Students Dedicate Summer to Sustainability

summer garden leaders
Posted on September 9, 2014

This summer, three students tended enthusiastically the Forbes and Frist gardens by planting, weeding, and harvesting delicious organic vegetables and herbs. The produce was delivered on a regular basis to campus chefs to be incorporated into dishes and drinks on campus.  

When asked about his time in the garden, Kevin Zhang '16 said, "Working in the garden this summer was truly a job where I was doing what I love. I experienced again the magic that happens when a tiny sprout pokes its way through the soil, recalled the gratification of taming nature, and met some amazing people that helped make this summer one of my best. I look forward to continuing to work in the garden throughout the rest of my time here."

Amanda Chang '16 added, "Becoming familiar with the earth and the people involved in the Forbes Garden is something I am extremely thankful for because I will continue to be involved even after my time as a summer gardener ends. I can't wait until the next time I get to come back to the garden and see what new things have grown!"

In addition to her time in the garden, Ellie Albarran ‘16, also spent a morning with children at the UNOW Day Nursery. She brought along fresh garden produce, friendly worms, and read from garden-related books like "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "underGROUND".  

Indoors in the Office of Sustainability, Justin Poser '16 spent his summer working on a wide variety of projects. He used his Fuzzy Dice expertise to create top ten lists for the "Environment Can be Funny" week on the office's Facebook. Justin also filmed and edited a green tour video about the new Neuroscience building (coming soon!). Additionally, he created materials to fill 1,200 Drink Local water bottles for the incoming freshman. Reflecting on his summer, Justin said, "Sustainability was only one of the things I learned about as an intern in the Office of Sustainability. I did all sorts of interesting work, from looking at sustainability progress data to giving my opinion on advertising materials."

The Office of Sustainability is hiring! Check out the open positions on our website.