Amy’s passion for sustainability grew from her childhood love of nature and appreciation for the outdoors . It was her firm belief that we are all responsible for our actions as humans, including the way we treat this planet, that led her to become the Recycling Coordinator for the University of Rochester in October of 2008. Before that, she attended the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and even studied in Australia as part of a Rainforest and Reef Ecology course. She went on to work for The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources as a Compliance Officer before starting at the U of R.
As the Recycling Coordinator, Amy’s main goal is to increase to the University’s recycling and reuse percent while decreasing the output of solid waste disposal. She has implemented changes to make regular recycling simpler and easier for the campus community, as well as discovering new ways to recycle more materials and reduce waste in general. Such initiatives include the annual e-waste recycling events to reduce electronics waste, the Move-Out, Cleanout program to donate unwanted dorm items at the end of the year, coordination with departments to reduce and reuse supplies, and many more. The result of her hard work is evident in the impressive increase in our recycling percent from 17.5% in 2007, to 32.2% in 2010. In addition to recycling and waste reduction, Amy works continually to increase sustainability at the University through increased education and awareness by engaging in student and staff activities and events, coordinating biweekly Go Green! articles, and maintaining the sustainability webpage, blog, and facebook.
When she is not working to save the planet, Amy enjoys reading, walking and being outdoors, and being a “Mommy”.
Even though she earned her mechanical engineering degree from rival RIT, the University of Rochester is thrilled to have Pat as the Director of Support Operations in the Facilities and Services Department. She began her career as an intern at Carrier Corporation during the oil crisis of the early 1980′s, testing room temperatures to verify that they were not wasting energy by being excessively cooled. Early on in her tenure at the U of R she worked as an Energy Engineer on lighting and mechanical (HVAC -heating, ventilation and air conditioning) projects to reduce the University’s energy use.
Pat has a firm belief that being sustainable is the right thing to do, especially since it is so often easy. In her current position, she has been extremely proactive in getting her department to go green. She helped implement a computer policy to automatically turning off computers when not in use; establish paper reduction programs including double sided copying, sharing printers; and install occupancy sensors on indoor lights. The department is also encouraged to shut blinds, use the stairs, attend sustainable meetings, and generally act in a sustainable manner.
When she isn’t enforcing sustainable procedures at the University or writing for The Green Dandelion, Pat enjoys spending her time outdoors while skiing and golfing, and does yoga and boot camp when the weather gets bad.
Judy’s awareness of sustainability spawns from her interest as an inhabitant of planet Earth. Her official position is the Staff Development Coordinator for University Facilities and Services (but she also holds the unofficial position of University Cat Lady). Her involvement in sustainability at the U of R began when she was asked to assist with recycling issues until a Recycling Coordinator could be hired. Today her sustainability efforts continue, consisting mainly of publicizing the university’s sustainable initiatives to the community, which she does by tabling, getting people to take the Go Green Pledge, and helping out with other events. She is most famous for her raunchy and popular column, Clay’s Green Corner, which is published weekly in The Green Dandelion.
In the future, she would most like to see the human race reduce our dependence on fossil fuels since we are killing ourselves and the planet. Until that happens, Judy will continue to enjoy collecting old time radio shows and hanging out with her hubby, two step-children, and 3 cats.
Sarah Goldman is a 2011 graduate of the University of Rochester. She is a Linguistics major, with an ASL minor, a member of the Ballet Performance Group, a lover of country music, ice cream, and jazz hands, and someone who knew almost nothing about sustainability before writing for The Green Dandelion. She had placed the correct items in the appropriate recycling bins, donated clothing and other items when she could, but didn’t really give much thought to sustainability until this opportunity.
Sarah was hired as a student sustainability writer; she was given a list of sustainability topics at the beginning of the school year, and one by one, made her way through the list, picking ones that stuck out as particularly interesting or relevant at the time. If she had no understanding of the topic (as in the article about Green Chemistry), she looked into the subject to determine exactly what it meant, learned what research had been conducted and what discoveries had been made, and then, searched for a way to share that information with The Green Dandelion readers. She has truly enjoyed this opportunity and will take her increased knowledge of sustainability with her after graduation.
Lauren joins the Green Dandelion as a sustainability assistant after a semester in Vienna, Austria. As a member of the class of 2014, Lauren is excited to be starting something new her last year at the U of R and is eager to learn about becoming sustainable and contributing to the blog. Although new to sustainability, Lauren has worked for Facilities and Services before, working on a University wide review of all departments within facilities last summer.
Lauren is a Political Science major with a double minor in German and Ethics. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, swimming, having a good burrito, wearing her traditional Austrian dirndl whenever there is an opportunity (which there are surprisingly many), and singing with her band, Mariachi Meliora. She especially likes to travel after having done so extensively throughout Europe during her semester abroad. Although not one to pick favorites, Lauren would have to say that her travels to Croatia have been a major highlight. Lauren is also spending this summer and fall semester preparing to apply to law school and hopes to one day become a lawyer that specializes in healthcare and hospital administration.
Grace is a member of the class of 2014, and is pursuing a major in English with a concentration in Theatre, as well as being in the process of creating her own second Interdepartmental Major. Grace was hired as the Sustainability Correspondent for summer 2011 after being a Freshman EcoRep during her 2010-2011 school year. She was also selected as coordinator for the EcoReps program for the 2011-2012 year and has, along with her fellow coordinator Lauren Laibach, coined herself “Mama EcoRep.” She also has plans to potentially pursue a career in a sustainability field.
