The Sustainability Office was created in 2010 and oversees the work of the Climate Action Plan for the College. The Manager of Campus Energy & Sustainability position was created in 2010 as well and serves three roles: manager of the Sustainability Office, project manager in facilities, and the College’s energy conservation manager. The Sustainability Program Coordinator position was created in 2016 to oversee the STA program and leads projects related to outreach, events, food, and waste management.
Hello! My name is Grace Bassekle (she/her/hers) and I am a sophomore Economics major. I am the sole member of the Environmental Justice team and my objective is to educate the student body on what sustainability means through the lens of Environmental Justice. During my first year as a STA, I organized a round table series, worked on sharing individual sustainability stories, invited an alum to discuss his sustainability story, and wrote a project proposal. I hope to educate folks through storytelling. I am really excited for what the future holds for the Sustainability Office!
Hi! My name is Eli Watt (they/she) and I am a sophomore Environmental Studies major. As a member of the Waste Team, I help manage the Swap Shop and prepare for Lighten-Up, while also checking in to make sure our trash, recycling, and composting systems are running well. During my first year as a STA, I helped organize Climate Action Week and update our website and Instagram pages to keep the student body informed on what we do at the office. If you want to learn more about my personal projects as a STA, check out the STA blog!
Hi! My name is Simran (she/her/hers) and I’m a freshman potential ENTS major. This is my first year as a STA and I am beyond excited to be able to work on how Carleton embraces sustainability. Some of my favorite STA Office events have been the speakers they have brought to Carleton, the talks always push me to think in new ways. I’m especially excited to work on projects such as Climate Action Week, and finding new way to implement sustainable practices into the daily lives of Carleton students and faculty!
The Sustainability Assistant (STA) program is a work-study peer leader 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.
Applications to be a Sustainability Assistant open up during spring term along with all other peer leader positions. Information about the position can be found on the Career Center’s Handshake page.