A Renewed Cohort of Sustainability Associates for the Fall 18

The Office of Sustainability is pleased to welcome six new part-time associates this semester. This dynamic group of students will work alongside 11 returning associates and 5 staff members to provide the vision, organizational strategy, and leadership for advancing operational and cultural sustainability efforts at the university. Noah Rennert has joined the Renewable Energy team; Mikaela Gatewood and Sarah Rhee comprise the Communications team; Lauren McDaniel and Baifan Zhang make up the Sustainable Buildings team and Sophia Dossin has joined the Green Rehab team.

Mikaela is a junior from Garden City, NY majoring in Architecture with minors in Art History and Environmental Studies. She is passionate about both design and sustainability and is excited to have the chance to combine the two through her position at the Office of Sustainability. Mikaela is also the Director of Marketing for Delta Gamma and a DJ at KWUR 90.3 fm.

Sarah is a junior from Los Angeles, California double majoring in Communication Design and Environmental Biology. As a student in both the design and environmental fields, she is excited to be a part of the environmental effort by creating the necessary communication materials. She is also looking forward to finding new ways to combine both her passions while working as part of the communications team in the Office of Sustainability. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and walking her dogs

Lauren is a 2nd year Master of Landscape Architecture student with a BS in Environmental Science. As a St. Louis native she has a strong interest in native Missouri plants and sustainable practices and hopes to gain a better understanding of the intricacies that go into creating sustainable buildings and environments for both people and wildlife, by combining science and design. Lauren also holds a leadership position in LAB – the Landscape Architecture student organization, and serves on the executive board of the interdisciplinary journal LABOUR.

Baifan is a graduate student majoring in Architecture and Construction Management. She is originally from China and enjoys traveling and sketching. As an office associate of sustainable buildings, she believes that “architecture aims at eternity,” where there is not better way to achieve eternity than create buildings of tomorrow that preserve the ideas of today. She is excited to join the team to help incorporate sustainable ideas into architecture and construction field.

Noah is a rising junior majoring in Chemical Engineering. Alongside his budding technical expertise, he is driven to incorporate his political and business experience to facilitate the deployment of renewable energy technology at a scale that matters. Before beginning studies as Washington University, Noah took a gap year, during which, he interned across myriad fields in both the public and private sector. He loves to read novels, go hiking, and use Trello!

Sophia is a sophomore studying Econ&Strat and Environmental Policy. She is driven by deep desire to help prevent damage to the natural wonders of Oregon, her beautiful home, from harmful pollution and its consequences. She is especially interested in renewable energy, the economics of sustainability, and resource efficiency. On campus, Sophia is involved in Net Impact, Phi Gamma Nu, Olin Peer Ambassadors, the swing dance team, and CIT. For fun, she loves dancing, drinking coffee, playing violin, hiking/running, yoga, cooking and being with friends and family.

Visit this page to view the profiles of all sustainability associates and staff. 

If you are interested in pursuing an internship in the field of sustainability at WashU, please visit this page to stay up to date of openings for the Spring 2019. If you have any questions, please reach out to Michelle Patterson, Internship and Business Coordinator.