Natalie Kobsa-Mark

Tilton Hall

Like a Fragaria chiloensis, Natalie is native to sunshiny California most frequently located on the Pacific coast, adventuring, flautisting, cat-petting, and curiously frolicking around the globe. Majoring in saving the world (aka Environmental Studies and Peace & Justice Studies), Natalie plans to do just that! She has participated in many faces of environmental causes from tranquilly constructing and maintaining local gardens to large-scale activism in the fight towards Climate Justice. A lover of all plants, animals, and of course Mama Nature, she is super stoked to work with fellow Eco-reps to spread this environmental love to all of Tufts!

Audrey Dunn

West Hall

  Audrey Dunn is a junior hailing from Little Rock, AR, majoring in Anthropology and International Relations (global health, nutrition, and the environment concentration). She is a vegetarian and an avid reader, and she loves exploring the outdoors. She has been interested in people’s impact on the environment for years and wants to do her small part to help maintain the beauty of our planet. She is excited for her first year as an Eco-Rep! (Fall Only)

2012-2013 Eco-Reps

Charlotte Clarke*

Hill Hall

Charlotte is a freshman from Carlisle, MA majoring in Environmental Studies and Sociology. She has been interested in issues concerning the environment since middle school, and has been a vegetarian since the ripe age of 8. She loves being outdoors, playing board games, and making music. She is involved in the sustainability collective at Tufts, and looks forwards to continuing her interest in environmental issues through academic and non-academic outlets during her time at Tufts. *Spring 2013

Hayley Welsh

Tilton Hall

Hayley Welsh is a sophomore majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies. She loves SCUBA diving, hiking and traveling to places she has never been before. Hayley is from New York City originally, but her interest in the environment began when she spent a semester living on an organic farm in Vermont. Her passion for SCUBA diving and the environment combined to make her very interested in marine conservation. She is very excited to start working with the Eco-Reps this year to make Tufts more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Sidney May

Wren Hall

Sidney is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Environmental Studies, hoping to join the field of Conservation Psychology. Conservation Psychology is the scientific study of the reciprocal relationships between humans and the rest of nature, with a particular focus on how to encourage conservation of the natural world. Sidney was born in Walla Walla, Washington, then moved to Arizona. Most recently she hails from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. She love all things outdoorsy as well as cooking and eating vegetarian. She was an Eco Rep for Tilton last spring, and she is so excited to be spreading eco love in Wren this year!

Vishakha Ramakrishnan*

Bush Hall

Vishakha is a sophomore from Warren, NJ, majoring in Economics and Community Health. She is interested in environmental resource conservation, and is excited to help Tufts become a more environmentally friendly campus! She is a vegetarian, and loves singing, puppies, and chocolate. In her spare time, she likes to play the piano and drink chai from the Rez. She can’t wait to join the Eco-Reps team! *Spring 2013

Elizabeth Webber-Bruya

Richardson House

Liz is a sophomore from Seattle, Washington. At Tufts she is planning on majoring in geology and environmental studies.  When not fixing bikes or planning events for Tufts Bikes she can be found hiking, running, or playing her violin.

Hayley Ernyey

Lewis Hall

Hayley Ernyey is an undecided Sophomore who grew up in Egypt and other countries in the Middle Eastern region.  She loves playing Ultimate Frisbee and Soccer and on the weekends can be found outdoors canoeing, kayaking and hiking with the the Tufts Mountain Club. Her interest for nature and the environment stemmed from a 45 day canoe trip in Nunavit, Canada. Hayley cannot wait to work with Eco-Reps this year to develop and promote sustainable environmental programs at Tufts.

Evan Bell

South Hall

Evan Bell is a sophomore hailing from Bethel, Connecticut. He is studying physics and religion at Tufts, seeking, in the broadest of terms, the answer to the great question: why? When not lost in a textbook or in his own thoughts, Evan can be found throwing a frisbee or shooting hoops behind his home-sweet-dorm, South Hall. His interest in the environment and its preservation began at a young age, but that interest has since blossomed into a passion. A transcendentalist at heart, Evan seeks to retain the natural beauty that surrounds all of us here in Medford and across the globe. He will work to protect that which we have, and to develop that which we need here at Tufts.

