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Eco-Reps, all hands in

Eco-Reps are students committed to creating a culture of sustainability at Penn State. The position is paid through Penn State Housing and welcomes students from diverse majors and backgrounds to encourage sustainable behaviors in the residence halls and throughout campus through fun activities and events. Currently, the program is in East and Pollock Halls, where two Eco-Reps overlook each building.

What do Eco-Reps do?

  • Lead activities and events to educate peers on sustainable behaviors.
  • Connect with other students, faculty, student organizations, and staff such as Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, The Sustainability Institute, Residence Life, and Dining and Food Services.
  • Connect with other students, faculty, student organizations and staff
  • Create, assist, and implement projects throughout the residence halls and Penn State’s campus relating to recycling, energy, water, and food.
  • Gain practical leadership experience in the growing field of sustainability.

The Eco-reps have had many successes that include the support and implementation of Penn State’s Zero Waste initiatives in East and Pollock Halls. Other successful projects Eco-Reps have led or supported include Green2Go, recycling measurement systems, competitions within residence halls, marketing strategies, and energy conservation.

Applications to become an EcoRep for 2017 have closed. If you are interested being part of the Eco-Rep program please contact Douglas Goodstein.

The Eco-Reps Program is made possible by the collaborative efforts of Housing, Residence Life, Penn State faculty, and the Sustainability Institute.


What we are looking for

Nittany Lion with students in residence hall

The ideal Eco-Rep candidate is not necessarily the one with the most knowledge about the environment. We look for people with strong leadership and communication skills who are enthusiastic about learning about and promoting sustainable living. If you are reliable, good-natured and excited to be a sustainability advocate in your residence hall, we want you!

  • Creative, enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about environmental and social issues
  • Effective communication skills (through a variety of means)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to see projects through to completion
  • Ability to learn information about environmental topics and relate that information to your peers
  • Students who can be held accountable for their work and who have strong time-management skills
  • Undergraduate student attending University Park campus, living on or off campus. All majors are welcome!

What you will gain 

As an Eco-Rep, you will gain the knowledge and skills to successfully communicate sustainability to your peers. Our goal is to increase overall student awareness of effective actions that encourage stewardship and lead to lasting change on campus that benefits the Penn State community now and into the future.

  • Leadership and peer education skills
  • Knowledge of environmental and social topics
  • The experience of working with other passionate students, faculty, and campus organizations. 
  • $1,000 stipend | $500 per semester

Applications to become an EcoRep for 2017 have closed. If you are interested being part of the Eco-Rep program please contact Douglas Goodstein.

Contact information

Claire Pomorski
Eco-Rep Student Program Coordinator

Adam Uliana
Eco-Rep Student Program Coordinator

David Manos
Assistant Director of Housing and Eco-Rep Program Advisor