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Eco Rep Spotlight

February 8th, 2018

Eco-reps are an Oregon State program that are responsible for encouraging a culture of sustainability in the residence halls in which they live. They educate residents about sustainable lifestyles and resources, assist with marketing and outreach, and plan and execute sustainability-focused events.  They also maintain their hall’s composting program. Last year, the Eco-Reps reached people an amazing 9,785 times and composted over 1,741 lbs. of material! In this series, we will spotlight each Eco Rep to help you learn more about who they are and what they do.

Name: Ella Strebig

Residence Hall they work in:Hawley

Hometown: Vancouver Washington

Major/Future Plans: Mechanical engineering

Previous involvement/interest in sustainability: Ella was in charge of all recycling for a campground in rural Canada which involved sorting all cans, bottles, glassware, etc. and bringing it to the recycling center. Ella hopes to be involved in engineering machinery to be more energy efficient and eco-friendly as a mechanical engineer in the future.

Favorite thing about being an EcoRep:

Ella loves the fact that her job involves interacting with people, promoting sustainability, recycling, and planning events all revolving around the people in her community. Being an eco rep, the job is always changing and we are constantly adapting to better serve the resident halls we live in.

Goals for the coming year:

Some goals Ella has as an Eco-Rep this year include: putting on fun events in her residence halls, hanging up posters promoting sustainability related events going on around campus and including fun sustainability facts.

Interests in continuing involvement in sustainability on campus and how so:

Ella would like to learn more about evaluating data for the Student Sustainability Initiative here at OSU and to take some electrical classes in order learn more about renewable energy systems.

Fun fact:

A reusable water bottle reduces energy consumption by 85 percent and greenhouse gases by 79 percent  in comparison to purchasing plastic bottled water and disposing of each bottle. Ella is on the women’s rowing team, and enjoy hiking, skiing, and watching movies in my free time.

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