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Levi Rogers, Sustainability Coordinator

Levi Rogers

Levi attended The University of New Hampshire where he earned a BS in Environmental Conservation, focusing on policy and sustainable agriculture, and later earned his MBA in Sustainability at Antioch University New England. During his time at UNH, Levi assisted in managing the UNH Organic Garden and was an active member of PowerShift. He studied abroad in New Zealand with the EcoQuest Program studying ecology, land management, and environmental policy. For his capstone project at UNH, Levi conducted an assessment of a conservation easement on Tuckaway Farm in Lee, NH. In New Zealand, Levi also developed a place-based learning module for a local primary school in Kaiaua, New Zealand concentrating on regional aquaculture.

While earning his MBA, Levi worked with the City of Keene to assess the feasibility of a recaptured methane fueled aquaponic greenhouse and worked as a marketing consultant for a local chain restaurant, among other projects. For his final practicum, Levi created a research project that identified the most common sustainability challenges faced by higher education institutions and identified solutions to overcome these challenges.  He developed a campus program aimed at increasing the involvement of faculty, staff, and administration in campus sustainability initiatives.

While at Skidmore, Levi will work to improve Sustainable Skidmore communications, coordinate the development of a green office program, work with the compost program, student garden, and bike share program, find ways to minimize the impact of campus community transportation, and help implement new campus projects.

Rachel Willis, Sustainability Coordinator

Rachel WillisRachel recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Environmental Science from Allegheny College. As a student she shaped her studies, activities, and lifestyle to support and lead Allegheny in reaching its goal of sustainability and carbon neutrality by 2020. As the Director of Sustainability for Student Government she was able to create a coordinating committee for all parties involved and concerned by sustainability initiatives, including Residence Life, Dining Services, Facilities, Faculty members, and representatives from student groups on campus. The group worked together, therefore reducing overlapping efforts and streamlining communication between parties. 

Since Allegheny has the goal of becoming a 100% residential college, she wanted to incorporate sustainability into the residential halls and became the first resident advisor for the Green Living community. She helped lay the foundation for the community and fostered a fun and inclusive learning environment for sustainable living. Additionally, in order to ensure that the community continued to evolve, she focused her senior thesis on creating and implementing a comprehensive methods guide, focusing on sustainable features in the community, expectations of the residents, and outreach and visibility on campus.

In the classroom and during internships, Rachel was involved in several projects linked to sustainability and environmental health. She conducted research on sustainable urban development for Meadville, developed lesson plans to work with pregnant teens on  healthy eating habits, and led a workshop for science teachers on best management practices for storm water on campus. 

She is excited to continue advancing similar initiatives here at Skidmore and working with students, faculty, and staff. Here, she will be in charge of the S-Rep program, creating a sustainability tour of campus, helping conservation efforts on campus with the North Woods Stewards and the Conservation Corps.

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