Meet the 2015-2016 Eco-Reps!

Eco-Reps are organized by dorm assignment/position.

Savannah Christiansen

Blakeley Hall

savannah Savannah is a senior from the California Bay Area majoring in English and Environmental Studies. She loves writing, hiking, swimming, city exploring, and working with kids in the outdoors through environmental education. Her passion for sustainability and environmental issues arose from growing up around an eco-conscious city immersed in the surrounding natural world. She now hopes to work in combining her interests in literary eco-criticism, environmental journalism, communications, and public health. She is super excited to be incorporating more environmental education and outreach on campus and to be a part of the 2015/2016 Eco-Reps team!

Flora Liu

Bush Hall

Flora is a junior from Hong Kong. She majors in International Relations (concentration in global health, nutrition, and the environment) and Computer Science. She loves to run, hike, eat, take long naps and spend time with friends. Her passion for environmental issues began in high school, when she participated in a flashmob to raise awareness for shark finning. This is her second year as an Eco-rep, and she can’t wait to continue inspiring sustainable living here at Tufts.

Aidan McCuan

Carmichael Hall

Aidan Aidan McCuan is a sophomore majoring in Community Health and working on his Pre-Med requirements. He was raised in the Northern California Bay Area and is happy to debate anyone on why it’s the best state in the Union. His love for the environment comes from a childhood spend outdoors fishing, kayaking, and camping. He first became involved in environmental activism with eco-friendly landscaping in California trying to reduce household water consumption.  More recently he has become an active member of the Tufts Climate Action group and hopes to serve the Tufts community by providing more opportunities for the student body to learn and get involved in reducing the effects of climate change. He is looking forward to working with his fellow Carmichael Eco-Rep and good friend Megan Mooney, putting on some bomb events for this year’s Area 2 residents.

Megan Mooney

Carmichael Hall

Megan It is rare that you’ll see Megan without a Carhartt hat. A sophomore from the mountainous suburbs of central New Jersey, she has pumped her own gas a mere 2 times in her life. She is an uphill type of Jumbo, constantly asserting that Carm is better than Dewick. She is a member of Tufts Climate Action and the women’s rugby team and will possibly major in International Relations. She believes that the best dining hall meals are either the vegan meatballs or anything from the burrito bar. She is passionate about environmental studies, plants, nutrition, and food policy. When not watching Netflix, she is most likely reading, listening to music or longingly shopping online for concert tickets. She can’t wait to encourage sustainability in Carm this year!

 Dylan Carlson

Carpenter/Wilson House

Dylan

A Northern California native, Dylan Carlson grew up with sustainability ingrained into his consciousness. His parents run a local restaurant and his mother is a psychologist, thus explaining his mentality: feed the belly, feed the soul. During Dylan’s free time at home, he tends to a vegetable garden in his backyard that produces food for his neighborhood and the family restaurant. Dylan additionally maintains a strong relationship with multiple colonies of composting worms in his backyard, and he often thinks about them and his dog during the school year at Tufts. He looks forward to challenging Tufts students to consider when and where humanity departed from Gaia and developed the mentality that human beings are capable of residing outside the realm of the natural world. Ultimately, he hopes to help the Tufts community realize that our planet doesn’t need humankind in order to survive; rather, we desperately need our Earth to sustain us in the future.

Jamie Cordova

Haskell Hall, Area Leader

Jamie is a senior majoring in International Relations with a concentration in global health, nutrition, and the environment. She currently lives in Southern New Hampshire. Her passion for environmental stewardship stems from a childhood spent gardening with her mother and hiking/kayaking in the White Mountains. After studying the effects of climate change on oceanic ecosystems aboard a Shoals Marine Lab vessel, Jamie became a committed environmentalist. She loves swimming, running, and spending time with friends. She is very excited to promote environmental consciousness at Tufts with the Eco-Reps this year!

Maya DeBellis

Hill Hall, Area Leader

 Maya Maya is a Sophomore from Dobbs Ferry, NY planning on majoring in Computer Science and Environmental Studies. She loves hiking, biking, cooking, eating, and facetiming her cats. Her passion for environmental issues started in high school when she conducted conservation research on forest elephants. Since then, her environmental interests have expanded to include many issues such as unsustainable agriculture and food waste. Maya can’t wait to promote sustainable living on campus this year as part of the Eco-Rep team!

Morgan Griffiths

Hogdon Hall

Morgan
Morgan is a sophomore from Lakewood, Colorado and will most likely be majoring in History with a minor in Urban Studies. He is a public transportation fanatic and his dearest ambition is to become a modern-day Charlie, just like the fabled man of MBTA lore. When he is not taking the T someplace new or obsessing over the latest episode of Rupaul’s Drag Race, Morgan enjoys gardening, photography, and being outdoors. His favorite plant is the Douglas fir tree, though lavender is a close second. He is thrilled to be an Eco-Rep this year, and is excited to combine his love of cities and nature to help foster sustainability at Tufts.

