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As we head into the final month of spring term, we want to acknowledge the seniors who will be leaving the Sustainability Office in June! All of them have been part of the STAffice since their sophomore year and will be greatly missed. To recognize our seniors, we asked them what they will miss most about the STAffice and what their plans are for next year. Read on to learn about these five STArs!

There are too many things to list! One of my favorite parts was getting to know everyone in custodial and facilities. They are all amazing people to work with and went out of their way to check in with me when I saw them around campus. I also really enjoyed the supportive and collaborative work environment in this office. The STA job gave me a lot of flexibility to develop and implement my own ideas, and everyone in the office worked together to make sure that everyone’s projects were successful.

After graduation I will spend the summer working for the Nature Conservancy in MN, ND, and SD on two projects related to prairie health and water quality. I will then hopefully be traveling and spending some time at home before starting another field or lab technician position. Julian Palmer, Energy/Outreach

I enjoyed the variety of my work. I learned about monitoring campus energy consumption and ways to improve efficiency. I also did a lot of event planning and promotion. I am happy to have cultivated these skills the past four years, and I know they will come in handy in the future.

The STAffice has provided me with a unique opportunity to grow in a variety of areas–time management, event organizing, and public speaking, just to name a few. This job has also allowed me to take initiative and think of a project idea and run with it. Throughout it all, I have loved the opportunity to collaborate with such an amazing group of students and be advised by incredibly inspiring supervisors, all while doing meaningful work to improve sustainability efforts on campus!

I’ve loved so many things about working in the Sustainability Office! One of my favorite parts has been getting the opportunity to plan big campus events in collaboration with other sustainability assistants and other students, staff, and faculty on campus! I remember, for example, the excitement of seeing a Leighton classroom fill up with students during Climate Action Week 2017 for two back-to-back events, one featuring Professor Kim Smith debate a conservative conservationist, and the next featuring Gary Nabham as he returned his Carleton honorary degree on behalf of the Divest campaign. It was so energizing to see people excited about learning from these speakers and to be part of making it happen. I feel so lucky! I’m really going to miss this office.

Next year, I will be working at Augsburg University in Minneapolis as the Campus Kitchens Coordinator. That means I will be engaging in food justice work (including food recovery and community gardening) in collaboration with local community organizations. I will be living in an intentional community through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps! Bex Klafter, Food and Events