Spring 2014 EcoReps!
Lizzie grew up in Columbia, SC catching fireflies, climbing magnolia trees, and making costumes out of what some would consider “trash”. Her work with Keep the Midlands Beautiful helped foster her love of the environment through litter prevention, recycling and beautification. Often this involved jumping into local creeks and kayaking around the three rivers to remove bits of trash from trees. She now loves NYC as someone planning on pursuing the 3-2 dual degree program in Environmental Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering.
Caroline hails from the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee where she spent many years roaming the wilderness and finding new ways to pretend she went to Hogwarts. Now, while at Barnard, she spends her time exploring a completely different type of wilderness and maintains the hope that her Hogwarts letter is just a few years late…She can be seen picking up bottles and holding onto paper in order to recycle them later and turning off any unnecessary lights. She also harbors a very deep love for the ocean and anything within it and aspires to someday live on a sailboat, but that will have to wait a few years.
Emma grew up in Lexington, KY, a short drive away from rolling bluegrass hills and picket-fenced horse farms. Despite the surrounding green areas, Lexington is known to have a high carbon footprint, and Emma worked during high school to raise awareness and promote sustainability in her area. She loved buying and preparing local food back home, and is ecstatic to have a farmer’s market so close here in the city. In her spare time she talks about Italy to anyone who will listen, colors and crafts, obsesses over Harry Potter, and, obviously, watches New Girl.
Kate was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, where she developed her love for the environment through many backyard projects and working at the local farmer’s market. She has been raising chickens for over 10 years at her home, and has recently picked up the odd hobby of bee-keeping. While not playing with her beloved insects, she can always be found eating apples at the farmer’s markets, playing tennis, going to music festivals, and at summer camps of all kind!
Nicole Mabry came to Barnard from the far away land of New Orleans. She is taking the reigns of the frequent Eco Reps potlucks, as she has fostered a deep love for the creation of vegan and gluten free foodstuffs. Nicole is a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies student and spends her spare time in the Well Woman office spreading her wealth of knowledge to the masses of Barnard students.
Deborah grew-up in the wooded suburbs of Westchester, New York where she could often be seen driving her blue Prius. Deborah enjoys singing any way it can be done: from choir to a capella to shower singing. When she is not holding a tune, she can be found turning off unnecessary lights, sipping chai tea from her reusable mug and beating her family in a rousing game of Quiddler. Now that she is a city girl, Deborah is excited to join the EcoReps in saving the world… one Barnard recycling bin at a time!
Koko Jaeger grew up in “Tofu Valley”, also known as Northampton, Massachusetts. Having been raised on organic vegetables grown in her own backyard, she has a love for all things compostable. When not squishing mud between her toes, Koko can often be found making daisy-chains, eating granola, baking cookies or stargazing. She has done lots of work pairing environmental sustainability with social justice, and hopes to continue to do so, throughout her time at Barnard and beyond. Koko plans to major in neuroscience or cognitive psychology with a minor in knitting.
Rebekeh grew up in Western Massachusetts, swimming, hiking, and literally hugging trees. With her high school’s Youth Environmental Squad, Rebekeh ran Green Week, instituted a can-and-bottle recycling system, and held a very passionate ten-person protest to raise awareness about the Keystone XL pipeline. Her manicure for her high school prom couldn’t cover up the dirt in her fingernails from planting in the school garden that morning. Rebekeh loves enormous earrings, odd hats, and dancing around like a child in Riverside Park. Also, kale. She still literally hugs trees, but she has other friends now, too.
Shana grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, right across the street from a public park, where she lost quite a few soccer balls to the poison ivy. Some of her favorite things include cooking, watching TED Talks, taking strange pictures with her dog, Jet, and collecting interesting and ridiculous socks. Shana picked up most of her eco pet peeves from her mother, but puts them to good use with environmental activism. As a high school senior, she created a program to compost her school’s bathroom paper towel waste, and looks forward to implementing similar programs here at Barnard as she works toward a degree in environmental policy.