Since 2013, the EcoReps program promotes sustainable campus living through education and outreach activities. EcoReps teach residents about energy saving, being WaterWise, composting, recycling, and waste reduction. The program also helps spread the word about Sustainability Office programs among first-years and holds themed events related to sustainable living, such as hiking, cooking sustainable dinners, and watching themed films.
Get to know your EcoReps!
Kyra Madunich - Head EcoRep
Hometown: Puerto Ayora, Galapagos
Why are you an EcoRep? I’m an Ecorep because I feel happier when my everyday activities are in tandem with how much I care about sustaining the world we live in, and being an Ecorep allows me to explore sustainable lifestyles while learning with others.
What's your favorite sustainability habit? Creatively cooking to reduce food waste and stay healthy!
Susannah Budd - Head EcoRep
Hometown: Bow, NH
Why are you an EcoRep? I am an EcoRep because I am very interested in sustainability and environmentalism, and I love talking about it with others and spreading awareness. The primary job of an EcoRep is to engage with the student body about topics of sustainability, and it is always so fun and rewarding to talk about and share your passion with others!
What's your favorite sustainability habit? My favorite sustainability habit is vegetarianism! I am passionate about food systems sustainability, and I love learning about plant-based cooking.
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Major: Environmental Analysis - Public Policy Analysis
Why are you an EcoRep? EcoReps has been a great way for me to interact with my peers on a subject that is so important to me but in such a fun and creative way. It has also brought me together with other like-minded individuals who have a never-ending supply of ideas on how to address environmental issues and make our campus more sustainable.
What's your favorite sustainability habit? I'm passionate about reducing food waste and up-cycling/reusing clothing. This includes making up unique recipes with left-overs, having clothing and item exchanges with friends, and working at the Pomona Free Room!
Hometown: Del Aire, CA
Why are you an EcoRep? From a very young age, my appreciation of nature has been nurtured by my experiences of feeding the ducks at Polliwog Park, growing squash in my grandparents’ garden, and watching the sunset from the Palos Verdes bluffs. Through these experiences I have realized my love for the outdoors and the importance of caring for our environment.
What's your favorite sustainability habit? I really enjoy gardening! In the last few months I have expanded my fruit, vegetable, and herb garden. I love watching my sprouts grow and getting to eat the fruits of my labor.
Hometown: Exeter, NH
Major: Biology & Art
Why are you an EcoRep? Adopting sustainable practices is imperative as we look forward to the way we treat ourselves and our environment. Being an EcoRep is one of the ways I'm working to make this change!
What's your favorite sustainability habit? I've broken up with balloons. Never again will I participate in the purchasing of a balloon.
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Art History
Why are you an EcoRep? I love collaborating with the other EcoReps and I also really enjoy connecting with other students about sustainable solutions to issues on campus.
What's your favorite sustainability habit? Bringing my own bag!
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Major: Undecided, but interested in Public Policy Analysis.
Why are you an EcoRep? Because we each have a role in preserving and rehabilitating nature. Sustainability should carry with us wherever we are. EcoReps allows me to contribute to that cause—even if we are remote. Plus, the people are awesome!
What's your favorite sustainability habit? Watering the young native trees at my elementary school. Planting them was part of my Eagle Scout Project!
Maria Duran Gonzalez
Hometown: Miami, FL
Why are you an EcoRep? I am passionate about educating others on food security, reducing food waste, and environmental justice.
What's your favorite sustainability habit? My favorite sustainability habit is cooking to avoid waste as much as possible and using as much of the produce.
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Major: International Relations
Why are you an EcoRep? I want there to be an Earth in the future where we can still hike in forests where there are still trees, swim in oceans that aren't choked with plastic, and enjoy nature in its unadulterated forms. It's hard to make a dent as an individual, but as a collective in a group such as EcoReps I believe that I can make a difference, however small.
What's your favorite sustainability habit? My favorite sustainability habit is going to the grocery store and getting as many products that don't have plastic as possible, recycling whenever there is plastic, and just experimenting with sustainable products.
Hometown: Hong Kong
Major: Economics & Public Policy Analysis/Environmental Analysis
Why are you an EcoRep? I decided to join the EcoReps team as I'd love to share my passion in oceans, wildlife conservation, urban sustainability, and climate justice with Pomona's community, and to help facilitate more inclusive, intersectional conversations on these topics.
What's your favorite sustainability habit? Visiting, thrifting, and hanging out at a local zero-waste shop with my friends.