EcoCaptains

EcoCaptain Program Overview

EcoCaptains serve as paid sustainability champions and ambassadors for the OS. In collaboration with ResLife, this programs allows for EcoCaptains to lead sustainability related programming and educational activities in their residence halls. Keep an eye out for communications from your Residence Hall’s EcoCaptain for more ways to get involved and learn about UConn’s sustainability initiatives! Below are some of responsibilities of an EcoCaptain:

  • Work 5 hours per week
  • Attend biweekly EcoCaptain meetings
  • Provide weekly updates to OS intern leads
  • Participate in EcoCaptain training and group activities
  • Participate and encourage student participation in Office of Sustainability led events and programming such as EcoMadness, RecycleThon, Green Game Days, and Hillside Environmental Education Park (HEEP) trail events
  • Distribute Recycling Bags and Sustainability Activity books to residents
  • Lead sustainability education and engagement activities in residence halls beyond those initiated by the OS, examples include:
    • Weekly recycling audits and scoring
    • Monthly hall meetings about different topics related to sustainability
    • Environmental film screenings or movie nights, discussion forums, guest speakers
    • EcoCaptain “office hours” where people can ask questions about sustainability or give suggestions
    • Educational flyers, social media, etc.
    • Weekly tips for living more sustainably
    • Volunteer clean-up events
    • Week-long or one-day events or activities, such as a “power-down” day or other fun competitions

If you live on campus and are interested in leading sustainability related initiatives in your residence hall, please contact sustainability@uconn.edu to learn more on how to apply.

      Meet the EcoCaptains!

      Lillian Adamo 

      Major: Environmental Science
      Year Joined OS: Fall 2021
      Residence Hall: Werth Hall

      Extracurricular Activities:

        • Varsity Women's Rowing
        • Major Events Chair for Alpha Lambda Delta
        • Women in Math, Science and Engineering (WiMSE) member
        • CLAS Dean's List
        • HackUConn Promotion Team

        Interests:

        • Reading
        • Working out
        • Spending time outside

         

         


        Jessica Horn 

        Major: Animal Science
        Year Joined OS:
        Fall 2021
        Residence Hall:
        Northwest

        Extracurricular Activities:

        • EcoCaptain
        • Cancer Survivorship Research Assistant
        • Member of Club Swift
        • Certified Nursing Assistant

        Interests:

        • Cats
        • Volleyball
        • Plants
        • Grey's Anatomy

         

         


        Erica Hindle

        Major: Chemical Engineering
        Minors: 
        Environmental Engineering & Math
        Year Hired:
        Fall 2021
        Residence Hall:
        South Campus

        Extracurricular Activities:

        • UConn Dance Company
        • UConn Honors Program
        • UConn Engineering Dean's List

        Interests:

        • Dancing
        • Thrifting
        • Music
        • Sunrises

         

         


        Emma Phelps

        Major: Undecided (ACES)
        Year Joined OS:
        Fall 2021
        Residence Hall:
        Garrigus Suites

        Extracurricular Activities:

        • Division 1 Track and Field
        • Outing Club Member
        • UConn Dean’s List

        Interests:

        • Nutrition
        • Hiking
        • Road trips
        • Movies

         

         

         


        Ariana Venegas

        Major: Environmental Studies
        Minor:
        English
        Year Joined OS:
        Fall 2021
        Residence Hall:
        East Campus

        Extracurricular Activities:

        • U21 Member
        • UConn Dining Services Student Employee

        Interests:

        • Animals
        • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling/Cliff jumping
        • Biking
        • Paddle boarding
        • Travel
        • International Cooking & Baking
        • Painting on Rocks

        Thomas DeMichele

        Major: Political Science
        Year Joined OS:
        Fall 2021
        Residence Hall:
        North

        Interests:

        • Hiking
        • Weight Training
        • Guitar
        • Reading

         

         

         

         

         

         

         


        Ammar Alsadadi

        Major: Actuarial Science
        Year Joined OS:
        Fall 2021
        Residence Hall:
        Shippee Hall

        Interests:

        • Reading
        • TV shoes
        • Travelling
        • Football

         

         

         


        Amanda LoMonte

        Majors: Biology & Philosophy
        Minors:
        Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
        Year Joined OS:
        Fall 2021
        Residence Hall:
        West Campus

        Extracurricular Activities:

        • Resident Assistant
        • Development Coordinator for Camp Kesem UConn
        • STAC Liturgical Leader
        • Secretary of Alpha Omega
        • Club Track and Field
        • Law Society

        Interests:

        • Gardening, Running, Cooking and Baking
        • Asian Culture
        • Cats, Meeting New People

         


        Kaley Luk

        Kaley LukMajors: Mechanical Engineering 
        Year Joined OS:
        Fall 2021
        Residence Hall:
        Alumni Quad

        Extracurricular Activities:

        • Engineering Ambassadors
        • Presentation Team
        • Queer Asians and Allies

        Interests:

        • Animation
        • Drawing
        • Collecting Chococats

        Melissa Tian

        Majors: Animal Science
        Year Joined OS:
        Fall 2021
        Residence Hall:
        Buckley

        Extracurricular Activities:

        • UConn Honors Program
        • UConn's CUSA Freshman Representative
        • Club Women's Ultimate Frisbee
        • Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority

        Interests:

        • Arts and Crafts
        • Thrifting/upcycling clothes
        • Watching movies
        • Sloths

         


        Sydney Seldon

        Major: Environmental Science
        Year Joined OS:
        Fall 2021
        Residence Hall:
        Busby

        Extracurricular Activities:

        • D1 Volleyball Student Manager
        • Club Volleyball Member
        • Athletes in Action
        • Navigators
        • Cru

        Interests:

        • Hiking
        • Traveling
        • Thrift Shopping
        • Reading
        • Exercise

         


        Zahra Zare

        Majors: Digital Media and Design
        Year Joined OS:
        Fall 2021
        Residence Hall:
        Northwood Apartments

        Interests:

        • Running
        • Painting
        • Drawing
        • Hiking
        • Traveling
        • Watching animation and movies