Eco-Reps are peer educators dedicated to furthering sustainability by promoting ways for students to adopt more environmentally and socially responsible behaviors. Eco-Reps educate their peers about environmental and sustainability issues through three primary outlets: coordinating with Residence Life staff to incorporate sustainability themes or practices into residential programs; delivering Sustainable Living lessons to Elon 101 and Global Studies courses as requested; and contributing to and promoting Office of Sustainability events such as Campus Sustainability Week and Earth Week.

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Meet the Current Eco-Reps


Sarah Austin, Colonnades

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Cary, NC

Major/Minor: Statistics major, Environmental and Sustainability Studies major, Spanish minor

Favorite Sustainable Living Tip: Choose one sustainability practice a month to focus on! For example, one month take colder, shorter showers. The next month, take meat out of your diet twice a week, and so on.  Choosing one thing a month to clearly focus on will prevent you from being overwhelmed, and over time you will grow into having sustainable habits! Every daily adjustment will make a big impact over time.


Mikayla Ford, Oaks

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Severn, MD

Major/Minor: Communication Design major; Photography minor

Favorite Sustainable Living Tip: Use smaller plates and bowls. This will help with portion control and food waste.


Alyssa Herrmann, Station at Mill Point

Graduation Year:  2021

Hometown: Oceanside, NY

Major/Minor: Education major, Environmental Education & Adventure Based Learning minor

Favorite Sustainable Living Tip:  My favorite sustainable living tip is being a vegetarian! Cutting out meat in my diet hasn’t been too difficult when there are yummy substitutes, especially at GreenWorld and McEwen! It is both something I love doing and makes a huge impact on greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and overall global warming.


Matt McGaffigan, Global

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Cambridge, MA

Major/Minor: Marketing major;  Environmental Studies minor

Favorite Sustainable Living Tip: Turning a daily 10-minute shower into a 6-minute shower can save around 3,650 gallons of water each year. The average American drinks about 58 gallons of water annually so that’s a lot of saved water for not a huge change.


Hannah Naehring, Loy

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Cary, NC

Major/Minor: Environmental Studies and Political Science majors/ Dance and Art minors

Favorite Sustainable Living tip: : My favorite sustainable living tip is to buy second hand to reduce the demand for new products that are not sustainably produced and to give a second life to an item that would have otherwise been thrown out.


Maddie Poirier, East

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Stratham, NH

Major/Minor: Environmental Studies major; Environmental Education and Political Science minors

Favorite Sustainable Living Tip: Keep reusable bags with you when you go to the store so you don’t forget them at home! I keep them in my car so they’re always ready to go.


Katie Robinson, Danieley

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Marshfield, MA

Major/Minor: Undecided

Favorite Sustainable Living Tip: Reusable coffee mugs! Bring your own mug or tumbler to a coffee shop to avoid single use plastic! Some coffee places even offer discounts for those who bring their own!


Lilly Santiago, Historic

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Wilmington, NC

Major/Minor: Project Management major and Entrepreneurship minor

Favorite Sustainable Living Tip: Rather than buying new cheap clothes for an event, from fast fashion establishments like Forever 21 or H&M, buy clothing made by sustainable brands, that will last longer for you and promote ethical and environmentally sustainable fashion in our economy.