Stephanie Chen Schmidt

Houston Hall

Stephanie Stephanie Chen Schmidt is a sophomore from Millburn, New Jersey, planning on majoring in Economics and International Relations.  She enjoys running outside, exploring foreign countries, and spending time with her family and friends.  Ever since freshman year of high school, she has been actively involved in her community, attempting to preserve the environment.  A veteran pescetarian, Steph has recently started a vegan cookie business on Tufts campus, called TuftCookie.  She looks forward to joining the Eco-Reps team to spread awareness about sustainable living!

Miranda Wilson

Lewis Hall (Fall 2015), Area Leader

  Miranda Willson is a junior from the strange small town of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. She’s currently secularly praying that her independently-designed major in Urban Policy and Development will soon be approved, which she is pursuing along with a second major in Environmental Studies. Her favorite things are journalism, folk music, friendship and pretending to be Ilana Wexler. Her passion for the Eco-Reps program is fueled by her sister’s refusal to reduce/reuse/recycle/refuse and her interest in environmental justice.

Ashlyn Salvage

Lewis Hall (Spring 2016), Area Leader

Ashlyn is a junior at Tufts from Amherst, MA, mostly likely double majoring in History and Art History, When she’s not sprinting down the field hockey field you can find her playing frisbee or chilling in her MegaBed (her and her roommate pushed their beds together to make one gigantic bed). She’s been an avid pescetarian since fourth grade, when she told her parents “I don’t wanna eat baby animals anymore”, but since then her reasons for avoiding meat have developed more fully, along with her understanding of the environmental and economic effects of the food industry. Ashlyn is excited to use compost as an excuse to talk to more students at Tufts.

Tim Nichols

Lewis Hall

Timothy Tim is a junior hailing from North Lima, Ohio which, for reference, is roughly the midpoint between Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is on the pre-medicine track  and is majoring in Biology and Anthropology (and hopefully minoring Colonialism Studies if there’s space in his schedule). Coming from what was a highly industrial community where environmental preservation was an afterthought, Tim fostered an individualized care for the environment that he hoped would get others to see the importance in basic sustainable lifestyle habits. As a result, Tim’s interest in the environment stemmed from high school literature that exposed how large industries have enacted a form of structural violence through unregulated damage to the environment resulting in the decline of the health of populations. Additionally, Tim is very interested in the sustainability of food production. Aside from being interested in the environment, Tim runs cross country and track and field for Tufts, plays the banjo and beat boxes.

Elizabeth Cultrara

Metcalf Hall

Elizabeth is a sophomore from upstate New York. She is majoring in Chemical Engineering. Elizabeth loves to be outdoors hiking, biking, swimming, walking the dog or playing rugby. An avid fan of recycling and composting, Elizabeth loves sharing her passion for sustainable practices.

Mandy Weeks

Miller Hall

mandy weeks Mandy is a sophomore from Denver-ish, Colorado, for anybody who really knows Colorado, she lives about five minutes from Red Rocks Amphitheater.  She is planning on majoring in Bio-medical engineering and lightly considering a minor in Spanish (if only so she can watch the Lion King in Spanish and understand). In her abundant free time, Mandy can be found hocking it up with other members of the field hockey team, crawling up the hill because we all know walking takes too much energy, staring longingly at Coloradan landscapes, or crying about the lack of environmental awareness on campus. She is excited to join the Tufts Eco-Reps team and share her love of nature with the community!

Elizabeth Ahrens

Richardson House (Fall 2015)

Elizabeth is a sophomore from Richmond, VA majoring in indecisiveness (but most likely Political Science).  She loves spending time in the great outdoors, exploring Boston, and playing volleyball for the Jumbos. Her sustainability interest started at summer camp where she learned the values of composting and sustainability. Elizabeth is excited to be apart of the Tufts Sustainability Program because someone wise once said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -The Lorax, Dr. Suess.

 Travis Chou

South Hall

 Travis Travis Chou is a junior this year from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. He is majoring in Quantitative Economics with a minor in Math. In his spare time he likes to play any kind of pick-up sport, eat, travel, and just hang out with friends. Travis’ passion for the environment started in high school when he joined his school’s sustainability alliance. He thinks that it is important to take care of the environment and is excited to be joining the rest of the Eco-Reps.

Margaret Zahrah

South Hall

Margaret Margaret is a sophomore at Tufts University studying environmental engineering. In her spare time she likes to play soccer, go to museums, and make pottery. She is from Chicago and is a well known dodge-ball enthusiast (maybe a stretch). If you are found searching for a Margaret, one might find her shooting hoops by throwing paper into recycling bins, out with the Tufts Women’s Soccer team, raving about the fact that all polar bears are left handed, or encouraging others to compost!

