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Epsilon Eta  was founded by Liza Schillo in 2006 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is America's first  environmental honors fraternity. The chapter at Chapel Hill is the fraternity's Alpha chapter.

Epsilon Eta comes from the Greek words for science and morality. The fraternity was founded not only to support scientific research, but to encourage the use of this knowledge to promote a sustainable society. The fraternity's members range from policy students to scientists, who together from a network of future environmental leaders.

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Foundation

First induction ceremony, December 2nd, 2006, Alpha Chapter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. NC Senator Ellie Kinnaird Keynote Speaker

The Alpha Chapter of Epsilon Eta was formally established as an Environmental Honors Fraternity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 5th, 2006. It was the first of its kind in America and was the conception of  Liza Schillo, an  environmental studies undergraduate at the University at that time. Charters were Anna Marie Fabiszewski, Jesse Prentice-Dunn and Liza Schillo.

2006 Alpha classIn November 2006, the first elections for the Alpha Chapter were held, with Liza Schillo elected President, Anna Marie Fabiszewski, Vice-President, Tyler Daluz, Treasurer and Hannah Early, Secretary. On December 2nd 2006 the first induction ceremony held in Murphey Hall, UNC Chapel Hill with NC Senator  Ellie Kinnaird as the keynote speaker. Inductions werer awarded by Drs. Douglas Crawford-Brown and Greg Gangi, Advisors to Epsilon Eta. The Alpha Class included Jennifer Bellis, Robin Bolte, John Bryan, Jean Burnett, Patty Chuang, Lily Clark, Emily Cohn, Tyler Daluz, Hannah Early, Charles Edwards, Madeline Gwyn, Rachel Harper, Kirstin Hunt, Alia Khan, Kincaid Lowe, Lauren Miller, Meredith Morgan, Jessica Leigh Nichols, Alec Palermo, Stephanie Wendel, and Logan Yonavjak.

Mission

The Mission of Epsilon Eta is to promote the fields relating to the environmental studies as the world becomes increasingly more in need of a united body of driven and educated environmental individuals. Epsilon is derived from the Greek word for science, and Eta from morality. The fraternity was founded not only to support scientific research, but to encourage the use of this knowledge to promote a sustainable society. The fraternity's members range from policy students to scientists, who together with alumni form a broad and, critically, interdisciplinary network of environmental leaders.  

The three pillars of Epsilon Eta are Academics, Community and Service.

Academics: The fraternity recognizes its members for their academic excellence as well as their leadership and dedication to the environmental community.

Community: The first priority of this organization is to connect outstanding students whose primary academic focus is the environment, and to provide them with a network of support and opportunities during and after their academic career. The organization will strive connect students not only with each other, but with professors, alumni, scientists, policy-makers, non-profit organizations, and other members of the environmental community by platforms such as alumni-member networking, community events, and the eventual establishment of a national conference.

Service:  The fraternity focus is not just on academic excellence, but in putting ideas into action through service projects. Examples of projects include river clean-ups, hosting members of the environmental community for public lectures, and community outreach and public education.   This betters the environment while strengthening community outreach skills of each member.  By putting academic intelligence into action members will create and participate in their own projects, focusing on public education and generating environmental awareness.  

Goals of the Alpha Chapter of Epsilon Eta include the establishment of a green fraternity house, to run solely on alternative energy and demonstrate to the Chapel Hill community both the easy and more committed changes that can be made to a home to “go green”.  Epsilon Eta also intends to start a scholarship fund for environmentally-excelling members.