Sustainability Assistants (STAs)
The Sustainability Assistant (STA) program is a work-study position for students dedicated to advancing sustainability at Carleton. STAs work with Facilities, Grounds, Residential Life, Bon Appetit, CCCE, the Environmental Advisory Committee, and any group that would like to further incorporate sustainability into their work. STAs focus on projects related to energy conservation, land management, waste management, food systems, sustainable policies and guidelines, publicity/outreach, events, data and reporting, and research.
If you have questions or want to work with us, look for our information on the Contact Us page. If you are interested in becoming a STA for the 2013-14 school year or summer 2013, download the application on this page and email your completed submission to email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. on April 5.
The 2012-2013 STAs:
Energy: Lydia Auner '15 and Sarah Lukins '15 are working on energy issues at Carleton, including campus lighting audits, monitoring of steam and electricity meters, and research on alternative energy technologies.
Outreach and Communications: Carin Postal '13 is focusing on projects reaching out to the broader campus community, including Green Wars, Earth Week, Green IT, and field trips to local waste and/or energy sites. Carin writes and coordinates Sustainability Blog posts and the Carletonian Green Corner column, and she is the liaison to the Residential Life Sustainability Committee.
Waste: Courtney Dufford '14 is working on streamlining Carleton's waste system, making it more effective and clear to students, faculty, and staff. She collaborated with Custodial Services and other Sustainability Assistants to create the Community Waste Program, which has now introduced color-coded centralized waste stations in all academic buildings.
Data Reporting and Procurement: Max Timm '13 manages campus energy data and is working on developing "green" procurement policies for campus purchasing. Max also organizes Carleton's reporting in sustainability surveys including AASHE STARS and Sierra Club Cool Schools, and it the Career Center Liaison and Athletics liaison.
Food Production: Tori Ostenso '15 was a summer intern at the Carleton Student Farm, and currently is working with Bon Appetit and the Sustainability Office to coordinate Bon Appetit's food purchasing from the farm and develop the farm's infrastructure.
Food Procurement: Anna Larson '15 is working with Bon Appetit and nonprofit Real Food Challenge to track Bon Appetit's food purchasing and make future purchases more sustainable, local, humane, and equitable.
Administration: Alex Lai '13 is the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) liaison and the Sustainable Revolving Fund (SRF) liaison, and is working with Martha Larson to coordinate the Sustainability Office, Facilities, and sustainability-related student groups, as well as maintain the Sustainability website.