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 new newsletter series “Where Are They Now?”.
This month, the Office of Campus Sustainability reconnected with former intern Jacob Clolinger.
Jacob graduated from BGSU in 2013 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. After his time at BGSU, he went on to earn an M.S. in Environmental Policy & Management from the University of Denver in 2018. Currently, Jacob is a Health & Safety Senior Specialist at Vail Resorts Management Company. In his current role at Vail Resorts, Jacob supports health & safety, as well as pandemic response, for hospitality properties in the US, Canada, and Australia.
In his personal life, Jacob and his wife Amanda, a fellow BGSU graduate, have lived in Denver, CO since 2015, where they love to hike with their dog, Geordie. They also enjoy traveling and have visited many places, including Vietnam, Denmark, Nicaragua, Portugal, and Spain!
Jacob Clolinger │ Campus Sustainability Intern 2012-2013
Jacob worked as a Sustainability Intern for Dr. Hennessy, the Sustainability Manager, from 2012 – 2013. His main responsibilities included managing social media & marketing for the office as well as supporting Campus Sustainability programs, such as RecycleMania, WYMO, and Green Tailgating to name a few. Since Jacob was an intern during the years leading up to BGSU signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Jacob also spent much of his time conducting research for BGSU’s Climate Action Plan. This was no simple task and he played a big part in laying the foundation for how the University planned to achieve its climate goals!
Looking back at his time with Campus Sustainability, Jacob says his favorite experience with the office was the When-You-Move-Out program. Jacob recalls, “I really enjoyed supporting WYMO. I think it was one of the more complex projects I supported given that the entire program happens so quickly at move-out. While it seems like a whirlwind in the moment, it also gives a very visual representation of the impact that the program has in terms of keeping all kinds of things out of the landfill and redirecting them to people or organizations that could use them.” Some of his most interesting memories, however, come from his interactions with tailgaters at Green Tailgating events, Jacob says, “Going around the lots and collecting recyclables while interacting with everyone pre-gaming was always entertaining.”
Overall, Jacob says his time with Campus Sustainability gave him real-life experience in the sustainability field, which helped him find his first position after graduation as Administrator of the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center in Tiffin, Ohio. Jacob remarks, “I think the only thing I wish I would have taken advantage of more was networking with other sustainability departments from local colleges.”
Jacob finished the interview with one last piece of advice for those interested in pursuing green career paths, recommending that students take advantage of as many internships or volunteer opportunities in the environmental and sustainability field as possible. He also says to be open-minded about working in positions that are not what you would typically expect since they still provide opportunities to grow and reach your goals.
Do you have any special memories of Campus Sustainability interns? Let us know at Greenbg@bgsu.edu!