Grace is also very active in UR productions at Todd Theatre, most recently playing a role in Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” She also has spent time working in clay sculpting, and her work has been displayed in shows at Nazareth College, as well as other galleries. Grace also has an active interest in fashion, and will be serving as a costume intern at Todd Theatre for the duration of the 2011-12 school year. She also enjoys cooking, occasional exercise, and general tomfoolery of all kinds. Grace is very grateful to have had the opportunity to share, as well as expand, her knowledge of sustainability both through the writing Go Green articles and contributing to the Green Dandelion Blog.
Melissa is a proud member of the class of 2014. After trying five or so majors on for size, she has finally settled on an interdepartmental major, Environment and Society. Her passion for the environment and environmental social justice issues began at UR after becoming an EcoRep. She is a tutor through UR Upward Bound and a member of Dining Service’s Team Green. Other than that, she is interested in psychology, volunteering, music, graphic design, achieving inner peace, and general tomfoolery.
The summer of 2013 will be her third summer working as Amy Kadrie’s sustainability assistant. Then she is off to Costa Rica to study Social & Environmental Change in the fall!
Chip is a proud member of the class of 2012. Chip entered the University with intentions to become a computer scientist, but has since discovered that this would put him too close for comfort to becoming an engineer, and has since settled on focusing on the more theoretical realm of mathematics, hoping to graduate with a B.S. He began working for Amy Kadrie in January 2012 as assistant, after having volunteered to help with the University’s first shredding event over the summer. He enjoys a thoughtful game of chess with the backdrop of friendly political discussion, eating a Zonies calzone while playing computer games online, and reading George Martin’s latest installment of A Song of Ice and Fire while listening to electronica. More generally, he enjoys multi-tasking enjoyable activities with enjoyable activities.
On campus, Chip is a content member of the Debate Union, with whom has traveled far and wide, having debated at tournaments in Boise, Austin, and Boston, to name a few. Chip is also a familiar face at Starbucks, having worked there for over two years, and spends a significant portion of his time using its lounge to study. Chip views environmental sustainability as one component in getting people to appreciate and enjoy their natural surroundings. He believes that in the fast-paced world of today, it’s important to find time to relax and enjoy natural beauty that comes without a pricetag… and of course, to preserve it! Chip hopes to one day become a professor, the one job where he feels he could get away with wearing a T-shirt and jeans on Monday, a tailored suit on Wednesday, sweater and khakis on Friday, and not have to work at all Tuesday or Thursday.
Sade Richardson is a Trinidadian-born member of the Class of
2015 and an EcoRep on campus. She is currently an undecided major but is interested in Computer Science, Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Sustainability. Her other passions include ice cream, poetry and event planning. She is currently involved in the Gilbert Hall Council as Hall Rep, the ‘Green House Project’ for Engineers for a Sustainable World and
actively involved in University of Rochester’s Christian Fellowship. Sade also works at the University IT Center. When not doing school tasks, Sade spends her time writing poetry and traveling around the world. Her goal is to visit every continent before she dies.
In the future, Sade sees herself having her own Non-governmental Organization promoting Economically Sustainable Growth and Development by changing policies and educating the younger generations and masses as well as being a well-known published poet. However, she would be quite content working in the United Nations and making a difference globally, one person at a time and publishing one book of poetry.
Alanna is a member of the class of 2013. She is pursuing a degree with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in American Sign Language. This is her first year working for Facilities as a writing intern. In the summer of 2012 she met Amy Kadrie and Pat Beaumont while working for Facilties’ portion of the University-wide STARS project. In past summers she has worked at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the American School for the Deaf. While at school, Alanna is involved in student organizations GreenSpace, intramural sports, and works for the Writing Fellows both as a tutor and managing the office in Carlson Library.
Alanna hopes for a career at a government agency, non-profit, or a consulting firm – all in the environmental field. When not working or at school, she enjoys reading, playing board games, and relaxing with friends. Her favorite part of working with sustainability is how pertinent it is to all areas of life. With a few steps people can be on their way to saving money, energy, and reducing waste. She looks forward to exploring the University through Go Green articles in the coming year, and working as a part of Facilities new Team Green.
As a member of the class of 2013, Senior year snuck up quickly on Kathleen. She is headed towards completion of an English major and has also finagled her way into developing her own major, which she has deemed Global Environmental Sustainability. Her interests in environmental issues date back to her childhood in the deep woods of Northern Michigan, but were no doubt further developed through activities like working on a vegetable farm for three years and attempting to throw an “EarthFest” at her small-town high school many moons ago.
College became a better place for her to explore her passions in environmental issues. Being a member of the original class of Eco-Reps freshman year, and studying environmental issues in Copenhagen, Denmark junior year, Kathleen’s passion for sustainability has brought her a long way. In addition, a summer working with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York allowed her to get to know people within the Rochester area who are involved with the organic and local food movements, and Kathleen is constantly trying to adapt her lifestyle to incorporate what she has learned from all these experiences. Given that, you may find her biking the streets of Rochester in pursuit of the farmer’s market, or perhaps you may spot her this semester on campus promoting many of the upcoming events sponsored by the Facilities Green Team.
Leslie is a member of the class of 2015 pursuing a possible double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She is very excited to be working for Amy as her assistant. Through the position she has already learned a lot about sustainability, and is looking forward to learning more, as well as applying and sharing the new information.
Leslie has a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature, having spent many early mornings owling with her family, and embarking on backpacking and hiking trips all over the place. She feels that we all have a responsibility towards our earth to do what we can to preserve it and our natural resources.
She hopes to one day work in climate or energy policy and create new regulations, ideally in several different locations, as she has intense wanderlust and plans to travel as much as possible in the future.
On campus, Leslie plays in the Symphony Orchestra and in small chamber groups. She is also always down to jam with other musically inclined folks. In addition, she races for the University Alpine Ski team, and plays club volleyball.
In her free time, Leslie enjoys playing the viola, melodica and banjo, going to concerts, festivals and farmer’s markets, reading, skiing, being outside and meeting new people.