The Newest Additions to the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:57:00 CDT  — by: Nick Cookson and Anna Palmer

Welcome from our new Sustainability Program Manager

Hello and welcome back to campus! 

I began working at Sewanee in late June and have enjoyed the gradual build up to your arrival, using my downtime to familiarize myself with the campus, especially the Domain. What an amazing place Sewanee is, but I’m certain you already know that. I’m excited to continue, and build upon, the good work that has been done by the OESS. I will be helping guide the direction of our Fellows program, as well as establishing our broader sustainability initiatives — what a wonderful time to be a part of Sewanee!

I most recently came from Unum Group, a large voluntary benefits company (>10,000 employees), where I worked as the corporate sustainability manager, organizing sustainability projects with facility management and employee volunteer groups on our four campuses across the U.S. and three campuses in the U.K. Projects included electric vehicle charging stations, bikeshare programming and a centralized waste and recycling initiative, to name a few. I was also responsible for the external perception of our company through ratings via Newsweek magazine, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). It was an exciting time for me and I am enthusiastic about bringing these skills and learning experiences to Sewanee, while simultaneously learning from y’all.

Just a little about me personally: I am a Colorado native, but have lived in Tokyo, Japan, for four years as well as Paraguay, South America, for two. These experiences have broadened my life perspective, especially in the realm of sustainability, and continue to drive my passion for responsible living. I’ve been in Chattanooga for the past 14 years, having been drawn by graduate school and climbing; however, let’s be real, it was really just the climbing!  Since then, I’ve grown to love many other aspects of this region including: food, music, culture, and especially the state and federal parks.

Here’s to an exciting semester ahead and please don’t be a stranger — I encourage you to swing by and say hi!

—Nick Cookson, Sustainability Program Manager

Hello from our new Student Sustainability Coordinator

Hello from the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and your new student sustainability coordinator! Summer on the Mountain has been great, but I am excited the students are back bringing the campus to life. As the student sustainability coordinator, I act as a resource for students by fostering relationships and investing time and effort into Sustainability Fellows’ projects. I certainly have big shoes to fill as my predecessor, Ethan Burns, did some amazing work in helping the sustainability program to evolve. I have learned so much already and cannot wait to be a liaison for students this year.

As for a little information on me: I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, the better half of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but have considered Sewanee my home for five years now. I am class of 2017 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in business. I was a Carey Fellow, where for six months I was the account coordinator in New York City for Walrus, a boutique advertising agency founded by a Sewanee alum. I love to walk my dog on the many Sewanee trails and often go to Stirling's. I encourage you to come by my office anytime — even if just to say hello! I want Cleveland Annex 110E to be a space of brainstorming, teamwork, and fun. Here’s to a fruitful and fun-filled first semester!

—Anna Palmer, Student Sustainability Coordinator

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