Saint Louis University

Sustainability Staff

Saint Louis University's sustainability efforts would not be where they are today without the help of the graduate assistants and interns that further initiatives and enhance their learning experience through treating campus as a living laboratory.

For more information about SLU's Masters of Sustainability, learn about the Center for Sustainability.

To learn more about the application process for an assistantship with Facilities Services, click here.

Current Graduate Assistants & Interns


Nick McCreary

Masters of Sustainability in progress
Sustainability Coordinator - Graduate Assistant
August 2015 - Present

 

Nick is a second-year graduate student in the Center for Sustainability. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Sciences from DePauw University. Nick became interested in sustainability in his later years at DePauw when he started studying environmental ethics and policy. He has experience in campus sustainability, specifically in recycling initiatives and education. Nick's academic interests include sustainable local food systems, sustainability in professional and collegiate sports, and environmental ethics.

Spencer Ruggles

Masters of Sustainability in progress
Sustainability Coordinator - Graduate Assistant
August 2016 - Present

 

Spencer is a Sustainability Coordinator - Graduate Assistant in the Office of Sustainability & Benchmarking. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Sustainability at SLU. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Financial Economics from Centre College (KY). After conducting two greenhouse gas emission inventories for his alma mater, he realized the many opportunities the field of sustainability held. As an assistant, Spencer has coordinated and marketed events for SLUstainability Month and RecycleMania, and has kept custodial and maintenance staff updated on the University's sustainability efforts. He also works on expanding the current food recovery system at the University, shaping a comprehensive Climate Action Plan, and auditing energy usage by on-campus buildings. He plans on pursuing a career in energy consultancy after graduating from SLU.

Tara Wright

Masters of Sustainability in progress
Sustainability Coordinator - Graduate Assistant
August 2016 - Present

 

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Tara is the graphic design intern in the department. She ensured that any promotional materials created for the office are clear, aesthetically pleasing, and communicate the office's message. Tara also communicates with vendors to execute the production of promotional items.

 
Past Graduate Assistants

Caeden Sweet

Masters of Sustainability 
Sustainability Coordinator - Graduate Assistant
2012 - 2013

Capstone Project: Building for a Higher Purpose

As Facilities' inaugural Graduate Assistant, Caeden served the department from January 2012 through May 2013. During that time, he was instrumental in developing the sustainable operations website, the university-wide Sustainability Advisory Council and annual reporting of campus sustainability initiatives. As a member of the strategic planning action team, Waste Minimization, he assisted with the planning and implementation of exterior recycling, co-authored a successfully awarded $30,000 grant proposal for the expansion of the recycling program at Chaifetz Arena and helped to receive a gift from the Alcoa Foundation for over 1,500 recycling bins for placement in on-campus apartments. He acted as the reporting coordinator for numerous surveys and reporting tools, such as AASHE STARS and the St. Louis Regional Chamber's Green Business Challenge. Upon graduation, Caeden continued his work with Facilities Services as the Project Analyst in the newly formed Sustainability & Benchmarking department until March 2015.

Kelley Krejnik

Masters of Sustainability 
Sustainability Coordinator - Graduate Assistant
2012 - 2013

Capstone Project: Recycling

Kelley served the department from August 2012 through December 2013. During her time with Facilities, she applied her teaching background to help promote single-stream recycling and other sustainability initiatives around campus. She presented to nearly 2,000 students, faculty and staff, served as a member of the Waste Minimization Environmental Resource Optimization team, and contributed to numerous publications including the 2013 Campus Sustainability Report. As a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council, she helped facilitate the development of Vision Elements and a Statement of Purpose while participating in the Council's Community Engagement Action Team to pull off the first ever Sustainability Expo. Upon graduating, she will continue her campaign to educate others about the importance of sustainability in business and society.

Sarah Burke

Masters of Sustainability 
Sustainability Coordinator - Graduate Assistant
2013 - 2015

Capstone Project: Sustainability Assessment of United States Zoos and Aquariums

Sarah Burke was a Graduate Assistant for the department while she pursued her Master's degree in Sustainability, with a research emphasis on sustainability practices within the zoological community. As a coordinator, she was responsible for organizing and marketing sustainability events and activities sponsored by Facilities Services, such as SLUstainability Week and RecycleMania; as well as being one of the individuals behind the "Green Billiken." Sarah was also part of the Energy and Utilities Strategies action team, which focuses on utility and water reduction strategies to provide an environmental and economic benefits to the University. Sarah was instrumental in developing a methodology to normalize energy data and assisted in the development of water and energy reduction goals for the University. Outside her assistantship, Sarah is interested in animal conservation and habitat restoration.

Amy Hargis

Project Analyst
2015 - present

Masters of Sustainability 
Sustainability Coordinator - Graduate Assistant
2014 - 2014

Capstone Project: Analysis of Leverage Points in Sustainable Restaurant Certification Programs

Amy Hargis served the department as a Graduate Assistant from January 2014 through December 2014, while pursuing her Master's degree in Sustainability with a research emphasis on the restaurant industry. As a coordinator, Amy was responsible for organizing and marketing sustainability events and activities sponsored by Facilities Services, such as the Green Game event at Chaifetz Arena and the RecycleMania competition. Amy was also one of the individuals responsible for maintaining the "Green Billiken". As part of her role with Facilities Services, Amy was a member of the Waste Minimization Environmental Optimization strategic action team, which focused on recycling, reuse, and waste reduction processes that benefit the environment, society, and the economics of the University.

Upon graduating, Amy has continued her work with Facilities Services as the current Project Analyst for Sustainability & Benchmarking.

Abby Kansal

Masters of Sustainability 
Sustainability Coordinator - Graduate Assistant
August 2014 - May 2016

 

Abby served the department as a Graduate Assistant from August 2014 to May 2016. She earned her Bachelor's degree in English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Despite years of assumptions that she would become an English teacher, Abby's decision to pursue the discipline of Sustainability has deep roots. She assisted in completing SLU's first greenhouse gas inventory, which measures SLU's carbon footprint. Abby's focus was on sustainability-oriented community engagement and new academic pursuits and challenges at SLU.

Natalie Welage

Bachelor of Science in Public Relations
Visual Communication Minor, Gender Studies Minor
Graphic Design Intern
January 2015 - May 2016

 

Natalie was the graphic design intern in the department from January 2015 to May 2016. She ensured that any promotional materials created for the office were clear, aesthetically pleasing, and communicated the office's message. In the position, Natalie also communicated with vendors to execute the production of promotional items. As the visual mouthpiece of the organization, she also acted as the virtual representative with the role of maintaining a professional and informative presence on the office's social media sites. As a student, Natalie provided ideas and methods to promote sustainable practices on campus.

 

 


 


 

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