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Attention Pre-Frosh: Eco-Reps Wanted

What’s an Eco-Rep you ask? Penn State has established a new program to further the university’s green initiative. Twenty-eight freshman living in East Halls will be deemed “Eco-Reps.” Theses selected students will attend training and learning sessions throughout the semester on how to live Eco-friendlier lifestyles. For example, to kick off this Fall, the program will focus on electrical energy consumption in residence halls. With their new knowledge base, the Eco-Reps will be expected to pass their incite onto their peers through events, activities, and discussions.

The Eco-Rep program isn’t only about creating a more environmentally conscious student body, but it also has a lot to do with building relationships and opening up communication. A huge part of freshman year is testing the waters and finding your niche in the huge pond that is Penn State. If the goal of the Eco-Rep program excites you, this may be a great way to find that niche.

Program Coordinator Milea Perry explains, “As Eco-Reps, students will work in teams of four to design activities for those in their hall that promote environmentally responsible lifestyles. This opportunity is a great leadership builder and way to develop friendships with classmates.”

The time commitment of an Eco-Rep averages around four hours a week plus a weekly meeting. But if the actions and goals of an Eco-Rep alone don’t entice you, maybe $500 a semester does. Freshman year can often feel overwhelming and adding a part-time job to your schedule may not be in your cards. Becoming an Eco-Rep can give you the money you need for the time you’re willing to spend.

UPUA President, Christian Ragland, has high hopes for Eco-Reps. “I believe it will be successful because not only are they giving first-year students the opportunity to get compensated for a good cause and research, they are also showing first-year students that they are just as important to this university like an upperclassman,” Ragland explained.

It’s not too late to apply! There will be two more information sessions on July 20th and 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the Pollack Cultural Lounge. Applications are being accepted until July 29th. Contact Milea Perry ([email protected]) for more details.

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