Steering is Eco's version of a hall/community council

Eco is a community where we all know, respect, and empower each other, and Steering is where we celebrate this every week!  Your residence hall is your home away from home, so it's important to be involved in the place where you study, sleep, eat, make memories, find lifelong friends, develop leadership skills, and more.  Steering is about an hour each week, and it's a fun, stress-free hour where you can pause all the academic stress and focus on truly getting everything you can out of your college experience!

Steering is the umbrella organization that supports the seven house committees (tons more info about them below).  All residents are expected to be an active member in at least one committee, and they are great places to contribute to and benefit from your fellow Ecohousers.  Eco has always been a community that is truly shaped by the residents, so if you're living here then be ready to be involved - you get out what you put in, after all!

Steering Committee (Hall Council)

  • Take ownership of your home by addressing community issues
  • Stay up to date about events
  • Weekly updates sent via newsletter
  • Everyone is welcome to attend
  • You get out what you put in!
When?

Sundays @ 5pm

Where?

Eco lobby

Advisor:

Eco's RHD

Steering Chair:

Audrey S.

Residential Student Congress (RSC) Reps:

Subcommittees

  • EcoAdventures

    This committee is all about getting outdoors! Ithaca has endless trails, waterfalls, and more to explore. The best part? You don’t have to be Bear Grylls to be on our committee or participate in our events! Top programs include slacklining, bike rides, camping trips, and kayaking. Come enjoy the fresh air with us!

    Meetings: Sundays @ 11am for Spring 2022
    Advisor: RA Antonia
    Co-Chairs: Robert HaoJia W. & Sophia W.
    BikeShare Manager: [open position for spring 2022 - contact Steering Chair Audrey if you want this position]

  • EcoCreates

    This is the “build-it-yourself” committee that works to improve Eco and its grounds through artwork and construction. Projects include murals, redoing our breakfast bar, and custom Terracycle boxes for each room. Whether you have a creative mind, artistic talents, or just want to create something with your own hands, we have a place for you!

    Meetings: Thursdays @ 8pm for Spring 2022
    Advisor: RA Alexandra
    Co-Chairs: Sarah R. & Emma V.M.
    Woodshop Manager: Emily V.

  • EcoEats

    This committee is dedicated to designing programs that involve anything related to food. In keeping with the Eco House mission, we also discuss topics like sustainable farming, urban farming, composting, world hunger, food justice, and more. Top programs include cultural food nights and cooking competitions. We’d love to eat and chat with you!

    Meetings: Sundays @ 4pm for Spring 2022
    Advisor: Programming Assistant Andrea
    Co-Chairs: Kailyn L. & [open position for spring 2022 - contact Steering Chair Audrey if you want this position]

  • EcoServes

    This committee is a bridge between the values of the Ecology House and the Ithaca community. We focus on community service events and how we can best benefit the place we all call home. Projects include collaborating with EcoVillage, the SPCA, and making blankets and pillows for recently released homeless ICE detainees. Come join us and apply your passion to make an impact!

    Meetings: Committee is not meeting for spring 2022
    Advisor: RA Victoria
    Co-Chairs: Committee is not meeting for spring 2022

  • Project Greenhouse

    Although Project Greenhouse is recognized by Cornell as an independent club, it has strong ties to Eco since it was founded here. PG is in charge of the student-built greenhouse in the backyard, and any produce grown in the greenhouse is free to residents involved with this committee. Here you can help grow plants and produce, work with our rain barrel system, decorate the structure, and more!

    Meetings: Sundays @ 3:30pm for Spring 2022
    Advisor: RA Mike 
    Co-Project Managers: Brooke H. & Joyce G. 
    Archivist: [open position for spring 2022 - contact Steering Chair Audrey if you want this position]
    Marketing & Outreach Coordinator: Kelsea W.

  • Sustainability Committee

    While in practice our entire hall is a "sustainability committee," this committee will be for those who want to truly learn more and engage their peers in everything from changing lifestyle habits to improving our hall to running outreach projects with the greater Cornell community.  Projects include making repurposed styrofoam door draft catchers, weekly climate justice chats, and more.  Join us!

    Meetings: Mondays @ 8pm for Spring 2022
    Advisor: Sustainability Assistant Darian
    Co-Chairs: Adam V. & Eliza W.

  • Social Justice Committee

    This committee is new for fall 2020 and is one of our commitments that came from our summer 2020 statement supporting Black Lives Matter.  In addition to ensuring we are upholding our commitment to empowering our Black Ecohousers, this committee will also organize programs, initiatives, and more around all areas of social justice and marginalized identities, increasing in intersectionality as the community learns and grows together.  Of course, this work is not just relegated to the people who happen to join this committee and does not mean that other community members are exempt from doing this work; we are starting here in order to build a future where the work of this committee is so intricately and intentional woven into the work of ALL committees that it is no longer its own separate committee.  Read our social justice newsletter, DYSFUNCTION, here!

    Meetings: Mondays @ 4:30pm Spring 2022
    Advisor: Steering Chair Audrey
    Co-Chairs: Metztli M. & [open position for spring 2022 - contact Steering Chair Audrey if you want this position]

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