Jack Eidson

Carmichael Hall

Jack Eidson is a sophomore and is excited to be the Eco-Rep for Carmichael Hall this year. He is originally from Atlanta, where he was active in the environmental club at his high school. At Tufts, Jack is planning on double-majoring in Quantitative Economics and Environmental Studies. Outside of class and Tisch, he is a member of the Sustainability Collective and is on support staff for Tufts Wilderness Orientation.

Arshiya Goel

Hodgdon Hall

Arshiya Goel is a sophomore majoring in Biology at Tufts. Growing up in many diverse countries coupled with her natural curiosity for environmental issues has made her passionate about protecting the environment. Particularly interested in conservation biology, she believes in raising awareness to protect animals in the wild. At Tufts, Arshiya can be found performing with Tufts Tamasha or meeting with Synaptic Scholars when she is not convincing her friends about the importance of composting. She is looking forward to working with the Eco-reps team to make Tufts more environmentally friendly.

Jenny Dranetz

Metcalf Hall

Jenny is a sophomore from Chester, NJ double majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies. Spending her summers on the beach sparked her interest in the environment and marine conservation. She can’t wait to bring her enthusiasm and excitement to back Tufts to make the dorms a greener place to live. Jenny loves biking, running, and playing for the Tufts Club Tennis Team!

Carolyn House*

West Hall

Carolyn grew up in Simsbury Connecticut, and is now a soon-to-be-declared IR and Environmental Studies major here at Tufts! This is her first semester as an Eco Rep and she is excited to get creative with bringing eco-friendly fun to West Hall! Carolyn is a part of Special Friends and a teacher for CORES. She loves eating adventurously, watching sitcoms, and being a goof. Ultimately, Carolyn wants to work in environmental policy, and she has a particular interest in water issues.  She can’t wait to bring her energy and positivity to the table this semester to raise interest in living sustainably! *Spring 2013

Dani Bennett

Houston Hall

Dani is a rising sophomore from New York City, and is very excited to start her work as an Eco-Rep. Her passion for environmental issues started years ago (thanks to Al Gore and An Inconvenient Truth), and she has been adamant about them ever since. Dani has focused on the policy side of environmentalism, with projects including assisting with research at farmers’ markets in NYC and developing programs to promote recyclable drinking cups, and has also worked on an organic farm in Long Island for a more hands-on perspective. In her free time, she enjoys, among many things, playing soccer and frisbee, singing in the Tufts Concert Choir, and eating PB and J sandwiches, one of her favorite foods.

Alex Salvatore

Miller Hall

Alex is an undecided sophomore intending to double-major in math and philosophy. She was born and raised in Laguna Hills, CA. There she developed a love for the outdoors by swimming, hiking, fishing, kayaking and golfing. She first learned about sustainability while beginning a compost in seventh grade. Lately, she is interested in environmental history and eco-conscious public transportation.

Norihito Naka*

Haskell Hall

Norihito is an international student from Japan.  He has always loved the environment, spending much of his days by the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.  Since he always lived within and alongside nature, Norihito thinks of it as just an extension of himself.  Just as he takes care of himself, he wants to make sure that the world around him is healthy and sustainable.  As an Eco-Rep, Norihito hopes to help others find their own reasons to make the environment even just a little bit better for the communities around them. *Spring 2013

Ben Rabe

Blakeley Hall

Ben is a first year graduate student at the Fletcher School focusing on International Environment & Resource Policy and Economic Development. Before moving to Tufts, Ben worked for an environmental nonprofit in St. Paul, MN as an energy audit for three years. He graduated from Macalester College in 2009 with at BA in International Studies, Political Science and Anthropology. Ben enjoys biking and playing bass guitar.

2012 Fall Only Eco-Reps

Claire Heinegg

South Hall


Claire is a senior graduating early with a double major in Child Development and Community Health, and a minor in Leadership Studies. She was an RA in Houston Hall for two years and last year was also their Eco-Rep! She had a fantastic time getting to know the other Reps and the residents in the dorm and is looking forward to doing it again this fall! Originally from New Jersey, she loves to adventure outside and spend time with her friends. As a vegetarian, she also enjoys finding yummy recipes to make! On campus, Claire is also on the board of the Child Development Association, a member of TDC, and attends social justice events!

