I grew up in Seattle, but my family actually just moved to Santa Cruz in California! I'm double majoring in Sociology and French, and I am on the premedical track. A few fun facts about me... Eggplant might just be my favorite fruit. I play saxophone and LOVE jamming to all musical genres with friends. My initials spell EMS, so I think I was destined to be a Emergency Medical Service doctor some day. And I went to kindergarten in France!
Dylan is a sophomore from Mount Kisco, NY likely majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Global Health & the Environment. As he personally lives on Earth, he is very passionate about protecting it. Outside of repping the ecosystem, he is a member of the Tufts Tae Kwon Do team and also loves to run and make music. Dylan’s favorite animal is a duck, his biggest fear is being buried alive, and he is excited to be an Eco-Rep this year!
Plearn is a sophomore from Bangkok, Thailand. She is maybe majoring in environmental engineering and computer science but changes her mind every other day. Growing up, she had the great opportunity to live and travel to many places in the world and that really helped her understand how interconnected and pressing environmental problems around the world are. That really solidified her desire to do her small part to protect the earth and the living creatures on it. On campus, she is also involved in STEM ambassadors (talk to her anytime about STEM diversity, she would love it!) and works for the Enigma Data Journal. In her free time, Plearn loves eating great food, listening to podcasts while wandering around, being outside, discussing and reading about global politics, and having great conversations.
Ida is a Sophomore environmental engineer from Westhampton, a tiny town in Western Massachusetts with beautiful forests and more cows/chickens/horses than people. A National Geographic Article about soil erosion, read aloud by her mom, turned Ida onto the flower-child lifestyle in 3rd grade, and she hasn’t looked back since. Ida loves talking and learning about renewable energy and energy efficiency. She also wants to promote inclusivity in the environmental movement. For the last two summers, Ida worked on trail crews in New England and hiked the Vermont Long Trail in August. She loves to contra dance, cook egg-spinach things, go birding, discuss books/life, and hear about peoples’ life stories (people continue to amaze her). Ida is amped to talk with Tufts students about sustainability, or really anything, this semester!
Eliza is a junior from Chappaqua, NY double majoring in Environmental Studies and Community Health. She plays flute in the Tufts Wind Ensemble and is the technology director and a stand-up/ sketch comedian with TFL comedy. She is also a member of UP3 (Urban Policy, Planning, and Prosperity) and the Sharewood Public Health Committee. In her free time, Eliza enjoys drawing, spending time in nature, watching Friends, drinking tea, and listening to/overanalyzing Broadway musicals. Her favorite tree is the ginkgo tree (in case you were wondering, and, of course, you were). Eliza is thrilled to be an Eco-Rep for the second year and looks forward to helping her peers live more sustainably!
Mike is a Sophomore from outside of Philadelphia, PA. He is interested in Environmental Studies and Urban Planning and is passionate about sustainable development. Mike also sings Bass II in the Tufts Chamber Singers and in an international touring choir based in the Philadelphia area. In his free time, you'll find him exploring the Boston area, on hikes to the Fells, or chilling out on Prez Lawn with a blanket, a speaker, some food, and friends. Mike loves adventures, discussing environmental issues, and vibing to his favorite music on Spotify. He is incredibly excited to be a member of the Eco-Reps team and can't wait to help the Tufts community achieve its long-term sustainability goals.
Hi! My name is Austin and I’m from Los Angeles, California. I’m majoring in architectural studies and minoring in urban studies. Some fun facts about me are that I’m on the swimming and diving team, I have a twin brother, and I can solve a Rubik’s Cube.
Anna is a Sophomore from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania where she grew up climbing trees and building houses for worms. She is undeclared but headed towards Environmental Studies and Biology. On campus Anna spends most of her time dancing with Sarabande (or anyone who likes to jump around a lot), and in her free time she enjoys yoga, reading, and extended trips to Trader Joe's. Anna is excited to work with other students to improve our sustainability!
Carla is a Junior from Ridgefield, Connecticut, but now lives in Miami, Florida. Growing up all across the East Coast of the U.S. and traveling around the world during her childhood allowed her to see how stunning and valuable our Earth is, and therefore, how important it is to protect it. Carla is double majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies, so when she’s not cramming for her next exam, she can be found Facetiming her two golden retrievers or trying to fit as many succulents as she can on the windowsill of her tiny Carm dorm room. On campus, she is the treasurer of Students for Environmental Awareness and enjoys volunteering for Animal Aid. Carla considers herself an avid fan of baby goats, hiking, skiing, Carmichael stir-fry nights, and all things dessert. After working at a flower shop in high school, Carla’s passion for plants, nature, and the environment as a whole grew immensely, which is why she can’t wait to promote sustainability in the Tufts community through the Eco-Rep program!!
Taite Pierson is a sophomore from Los Angeles, California who has always been an East Coaster at heart. She intends to double major in Psychology and Environmental Studies, so she can understand why people don’t believe in climate change/convince them they’re wrong. She is also an FYA in Hodgdon! She loves theatre and dance and is incredibly grateful to do both at Tufts. She is the Education Director of Tufts’ chapter of Generation Citizen. Come talk to her about musicals, vegetarianism, her planner, podcasts, or dachshunds; or just come hang out with her!
Jessie is a Junior hailing from Washington, DC. She loves spending time outdoors, whether it be a multi-day backpacking trip or napping in a hammock on Prez Lawn. Passions of hers also include cooking, petting dogs, live music, compost, getting lost (or exploring?), fresh produce, and drawing clouds. She is so so excited to return to the Eco-Rep team and share the love of nature, conservation, and sustainability!
