Eco Fashion Expo’s mission is to promote sustainable fashion, values and awareness into the Hunter and CUNY community. By endorsing reusing, recycling and repurposing, we hope to broaden student’s possibilities of what “trash” can become. We highly emphasize the impact of an individual’s choices in the fashion industry by fostering creativity, sustainability and consciousness of eco-fashion.
Year of Study: Sophomore
Major/s: Economics, Chinese
Interests: upcycling, sustainability, fashion, economics, entrepreneurship, waste reduction, chinese, technology
Angela is currently a sophomore majoring in Economics and Chinese, and considering a minor in Computer Science. She loves to think about creative ways to upcycle clothing in her free time. One of her favorite simple upcycling projects is making keychain plushies from old jeans by stuffing them with excess scraps and thread as well as ripped plastic bags that cannot be used as trash bags. As a co-leader of Macaulay Green Initiative, a new sustainability club at the Macaulay Honors College, Angela has helped organize a DIY recycled denim keychain workshop, as well as a sustainable cooking workshop and park clean-up event. Angela hopes to combine her interests in entrepreneurship, economics, sustainability, fashion, chinese and technology in the future to be a part of the solution to globally reduce waste and pollution.
The aim of the Biodegradables Campaign is to raise awareness in the Hunter community of the harmful effects of disposable plastics, and to gather petition signatures of students, faculty, and staff urging the Hunter cafeteria food vendor, AVI Fresh Foods, to implement biodegradbale cups, plates, and utensils in their next contract with Hunter College. This campaign hopes to help reduce Hunter's waste stream, and to catalyze institutional as well as individual waste reduction practices in the Hunter community.
Year of Study: Senior
Major/s: Environmental Studies
Interests: conservation, effects of plastics & micro-plastics on trophic levels, waste reduction
The NYC Student Sustainability Conference seeks to bring together students from other CUNY campuses and NYC-based colleges to share sustainability initiatives that have been implemented on their home campuses, and brainstorm ways to introduce these initiatives on other campuses.
Year of Study: Junior
Major/s: Environmental Studies (Policy and Management), GIS Certificate, Geography minor
Interests: food waste practices, alternative energy, ocean conservation practices & ocean cleaup efforts
Wyatt is a 3rd year Environmental Studies major focusing on Policy and Management, working toward a Geography minor and a GIS Certificate. He has worked on a 4-semester-long internship project with Energy Vision and the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities to research the possibility of installing a micro-anaerobic digester–which converts organic food waste into energy–at Hunter. He is currently working on a research paper proposal exploring different device models to be presented to and discussed with faculty and staff. He hopes the NYC SSC will bring to light ways in which other NYC campuses have implemented organic waste procedures, and give insight to how Hunter College can do the same. In the future, Wyatt hopes to work to map new cities which are adapting to the effects of climate change, i.e. flooding and natural disasters.
Year of Study: Senior
Major/s: Geography – Sustainability Studies; History minor
Interests: sustainability education, awareness, waste reduction, energy and water efficiency, lifestyle change
Mike is a senior studying Sustainability Studies and History. He is the President of Hunter Sustainability Project, and has led/collaborated on several TGIF grant projects in the past. He has served as a project leader for Hunter Sustainability Project's annual Hunter Goes Green Week event, and was key organizer in the planning of the Hunter Green Space Project. Last year, he wrote a TGIF grant to install 12 new hand dryers in the bathrooms to encourage students to reduce their usage of paper towels, which require more water and energy to produce than electronic hand dryers. Mike also has experience interning at the Lower East Side Ecology Center Electronic Waste Warehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn.