Sustainability

Office of Sustainability

Based in Facilities Management, Southwestern University’s Office of Sustainability works to advance campus sustainability through educational outreach and long-term projects.

The Office of Sustainability was originally proposed by the Environmental Studies Capstone Class of 2015 and the chair of the Environmental Studies Department, Dr. Joshua Long. Three years later, the Sustainability Committee and Facilities Management worked together to fund a full-time Sustainability Coordinator. In February 2019, Veronica Johnson was hired for the position. Since then, the “office-of-one” has been expanded to include fourteen part-time student workers.

Today, the Office of Sustainability leads and provides support for a broad range of campus sustainability initiatives, including the Georgetown Green Film Series, the Treasure Chest, Campus Sustainability Week, the campus’ AASHE’s STARS report, and many more! Learn more about the people who make up the Office of Sustainability below.

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      Antonio Esparza

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      Sustainability Steward - AASHE STARS

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      Antonio is a junior Environmental Studies and Political Science double-major from San Antonio, Texas. This year, he will be working on gathering the campus’ sustainability data for our upcoming Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report. His sustainability tip is to cut down on eating beef.

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      Darcy Hansen

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      Sustainability Steward - Storyteller

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      Darcy is a junior Environmental Studies major from Alvin, Texas. This year, she will be working on telling the story of the campus’ student-led sustainability iniatives, including projects funded by the Green Fund, Environmental Studies capstone, and the EcoReps. Her sustainability tip is to buy reusable produce bags to take to the grocery store. 

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      Allison Hewett

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      EcoRep - Food Team

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      Allison is a junior Psychology major from Bastrop, Texas. This year, she will be working on establishing a Food Recovery Network chapter to consistently give leftover food from the dining hall to local charities. Her sustainability tip is to buy locally-grown, organic food.

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      Reece Sandercock

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      EcoRep - Food Team

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      Reece is a sophomore Biology major from San Antonio, Texas. This year, she will be working on developing an on-campus food pantry for students to donate to as well as receive food from. Her sustainability tip is to eat one fully plant-based meal a day.

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      Paige Hemingson

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      EcoRep - Energy Team

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      Paige is a junior Environmental Studies major from Austin, Texas. This year, she will be looking into making the campus fleet run on cleaner energy. Her sustainability tip is to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer.

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      Nafisa Nazeer

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      EcoRep - Energy Team

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      Nafisa is a sophomore Business & Economics major from Dallas, Texas. This year, she will be creating an individual energy assessment for students to evaluate their energy use. She is also the creator and co-host of the campus’ sustainability podcast SoundSustainability. Her sustainability tip is to use cold water for showers, laundry, or anything that requires the use of water.

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      Ceanna Cooksey

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      EcoRep - Grounds Team

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      Ceanna is a sophomore Environmental Studies and Poltical Science double-major from Lantana, Texas. This year, she will be working on creating safe havens for solitary bees. Her sustainability tip is to stop and appreciate nature.

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      Leah Horick

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      EcoRep - Grounds Team

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      Leah is a senior Environmental Studies major from Tyler, Texas. This year, she will be updating Southwestern’s Tree Care Plan for our Tree Campus Higher Education recognition. She is also the co-host of the campus’ sustainability podcast SoundSustainability. Her sustainability tip is to water your plants at dawn or dusk.

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      Sophia Potempa

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      EcoRep - Grounds Team

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      Sophia is a senior Environmental Studies major from Houston, Texas. This year, she will be placing pollinator educational signage around campus for our Bee Campus USA recognition. Her sustainability tip is to know the plants native to your area.

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      Anthony Garcia

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      EcoRep - Waste Team

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      Anthony is a sophomore Environmental Studies and Biology double-major from Bedford, Texas. This year, he will be working to get offices around campus to compost their coffee grounds and tea leaves. His sustainability tip is to use reusable utensils.

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      Nicole Rajtak

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      EcoRep - Waste Team

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      Nicole is a junior Environmental Studies major from Houston, Texas. This year, she will be working on collecting boxes from the post office for reuse. Her sustainability tip is to avoid buying things with plastic packaging.

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      Sam Ramon

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      EcoRep - Waste Team

    • About me

      Sam is a senior Environmental Studies and Communications double-major from McAllen, Texas. This year, he will be working on reducing single-use waste from the dining hall. His sustainability tip is to use a reusable bottle or thermos.