Harry Weissman

Tilton Hall

Harry Harry is a junior who, after dabbling in Environmental Studies and the pre-vet track for a few years, is finally majoring in Applied Math and Biology.  He developed his passion for animals and the environment during his formative years on Long Island, NY, watching The Lion King, Bambi, and Pocahontas on repeat.  His favorite animal has always been the hyena, and frankly he’s quite disappointed in the hyena shortage on the Tufts campus and vows to do something about that. Harry’s primary environmental concern is wildlife, but he also thinks everyone should have and use a reusable water bottle and a reusable thermos.  When he’s not collecting recyclables or arguing with his mom about washing laundry with cold water, you can find him doing homework, schmoozing and/or napping at Hillel, injuring himself during Burlesque, pretending he’s more than halfway decent at the oboe in Granoff, or pretty much anywhere else on campus, helping some first-year with math.  Harry enjoys collecting animal sculptures, complaining about heteronormativity and trivial personal problems, strenuous hikes in the woods, deep philosophical discussions, romantic candle-lit dinners, and long walks to Dewick.  If you have any questions or issues such as: “Where can I recycle/compost this?” or “What do I do with this injured bird I found?” or “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” feel free to dump the burden on Harry and he’ll do his best to help!

Kyle Scott

West Hall

 Kyle Kyle is a sophomore from Baltimore, MD. He is interested in studying Media & Communications and Architecture. He hopes to one day pursue a career in marketing and advertising. Kyle’s a member of the Tufts Observer staff and he’s interested in photography and creative writing. His passion for the environment stemmed largely from his participation in Tufts Climate Action club last year. This is Kyle’s first year as an Eco-Rep and he’s really looking forward to promoting sustainability at Tufts!

Marisa Fried

Wren Hall

Marisa Marisa is a sophomore from Bethesda, MD thinking of majoring in Environmental Studies and Sociology. She can be found getting lost biking around Boston and its suburbs. She loves a good movie, laughing uncontrollably, long runs and funky dance parties. She hopes to be able to show students how much more pressing environmental issues are than they often seem in our daily lives here at Tufts, and couldn’t be more excited to be part of Tufts’ Eco-Rep team!

Mary Elise Calnan

GreECO-Reps Coordinator, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Mary Elise Mary Elise Calnan is a senior majoring in American and Environmental Studies. During her time at Tufts, she has enjoyed learning about the connections between these two disciplines. In addition to her environmental interests, Mary Elise tutors local children through LCS, assists with studio art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, and is an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta. As a previous GreEco representative, Mary Elise is excited to further help Greek organizations on campus become more environmentally conscious and engage with Tufts’ Office of Sustainability!

Danielle Mulligan

Assistant Coordinator, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

 Danielle I’m a junior this year from Chicago who has been part of the Eco-Rep program since my freshman year. I love to hike, cook with fresh vegetables, and travel. I designed my own major, called Global Sustainability Studies, to study sustainability as a problem solving framework for environmental issues, but also many other social issues, such as health and education. I have no idea where that will take me in life, but I’m so excited to meet all of the new reps and residents to learn all about their passions and see if that sparks anything!

Co-Coordinators

Ellen Osborn

Coordinator, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Ellen is a senior from Belmont, MA majoring in Quantitative Economics and Environmental Studies. Last year she was the Greek Life Advisor for the Eco-Reps program and created the GreECO Reps, responding to the overwhelming enthusiasm and demand from the Greek community! She is excited about new opportunities to support them and the student body in their sustainability goals throughout the semester.  Ellen swims for Tufts, is a proud sister of Kappa Alpha Theta, and loves running, biking, reading, yoga, food, Maine, and the great outdoors.

Tiwalowlu Murvi Babalola

Coordinator, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Murvi Babalola

Murvi is a senior hailing from beautiful West Africa (Nigeria, Liberia and Ghana). When he first enrolled at Tufts, Murvi had only a loose grasp on sustainability-related issues, but is now majoring in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Studies (Communications Track), and was the General Manager of the Eco-Reps last year. Murvi’s passion for the environment stemmed not only from watching Captain Planet and reading the Animorphs books, but from an appreciation of just how insanely amazing natural systems are. As he continues to learn how we can combat climate change and other environmental problems, Murvi hopes to make the Tufts community a little greener every day.

Staff Advisor

Tina Woolston

Director of the Tufts Office of Sustainability

Tina Tina has been working in the Tufts Office of Sustainability since 2007. She created the Eco-Ambassador program for staff and faculty in 2008, an Ex-college course on sustainability in action in 2009 and restarted the Eco-Rep program in 2010. She is thrilled to see the program continue this year under the strong leadership of Murvi and Ellen!

 

See past Eco-Reps here.