Jamie is a Sophomore from London, England maybe majoring in political science, maybe minoring in Philosophy, maybe minoring in sociology. He really has no clue at the moment. Jamie has been an Eco-rep because he’s always loved and cared about nature and doesn’t want to see a world where it’s been destroyed. Passions of his are playing football (soccer), hiking, travelling, and binge watching Netflix TV shows. He’s very excited to return this semester as an Eco-Rep and to help make the campus more environmentally friendly.
Hi everyone! My name is Alex DeBellis and I'm a junior majoring in Psychology and Child Development. I hail from sunny Tucson, AZ and one of my favorite activities in the world is kayaking. My favorite food is banana bread, and if I could be any animal, I would be a Samoyed.
Brandon is a Junior from Montclair, NJ who is double majoring in International Relations and Economics. On campus, he is serving as a CDA in Harleston Hall and also as one of the captains for the Men’s Club Fencing team. When not struggling with problem sets or complaining about too much reading, he can be found rewatching old Vine compilations or exploring new places. Brandon’s passion for the environment began after he took APES in high school (shoutout to Ms. Kalra) and since then he has been looking for ways to positively impact the environment. He is very excited to be serving on the EcoReps team and to help spread sustainability at Tufts.
Lawrence is a Junior from Wilmington, Massachusetts, majoring in Chemistry with a focus on pre-medical studies. In the summer, Lawrence works on an electrical power station for a company investing in the development of local renewable energy sources. In his free time, he likes to play Frisbee and tennis, making occasional trips with his friends to Maine to kayak or ski. He is excited to work with the Fall 2018 EcoReps team in order to make the Tufts campus live more sustainably and waste less!
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Shreya is a second year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine. She graduated from Tufts Undergraduate in 2017, where she studied Biopsychology and Colonialism Studies. While at Tufts, Shreya was on Pulse, Tuft’s Indian Classical Dance team, worked at the Asian American Center, and tutored for the ARC.
Tyler is a sophomore double majoring in Environmental Studies (policy track) and Community Health. She is passionate about the intersection between environmental issues and public health issues, and how to address this intersection through policy. She grew up in the very small town of Norwich, Vermont, but lived in Doha, Qatar with her family for three years before coming to Tufts. While Tyler spends most of her time in environmental clubs/organizations, she also participates in Model UN, The Tisch Council for Philanthropic Leadership, CIVIC, and Tufts Hillel. She also loves to dance (ballet and contemporary mostly), bike, bike, read, and explore nature. She has wanted to be an Eco-Rep since before she even arrived at Tufts, and is so excited to be one now!
Asha is a Sophomore double majoring in Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Film and Media Studies. She is from Richmond, VA -- her favorite city in the world -- and enjoys cooking, music, and stand-up comedy. On campus, Asha is a part of DREAM, Tufts JumboRaas, and the Tufts Opera Ensemble. Asha loves spending time outside with her dog Obi, and is super excited to be a part of the Eco-Reps program and promote sustainability at Tufts!
Oliver, and electrical engineering major from Phoenix, Arizona, enjoys a good laugh—some would say that he has a sense of humor—, but not when it comes to the environment. You see, when it comes to the environment, Oliver is all business. First: Boy Scouts, four years (6th to 9th grade), attained the rank of Life Scout. If you knew how many trials I hiked, your merit badges would fall off. Next: Expert Composter, three years (10th to 12th grade), attained the rank of Expert Composter. I remodeled my high school’s waste system so our trash could biodegrade in stinky, smelly style. Finally: Renewable Energy Engineer, not yet technically achieved, attained the rank of Not Yet Technically Employed. My goal is to be at the forefront of solar, wind, and energy storage technologies when I graduate so that we can get that much closer to achieving Leave No Trace (you thought I was done with the Boy Scouts references but that stuff really haunts you for life, I couldn’t stop if I tried).
Morgan is a Biology and Environmental Studies major on the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Environment Track from Stamford, CT. She is inspired by her eco-warrior sister and compost-crazy mother. Morgan enjoys writing, working for the Tufts Daily, is an RA in Hill Hall, serves a Director of Outreach for Tufts Sustainability Collective, and works at the Tufts Development office. You can find Morgan lurking at the Rez or sweatily running somewhere! Ask her about issues of compost, waste and how to reduce your environmental impact!
Paul is a Junior from southern New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia, PA. He is majoring in Sociology and Environmental Studies, with a concentration in sustainability. Paul loves to spend time outside running, biking, kayaking, and going to the beach. Paul is a member of Tufts Burlesque Troupe and the Tufts Urban Policy, Planning, and Prosperity club and loves everything about urban planning. Paul has been an Eco-Rep since freshman year and is excited to start as Eco-Rep Coordinator this fall!
Kayla is a Senior at Tufts majoring in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. She is from Red Bank, New Jersey and for the past three summers she has worked in the town’s Parks and Rec department. On campus, you’ll likely find Kayla in the Africana Center or the big blue chairs in Hotung. She plays rugby for Tufts and works for the Office for Campus Life as an Office Assistant and Event Staff (catch her scanning your fall gala ticket). Her favorite memes are dog memes, and one of the biggest hardships of her life is her love for cheese while being lactose intolerant. Kayla super excited to bring environmental education and sustainability to new spaces on campus!!
Elyssa is a Junior from Franconia, New Hampshire studying abroad in Ghana during the Fall 2018 semester. She grew up in the White Mountains, where she spends her summers hiking and farming. She is planning on majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies and is on the premed track. You can usually find her on campus playing a sport based on a young adult fiction novel, aka quidditch, or you can find her running or talking about public policy. Elyssa is very excited to promote sustainability and environmental awareness on campus!
Director of the Tufts Office of Sustainability
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 Isabel’s strong leadership!