The Board

President:  Matt Konicek (

Major:  Mechanical Engineering


Hi! My name is Matt Konicek and I am extremely excited to be BGI’s president for the 2017-2018 school year. I previously acted as BGI’s secretary and I served on the Stormwater Committee, where I helped create the rain garden at Morton Community Center (be sure to check it out!). Outside of BGI, I enjoy trivia, playing volleyball, and cooking. After I graduate I hope to continue to work on environmental issues in some capacity. I have really enjoyed my time with BGI and I hope to help make this a great year!

Vice President:  Mya Smith (

Major: Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Minor: Spanish
Hello! I’m a freshman here at Purdue majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and minoring in Spanish. I have always been passionate about environmentalism and sustainability, and this club is a great combination of teamwork with amazing people and exciting projects. This is only my second semester with BGI, but I have had great opportunities to participate in football recycling, and the Food Scrape. In my free time I enjoy writing, painting, meeting new people, and binge playing Mario Kart. I’m very excited to see where this club takes me and what new projects we accomplish together.

Treasurer:  Emily Dawley (

Major: Environmental Health Science with Minors in Spanish and Biology
This is my second semester with BGI, and I am the treasurer this semester. I knew I wanted to join a sustainability-minded organization and BGI was the clear choice for me! Something really special about BGI is that we are a club filled with people from any major! You don’t have to be in engineering or in an environmental major in order to make a difference in terms of sustainability. We are all about coming up with and implementing fresh ideas on how to make our campus and community more sustainable! In my free time, I enjoy being part of Purdue’s All-American Marching Band, traveling, and being outdoors. Fun fact: the picture of me is from when I visited Parque Guel in Barcelona when I studied abroad in Spain!

Secretary: Alison Little

Majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Minoring in Soil Sciences
Hi everyone! This is my second semester being in BGI and I am super excited to become more involved through my position of secretary! I have always been very interested in the natural world and environmental issues, so it was almost a no-brainer for me to join this organization and help transform Purdue into a more sustainable campus! Last semester I had a lot of fun participating in a variety of projects from both the Stormwater and Recycling committees, and I can’t wait to see what kinds of things we will accomplish in the future! In my spare time, I really enjoy drawing, painting, reading, and being outdoors.


Social Media Chair: Coby English (

Majors: Professional Writing & Political Science
Hey! This is my second year as a member of BGI and second semester as the Social Media Chair! In the past, I have also been a part of the Education & Outreach Committee, and now am on the Stormwater Committee. My favorite thing about BGI is being able to help maintain the rain gardens on campus and the exciting guest speakers we have! I am interested in all aspects of sustainability, particularly that of our world’s water resources, focusing on the policy and politics of it all. In addition to my majors, I also have a minor in Environmental Science and certificate in Public Policy! In my free time, I enjoy writing, running for hours on end, and watching movies, old and new!

Event Planner: Sarah Gray (

Major: Wildlife Sciences
Hello!  This will be my second year as a member of BGI and I am so excited to serve as the Event Planner this year.  In the past, I helped serve on both the Recycling and Stormwater Committees, which included brainstorming ideas to increase recycling on/around Purdue’s campus and maintaining rainwater gardens on campus.  I joined BGI because I was looking for a club that initiated sustainability on Purdue’s campus rather than pushed for it, and I couldn’t be happier with what we have accomplished!  I gained an interest in sustainability my sophomore year of college once I changed my major to Wildlife Sciences and plan to work towards protecting natural resources as a career.  In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, reading, playing games, and watching movies!

Education & Outreach Committee Chair: Ben Weber (

Major: Undecided
Hello! I’m a sophomore, with this being my second year in BGI. I initially joined for the common goal I saw in this group from the first meeting: a true and genuine concern for the Earth. My passion and concern began my senior year in high school when I learned about environmental issues and their incredibly large scope, giving me a significant reason to help. Now, as Education and Outreach committee chair, I’m excited to spread these concerns just as they have spread to me in hopes of others jumping on board for the fight against the Earth’s deterioration. Oh, and my favorite things to do are play piano (jazz specifically) and read!

Recycling Committee Chair: Bruno Sanchez-Ortiz (

Major: Civil Engineering
Hey! I am very excited to serve as the recycling committee chair because I, along with anyone else who gets involved, will have the opportunity to improve Purdue’s recycling practices and awareness. I will try my best to make recycling a more prominent topic on, and even around, Purdue’s campus. As an advocate for sustainability, I naturally got involved with BGI during my second semester. It’s great to meet other green geeks like me! Other than reading up on all things green, I like watching movies, jamming to music, and great conversations about whatever.

Stormwater Committee Chair: Hannah Jongkind (

Major: Environmental Geoscience
Hi everyone! This is my second semester as a member of BGI, and I am so excited to be a committee chair! I’m also currently a team member on the Stormwater Committee’s RE-VOLV project; we’re working to help put up solar panels and make West Lafayette more sustainable. I am very interested in renewable energy, water quality, and hydrology, among other environmental issues. In my free time, I love reading, kayaking, and working outdoors. I can’t wait to see how we make a difference together in our community!

 Stormwater Committee Chair: Maritza Villalobos- Lopez

Major: Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Hi! My name is Maritza Villalobos-Lopez and I am currently a junior and am majoring in Environmental and Ecological Engineering with a minor in Spanish. I am excited to be a chair in the Stormwater Committee this semester!  I have always been passionate about helping the community around me and trying to do my part to help the environment. I am excited to be able to help start some new projects for BGI to work on this semester and create a more sustainable environment. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing with my dogs and playing video games!

Webmaster: Qian (Jane) Di

Major: Pre-Pharmacy


I am currently a freshmen student majoring in Pre- pharmacy. BGI is the first club I joined and I had a great experience being in it. I enjoyed creating posters to encourage recycling and volunteering for football recycling. The reason why I wanted to become webmaster for the club is because this way I can be more involved and watch the club grow and impact more students to protect their surrounding living environment.