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!

 

Aleks Adamopoulos

Aleks Adamopoulos

Aleks is a junior studying Biomedical Engineering. Growing up in Athens, Greece, Aleks has experienced a variety of sustainability practices throughout her time abroad. With a keen interest in responsible and sustainable living, she hopes to deepen her understanding of the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, and Profit) of sustainability within the academic and social environment. Through her position as an Eco-Rep within Facilities Management, she hopes to engage fellow students, staff, and faculty to bridge multiple disciplines to support existing environmental initiatives while encouraging innovative, yet more sustainable thinking.

Julia LaFond

Julia LaFond

Julia is a freshman 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.

Kelsey Lyle

Kelsey Lyle

Kelsey is a senior studying Biology at UT Dallas. Her love for nature and the environment was instilled in her from a young age, as she grew up in a family of outdoorsmen. She has grown to value life, especially the lives of more vulnerable species, such as bees and monarchs. Her interest in the protection of these creatures has led her to become a member of both the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association and the Texas Beekeepers Association. She plans to continue her work through the sustainability and habitat restoration efforts at UT Dallas. Kelsey is excited to help make UT Dallas a beautiful home for all creatures, students and otherwise.

Morganne Blaylock

Morganne Blaylock

Morganne is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Political Science. She has a passion for renewable and sustainable energy practices. After studying and working with energy systems domestically and abroad as an intern for multiple organizations and governmental bodies, she has returned to UT Dallas to apply her experiences to helping the campus become more sustainable. As an Eco-Rep, she will assist in reporting, developing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and engaging fellow students. Morganne not only strives to make a positive impact at UT Dallas, but to learn more about urban sustainable development and smart growth concepts for municipalities.

Sami Manuel

Sami Manuel

Sami is a sophomore double majoring in Biology and Criminology. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, she was very close to the unique ecosystem around her. When Sami moved to Plano, Texas, in 2008, she sought to continue to make the area around her a better place. Through Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, she was able to be a part of sustainable projects in her community. Now here at UT Dallas, she is able to connect to even more people and have a greater impact on environmental sustainability.

Zachary Greenberg

Zachary Greenberg

Zach is a sophomore studying Physics with a minor in Environmental Studies. Originally from Los Angeles, his love for the environment stems from a lifelong passion for ocean conservation and sustainable living. Zach’s initiative to become more involved and pushing sustainability forward has led him to become a member of the UT Dallas Sustainability Club, Founding a Straw-less Dallas Campaign, and working as an Eco-Rep to help build relationships among other organizations at the university. Zach’s goal is to educate and support initiatives oriented toward coastal communities and protecting endangered species within their natural habitats. Overall, he is ecstatic with the opportunity to incite change in student, staff, and faculty behavior through education, and hands-on experiences so they may integrate sustainability into their everyday lives.