September 2015 eNewsletter

OES Interns at a corn maze and pumpkin patch last year.

Spurred by the onset of a neck injury, lately I have been thinking about unseen connections — about those interrelated parts and systems and hidden to the untrained eye. Specialists are trained to see these relationships: medical providers (should) aim to understand all the factors involved in a person’s well-being, from their diets to their environment to their genetics; ecologists endeavor to learn about the complex ecology of physical places, the beings that rely on each other, and the relationships between those beings. To me, this kind of systems thinking and intersectionality is what sustainability is all about. Continue reading

Starting the Year Sustainably

Hello World!

My name is Mae Kate Campbell, and I’m the Communication and Web Initiatives Intern. I’m a third year geology major, and this is the start of my third year working for the OES! It’s been such a great experience, and I’m really looking forward to everything we have planned for this year. As the Communications and Web Initiatives Intern, it’s my job to engage people with sustainability through a variety of media. This can look like a lot of things— an Instagram post showing off our awesome solar array, sharing sustainability-related events on Facebook, writing green tips for the eNewsletter, and keeping our websites up to date. Even though it says web in my title, my job isn’t limited to screen time. The most important way to engage people in building a long-term relationship with sustainability is reaching them offline, and having face-to-face conversations about how our actions impact this planet and the future generations that will live and thrive here. That’s why you may find me putting stickers on washing machines reminding people to wash with cold water, organizing our monthly OES Hangouts that give students and community members an opportunity to spend some time with staff and students who work for OES, ask us questions, give us feedback, and inspire us with new ways we could be involved on campus, or highlighting students who have made a commitment to live sustainably with their Green Room certificates. I’m so excited to continue helping to make Oberlin a better place, work with a stellar team of staff and interns, and loving every moment. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!