Sustainability Student Network

Erin Daly '14
Job: Grounds Crew Sustainability Worker
Who I am: Junior Environmental Studies and Geography major from Weedsport, NY.
Projects: Writing a series of articles relating Grounds to the sustainability theme of the month, working on monitoring the amount of water used in newly planted "sustainable landscape" areas in conjunction with the sustainable landscape master plan.
Goals: I would love to see a greater portion of the student body (and community members for that matter) thinking more actively about how they can be sustainable. I would just like to see our community consume less and recognize the hidden impacts of our wasteful actions.

Jessica Del Fiacco  Jessica Del Fiacco '16
Job: Library Office- Student Aide
Who I Am: I am a first-year student from Northwestern Wisconsin.
Projects: I collect and sort the paper from various locations and then deliver it to Document Services to be made into Onesies.
Goals: To make recycling easier and more common than throwing things away.

   Wouter HamminkWouter Hammink '14
Job: ITS Sustainability Worker
Who I Am: I'm an easily overwhelmed Dutch-American quickly realizing I'm still not sure what I want to do with my future. I'm studying Political Science and Environmental Studies, and I love to sit outside thinking about how their respective realms love to hate each other.
Projects: I'm interested in reducing paper use on campus in my one semester on the committee. I want to work more with faculty to encourage decreased paper consumption and to allow individual members of the Macalester community to see their printing statistics in an effort to curb consumption.
Goals: On a campus scale, I want to see Macalester embrace the digital era and go completely paperless! How cool would that be?! More largely, I want to see a reduction of our dependence on non-local food sources and genetically modified food products.

Kate KeleherKate Keleher '13
Job: Purchasing Sustainability Student Worker
Who I Am: I'm a Macalester senior from Boston majoring in International Studies and minoring in English and Environmental Studies. If I'm not cooking, choreographing, working at an Afghani restaurant, writing, laughing at my own puns, biking, or pretending to speak Dutch with my friends, I'm probably spending quality (Daily) time with my boyfriend, Jon Stewart.
Projects: After working in Facilities as the Zero Waste Coordinator and the Sustainability Office as the Student Worker Network Coordinator, I'm looking forward to tackling our campus' inefficiencies from yet another perspective. In Purchasing, I hope to focus on the material details of daily life at Macalester, share the story of commodities' origins and destinations, and make realistic, lasting changes where I can.
Goals: I wish for transparency. If commodities could talk, what stories would they tell? What are my actions' consequences? I suspect this knowledge would redefine the choices of my everyday life.

Samilee MoodySamilee Moody '13
Job: Sustainability Network Coordinator in Facilities
Who I Am: I'm a Minneapolis-area native and a senior Physics/Astronomy major with a studio art minor. Not much else to say; I like coffee and vegetables, and one of my friends told me I have a Finnish soul (despite my lack of physical or genetic connection to Finland).
Projects: I'm hoping to get a nice little greenhouse for MULCH, and possibly continue my work on improving the Free Swap.
Goals: I want to make fresh, local vegetables more accessible for people everywhere!

Erin PorterErin Porter '16
Job: Library Office Student Aide
Who I Am: I am a first year student from Aztec, New Mexico. I am a big proponent of creating sustainability in our communities, and in high school I helped create a program for recycling computer paper in my school. I love the wonderful outdoors and traveling. I am currently undecided on a major, but I am considering something in the Humanities or possibly International Studies.
Projects: I am currently part of the sustainability team in the library, and I work with the team on the Onesies project as well as other projects in the library.
Goals: In the long-term, my goal is to help dramatically decrease the amount of paper printed in the library and around campus, though helping Macalester become more sustainable in general would be wonderful too. I am also seeking to spread knowledge of sustainability practices to the community and beyond.

Gabby QueenanGabby Queenen '15
Zero Waste and Recycling Coordinator
Who I Am: I am currently a sophomore at Macalester and I am majoring in Environmental Science and Political Science with a Spanish minor. I am from Bedford, Massachusetts and I am from a close-knit North Eastern family that loves the outdoors.
Projects: As a Zero Waste and Recycling Coordinator, my focus will be on developing a Zero Waste mentality here at Macalester. I'm hoping to develop some student led projects that will allow for student engagement in volunteering for recycling initiatives as well as increased education for the student body with regards to the initiatives Macalester has already worked so hard to create.
Goals: My vision for Macalester is a campus that promotes a sustainable lifestyle. I would love to see a campus that incorporates sustainability into every aspect of student and faculty life with ease, from accessible composting units on campus to greener technology use from all departments.

Emma StoutEmma Stout '15
Job: Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Facilities Department
Who I am: I'm a sophomore Environmental Studies major from Roseville, Minnesota. On campus, I'm involved with the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, as well as an organization called Food Roots. This summer I worked as a teacher intern at Breakthrough Saint Paul.
Projects: I'm interested in developing programs to educate members of the community about how to reduce energy consumption at Mac.
Goals: In my ideal world, everyone would have access to clean air and water and healthy, organic food.

Karen WeldonKaren Weldon '14
Job: Food Sustainability Worker
Who I Am: I’m a junior Environmental Studies major from Norman, Oklahoma, who loves food! If I’m not eating curry, baking granola, or taking out the compost, chances are you’ll find me browsing cookbooks, shopping at farmers’ markets or Asian groceries, reading Michael Pollen and Wendell Berry, or advocating for a more sustainable food system. Aside from my great appetite for everything food, I also enjoy traveling Japan, playing in orchestras, drawing from models, taking walks with friends, and collecting postcards.
Projects: This year, I’m continuing a newspaper series on Café Mac workers, working to get the President’s Real Food Campus Commitment enacted, running the Real Food Calculator, reducing waste through Clean Plate Days, and beginning a campaign for meatless Mondays.
Goals: I envision Macalester as a place where all food comes from sustainable, fair, and humane sources. Solar ovens and wind power will cook our meals and power our dishwashers. Food packaging will all be reusable. Food waste will be minimal, and will be used to feed the resident pigs. Side lawns will be converted into “eat the lawn” veggie gardens, and rooftops will sprout orchards.