Residence Life Efforts
Each residence hall/complex on campus has a Student Eco. Each Eco is a mentor who has a passion to teach, save our planet and create programs to promote sustainability. Ecos organize and implement five in-hall programs for fellow students and also participate in a science fair every semester. They work closely with the building staff when it comes to programming needs and helpful environmental improvements within Residence Life.
Program topics include:
- Wild fires
- Green roofs
- Invasive species
- Hemp uses
Hey, I am ECO Victoria. This is my second year at SUNY Cobleskill and second semester as an ECO, I am in the Wildlife Management BT Program and going to graduate next semester. I have a passion for animals and love for the environment, this then inspired me to find out more of what I could do at SUNY Cobleskill. This led me to the ECO position last semester, fall 2015. This position enables me to teach others about the environment, animals and how to live a more sustainable life. It is my responsibility to educate other students in Alumni Commons on issues pertaining to sustainability, respecting our earth and all the living plants and animals that we share the planet with.
- Endangered Bees & Other Animal Populations
- Electricity Accountability
Endangered Species Conservation - There are four ongoing donation jars for a specific species in the main lobby of Alumni Commons. Students put loose change into jars and vote for their favorite animal, along with weekly quotes about the environment.
Hi, my name is Carla. I am currently a senior in the Animal Science B.S. and this is my second semester in the Eco Program. I like being an Eco because it allows me to advocate on topics that are near and dear to me. I feel that it is of a significant importance for people to know the many environmental issues that are going on in the world. Having sustainability mentors on campus allows us to show students ways to reduce their carbon foot prints by recycling in their dorm rooms, reusing products such as bags, and making biodegradable products that won’t cause harm to the environment. It is an interactive, educational way that shows students how easy it is to be sustainable.
- Cows and the Answer to the Energy Crisis - Use of manure as a methane fuel source
- Urban Agriculture - Advocating support for local farmers, sustainable farming practices in urban settings, and their impact on the economy.
Climate Change- With the change in climate patterns, this is one issue that started in the mid to late 20th century and continues to the present time. Climate change is caused by the rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels. We humans are its biggest cause and it is up to our generation to make the change for the future!
Dix Residence Hall
Hello, I am Cheyenne from Dix Residence Hall! This is my second year as an ECO at SUNY Cobleskill and I really enjoy my job. My love and concern for the environment inspired me to pursue the ECO position last year as it enables me to teach others about the environment and how to live a more sustainable life. It is my responsibility to monitor Dix Hall for issues pertaining to sustainability such as leaky faucets, lights left on unnecessarily and to check that people are recycling. I create educational programs about various sustainability topics and update the white board in the Dix main lobby weekly with quotes about the environment. I look forward to continuing to serve as ECO of Dix Hall for the rest of my time here.
Parsons Residence Hall
My name is Justin and I’m studying Wildlife Management at SUNY Cobleskill. My love for the environment and sustainability has grown from being a scout all of my life. I am an Eagle Scout and have volunteered teaching scouts about nature and ways to help the environment throughout my entire life. I grew up in the Hudson Valley in a small town called Tillson, which provides many places of outdoor recreation and learning experiences for sustainability. One of my mottos that I live by every day is “Every change, even small, can lead to big outcomes.”