Gabriel Echarte ’22
I am a sophomore at Amherst College and a potential Political Science major. Growing up in Miami, FL, environmental issues were always front and center of my childhood. Climate change felt present in my daily life as I constantly read stories on the increasing concentration and veracity of hurricanes, heavy flooding, and the myriad other tolls human activity was having on my city. At Amherst, I wanted to further involve myself in issues pertaining to the environment and joined the Amherst Association of Students, focusing on issues relating to climate change and campus sustainability. It is my hope that through the OES this year I can become a more effective advocate for sustainability and climate action at Amherst.
Meg Parker ’20
I'm a senior majoring in Psychology and Political Science. I was an OES intern last year, and I'm so pleased to be working with the office again - more impossible burgers, anyone? Besides being an OES intern, I'm a member of the swim team and an AAS Senator. I'm looking forward to a great year full of fresh, new ideas with everyone at the OES!
Maya Bhandari ’20
I'm a neuroscience major in the class of 2020. On campus, I run Cross Country and Track, am an AAS Senator, and am on the E-board for Consulting Club. I first got involved with the OES in 2018 when I did a summer internship researching how to apply the most effective global climate solutions to New England higher education. I'm very excited to work with the OES again this year, and one project I hope to implement is an on-campus secondhand clothing store. My goal is to reduce the amount of new items bought and shipped to Amherst, promote the practice of reusing and recycling clothing, and provide a hassle-free way for students to turnover clothing, all while creating a convenient, sustainable means of shopping on campus.
Olivia Gieger ’21
I'm returning to the OES for my third year, after working as an intern and an eco-rep during my sophomore and freshman years. As an environmental studies major, I love the opportunity that working with the OES provides to connect global trends and solutions to hyper-local projects. In addition to interning at the OES, I work as the Arts Editor on The Student, and I hope to pursue a career as an environmental journalist.
Margaret Werner ’21
Sydney Scanlon ’21