The Office of Sustainability is located in Main, rooms 010, 011 and 012.



Judy Purman joined CSB in August 2010 as the Director of the Office of Sustainability where she coordinates, develops, and implements strategies for sustainable practices campus-wide through collaboration with students, faculty and staff.  She co-directed a short term study abroad program in Otavalo, Ecudaor for the past three years and serves on the board of the Minnesota Street Market in St. Joseph.  She earned a BA in History from Beloit College and an MS in Horticulture from the University of Maryland-College Park.  She enjoys travel with her family, quilt making, board games and good movies.


Alex Chocholousek - Sustainability Fellow 2013-14

Alex Chocholousek grew up on a 100+ year-old family farm in south-central South Dakota, where his grandfather and father instilled in him a connection with the land and a concern for the environment. He graduated from Saint John's University in the spring of 2013 with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Philosophy. During his time at SJU, Alex was a member of the sustainable living community, Edelbrock, and a coordinator for the Peer Resource Program. He enjoys climbing, paddling, playing guitar, brewing, and has been known to pick a banjo from time to time. As the CSB Sustainability Fellow, Alex will focus on carbon reduction and developing leadership programming for students, faculty, and staff designed to strengthen our focus on living sustainably day-to-day.


Emily Reimer

Emily Reimer is a Senior Environmental Studies major. She is actively involved in Sustainability Alliance and the Eco-Reps on campus. She was previously an intern for the office and worked on Campus Conservation Nationals and the LEED certification process for Centennial Commons. Currently, she is focusing on projects for the Eco-Reps and hopefully many other exciting things. In general, she enjoys being a political activist and trying new foods.

Melissa Goranowski

Melissa Goranowski is a Sophmore Psychology major and Art minor.  She grew up in a rural, small Minnesotan town where her appreciation of the environment stemmed.  She enjoys reading, skiing, playing frisbee with her dog, painting, rollerbladding, and hot chocolate.  She is involved in the St. Ben's Sorority (AKS) and is part of the Joint Events Council.  She is also a Bonner Leader where she is able to fulfill her service to the CSB/SJU and St. Joseph community requirement through the CSB Sustainability Office.  Her current roles in the office are to lead the Sustainability Student Worker Network (SSN), creating the office's monthly newsletter, updating the office's website, and serving on the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Committee and the Culinary Task Force Committee.

Malia Carson

Malia Carson is a Freshmen Public Health Major.  She grew up traveling the world as an Army brat noticing the sustainable ways of foreign cultures.  Malia enjoys being active through running, playing rugby, and joining every club she possibly can.  She utilizes her love of videography by creating promotional and educational videos on the CSB Sustainability Youtube channel for the CSB Office of Sustainability.  She is also heavily involved in the recycling initiatives on campus such as creating posters and planning events.  She strives to promote limiting waste by thrift shopping, doing recycled DIYs, and this crazy concept called recycling- try it! 


Tasha Arignamath

Tasha Arignamath is a Senior Environmental Studies major.  Born in St. Cloud but spent most of her childhood years in St. Paul.  Her appreciation of the environment stemmed from recyling.  She saw the importance of recycling at a young age.  Tasha advocated her household to recycle.  In the fall of 2013 she studied abroad in Australia where she discovered her passion for water.  She hopes to work with water in the future such as water treatment. She is a passionate and inspiring person.  Tasha enjoys to play the guitar, watch movies, dance, and play badminton, soccer, basketball, and football in her free time.  

Tim Markoe is a senior at Saint John's University and is an Environmental Studies Major.  He grew up in a small city in Minnesota.  He spent a lot of time outside, whether it was biking around town or playing catch with his dog in the backyard.  HIs parents loved the outdoors and wanted him to experience all that it had to offer too.  During his time at SJU, he participated in basketball his Freshemen and Sophomore year.  He enjoys sports such as basketball, football, and golf. He also spends his time fishing, playing the guitar, hunting, and traveling.

Junior Joassin

Junior Joassin is a senior Environmental Studies Major at Saint John's University.  As an intern at the Office of Sustainability, his current projects include measuring food waste for Culinary Services, spearheading the recycling education campaign and, assisting with the development and coordination of the Move-Out Sale.  His interest in the environment began as a child, where he would spend hours fishing and diving with his father in the pristine waters of the Bahamas.  He enjoys freediving, biking, and good books.  His favorite sport is soccer and he has been actively involved in intramural soccer at SJU.  

Former Staff and Interns

Contact Us

CSB Sustainability Office
Main G010, College of Saint Benedict
(320) 363-5391