The Pennsylvania Environmental Resources Consortium (PERC) recently named F&M staffer Kathy Hertzler and senior Ellie Ezekiel as Campus Sustainability Champions. The pair will be honored at PERC's annual conference to be held at Penn State on Oct. 24.
PERC, it should be noted, is the association of sustainability representatives at colleges and universities state-wide. Kathy, administrative assistant for College Grants, will be honored as an employee, while Ellie will be honored as a student. In addition, Ellie has been one of two students invited to participate in a panel discussion at the conference.
Kathy has been a true Sustainability Champion at F&M. Her supervisor, Ryan Sauder, says: “Within the Office of College Grants, Kathy has spearheaded a variety of initiatives to reduce waste, including helping us embrace a K-cup recycling initiative through Keurig (after she first tried to separate the grounds from the K-cups for use in her garden), establishing a scrap-paper re-use program for all printers, transitioning grants-review processes online to save paper, and leading all of us to bring laptops to staff meetings rather than use printed materials. Trust me...if I listed all of her efforts in this regard, the other sustainability-focused offices on campus would be "green" with envy!” Kathy also ensured that her office was the first on campus to fulfill every suggestion made by the Center for the Sustainable Environment for their “Green Office Challenge” competition, earning the Office of College Grants a “gold leaf” certification. We are proud that Kathy is a member of our institution.
Ellie Ezekiel, captain of the volleyball team and a senior animal behavior major at F&M, has been a prominent member of the sustainability community since she arrived on campus.
As a sustainability intern at F&M’s Center for the Sustainable Environment, Ellie assists in the majority of sustainability projects on campus. She drafted the proposal for F&M’s observation beehive, which launched the college’s native pollinator conservation campaign. She has also been responsible for managing the “Green Cinema” film series on campus as well as managing the Center for Sustainable Environment’s website. Most recently, Ellie has spearheaded F&M’s “Green Athletics” movement. Because of her efforts, F&M’s volleyball team is the first NCAA team in history to wear fully-recycled jerseys for all of their away games.
Ellie constantly delivers outstanding results and always brings new and innovative ideas to the table. She consistently goes above and beyond what is asked of her to support the school’s mission of environmental sustainability. We are proud to have her as a member of our F&M family and as a shining example of what it means to be a Campus Sustainability Champion.
Congratulations to Kathy and Ellie!