Jeanette Burke ’18 of Temecula, California, has designed multiple projects for campus sustainability this semester with the support of her faculty mentor Preston Miles, John H. Walkup Professor of Chemistry.
A new position, Burke has had the opportunity to form the internship around her interests in gaining experience in sustainability, while simultaneously supporting goals set by the President’s Climate Change Action Committee (PCCAC).
“I approached Professor Miles about designing an internship last semester, and he was happy to focus on sustainability efforts on campus,” she explained. “It was a good combination of filling a need and hopefully leaving a small legacy on Centre’s campus.”
Burke greatly enjoys the impact that she has made on campus so far and feels that the internship has broadened her environmental experience.
“I love that it’s a way for me to get more involved in environmental efforts as well as an opportunity to learn and exercise new skills,” she remarked.
Although Burke majors in English, she feels that her past coursework strongly prepared her for this internship.
“I like Centre’s emphasis on interdisciplinary pursuits. While we’re a smaller school, Centre offers a great amount of flexibility with internships,” she said.
This flexibility has given her a unique glance into the internal workings of Centre’s sustainability policies, and Burke hopes to continue learning about the complexities of implementing green projects.
“Attending the PCCAC meetings showed me how complicated environmental economics and bureaucracy can be. There are a lot of moving parts that are considered in every decision,” she noted.
Burke hopes her work can form a foundation for future students to take on this internship and develop upon her current projects.
By Kathleen Murphy ’18
April 12, 2018