Melissa Garrett '14
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Studies: German and Pre-medicine
It's easy to live sustainably, but I've found that everyone needs just a little direction and encouragement. I love finding ways to eat more locally or turning off the lights because I know that the little things will eventually make a big impact on our home, a.k.a. our wonderful planet. Midd kids already do a great job of living green lifestyles, but we can always do more! And that's why we're here-- to spread the word about what we can do to benefit the Earth. Green peace and love.
Kate Butcher '15
Hometown: Garden City, NY
With its very own biomass plant and solar farm, Middlebury is one of the greenest colleges. While carbon neutrality is quickly becoming a reality on campus, it is upsetting to see that many students continue to neglect small-scale sustainability practices. If we can make sustainability more convenient for students it can very quickly become habitual. It is my hope that, through the CSC program, students will both become aware of and employ such everyday sustainability approaches.
Kate Miley '14
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Studies: English and American Literature
Being an CSC is important to me because I believe this generation can (and must) meaningfully change the way we interact with the environment on a personal level. At home, I keep bees and compost in order to reduce my carbon footprint and promote biodiversity, and I am excited for the innovations my peers at Middlebury and elsewhere will develop to make this world a cleaner and safer place to live.
Hometown: New York, NY
Studies: Environmental studies with a focus in economics
I pretty much love everything: running, spinning, sky and scuba diving, ice-cream sandwiches, even sorting through garbage (which is what I did all summer). As you can imagine, I get worn out from all the excitement and like residential life to be uncomplicated. I am an CSC because I want to share with you all that living sustainably is not only simple, but also beneficial to multiple scales of our community. When I unplug my computer charger I think of the money the College saves on electricity and all of the programs that money could support. When I hand back the plastic forks to the employee of the take out restaurant I think of the garbage I've diverted from the landfill near the home of a more distant neighbor. It only takes a little bit of time and education to see how rewarding living sustainably can be.
Gillian Lui '13
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Studies: Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology with a Math minor
I love all things involving good food, the San Francisco Bay Area, world travel, and of course, the environment! I'm especially interested in developments in alternative energy and environmental education, both of which I believe are fundamental to bringing about a more responsible, sustainable, and caring future world. As an CSC, I enjoy spreading the word on how effortless and rewarding sustainable living can actually be. When I'm not running Vermont trails or piano jamming, you'll find me encouraging friends to take the stairs and to finish all of the food on their plates during meals.
Piper Rosales-Underbrink '15
Studies: Environmental Science with a focus in Biology
For me, being an CSC means helping others to become carbon neutral in an effort to protect the planet. My goal is for everyone to take with them some knowledge of how to live eco-friendly, in hopes that they will pass it on to others throughout their travels. Together we can change the fate of this beautiful Earth.
Will Daly '15
Hometown: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
I've always loved spending time in the outdoors, whether hiking or skiing or anything else. Over time this has developed into an interest in conservation and the development of sustainable practices. I'm excited to be a a sustainability coordinator this year so that I get the chance to help to put the entire Middlebury Community on the same environmentally conscious page.
Katie MacFarlane '15.5
Hometown: York, ME
Growing up in Maine, I have always loved the outdoors. As I have grown older, this has developed into greater environmental awareness. I’m really looking forward to working with my classmates at Middlebury to further develop sustainable living ideas and practices.
Lindsay Warne '15
Hometown: Sag Harbor, NY
Studies: Environmental Policy
My favorite things are being outside, cooking, traveling and gardening. My interest in environmental issues began as a child when I had an obsession with wolves and learned about habitat destruction. As a CSC, I hope to make Middlebury a more sustainable and awesome place than it is already.
Juliana Kay '13.5
Hometown: Melburne, Australia
Studies: Environmental Studies and Geography
I'm an international student with a resulting massive carbon footprint who wishes to make up for it by contributing to greater sustainability on campus. As part of the CSC team, I hope to make sustainability a more inclusive issue at Middlebury and shift the environment from the concern of ES majors and activists to the concern of everyone. Here's to a fun and greener year!
Sarah Kaelin '15.5
Hometown: Woodbury, CT
Studies: Molecular Biology Biochemistry/ Spanish Minor
I’m Sarah – an avid skier, backpacker, and scuba diver – and as such I’ve always been passionate about environmental conservation. From maintaining a section of the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner with my dad as a kid to more recent exploits in coral reef conservation on the Antillean island of Bonaire, I’ve long experienced environmental stewardship projects and had the opportunity to learn about the environmental challenges we are and will be facing. As a Middlebury CSC I hope to be a part of continuing our already green tradition and work to maintain our status as a forerunner in sustainable campus living.
Claire Smith '14.5
Hometown: Great Barrington, MA
Studies: International Studies, focus in Latin America, discipline of Religion
I love school shopping at thrift stores. I love leftover pizza for breakfast. I love wearing the same boots my mom wore in college. I love old textbooks with notes scribbled in the margins and old flip phones that can't surf the web. I like things that have a bit of history to them and that have been worn in a little bit, but only enough to make them more awesome than they originally were. I am psyched to be an CSC and help protect and sustain the beauty of the greatest generational hand-me-down of all time- our environment.
Zachary Lounsbury '15.5
Hometown: Kennebunk, ME
Studies: Human Ecology
Though only recently joining the Middlebury College community, I've found myself already profoundly influenced by the social and environmental awareness on campus. What interests me is how to expand this awareness into action that promotes more sustainable living habits and ultimately decreases the carbon footprint of all members of the Middlebury College Community. As an CSC I'm excited to work as a catalyst for this transition to create a greener future for both our campus and the world.
For general questions about the program or information on how you can get involved, please contact Melissa Garrett (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Avery McNiff (email@example.com). To learn more about what the CSCs in your commons are doing or what events are coming up, contact your Head CSC.