“We’re not crashing the party,” EcoReps leader Jennifer Yeh ’12 insisted, with a laugh, when she talked about the glowing shirts and signs. The students work closely with the University’s Office of Sustainability throughout the year, and reducing and recycling waste has been a primary focus of their efforts.
For example, the group has headed an effort to collect unopened food, toiletries, and school supplies when students move out in May, passing them on to nonprofit groups instead of allowing them to be tossed in the trash. EcoReps also distributed reusable water bottles to incoming freshmen, to reduce the reliance on disposable bottles.
Different reunions sites have different types of waste, Yeh said, so EcoReps work with the student crews to help them recycle as much as possible – everything from wine bottles to cardboard packaging. In future years, the group hopes to expand its reach to include food waste as well.