Welcome to the Sustainability Office! Our mission is to challenge and empower Dartmouth College and our students to solve the human and environmental problems presented by a rapidly changing planet. We do this via hands on learning, building inclusive community, and transforming campus operations.
WE IMAGINE A DARTMOUTH WHERE:
All students understand the challenges of a rapidly changing planet, are motivated to address those challenges, and are equipped with the skills they need to effectively create change.
Students are empowered to be sustainability leaders while they are at Dartmouth and to effect change here.
Sustainability problems are systemic and multifaceted. Therefore, diverse points of view are necessary for generating effective solutions. At Dartmouth, diverse, interdisciplinary groups of students, faculty and staff collaborate to develop solutions that are just, equitable, and accessible to all people.
Campus operations are reimagined to prioritize human and environmental well-being. Dartmouth pilots the best solutions here.
Dartmouth is a leader in providing the world with the research, innovations, teaching models and human capital needed to tackle global sustainability challenges.
OUR APPROACH AND VALUES
(If you read this list, you will get a sense for who we are and how we function.)
We value new ideas and will fearlessly try new things.
We embrace challenging conversations and contrary points of view.
We collaborate and build off good ideas.
We strive to bring a positive approach to problem solving.
We value pausing for reflection, as well as actively seeking positive and negative feedback.
We actively create an office where everyone feels welcome and safe, we value individual well-being and happiness.
We balance challenging the status quo and being mindful of political capital and relationships around campus.
We strive to lead among sustainability offices and to collaborate on best practices.
We actively educate ourselves about the cutting edge of sustainability solutions and the big picture of global sustainability.
We work with a sense of team adventure.
MEET OUR TEAM
DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY
ROSI KERR aims to help transform Dartmouth into a global leader of sustainability scholarship, education and action. Rosi brings experience in community-based energy systems, energy markets, environmental nonprofits and organizational change to her role at Dartmouth. Rosi loves doing fun things with her kids, the far North, hiking, rowing, bikes (especially old ones) and cooking brunch.
JENNA MUSCO is passionate about integrating sustainability into campus operations and developing co-curricular and extracurricular programs to equip students take an idea from theoretical to real. Jenna is responsible for helping shape our student programs, and guiding our vision and strategy. Jenna loves homesteading, growing things, pigs, sailing, skiing, and hiking. On nasty cold days she knits, bakes, and does puzzles.
LAURA BRAASCH manages programs and operations at the Dartmouth Organic Farm. She supports faculty teaching and research on the farm site and engages students in hands on learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. Laura also does graphic design and creates photo content for our office and website. When she's not at the farm, Laura enjoys playing the mandolin, taking photos, letterpressing, and rock climbing.
SUSTAINABILITY CORPS MANAGER
MARCUS WELKER trains student analysts and supports their work to conduct measurement and assessment studies. He is responsible for the college’s carbon accounting, greenhouse gas emissions accounting, resource inventories, and annual reporting to assess our progress towards goals in energy, food, water and waste systems and in sustainability planning. Marcus loves hiking, biking, swimming, playing Ultimate frisbee, keeping bees, and cooking and spending time with family and friends.
JOE FAIRBANKS supervises several intern teams, including Dartmouth Bikes, where he interned for four years as an undergraduate. He also works on office communications, helps implement the Dartmouth Sustainability Inclusivity and Diversity Action Plan, and supports the Energy Immersions Trips program in collaboration with IIES. Joe loves to fish, paddle, hike, bike, and ski. As an aspiring filmmaker, he’s sure to bring a camera along to capture the best of his adventures.
CALEB "FORREST" TOWN is a Dartmouth '18 Earth Sciences major who hopes to combine scientific research with environmental community action. He is a bike enthusiast and amateur photographer. Forrest is a big fan of his 3 siblings, cajun-boiled crawfish, and Dartmouth Football. Forrest supports administrative and financial tasks, our Green labs program and our Big Green Careers Program. He also supervises several internship programs, and supports the Energy Immersions Trips program in collaboration with IIES.
DALIA RODRIGUEZ CASPETA is a Dartmouth '18 who majored in Environmental Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality. In her time as a student, Dalia has worked in our office as an intern on projects including Sugar Crew, Ecoreps and Moving Sale. She hopes to work on access to resources and the outdoors specifically for marginalized communities. Her passions are to mentor and create spaces for individuals that might not have had prior access to them. She loves going on road trips and exploring new places around the New England area. Dalia loves thrift shopping, dogs, rugby and good Mexican food.
MADISON SABOL is a Dartmouth '18 who majored in Environmental Studies and French. As a student, Madison helped launch the "Green To-Go" project with Dining Services and worked as a Waste Intern and Sustainable Dartmouth Intern. Madison will be working on development of a senior capstone program, supporting students interns, and continuing her work on dining sustainability and program assessment. She enjoys farming,
cooking food, running, and making playlists!
WHY INCLUSIVITY IS CENTRAL TO OUR WORK
Sustainability problems are systemic and multifaceted. Therefore diverse points of view are necessary for generating effective solutions. As part of our vision for successfully carrying out our mission statement, we imagine a Dartmouth where diverse interdisciplinary groups of students, faculty, and staff come together to develop solutions that are just, equitable, and available to all people. Additionally, we envision a future in which campus operations are reimagined to prioritize human and environmental wellbeing.
We know that our work in inclusivity is never done and we aim to create a culture that is always striving towards a better vision for the future. If you have thoughts on what we could be doing better, we love to hear feedback! You can talk to us at Office Hours (Thursdays from 12-2pm in Robinson 108), send us an email, or leave anonymous feedback through our feedback form.