The Office of Sustainability offers work-study positions during the school year and paid summer internships.
Available work-study positions
The Office of Sustainability is looking for an aide to help improve its communication efforts. Responsibilities include helping to write and edit newsletter articles, updating marketing materials, assisting with social media, and assisting with event and program coordination.
Energy and greenhouse gas management aide
The Office of Sustainability is looking for an aide to support energy and sustainability efforts by collecting and analyzing data using the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Portfolio Manager tool. The data will be used to create, implement, and assess sustainability initiatives that will reduce Northwestern's greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint and overall environmental impact. Individuals will report directly to the Director of Sustainability.
Email us if you are interested.
Christina is a junior at Northwestern studying Learning and Organizational Change, Environmental Policy, and Sustainability. She is the vice president for sustainability for the Associated Student Government, community outreach coordinator for Fossil Free NU, and co-founder of In Our Nature environmental magazine. She's from Allentown, PA, and enjoys watching Arrested Development, hanging out with friends, and crocheting scarves. Christina will be helping our office shape the strategic plan for sustainability and assembling Northwestern's application for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).
- Role: Cycling Planning and Safety Aide
- Projects: I'm working to improve the cycling experience on campus by collecting data on transportation usage through cycling traffic counts and a survey which will be distributed in 2015. I have also been in contact with other universities about bike shops on their campuses as there may be one on Northwestern's campus in the years to come.
- Why the Office of Sustainability: At the Office of Sustainability, I get hands-on experience in sustainable project planning while also benefiting the Northwestern community. Sustainability can enter a person's lifestyle on any level, from personal commitment to federal mandates, and providing better infrastructure for cyclists on a college campus is just one of the many ways to help folks go green!
- Role: Recycling and Resource Management Aide
- Projects: I am working on making sure that each building at Northwestern has enough recycling bins in the appropriate places. The more convenient it is for people to the use recycling bins on campus, the more Northwestern will recycle as a community. I will also work on ways to spread awareness about the recycling program at NU.
- Why the Office of Sustainability: Sustainability is something I care deeply about, and I love having a work study job that aligns with my values and interests. I feel like my work can draw a lot of attention to the recycling program and make NU a greener community.
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- Role: Energy Management Aide
- Projects: I am working with the EPA's Portfolio Manager tool to input data and track about the energy usage of buildings across the Evanston and Chicago campuses. This will be used to improve building efficiency and save energy!
- Why the Office of Sustainability: If I'm going to work anyway, I figured I should work on something I'm passionate about, so this job was perfect for me. I get to learn more about sustainability in a real context and work to decrease Northwestern's impact in a meaningful way.