Where Are They Now!?
by Christina Deehr - Graduate Intern
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 have started the new newsletter series “Where Are They Now?”.
This month, The Office of Campus Sustainability caught up with Brooke Mason; the very first intern to work for the Office of Campus Sustainability.
Sustainability Assistant: 2009-2012
BGSU BS Environmental Policy (2012), UT BS Environmental Engineering (2016), UT MS Civil Engineering (2018), UM Ph. D Candidate Civil Engineering Intelligent Systems (Expected 2023).
In 2009, Campus Operations had only recently started the institutional sustainability initiative that would eventually become the Office of Campus Sustainability. Brooke Mason, just a freshman at the time, was thrown into all of the excitement that comes with the territory of establishing a new office on campus and she loved every minute of it.
Brooke was able to help Dr. Nick Hennessy, Sustainability Manager, build the Office of Campus Sustainability from the ground up. She consulted with administrators on the design of the office logo, created the website layout, and managed educational events. She also played a major role in establishing many of the programs still offered by the Office of Campus Sustainability such as Friday Night Lights, Green Game Day, and the bike rental program. She served on a “Green Team” of students and assisted with various Green Fund projects. She also worked with many groups of students volunteering with sustainability and even went on BGSU’s first Green Service Trip to Pensacola, Florida in spring 2010.
By the time Brook graduated from BGSU she had three years of work experience in higher education sustainability management. The University of Toledo saw Brooke’s potential and hired her to open a sustainability office on their campus. She worked in this position for three years until she decided to go back to school.
Today, you will find Brooke in a lab developing her Ph.D research on watershed management. When asked about her research Brooke said, “my goal is to make fundamental discoveries which will transform water management. I am motivated by algal blooms and polluted runoff which are threatening our water sources. My research seeks to improve water quality by enabling smart storm water systems to measure and control storm water infrastructure. These systems will use sensors and actuators to adapt watersheds to individual storms. My research includes three objectives: (1) investigate how pollutants flow through and change in watersheds; (2) determine how to optimize flows through a watershed to maximize pollutant treatment; and (3) investigate a systems framework to control water quality in real-time at the watershed scale”.
While Brooke is no longer working in sustainability administration, she learned a considerable amount about the environment and management from her time at BGSU in Campus Sustainability. These skills have allowed her to stay focused, motivated and organized as she strives to make progressive changes in watershed management to make the planet healthy.
Do you have any special memories of Campus Sustainability interns? Let us know at Greenbg@bgsu.edu.