Story posted August 22, 2011
One of Bowdoin College’s greatest attributes is its location. Set in the beautiful state of Maine, it makes sense that many of the students drawn to Bowdoin are environmentally conscious and concerned with maintaining the natural beauty of the campus’ location. However, a small group of students go above and beyond and dedicate themselves to sustainability by becoming EcoReps.
The EcoRep program began in 2004 and has continued since, with great success. When the program first began, there were only six first-year dorms and each had an upper-class EcoRep. Since then, it has grown to include an EcoRep for each of the eight college houses, as well as eight first-year EcoReps for each of their respective dorms. The role of an EcoRep is to organize projects and remind students of their responsibility to the environment and a sustainable future.
Keisha Payson, Sustainability Coordinator, explains that “the EcoReps are here to introduce other students to Bowdoin’s sustainability goal, and let them decide for themselves how they want to plug into that goal. Everyone can contribute in their own way.” Realizing one of the biggest impacts Bowdoin can have in reversing climate change is raising awareness in the student body, the EcoRep program tries to introduce students to actions they can take in their own life both here on campus and once they leave Bowdoin.
Some of the activities they have planned for the year include volunteer trips to the Bowdoin Organic Garden, the farmer’s market, GreenStock (a solar powered concert), and the annual energy conservation dorm competition. So whether or not you know how to involve yourself in Bowdoin’s sustainability plans, the EcoReps will be sure to help you out throughout the year with new ideas and projects.
“The EcoReps are here to introduce other students to Bowdoin’s sustainability goal, and let them decide for themselves how they want to plug into that goal. Everyone can contribute in their own way.”
— Keisha Payson