CJ Ghanny

Bush Hall


Christopher John “CJ” Ghanny’s first experience with sustainable practices was at age 11 when he made a compost bin for his backyard. Since then, he has kept environmental causes close to his heart and currently interns at TuftsRecycles! on campus, where he gets paid to dig through  people’s trash and yell at them if they don’t recycle. He is majoring in Sociology and Peace and Justice Studies and can be found procrastinating in Dewick and sassywalking in Jackson Gym for TDC practice.

Chantal Davis*

West Hall

Chantal is a junior at Tufts double-majoring in International Relations and Environmental Studies. Originally from Berlin, Germany, she spent her high school years in Oakland, California, where she discovered her passion for the environment. At Tufts, she is the Events Coordinator for the Tufts Sustainability Collective and an organizer of the Tufts Energy Conference. She also loves singing in the Tufts Chamber Singers and Concert Choir and dancing on the Tufts Ballroom Team, and is very excited to be joining the Eco-Reps team this year! *Fall 2013

Lauren Deaderick

Haskell Hall


Lauren is a senior at Tufts majoring in Economics. Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, Lauren enjoys surfing and golfing.  After interning with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge as well as with the National Wildlife Refuge Association, Lauren’s passion lies in protecting public lands as well as sustainable development.

Laina Piera

Hill Hall

Laina is a junior from Newtown, CT majoring in Child Development and minoring in Linguistics. She was the Eco-Rep in Miller Hall last year and loved seeing the dorm transform into a greener space. For the last 6 weeks of high school, Laina completed her own zero-waste challenge and blogged under the moniker “Sustainable Laina” about ways that we can all cut down on waste. At Tufts, she spends her time writing and editing news articles for the Tufts Daily, dancing in TDC, and making trips to Porter Square for delicious Japanese food. She is very excited to meet everyone in Hill!

2011-2012 Eco-Reps

Claire Heinegg

Houston Hall


Claire is a junior majoring in Child Development, Community Health, and minoring in Leadership studies. She is very excited to start working as an Eco-Rep. She also works as an RA on campus in an all-freshmen dorm and is on the board of the Child Development Association. A true Jersey girl, she loves being at the beach, reading, and baking.

Hallie Abelman*

Metcalf Hall

Hallie Abelman 2011-2012 Eco-Reo
Hallie is a sophomore from St. Petersburg, Florida majoring in Community Health and English. Her other activities include Tufts Wilderness Orientation, Compass Partners, and exploring Boston by bike. Hallie is super excited for her first year as an Eco Rep! *Fall 2011

Josh Metersky

South Hall

Josh Metersky 2011-2012 Eco-Rep
Josh is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Architectural Studies.  He is from Avon, Connecticut where he has been involved in environmental action since grade school.  This year he will also be serving as the Treasurer of the Tufts Sustainability Collective and the Media Coordinator of Tufts Bikes.  In his spare time, Josh enjoys swimming, playing piano, and reading.

Julie Golinksi

Hill Hall

Julie Golinski 2011-2012 Eco Rep
Julie is a junior majoring in Biopsychology. On campus, Julie races for the Tufts Ski Team and is an active member of the Culinary Society and the Mountain Club.  She is from Ohio, where she tends her organic vegetable and flower gardens in the summer. When she’s not in the library studying, Julie likes to hike, rock climb, and eat desserts

Katie Segal

Hodgdon Hall


Katie is a sophomore from Los Angeles, California. Living close to an ocean and a huge, polluted city has opened her eyes to many of the environmental issues facing our planet. At Tufts, Katie plans to major in Environmental Studies and Biology, with a minor in Political Science. Over the summer, she helped with a conservation project in a remote part of Costa Rica. Last year, she lobbied an environmental bill to Congress in DC. On campus, she is also involved in Tufts Sustainability Collective, and enjoys traveling, reading, and dancing in her free time. Katie is ecstatic to join the Eco Rep team!

