“Green living” comes naturally to Theodora Mautz ’19. She grew up in Portland, Ore., where her father composted the family’s food scraps to raise tomatoes in their backyard garden.

To stay connected with environmental work, Mautz decided to get involved with sustainability on campus and joined one of Harvard’s oldest and most established sustainability initiatives, the Undergraduate Resource Efficiency Program (REP).

REP employs approximately 19 students: one for each of the 12 Houses, three for the Yard, and four captains for the Yard and neighborhoods. According to its website, REP reps “educate their peers on issues such as energy, waste, water, food, and more through fun, personal, community-building events, competitions, and campaigns.” Building on REP’s success, graduate students are also engaged in peer-to-peer outreach programs at Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard University Housing.

Since June 2014 Kelsey Grab has overseen REP as the residential program coordinator for the FAS Green Program at the Office for Sustainability (OFS). REP facilitates campaigns such as waste audits and the Green Cup competition, in which Houses vie to reduce energy and conserve the most resources.

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