Current Student Jennifer Walker Named as College's New Sustainability Fellow

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After two years of being cut from the College’s roster, the position of Sustainability Fellow has been reinstated within the Office of Planning and Facilities. Jennifer “JJ” Walker, a senior, was named the new Sustainability Fellow on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in an all-student e-mail sent out by Dan Branigan, Director of Design and Construction. After her anticipated graduation this coming December, Walker will work in this position as a full-time St. Mary’s employee.

As the Sustainability Fellow, Walker will be a communication liaison for environmental issues at the College between students and the Office of Planning and Facilities, plan and implement sustainable projects to fit the St. Mary’s agenda of becoming a “green” school, and work with the SGA (Student Government Association) on projects using GSMRF funds (Green St. Mary’s Revolving Fund). The GSMRF finances any on-campus projects that will aim to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of the College, and absorbs any money saved as a result of the implementation of such projects.

Walker is looking forward to beginning her duties as Sustainability Fellow and working on green initiatives for the College. “My personal goals are to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus running into the St. Mary’s River as a result of the College, as well as keeping the compost program functional and profitable,” she said.

The involvement of the student body in realizing sustainable goals for the College is of the utmost importance to Walker, who will attend SGA and SEAC (Student Environmental Action Coalition) meetings, as well as conduct a student survey to gauge what kinds of projects the campus community will support.

To contact Walker about any environmental concerns relating to St. Mary’s policies, e-mail her at jawalker1@smcm.edu.

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