Meet the Student Workers

Rick BeckelRick Beckel '15
Job: Sustainability Student Worker
Who I Am: : I study Biology and am pursuing minors in Environmental Studies and Political Science. I have been interested in environmental issues all my life and am particularly interested in grassroots climate change activism, environmental policy, and conservation issues. When I'm not studying or in the Sustainability Office, I am either buried in a book, listening to music, or playing outside.
Projects: I have primarily worked on composting and bike promotion on campus during my time at the Sustainability Office. Over the summer and this past semester, I worked with Facilities to coordinate and publicize the composting rollout. On the biking front, I help run the Macalester BikeShare program with the Library, write a biking column for the Mac Weekly, and organize a winter bike storage program for students.
Goals: I hope that Macalester students are inculcated with attitudes and habits that allow them to see how their actions as consumers and citizens impact the wider world, and that they take the tenets of sustainability with them wherever they go upon graduation. In the wider sense, my dream is for future generations to have a more biocentric worldview; this is the only way we can truly hope to effectively address many of the issues we're fighting for.

Leo KendrickLeo Kendrick '16
Job: Bikeshare Coordinator
Who I Am: I’m a sophomore Geology/Environmental Studies major from Minneapolis. My main sustainability interests include transportation (particularly biking) and food. I’m also an avid mountain biker and nordic skier.
Current projects: Winter bike storage, new bikeshare bikes, maintenance of the bikeshare fleet.
Goals: Collaboration with MacBike, increased bicycle use by Macalester students, and a more bike-friendly campus.

Emily SylvestreEmily Sylvestre '16
Sustainability Student Worker - Communications
Who I am: I am a sophomore Environmental Studies and Geography double major from Minneapolis, MN. I am interested in land cover change and land use change as they are influenced by climate change. In my spare time I sing in the Macalester Concert Choir, read books, canoe, run, bike, backpack, and duke it out with fossil fuel companies.
Projects: I write the newsletter and help plan and publicize outreach to the macalester community.
Goals: I want Macalester to be a community leader and a laboratory of sustainability innovation. My goals for the world include acting on the climate crisis and addressing environmental inequality.