The Board

President:  Abby Zielinski (

Major:  Environmental and Ecological Engineering

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I’m very excited to be BGI’s president for the 2016-2017 school year! In the past, I have been involved in the club as treasurer and also helped to lead a project at the Morton Community Center. I am happy to be a part of this group that provides meaningful contributions to sustainability on and around campus. I’m passionate about all of our different initiatives, especially those related to storm water management, such as creating rain gardens. With a group of motivated and hard-working members we will continue to do great things! P.S. I also enjoy dancing and eating chocolate!

Treasurer:  Sara Hansen (

Major:  Chemical Engineering


Hi! This is my second year as a part of BGI and I am excited to be more involved by being the Treasurer! I enjoyed learning about how we can be more sustainable last year and I am glad to have the opportunity to continue this year. I can’t wait to be a part of the projects we have planned and I am excited to see how they turn out! Speaking of how a project turned out… go check out the Morton Community Center Rain Garden that we installed last year! It was a really cool project and I am glad to have been a part of that initiative. Besides BGI, I also enjoy chemistry, playing the piano, and baseball (go Cubs!). BOILER UP!

Vice President & Stormwater Committee Chair:  Colleen Rooney (

Major: Industrial Engineering

Hi! I’ve been involved with BGI since my freshman year at Purdue, and I’m really happy with the progress we’ve made as a club.  I’ve been head of stormwater management for the past year in which we built a rain garden as well as maintained the one previously built on campus.  I love hearing new ideas, and I am really excited for what the club is going to do in the future and the environmental impact we will have.  I recently studied abroad in France and I’m happiest when I’m skiing! I’m so happy to be a part of such a wonderful group of people.

Secretary: Leela Menon (

Major: Environmental and Ecological Engineering


Hi everyone! I am so excited to be the current secretary of BGI. In the past, I was involved with the Education and Outreach Committee, specifically helping with the maintenance of the green roof on Schleman hall. Be sure to spend some time up there and check it out!I’ve been interested in sustainability since I was in 6th grade and I am so proud to be a part of a group that makes a significant impact on sustainability at Purdue. In my free time, I like to sing, play Ping-Pong and try out new recipes!

Recycling Committee Chair: Rohit Bhonagiri (

Major:  Accounting


Hey there! I’m Rohit Bhonagiri and I’m from Pune, India. I am a senior in accounting and an intersectional environmentalist interested in social justice, economic reform, and sustainability. I have worked towards enviro-social causes from a young age. As the recycling chair, I will be working to build on the work of previous recycling chairs with the help of primary research methods. BGI is a great club and offers the diversity of thought along with some interesting people. If you’re still reading this, you should join!

Webmaster: Kyla Prendergast (

Major: Environmental and Ecological Engineering


Hey! This is my second year being apart of BGI and I’m super excited to continue working to make the Purdue community more sustainable. Last year, I was involved with the the Stormwater Committee and did a lot of work for the Morton Rain Garden. I’m very interested in sustainability and environmental issues, specifically in urban areas, and I can’t wait to see what interesting and impactful ideas and projects everyone has this year. I also super love reading, animals, and going on hikes!