Meet the Student Workers

Sam Zieve ‘17
Job: Sustainability Office Coordinator & Communications Manage
I am a senior from Seattle, WA with a Geography Major, Environmental Studies Minor and Concentrations in Urban and African Studies. My interest within the field of sustainability lies at the intersection between environmental and social justice. Specifically, how urban governance impact the ways in which cities are designed for environmentally positive and socially equitable futures. My position focuses on three core functions. First, the management and scheduling of student employees. Second, maintaining the structural integrity of and working to improve the institutional capacity of the Sustainability Office on campus. Finally, to help manage the office’s social media and communication platforms.

Shelby Witherby '18
Job: Sustainability Student Network Coordinator 
Who I am: I am a junior Environmental Studies and Applied Mathematics double major from Bloomington, MN. My main sustainability interests are renewable energy and environmental engineering. My work with the Sustainability Office focuses on planning and running the Sustainability Student Network (SSN) meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to create a collective space and community for everyone involved in sustainability work across campus through student organizations, student employment, and academic departments. In my spare time I love to go camping, climbing, and running.

Zach Malett '18
Sustainability Assistant - Transportation/Bikeshare/Communications 
Who I am: I am a junior Political Science Major from Weston, CT. My main sustainability interest is transportation development, especially creating transportation systems which can compete with single occupancy automobiles as methods of commuting and general transportation. 

Que Nguyen '19
 Sustainability Assistant - GHG Emissions
Who I am: I am a sophomore from Hanoi, Vietnam, majoring in Environmental Studies with a Biology emphasis. My main sustainability interests are renewable energy, waste management, and sustainable living. I am currently compiling data for Macalester’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions report for the 2015-2016 fiscal year to see how close we are to our Carbon Neutral by 2025 goal. When I am not looking at the computer screen, I can be found organizing Free Swap, the little corner in Kagin where you exchange stuffs for free.

Shintaro Iwai ‘18
Job: Sustainability Assistant - STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System)
Who I am: I am a junior from Kumamoto, Japan, majoring in International Studies and Geography but I am interested in Economics as well. My main interest in sustainability is how different countries approach sustainability and take action towards a more sustainable future. My main focus is a system called STARS where colleges self-report sustainability-related data to an organization called AASHE (The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) and receive certification for their efforts in promoting sustainability.

David Weiss ’17
Job: Sustainability Assistant - Transportation & Bikeshare Coordinator
Who I am: I am a senior Environmental Studies major from Plattsburgh, NY. My emphasis within the Environmental Studies major is Environmental Science and I’m particularly interested in pollution remediation and the environmental health sciences, as well as limnology, and geography. In my free time, I enjoy biking, building bikes, camping, hiking, watching the NBA, and traveling. As a leader of MacBike, and the bike share coordinator, I’m working to promote cycling as an alternative to driving and make cycling as easy, convenient, and enjoyable as possible for our campus community. I’m also working more broadly to facilitate more efficient and environmentally conscious commuting and travel to Macalester faculty, staff, and students.

David Munkvold ‘17
Job: Sustainability Assistant - Energy Data Analysis
Who I am: I am a senior Neuroscience major here at Macalester College. I am very interested in computer science and sustainable behavior, and at the sustainability office I write programs to collect and visualize resource data. Im currently working on some ways to display data that will help the Macalester community recognize its role in the sustainability of our campus.

Eva Larsen ‘17
Job: Sustainability Assistant - Food Justice Coordinator
Who I am: I am a senior Biology Major and Environmental Studies/Geography Minor from Clifton, New Jersey. I am most interested in human-environment interactions, especially in the context of agriculture and food systems. At the Sustainability office, I work to facilitate cooperation between the Sustainability Office and Cafe Mac to achieve our Real Food Challenge 2020 goals.

Lydia Sulik ‘20
Job: Sustainability Assistant - Zero Waste Coordinator
Who I am: I am a first-year from Minneapolis, MN. I hope to major in Environmental Studies, though I am also interested in History and English. My sustainability interests include, but are not limited to, waste reduction, sustainable living practices, and environmental education. In my free time I enjoy hiking, playing piano, cooking, and reading. This year I am working on collaborative projects across campus to work towards our Zero Waste by 2020 goal. I hope to increase awareness on how to recycle and compost everything from Bon Appetit coffee cups to plastic bags on and off campus.     

Ana Diaz '18 
Who I am: Ana Diaz 18' studies Political Science and Hispanic Studies. Ana got her start in campus sustainability after working an entire year with data visualization of energy consumption with an environmental studies professor on campus. Whether it is understanding the individual psychology that leads students to act sustainability or learning about energy policy at the state level through her continuing projects at the nonprofit Fresh Energy, she is very passionate about understanding energy issues from start to end. Now, she is excited to learn about the ways in which the energy justice movement play a key role in transnational social movements. Ana enjoys going for long runs, playing Pokemon, and reading poetry.