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Meet the Interns 


James Wirth
Sustainable Food Intern

emmetEmmet Pruss
Information Specialist


Paige Morgan
Sustainable Waste Intern

Kate Stephens
Program Director

Sustainable Food Intern: James Wirth

James Wirth, 23, Senior at USU. Interdisciplinary Studies: Sustainable Food Production Major (BS). 3rd year with Student Sustainability Office. I am the sustainable food intern and my work revolves around a number of programs on campus including; Permaculture Initiative Garden, Food Recovery Network, and Campus Farmers Market. USU is a great school, as long as you have a reasonable and well though out proposal for a sustainability project it is accepted with open arms. As a Logan native I never had any clue what a hidden gem this school is, I am glad to be here doing the work I am. Extracurricular activities: spending time with friends and family, travelling locally and abroad, and collaborating with peers to (hopefully) make this school even better for generations to come.

Sustainability Office Information Specialist: Emmet Pruss 

Emmet is a second-year student in the M.S. Bioregional Planning program of the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning department at USU. His interests include public lands management, green energy, sustainable food systems and other sustainability innovations. He believes that community building is essential to regional-scale sustainability efforts, and that organization, collaboration and communication are integral parts of this process. 

Emmet works in the Student Sustainability Office to support the Blue Goes Green grant program, Earth Day planning efforts, the Campus Farmers Market and other initiatives. His current thesis work involves a cross-sectional survey of the environmental attitudes of Landscape Architects. Between these efforts, he enjoys hiking, camping, skiing and writing. 

Sustainable Waste Intern: Paige Morgan

I am a double major in Marketing and Environmental Studies. I'm hoping to become a recycling version of Ed Stafford with these two majors haha. I love sustainability because it is the only way to thank Mother Nature for letting me be a part of this world. It was hard in Southern California, where I'm from, to appreciate her beauty since I felt like I was in a sardine can with the amount of people, but Utah is a whole neither story. Living here the past year and a half has sparked a new spiritual depth passion for sustainability. I still have a lot of work to do in the sustainability switch, and if you're reading this, I hope you keep working hard with me too!   

Program Director: Kate Stephens

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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.