BA '14 - Ecological Sustainability and Social Change; minor in Environmental Studies
The year prior to graduation from Gallatin, Eric was named the 2013 Environmentalist of the Year from his home state of New Jersey, which also awarded him 2013 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award. In 2008, when he was sixteen, he founded for the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, Inc. (MEVO), environmental 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Northern New Jersey. MEVO carries out environmental sustainability volunteer projects ranging from trash clean-ups and hiking trail building to teaching educational programs on beekeeping and managing organic farms. Since its founding, MEVO has mobilized over 1,500 volunteers to carry out over 20,000 hours of volunteer work, including a partnership with the Ramapough Lunaape Nation to remove and stop illegal trash dumping on Stag Hill in Mahwah, New Jersey, and, in partnership with the Bergen County Parks Department, building one acre educational organic farm at Saddle River County Park in Fairlawn, New Jersey. In addition to his work with MEVO, he runs Eric Fuchs-Stengel Consultants, a group of professional activists who help develop programs in environmental education, not-for-profit management, community organizing, leadership training, environmental advocacy, garden design, and beekeeping.