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Through her determination and enthusiasm for the goals and projects at the SSI, Colette Conover became the Energy Projects Coordinator after interning for the organization in Winter 2012. She is currently a senior studying Environmental Science with an option in Conservation and Sustainability and a minor in Leadership.
This year’s OSU Sustainability Festival saw around 300 students, faculty, staff, and community members inundate the Student Sustainability Center grounds during the three-hour event on Wednesday, September 21st. Attendees enjoyed live music, local food, a sustainability info fair with eighteen local groups and organizations, and a fun assortment of sustainability related games and activities.
The Festival went from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, and was held on the Student Sustainability Center grounds and adjacent green space.
Currently in its fourth year, the Festival is a collaborative effort between the Student Sustainability Initiative, Campus Recycling, and the Sustainability Office. This year, the sponsoring organizations were also joined by a large number of campus and community groups, who provided food, activities, services, and a lot of information on issues, campaigns, and opportunities to get involved. While attendance this year surpassed original expectations, it was the excitement and enthusiasm of everyone there that made the turnout impressive.
The Festival is intended to provide an opportunity for new and returning students to learn more about sustainability issues and connect with the wide range of groups in a fun, festive, and welcoming atmosphere. Making our own salsa with veggies fresh from the SSC garden was delightful. Lawn bowling with recyclables was surprisingly addictive. But the conversations, relationships, and inspirations were the real prizes.
For a more on that salsa and the OSU Sustainability Festival, check out the article written by the Gazette-Times. (It ran on the front page of their daily paper on September 22nd, 2011.)
For more pictures, check out the SSI’s photo album of the Festival.
This article was also published on the Ecologue, OSU’s sustainability blog, on September 30th, 2011.
Mikkel VandeBergh is a fifth year student in the environmental engineering program working as the Energy Coordinator at the SSI. She has been interested in renewable energy since high school when she learned about the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Since then she has helped to promote renewable energy and specifically biodiesel greatly. Her work with the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel promotes biodiesel for Universities across the nation and her work with the Sustainable Energy Imitative on works spread awareness of renewable energy sources at OSU. Her latest adventure was an internship in Washington D.C. where she combined engineering and policy to research the Renewable Electricity Standard. After she graduates this year she hopes to work for a environmental consulting firm and eventually work for the state legislature developing renewable energy policy. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, biking, baking, dancing and traveling.