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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. Stay tuned if you're interested in becoming a STA for the 2014-15 school year or summer 2014, applications will be available during spring term.

The 2013-2014 STAs:

Energy: Timmy Zhu '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.

Waste: Tori Ostenso '15 is working on streamlining Carleton's waste system, making it more effective and clear to students, faculty, and staff. She is working to coordinate zero-waste athletic events.

Procurement: Lydia Auner '15 is working to improve opportunities for reuse and recycling of College office supplies and equipment.

Food Production & Transportation: Guthrie Cunningham '14 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. Guthrie also works on sustainable campus transportation options.

Food Procurement: Anna Larson '15 & Charlotte Beal '16 are 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: Courtney Dufford '14 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.