Meet the Current Peer Educators


Growing up with roots in the Boy Scouts of America taught me that my actions, no matter how small, will make an impact socially and environmentally.  As a Sustainability Steward, it is my goal to demonstrate and share how being more mindful in our day-to-day choices can add up and create a positive outcome.  This position will allow me to develop professional and casual friendships with faculty and students alike, while communicating information and concerns that may be relevant to the sustainability goals here at UNCW.  I look forward to seeing the progress that will inevitably come once the student body and faculty unite over the importance of shaping a sustainable future.



I have always been passionate about sustainability and looking for solutions to work for a sustainable future, so becoming a sustainable peer educator here at UNCW fit right up my ally. Growing up in the suburbs of DC made me realize how much needs to be done to have a sustainable future, and that's what I hope to start to accomplish in this program. Being a student-athlete as well as being involved in multiple clubs here (SurfRider, Plastic Ocean Project, and SAAC) have led me to this opportunity. Working with others that have the same passion as me to educate others on sustainability is what I hope this program is going to be all about, and I'm extremely excited to start it off for the first time ever.


Hi! I’m Ruth Alexander, I’m from the small coastal town of Pine Knoll Shores, NC and I am a freshman at UNCW. I intend on majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Sustainability. I like to spend my free time running, hiking, or going to the beach. I am so excited to be a Sustainability Steward here at UNCW so that I can share my passion about sustainability with the student body. There are so many great sustainability efforts happening at UNCW and I can’t wait to help enhance them and spread the word about them on campus.



I'm Kaylee and I am a sophomore studying Environmental Science here at UNCW. I am from Franklin, Vermont and growing up in such a beautiful, rural state has given me a deep appreciation for nature. Leading a more sustainable lifestyle, and living in a more sustainable world is something that is very important to me. I am so excited to be a Sustainability Peer Educator because it will give me the opportunity to promote sustainable practices and educate others about the environmental problems we face today. I hope to make a difference on this campus through the work that I will accomplish with my fellow Sustainability Stewards!


Hello I’m Matthew Schmitt, but most people call me Schmitt. I am a Wilmington native and a junior at UNCW. I am double majoring in Marine Biology and Environmental Science. Growing up in Wilmington has allowed me to gain experience in the local environment and the ability to use that information to guide my peers to become more environmentally conscious. I am excited to be a sustainability steward so I can engage, encourage, and enthrall my peers about the future of sustainability at UNCW.


I have been a passionate environmentalist for as long as I can remember. I spent much of my childhood exploring the outdoors and observing nature. It didn't take long for me to understand why it  is important to care for the environment. Over the years, I have developed a more sustainable lifestyle by reducing the amount of plastic I use, cutting out meat and dairy from my diet, volunteering for beach clean-ups, and much more. Being a Sustainable Steward allows me to share the reasons behind my passion and sustainable lifestyle in hopes of encouraging others to hold similar beliefs.