A little while back in the midst of other announcements, I introduced our new team of student employees. But I wanted to dedicate this post to more officially announce that there is a new Team Green at the University of Rochester! By now, most UR students are aware of the group of students who work for Dining known as Team Green. Dining’s team consists of one manager, two coordinators, and two marketing interns all tasked with sustainability related projects and serve as a liaison between Dining Services and the student population. University Facilities and Services decided to follow suit and formalize it’s student staff to create a Team Green all of its own. Since the goals of the two teams are similar, there are even plans for the teams to get together once per semester to collaborate on ideas. All three of the Facilities positions are now contributing to this blog every Friday in the Student’s Corner. If you are a regular here, you already know that The Student’s Corner adds a fresh new perspective to our blog from the voice and opinions of our students in their own words. We are very excited to have these students on our team!
First, meet Leslie Wolf, the Sustainability Assistant. Leslie serves as the main assistant to recycling coordinator, Amy Kadrie (me). She is working on various projects including audits, data crunching, assessing the current programs at the University, and seeking new ways to make Facilities more sustainable. As recycling coordinator, I have been fortunate to have an assistant position for the past few years and now this position is adapting to have a leadership role among the other team members. As a member of the Class of 2015, Leslie is working on developing the ideal major for herself which will likely be a combination of the Environmental and Political Sciences. Leslie is musically talented, playing in the Symphony Orchestra and in small chamber groups on campus. She also races for the University Alpine Ski team, and plays club volleyball.
Next, meet Alanna Scheinerman, the Sustainability Writer. As her title implies, Alanna’s role is to spread awareness of University initiatives primarily through writing. The bulk of her time goes into developing Go Green articles. Go Green Articles are deemed to be the most “newsworthy” stories that appear on this blog and are also shared in other news sources at the University including the daily email newsletter for employees @Rochester, and the Weekly Buzz for our student audience. Creating these articles typically requires interviewing members of the University and conducting background research. When not working, Alanna enjoys reading, playing board games, and relaxing with friends. As a member of the Class of 2013, she is looking forward to starting a career at a in the environmental field.
Finally, meet Kathleen Shannon, the Sustainability Marketing Intern. We are excited to have added this new position to Facilities to focus on marketing our programs in various ways. One aspect of marketing is creating posters and other educational material. But Kathleen is also actively engaging the student body through various campus events. She is the coordinator of the new RecycleMania Planning Committee which includes representation from many of our student groups on campus. The planning committee is taking shape to make sure that we utilize the RecycleMania competition as an educational opportunity and hopefully make a real impact! Kathleen was an EcoRep her freshman year, and studied environmental issues in Copenhagen. She has a particular interest in organic farming and worked with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.
Great things have already come from these ladies and we are looking forward to the work that will be done in the future.