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Student Sustainability Corps

The Student Sustainability Corps is a unique opportunity for students to come together and make USU a more sustainable place. Members represent the Student Sustainability Office, Sustainability Council, Student Organic Farm, EcoHouse, Aggie Blue Bikes, Sustainability Club, Access and Diversity Center, and Val R Christensen Service Center. Some are AmeriCorps members. Others are volunteers. All are dedicated to make the world better for current and future Aggies.

Meet the Interns


Kara Bachman

Kara Bachman

Food Intern Student
Student Sustainability Office
Kara is the Food Waste Intern in the Student Sustainability Office. She is a Sophomore
majoring in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences with a minor in Sustainable Systems.
Her ideal career is to solve food insecurity by combating food waste through community
programs. She enjoys managing the Food Recovery Network and the Farmers Market at
Utah State University. Her goal is to reduce food waste in Cache Valley and create
opportunities for students to become more engaged with their surroundings. Kara’s
passions include painting landscapes, running before the sunrises, and cooking produce
from her family’s garden.

If you are interested in volunteering or collaborating with her contact her at
karabachman2@gmail.com.

Office Hours:
Monday 2-3pm 
Sam Fitch

Sam Fitch

Sustainable Waste Intern
Student Sustainability Office
Sam is the Recycling and Waste Intern in the Student Sustainability Office. She is currently a junior majoring in Plant Science and minoring in Sustainable Systems. Besides turning her home into an urban jungle, she is particularly interested in permaculture, urban farming, and wants to learn more about the herbal/medicinal uses of plants. In the sustainability world she is fascinated with people's relationships with and mindsets surrounding waste. She's working on growing the True Blue Reuse Store, increasing the scale of on-campus composting, improving education on proper recycling, and communicating with students and faculty to encourage implementation of a more circular economy at USU in general. She's a Utah-born skier, loves exploratory roadtrips, and is a dog person through and through (sorry cats). 
 
If interested in collaborating, volunteering, or need questions answered please contact her at s.fitch@aggiemail.usu.edu.

Office Hours:
Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:15pm
 

Jake Gottschalk

Air Quality & Transportation Intern
Sustainability Council
Coming soon.
Brenda Hawley

Brenda Hawley

Sustainability Fellow
Caine College of the Arts
Coming soon.
 

Bryce Johnston

Engagement Intern
Student Sustainability Office
Coming soon.
 

Matt Mattoon

Conservation Event Intern
Sustainability Council
Coming soon.
 

Kate Robinson

Green Office Intern
Sustainability Council
Coming soon.
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Holley Stringham

Marketing Intern
Student Sustainability Office and Council
Holley is the Marketing Intern for the Student Student Sustainability Office. She is a Junior in the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning program and is the biggest architecture nerd you will ever meet. Holley plans to become an Urban Designer and work with cities to create healthier, safer, and more sustainable communities. She is also a part of the Community Engaged Scholar program and loves going out into the community and volunteering. She is currently working on her capstone by designing an ADA accessible campsite for a local nonprofit. Outside of school and work, Holley enjoys hiking, playing the guitar, biking, and hammocking. 

If you are interested in putting an announcement in the newsletter or on our social media, contact her at holley.stringham@usu.edu

Office Hours:
Monday 10 AM -12 PM
Wednesday 10AM -12 PM
 

Sage Sutcliffe

Recycling Intern
Student Sustainabilty Office
Coming Soon 
Heather Wilkinson

Heather Wilkinson

Student Sustainability Grant Intern
Student Sustainability Office
Heather is the Student Sustainability Grant Intern in the Student Sustainability Office. She is currently a junior in the Interior Design program in the Caine’s College of the Arts. She discovered her passion for sustainability as a representative of the student-led club USGBC (United States Green Building Council) and is particularly enthusiastic about LEED and emerging renewable energy technology. Her opportunities to travel and study abroad, volunteer at the Human Society, and engage in Model United Nations simulations has shaped her world view and dedication to the progress of sustainable living. She is fueled by spicy ramen, dream pop, and anything Tolkien.

If interested in learning more about the grant process, please contact her at
heather.wilkinson@aggiemail.usu.edu

Office Hours:
Monday 10 - 12pm
Idea Labs: Thursday 10 - 12pm

Meet the Staff

Kate Stephens

Kate Stephens

CCE Program Director
Student Sustainability Office
kate.stephens@usu.edu
Kate is the Coordinator of the USU Student Sustainability Office and Assistant Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, has been a part of the national service movement for over 20 years. Prior to her current position, Kate served as the Program Director for Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) for 12 years. She is the founder of Common Ground Outdoor Adventures, a non-profit adaptive outdoor recreation program. Kate also served as a VISTA Leader in Logan, a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and an environmental educator at Teton Science School. In an effort to develop a more diverse and inclusive Conservation Corps, Kate started the UCC’s Access to Service inclusion project and Bilingual Youth Corps. Kate has received local, regional and national recognition for her work to include underrepresented populations in national service. Kate has a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and M.A. in Environmental Education.
Brhianna Malcolm

Brhianna Malcom

Engagement Coordinator
Student Sustainability Office
brhianna.malcolm@usu.edu
Brhianna is the Engagement Coordinator for the Center for Community Engagement. She started in January 2017 and has a B.S in Environmental Science and Minor in Biology from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After 3 years of working hands on in the Conservation field, Brhianna made the shift into sustainability. Her work with the SSO includes managing the USU Farmers Market, organizing the Food Recovery Network, and facilitating the new Aggie Sustainability Club. She also has a really cute dog named Clover.
Alexi Lamm

Alexi Lamm

Sustainability Council Chair

Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Planning & Design

Alexi became Utah State University’s first sustainability coordinator in 2012 and third Sustainability Council chair in 2016. She has a BFA from Arkansas State University and an MPA from Indiana University. After discovering she not only likes working on sustainable systems, she also likes teaching them, she decided to pursue another three-letter degree from the Quinney College of Natural Resources. She will graduate someday...maybe May. Prior to moving to Utah, she worked in the Indiana University Office of Sustainability and volunteered with Peace Corps. Now, she works on air quality with the Cache Clean Air Consortium and Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. She lives for serendipity.