Eco-Reps

Ecology Representatives, or Eco-Reps, are student leaders implementing sustainability programs at UT Dallas. The Eco-Reps want to make life at UT Dallas more beautiful by helping students make simple, daily decisions to be eco-friendlier, one choice at a time. The program launched in 2017.

Meet the Eco-Reps!

 

Julia LaFond

Julia LaFond

Julia is a junior studying Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Growing up in the Texas Hill Country, she developed a strong interest in plants through harvesting wildflowers on her father’s organic hay farm. Since moving to Dallas, Julia has become interested in how the rapid development of suburban lands affects remaining natural habitats. As an Eco-Rep, she will be conducting a biodiversity assessment of campus to document the variety of species on University lands, which will provide more information on how we can better steward the land in our care. She is excited to work with the Office of Sustainability to move UT Dallas towards a future where growth can be balanced with an appreciation for the value of the existing ecosystem.

Lorena Medrano

Lorena Medrano

Lorena is a senior studying Public Affairs and Nonprofit Management. As a Texas native, the diversity of people and commerce in Dallas has shaped her interests in urban sustainability. She is passionate about shifting regional paradigms in environmental justice and social equity. By fostering community engagement in policy initiatives, wildlife appreciation and the arts she believes these changes will come about. As an Eco-Rep she will help support UTD students and the RCE [Regional Center of Expertise] North Texas network in their work towards resilient and sustainable communities.

Lorena is truly grateful for the absence of floral allergies and enjoys proclaiming all cute things “cute”. She was also voted as the goofiest of Eco-Reps in the 2020 Office of Sustainability elections.

Sophia Boisvert

Sophia Boisvert

Sophia is a freshman studying Software Engineering and Cognitive Science. Growing up, she spent a significant amount of time in the woods of Newfoundland where she fostered an appreciation for nature, ecology, and sustainable living. She is keenly interested in pollinator conservation, natural species protection, and habitat conservation. Sophia is excited to have the opportunity to focus on sustainability efforts on campus and to make a meaningful and tangible impact on the campus ecosystem.