The Eco-Reps are a group of Tufts students who help to raise awareness about ecological issues, encourage environmentally responsible behavior among their peers, and plan related events and activities. Eco-Reps typically reach students through the residence halls and dining centers, but they strive to make all parts of campus life more sustainable. They work in groups of 3-4 reps to plan events and targeted campaigns. They also maintain informational bulletin boards in the residence halls.
Eco-Reps attend a training retreat prior to the beginning of school as well as weekly meetings during the semester. The weekly meetings serve as continued training, as the reps are taught about specific topics each week and get to hear from guest speakers. The meetings also create a space for discussion and brainstorming. There are currently Eco-Reps on the Medford/Somerville Campus, in the SMFA Beacon Street Halls, and in Blakeley Hall, the Fletcher School's student housing. Any returning student is eligible to apply, and the program hires on a semesterly basis. Want to become an Eco-Rep? Find out more here.
The SIECO Representatives, a subdivision of the Tufts Eco-Representatives, aims to engage Special Interest and wood-frame housing on campus with environmental initiatives and sustainable behavior change. Established in 2014 as the GreEco Reps program, and transitioned in 2020 to the SIECO Reps program, Reps from a wide range of special interest housing encourage environmentally conscious behaviors through hosting educational seminars, collaborating with other student clubs and local nonprofit organizations, sustainable infrastructure updates, and promoting Tufts Eco-Rep campaigns.