|Submission Date||Feb. 12, 2015|
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Office for Sustainability
Ten (10) students from diverse fields of study were hired to serve as interns for the Office for Sustainability in the Spring 2013 semester. Interns spearheaded their own sustainability events, programs, and projects, as well as collaboratively worked to accomplish goals set forth by the Office for Sustainability. Peer-to-peer outreach in the form of events; programs and projects include sustainability capstone research conducted via internship positions; RecycleMania; an e-Waste drive to collect and sustainably dispose of or reuse old electronic products; a book drive which resulted in the recycling or selling of several unused book; a Sustainability Open House event in which students were invited to eat and learn more about the Office for Sustainability, all that OFS does for the campus, and how they can get involved; Campus Conservation Nationals- a competition to reduce energy usage on campus; etc.
Out of a pool of 70 applicants for the sustainability student internship program, 15 were interviewed and 10 were chosen based on the skills they could offer the OFS, commitment to sustainability, and background knowledge of sustainability. Their backgrounds varied from law to architecture to politics, and half of them were actively pursuing a minor in sustainability.
Interns completed a 1 day training session prior to the beginning of the school year in which they were familiarized with the Office for Sustainability, its mission, goals and expectations for the interns over the semester. The goal of hiring 10 interns was to increase outreach of sustainability efforts to the student body at large.
The interns are led by Office for Sustainability Director, Carlos Ochoa. Ochoa assists in assigning tasks to interns and helping relay necessary funding for any events that interns are working on to Mike Johnson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities.
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