Green Committee

Become a Green Committee member! 

Green Committee is a sub committee of Student Government ECO board.Small groups of students passionate about the environment and willing to volunteer to help with event logistics, take on innovative projects and make their school, department, lab or office more sustainable. If you are interested, we are recruiting, contact

Meet our Green Committee members:

Alexis Cambridge is a Junior from Slidell, Louisiana (outside of New Orleans). Her major is Ecosystem Science and Policy on a Conservation Biology track with minors in Biology and Africana studies. Outside of Green Committee, she is also an ECO Rep and the Head of Sustainability for the Food Recovery Network. Her main interests include reducing food waste and moving away from single-use plastics on campus. She is so excited to see what this year on Green Committee will bring! 

Rita Bekhash is a Senior majoring in Microbiology/Immunology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. Aside from Green Committee, she is also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, Relay for Life, and the Pre-Dental association here at UM. Within Green Committee, she is focusing on making campus dining more sustainable including swapping out single use plastic utensils for biodegradable or compostable ones in the food court. She is also working to get the Rathskeller and Lime restaurants to achieve this as well. She believes that while change is hard, it’s necessary for the environment and our future.  

Paul Da Silva is currently a Junior studying Biochemistry. Her work in Green Committee includes increasing the sustainability of t-shirt orders on campus and decreasing food waste and food insecurity via the Food Alert system. She is also an intern in the Office of Sustainability. Paula aspires to contribute to bioconservation and environmental justice one day.  

Cassidy Renninger is from Tampa, Florida and is majoring in Ecosystem Science and Policy with a minor in Marine Science and Biology. She is excited to work to bring sustainable bike racks to campus and also create a water/energy conservation competition here on campus.

Miranda De Gasperi was born and raised in Perú and is currently a senior double-majoring in Ecosystem Science & Policy and Studio Art. Her project for Fall 2019 is stopping the use of glyphosate-based pesticides on campus and spreading awareness about more sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics.  

Olivia Zukowski is a sophomore from Long Island, New York majoring in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Political Science with a minor in French. This year she is extremely excited to be involved in Green Committee as it truly provides students with the opportunity to make tangible changes on campus. She is specifically looking forward to working on projects that help minimize single-use plastics as well as reducing food waste. 

Kelly McLoughlin is a senior from New Jersey majoring in Marine Science. She LOVES the outdoors, swimming, hiking, and reading and trying to incorporate her love for the environment in everything she does. It is her first year on Green Committee and she is looking forward to reducing the water waste on our campus.  

Anna Timmons is majoring in Political Science with minors in Journalism and History. She is working on reducing plastic waste and encouraging sustainable habits here at the U.  
Daniel Avila is a Junior pursuing a major in General Advertising with minors in Marketing, Art History, and Music Business Entertainment Industries. He is very passionate about recycling and making the world a better and cleaner place. He hopes to teach more students and faculty about the ins and outs of recycling, the proper way to recycle, and what can/can’t be recycled. He also would like to enlighten people about what our planet faces if we do not steer in a more positive direction with carbon dioxide emissions, plastic use, etc. He feels like he has taught himself a lot about recycling and being more environmentally conscious, so he hopes his work on Green Committee will help motivate people to take actions in their lives to create a more sustainable planet too.
Julie Topf is a Junior double majoring in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Spanish, with minors in Climate Science and Policy, Geography, and Political Science. She is especially interested in environmental protection and sustainable development. Julie is currently working on having professors switch from regular throw-away dry erase markers to refillable ones made of recycled plastic, having UM organizations order shirts from eco-friendly companies/sources, and banning car idling on campus. 
Jevonna Jarvis is a Sophomore majoring in Athletic Training with a minor in German. Her focus is on single-use plastic waste reduction and compost. As a sophomore, this is her first year on Green Committee. She is also the public relations chair for UMiami UNICEF and a member of Hurricanes Athletic Training Students and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She hopes to make a bigger sustainable impact on campus this year and meet others like-minded!  
Tom Santella is a freshman living in Hect-Pentland and is majoring in Undecided Business. He is deciding whether or not he is interested in majoring or minoring in Ecosystem Science and Policy. He is very excited to work on making our campus more sustainable including making buildings more reusable in terms of water and electricity, as well as trying to make the marketplace use resuable plates and utensils instead of plastics.