Laina Piera

Miller Hall

Laina Piera 2011-2012 Eco-Rep Laina is a sophomore from Newtown, CT, and she plans on majoring in Child Development and minoring in Linguistics. For the final 6 weeks of high school, she didn’t throw anything in the trash and she blogged under the moniker “Sustainable Laina” about ways that we can all cut down on waste. At Tufts, she spends her time writing and editing news articles for the Daily and making trips to Porter Square for delicious Japanese food. Sustaina Laina is so excited to get to know everyone in Miller and make the dorm a greener place!

Melanie Rubin

Bush Hall

Melanie Rubin 2011-2012 Eco-Rep
Melanie is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Engineering. She is from Westport, CT where she helped to design a windmill and irrigation system this past summer. She is excited to get involved in Eco-Reps this semester. When she’s not spreading environmental awareness, she enjoys playing soccer and listening to music.

Thiago Lima

Lewis Hall

Thiago Lima Eco-Rep 2011-2012
Thiago is a junior from Danbury, Connecticut majoring in International Relations with an International Security focus. He spent the last semester studying abroad in Morocco where he explored the Sahara and had lots of mint tea. On campus he runs mid-distance for the Cross-Country and Track & Field teams, hikes with TWO, and is involved with a number of other student groups. This summer he interned for an environmental NGO where he worked to increase incentives for Massachusetts solar power. Thiago was the Eco-Rep for Lewis Hall last year and is excited to continue promoting sustainable behavior this semester.

Nicolas Lusardo

Haskell Hall

Nick Lusardo 2011-2012 Eco-Rep
Nick is a sophomore majoring in International Relations, with a minor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He is from Louisville, Kentucky where he was an active member of his high school’s environmental club, encouraging local and worldwide environmental awareness through school-wide waste management and reduction projects, and helping to design and implement a school raised-bed garden. At Tufts, he is the Co-Director of Marketing for the Tufts Energy Conference and Media Manger of Tufts Bikes, the newly implemented university-wide bike-sharing program. In his free time, Nick enjoys hiking, rock climbing, exploring Boston, and traveling. Nick is looking forward to furthering Tufts eco-potential!

Sidney May*

Tilton Hall


Sidney is a Freshman, undeclared, but most likely majoring in Psychology and Environmental Studies. She hails fom Chelmsford, Massachusetts and is really excited for her first semester as an Eco-Rep. In her spare time she likes to hike, play Frisbee, snowboard, and bake tasty vegan treats! *Spring 2012

Chris Ndung’u*

Blakeley Hall

Chris Gitari Eco Rep 2012
Christopher Gitari Ndung’u is currently studying a Masters of International Law (LLM) at Fletcher School of Law, Tufts University. At Fletcher Chris is focusing on interface between International Investment Law and International Human Rights Law. Christopher is proud to be associated with the Eco Rep program and looks forward to working with Blakeley Hall residents who are ardent fans and enthusiasts of the eco movement. Christopher, an Advocate of the High Court, hails from Tetu Constituency, Nyeri County in Kenya -the same region with the great African leader and environmentalist Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai (the late). It is from her that he quietly draws inspiration and fortitude in environmental and political action. *Spring 2012

2010-2011 Eco-Reps

Lincoln Giesel

 Wren Hall

  Lincoln is a sophomore who hails from from Louisville, Kentucky.  He lives in the Wren 410′s and is planning on majoring in International Relations.  He loves the outdoors and is pumped about making Tufts as green as possible! Love yo mama. Love yo planet.

Jessie Pearl

 Carmichael Hall

Jessie claims the Bay State as her home. As a Jumbo she is double-majoring in Environmental Studies (science focus) and geology. Jessie plays on multiple intramural teams, leads hikes with Tufts Mountain Club, plays off-season Rugby, works in the Tufts Archives, and plays in the wind ensemble. She enjoys weekly trips into Boston for events (public transportation!) and brainstorming Eco-Rep ideas! She loves to ski (Nordic and alpine), climb, bike, hike and swim! In the past, Jessie created a “How Big is Your Carbon Footprint?” calculator for her local school system and led environmentally educational hikes for kids in urban areas. Jessie is an Eco-Rep Coordinator for 2011-2012.

Claudia Tajima

 Miller Hall

Claudia grew up in the beautiful valley of Amherst, Massachusetts. Claudia is currently a Junior double-majoring in Environmental Studies and International Relations with a focus on Latin America. When not hitting the books at club Tisch, Claudia plays Ultimate Frisbee, enjoys the outdoors with Tufts Mountain Club, bikes anywhere and everywhere, hosts an electronic radio show, and choreographs for Tufts Dance Collective. In the summer of 2010, Claudia interned at a sustainable construction company in Western Massachusetts and traveled Europe after playing in a Frisbee tournament. Claudia is an Eco-Rep Coordinator for 2011-2012.

Rose Eilenberg

Houston Hall

 rose small Rose is from Brooklyn, NY and has been interested in environmental issues since learning about them in summer camp. She has been involved in various forms of environmental activism, from teaching the same program that got her started to devoting her studies to mechanical engineering and environmental studies, with a focus on renewable energy. She is excited about her latest foray into the world of environmentalism: the Eco-Reps program.

Melissa Langer

Carpenter House

Melissa, a sophomore from the suburbs of Philadelphia, is a premed student at Tufts planning to declare a biopsychology major. She is on her way to becoming fluent in Spanish and is very interested in learning about Hispanic culture. Outside of classes, she enjoys volunteering in several community service programs, especially those with children, and tries her best to stay in shape. Melissa loves to participate in outdoor activities and aspires to travel around the world. She is dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting awareness on ecological issues, so she is excited to share this passion with her fellow Jumbos through the Eco-Reps program.

Thiago Lima

Lewis Hall

Thiago was born in raised in the big town/small city known as Danbury, CT. A sophomore at Tufts, he is undeclared but intends on double-majoring in International Relations and Sociology. Thiago is a member of the Tufts Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. When Thiago isn’t running, he can be seen working with the Jumbo Janitor Alliance, support-staffing Tufts Wilderness Orientation, and eating party waffles at Dewick. This is his first year working through the OOS as an Eco-Rep and he is excited to help Tufts become more sustainable and to increase environmental awareness among the student body

Pat Oungpasuk

 Hodgdon Hall

Pat Oungpasuk Pat spends 28 hours traveling via airplane twice a year to get to cold, cold Boston from her home in hot and humid Bangkok, Thailand. She’s currently a sophomore with no purpose life (aka not yet declared a major), but is optimistic that she’ll finally figure out what to do within the next few months. She loves hiking, eating, and exploring Boston on foot, and is always up for an adventure. When she’s not outside, she’s probably studying or watching her favorite TV shows (House, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory). Pat’s pretty psyched to be an Eco-Rep this year and to help make the Tufts community a little friendlier to Mother Earth, all the while getting to know her fellow Hodgdon/Hodgwarts inhabitants more!

Dani Jenkins

Hill Hall

Dani Jenkins comes from Wilton, CT, just east of the New York border. At Tufts, she would like to double major in English and Environmental Studies with a focus in Environmental Science. In her free time, Dani rocks out on the Clarinet and the Ukulele, bikes, and writes short stories about an exuberant seven-year old. She also spends a ridiculous amount of time cooking and reading. This is Dani’s first year working for the Office of Sustainability and she is very excited to make Tufts a greener place.

 Emily Ruff

Sophia Gordon Hall

emilyruff At Tufts she majored in International Relations and minored in Arabic. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Emily uses phrases like “pop” and “y’all,” but don’t let that dissuade you from striking up a conversation about your favorite eco topics. Emily is the co-founder of a youth-led, bike-powered composting business, Somerville SoilCycle. When not wandering the world or rucking on the rugby pitch, Emily spends her time apple picking on campus and tuning up bikes. This past spring Emily spent the semester in Amman, Jordan learning Arabic and working for the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, Jordan’s biggest and only official environmental organization. Always keen to talk about all things green, Emily can often be found munching on fruit around campus or riding her bike, Daniel. This is her first year working with OOS and Emily can’t wait for the ecological adventure to take flight throughout campus! Emily graduated in 2011.

Alyssa Kody

 Fall 2010 only

Alyssa is from central Massachusetts and is majoring in Civil Engineering. Here at Tufts, she is a representative of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the secretary of the Engineering Student Council, and a STOMP fellow. In her free time, she likes to read and run. She also recently learned to rock climb! She is excited to be an Eco-Rep and promote sustainability at Tufts. Hug a tree!