Where Are They Now?!
by Max Frost - Sustainability Assistant
Over the years, many interns have walked in and out of The Office of Campus Sustainability doors. These interns have made major contributions and impacts that have marked successful milestones for the Office of Campus Sustainability. We wanted to know what these interns have been up to and how the work they did as an intern has impacted their lives. Therefore, we started the newsletter series- “Where Are They Now?!”
In this month’s feature, the Office of Campus Sustainability reconnected with former intern Jeff Kellermeyer.
Jeff Kellermeyer | Campus Sustainability Intern, 2013 – 2014
Starting in 2013, Jeff took on a multi-faceted role within the Office of Campus Sustainability where some of his many duties ranged from coordinating recycling initiatives and waste reduction programs on campus to conducting outreach to mobilize and educate our campus community! Although his internship with Campus Sustainability ended in 2014, just prior to the creation of BGSU’s Climate Action Plan, Jeff was certainly laying the groundwork for our office to begin its implementation!
While his undergraduate path at BGSU began with Environmental Science, Jeff says that his journey ultimately finished with a degree in Economics from the College of Business Administration. Nowadays, Jeff Kellermeyer is a Reporting Analyst / Data Engineer at BankMobile where he conducts data science to help clients and stakeholders. Even in his current position, Jeff says that his experience with Campus Sustainability has followed him throughout the years:
“The time spent in the office sharpened so many different skills – organization, speaking, knowledge on sustainability practices/initiatives at a college level, a greater appreciation for butterfly bushes, and the difficulties of growing strawberries.” Jeff says, “The experience is one that follows me or I take with me always. I was lucky to put my time into the Office and work on worthwhile initiatives.
When asked if his background in Economics has enhanced his perspective on other facets of sustainability, Jeff says that it can be a worthwhile endeavor to understand the workings of the economy for someone who is interested in sustainability and environmental initiatives. “An economy that can support people in a sustainable way is a good thing,” he remarks.
The thing that inspired Jeff to work with Campus Sustainability in the first place was his love for nature and all of its plants, animals, and stars. “I just feel better when able to integrate time outdoors into my life,” he says. “Sustainability seems so linked – Are we being good stewards? I wanted to get involved and put my energy and time into the office.” Finding ways to harmonize with our environment and the people around us sparked an interest in Jeff that led to his internship with the office!
As a Campus Sustainability intern, Jeff had a wide variety of responsibilities! Some of his achievements included managing successful waste reduction programs, such as WYMO and Green Tailgating, researching new sustainability initiatives for BGSU, and putting together creative art projects and fun DIY workshops on campus to bring awareness of sustainable living to our fellow falcons. For example, during one of Jeff’s workshops, students were able to make their own garden boxes out of reclaimed wood, which was sourced from the building that is now known as the Kuhlin Center!
Some of his most fond memories with Campus Sustainability, however, were his days tending to the garden on the Oaks Green Roof and removing invasive species of plants on the edge of BGSU’s campus.
As our interview wrapped up, Jeff had a piece of advice for students who are interested in sustainability or environmental careers, but may not have environmental backgrounds.
“Get involved wherever,” he says. “Not being an environmental student doesn’t mean you can’t also get involved. If not the Office of Campus Sustainability, get connected or involved with something that lets you feel like you are being a positive impact on the people or world around you.”
Jeff concluded our interview with some words of inspiration, saying, “[I] encourage any reader to engage, get involved, and find things that promote their own health and happiness: Family, friends, art, nature, sports, good food, good rest, etc. Remember there are so many experiences to be had and possibilities to consider.”
Do you have any special memories of Campus Sustainability interns? Let us know at Greenbg@bgsu.edu.