The UW-Whitewater Sustainability Office consists of a mix of one full-time staff and student internship positions to help fulfill the various goals of the sustainability program on campus. Currently, the following positions are affiliated with our sustainability efforts:
The Sustainability Director provides leadership and oversight of all Sustainability Office projects and programs designed to improve environmental sustainability awareness and performance on the UW-Whitewater campus. The Director serves as a resource for faculty and instructional staff to integrate sustainability concepts into academics through student projects, research, and interview assistance as well as providing guest lectures and tours with sustainability themes. The Director also builds partnerships with internal and external entities to build collaborative sustainability efforts and engage a wider audience in sustainability topics. As a member of the Facilities Planning and Management Department, the position also oversees collection and dissemination of operational data such as utility use and other aspects of environmental impact of the physical campuses.
Wes Enterline has been employed by UW-Whitewater since July 2008 and is the only person to date to hold the position of Sustainability Coordinator/Director at UW-Whitewater. He is also two-time graduate of UW-Whitewater, receiving a BBA in Computer End-User Technology in 2001 and a BS in Sociology and an Environmental Science-GIS minor in 2008. Wes became interested in environmental issues after reading The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann and The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson and has continued advocacy for a reduced carbon economy that respects the biodiversity of our natural world.
The Sustainability Office employs a variety of interns that serve various undergraduate majors in a wide variety of project-based work. Almost all internship opportunities correspond with either a semester or full academic year term and typically begin in September, with the exception of the Garden and Grounds Intern role that is hired for the calendar year to correspond with the growing season and is employed full-time in summer. Interns have an opportunity to work in various roles, such as digital marketing, event planning, and project-based work in areas such as waste/recycling, transportation, food/dining, energy, data analytics, and more. Internship opportunities are posted on Handshake as they become available. All interns are expected to re-apply for internships if they wish to continue employment into the next academic year. Prospective interns are encouraged to participate in our volunteer programs to build familiarity with our programs and with your work ethic.
Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) summer intern programs provide hands-on learning opportunities for students and assistance to local health departments. Programs in each AHEC region across the state are somewhat different, but each has at its core a partnership with local health departments to develop research projects and provide mentoring for health professions students interested in an intensive summer experience in community health. The placement is 8 weeks during June and July. Applications open in mid-December each year, so visit their website if you're interested in applying.
This faculty member position provides leadership for campus sustainability efforts, particularly in matters of curriculum, instruction, research, and community outreach. This role serves to promote integration of sustainability topics into a variety of academic disciplines. Some of the activities typical to this position include the advancement of sustainability education in general education curriculum, co-chair of the Sustainability Council, advocating for inclusion of sustainability in institutional initiatives and reforms, and establish and maintain contact with other faculty members about sustainability activities, and partner with other groups and offices to train faculty on sustainability topics and infusion in the curriculum.
The Sustainability Council was formed to continue the work of the Climate Commitment Committe, which was originally charged with the responsibility of responding to the American College and University President's Climate Commitment. The Council embraces a broad definition of sustainability which includes three integrated aspects: environmental, social, and economic. Efforts on the UW-Whitewater campus seek to further and balance sustainability across each of these components.
The Council consists of 10-15 members and is co-chaired by the Sustainability Director and the Sustainability Fellow. Membership includes representatives from faculty, staff, and students. Members are expected to serve a two-year term. The Council will convene monthly while classes are in session and as special needs arise. The Council will also create working groups as needed for particular issues or projects.