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Eco-Rep Leaders

Mission: To foster sustainable living, education and behavior within the campus and the community by equipping student leaders with the skills and the knowledge of sustainability. 

Who Are Eco-Rep Leaders?  Eco-Rep Leaders are select undergraduate students who are leaders that represent the Sustainability office at Coastal Carolina University. Eco-Reps are leaders and peer educators who model and promote sustainable living. Eco-Rep Leaders work to develop programs and events that challenge their peers and the campus community to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.

What Do Eco-Rep Leaders Do? Eco-Rep Leaders plan events and activities relating to sustainability on and off campus.

Landfill on the Lawn

Weigh the Waste

Bottle Walk

Earth Fair

Community Clean-Ups

Campus Sustainability Day

Green Office Certifications

Classroom and Civic Group Presentations - If you would like to book an Eco-Rep Leader to do an educational presentation for your class or organization, email sustain@coastal.edu

 

Meet the Fall 2015 Eco-Rep Leaders

 

Kerry Dittmeier
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page." Saint Augustine

Major: Health Promotion with a concentration in Global Studies

Graduation Year: 2017

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Before I graduate CCU: I hope to challenge myself and explore new and exciting things. I want to grow and develop as a person and inspire the Coastal community through my actions! 

Dream Career: International community and health care development

How I live green: I live green by thinking about the way my actions will affect the world around me. Everyday I try to make conscious decisions to use and want less of material things. The simplest actions can really make a world of difference.


 

Rayne Newswanger
"There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela

Major: Marine Science / Minor: Biology

Graduation Year: 2016

Hometown: Valley View, Pa.

Before I graduate CCU: I hope to do my part my making Coastal's campus as green as possible.

Dream career: work for National Geographic

How I live green: I live green by making a conscience effort to understand how my decisions and actions affect the environment. Use reusable items as often as possible. Stay away from disposable water bottles, bags and containers.


 

Cassie Ratliff
"Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Major: Marine Science / Minors: Jounalism and Environmental Science

Graduation Year: 2017

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Before I graduate CCU: I hope to leave a positive impact on the Coastal community by working towards a more sustainable university during my time here. I want to inspire administrators and students to give more thought on their environmental impact and ways they can improve upon it; not only on a personal level but on a local and global scale, as well.

Dream Career: traveling and writing for National Geographic, raising awareness on the environmental issues happening worldwide, working as an environmental advocate, activist and educator towards a more sustainable future and healthier planet.

How I live green: I've found that it's the smallest lifestyle changes that can have the biggest impact over time. I recycle anything and everything I can, work towards reducing my overall waste and energy consumption and educate others whenever I have the opportunity, with the hope that my green practices will encourage them to go on living more sustainably and continue raising awareness. Together we can make the planet a happier, healthier place to live. 


 

Ben Billand
"So it goes." - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

Major: Psychology / Minor: Theatre

Graduation Year: 2017

Hometown: Carmel, IN

Before I graduate CCU: I want to get a perfect 4.0 one semester. 

Dream Career: Something where I can work with others one-on-one and have creative freedom.

How I live green: I walk to class or take a shuttle to and from class from UP, as often as I can to cut down on my gas usage. I make a point to recycle whenever possible and use a reusable water bottle. 

 

Apply To Be An Eco-Rep Leader

If you are interested in becoming an Eco-Rep Leader, please email sustain@coastal.edu for an application. Interviews are conducted every November for the Spring semester and every April for the Fall semester. 

What We Are Looking For:

  • Students with a passion for environmental, social and economic topics
  • Students that are engaging and not afraid to present or speak in front a group
  • Students that exemplify qualities of leadership, motivation and dedication
  • Students willing to express creativity in all forms
  • Students with an open schedule, especially during the day on Wednesdays.

Expectations and Requirements: Eco-Reps are leaders and peer educators for students, staff and faculty at Coastal Carolina University as well as for the community. Each Eco-Rep has the expectation to represent the sustainability through a variety of means, including academic presentations, campus meetings, special events, educational sessions and environmental campaigns. Eco-Reps are expected to devote their time to educate their peers, foster sustainable behavior and build community. Each Eco-Rep Leader will be required to attend weekly meetings, conduct campus and community presentations, help plan and execute special events, be a resource for sustainability at CCU and connect with departments on campus to help in making their efforts more sustainable. During the Fall semester, Eco-Rep Leaders are also required to work during the home football games with the Green Team. 

What You Will Gain:

  • Develop events and programs for students on adopting sustainable behaviors
  • Professional development, leadership and peer education skills
  • Creation of awareness programs, event planning and management skills
  • Knowledge of environmental and social topics
  • Experience of working with other passionate students
  • Opportunity to collaborate with campus and community organizations
  • Opportunity to attend regional and national conferences
  • Assist Sustain Coastal in major events, such as farmers markets, athletic games, move-in and Campus Salvage