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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.
The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) Project Coordinators are responsible for overseeing and engaging students in SSI projects. In particular, these positions is responsible for: (1) planning and executing sustainability-related projects, and (2) recruiting, coordinating, and supervising volunteers and interns. Each project coordinator is responsible for a different area of sustainability. Our current project areas are: energy, food, landscape, transportation, waste reduction, and water.
● The position starts spring term, with the possibility of shadowing during the last week of winter term. The coordinator is expected to work 10-15 hours/week.
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.
The Energy Projects Coordinator (Energy Coordinator) will be responsible for actively participating in energy projects that engage students with the various institutions/departments of the OSU community to make them more sustainable and efficient. He/she will be an employee of the SSI, receiving direction and supervision from the SSI Director(s). He/she will work with other SSI staff in the Student Sustainability Center (SSC) to help develop a sense of ownership and community for students within the SSI.