Office of Sustainability
Current Intern Projects
Student Environmental Communication Network (SECN)
Internships for SECN include assisting with production of BioSphere, regular student-produced podcasts for the Office of Sustainability, as well as student-produced video documentaries of campus sustainability events and initiatives.
Updating the "Guide to Living Green at Princeton"
Candice Chow and Jessica Hsu, the 2008 Green Guide interns, are responsible for updating the Guide to Living Green at Princeton, a publication prepared for students which consists of tips for living a more environmentally conscious lifestyle, updated accomplishments of University and student efforts, and ways for students to get involved in environmental progress on campus. The updated version of the guide consists of both a paper publication (on recycled paper of course!) to be handed out to students during orientation, as well as an extended online edition. Interns are responsible for working with the appropriate on-campus staff to compile energy and water use, transportation, waste reduction, and consumption information, and compiling the information in a stylistically appealing and easy-to-use format for students.
Bike and Pedestrian Programs
Nick DiBerardino, the 2008 Bike and Pedestrian intern, works with both the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Parking and Transportation Services to enhance the biking and walking experience on and to campus. The internship encompasses many task, including helping to coordinate programs currently being pursued (e.g., identifying potentially beneficial infrastructure changes), identifying and exploring new programs that may be pursued, and assisting in the implementation of near-term projects (e.g., collection of information for a user-friendly bike map for the campus and surrounding areas). As part of this position, Nick is also helping to determine how best to assist student-sponsored programs, such as U-Bikes.
Sustainability in Athletics
David Baker-Banks, a returning intern (and 2008 Olympic rower for the USA!) has been assisting the Office of Sustainability and the Ivy Plus Athletics group in developing a broad framework to identify areas that university athletics departments may consider to move towards more sustainable practices. This framework is being used to develop a more detailed analysis of best practices. To date, David has provided an in-depth assessment of steps to improve recycling at athletics facilities and events.
Student Garden Project
Stephanie Hill, summer 2008 garden coordinator, has been assisting student founder Ruthie Schwab in implementing the expansion of the student organic garden on campus. After a successful pilot project in 2007, this year the garden has expanded to include a new site. Steph has been working on implementing the design of this new garden, with input from School of Architecture students. The garden is only possible through student commitment and assistance from university grounds and maintenance staff, as well as financial support from the Office of Sustainability and the High Meadows Fund.