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Graduate Returns to Campus to Help Create a More Sustainable Fisher

December 6, 2018

St. John Fisher College’s Center for Sustainability launched a post-graduate internship program to support the recently established sustainability major, academic club, and strategic initiatives on campus.

Julia Green with Dr. Mike Boller at the College's 2018 Commencement Ceremony.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in sustainability in May, Julia Greene ’18, began her post-graduate internship with Dr. Michael Boller, associate professor of sustainability and program director for the Center of Sustainability.

Greene said her passion for the environment, love of working with students, and knowledge in behavior-change made this post-graduate internship a great opportunity for her. Her favorite part is working with people.

In this position, she supports the Center’s strategic initiatives to enhance campus efficiency and understanding of sustainability.

"All together, these initiatives will drive an impactful change,” she said.

Greene guides members of the new sustainability academic club, while also planning a campus-wide paper reduction campaign for next semester. She is in the process of launching an Eco Reps program, too, creating a peer-to-peer outreach and consumption behavior education program involving waste reduction in residence halls.

Additionally, she collaborates with AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and researches sustainability programs and events organized by institutions across the country. She is also responsible for community outreach to teach sustainability goals and environmental issues at elementary schools.

“There are a lot of challenges and obstacles, but through that I’m learning so much about how to make this Center a powerhouse on campus and hopefully in the future make it a big part of St. John Fisher College,” Greene said, noting that she has enjoyed being a part of the Center’s growth. “I’m excited to see students learn about these issues and become educated on how to lead a less wasteful life.”

Greene and Boller believe the post-graduate internship is a mutually beneficial opportunity for the student and the College.

“Recent graduates, who have knowledge of the student-body and now can dedicate more time to the position, can support campus efforts, while gaining experience and independent problem-solving skills,” Boller explained.

He believes this program can be replicated across all fields on campus.

“It’s the chance to take what students learn here and apply it to our operations,” he said. “And, campuses can utilize their operations as learning opportunities.”