About Us

The CSB Sustainability Office

Established in 2010, the mission of the CSB Sustainability Office is to support existing sustainability efforts on campus, develop and implement new programs, and facilitate the exchange of information and partnerships related to sustainability between all members of CSB's community. Come visit our office in Clemens near XPD!

CSB Sustainability Office Staff


Rachel Brodeur (she/her)
Sustainability Coordinator

Rachel brings with her a strong background in sustainability work with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Luther College, as well as the experience she gained in her previous position serving as a MN GreenCorps member. Her year of service was spent on the beautiful North Shore working in Lake County, MN where she conducted outreach and education on waste reduction and proper recycling initiatives. Rachel is excited to begin her time here at CSB creating new partnerships, moving CSB towards their sustainabilty goals, and engaging with students, faculty and staff as a sustainable community. 

Margeaux Pederson

Margeaux Pederson '21 (she/her)
Campus Operations Assistant

Margeaux is a senior Environmental Studies major from Edina, Minnesota, and who follows the sunshine wherever it takes her. She is the student director of the Full Circle Greenhouse, a Peer Mentor, a Co-Founder and Financial Officer of the Knitting Club, and a Galway-Study Abroad ambassador. Margeaux works at the Sustainability Office because she wants to help CSB/SJU pursue sustainable and regenerative solutions to better our community for everyone as well as be an advocate for environmental, economic, and social concerns on our campuses. She strives to find innovative and sustainable solutions in her own life and show Bennies and Johnnies how easy it is to be a sustainable human. She also enjoys DIY-ing and making her own things such as toiletries, household goods, food, and even clothes!

Makaela Turner '21 
Marketing and Communications Assistant

Makaela is a Political Science major from Ramsey, Minnesota. She is a member of the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, a volunteer at the Community Kitchen, and a participant of the 2020 Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program. She works at the CSB Sustainability Office because she wants to be an advocate for environmental issues on campus and educate others on how to be sustainable in their daily life as well as gain knowledge and experience working on environmentally-focused initiatives that benefit the community.

Betsy Ruckman '23 
Zero Waste Assistant

 Betsy is in her second year at CSB and she is from Monticello, Illinois.  Betsy has a love for the earth, even if that means confronting the less pretty aspects of our presence on it. She’s excited to fight all kinds of waste on our campus! You may find Betsy in a dumpster outside the Perk conducting a waste audit, in Gorecki drinking her favorite Rwandan fair-trade Sun Coffee with soymilk, or curled up somewhere with a good book about regenerative agriculture. (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is her current read!) 

The CSB Sustainability Council

The Sustainability Council is a group of faculty, staff, students, monastics, and community members that serves as an advisory group to the Sustainability Office and the President's Office. The Council meets monthly during the academic year, and meetings are open for all members of the CSB/SJU community to attend.

Please contact the CSB Sustainability Office if you would like to present to the Council.

CSB Sustainability Council Members

Rachel Brodeur, Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Office

Crystal Diaz '22, St. Ben's Senate Sustainability Representative

Abigail Sarazin '23, Programming Assistant, Sustainability Office

Makaela Turner '21, Marketing and Communications Assistant, Sustainability Office

Margeaux Pederson '21, Campus Operations Assistant, Sustainability Office

Betsy Ruckman '23, Zero Waste Assistant, Sustainability Office

Kathryn Enke, Chief of Staff, President's Office

Alexa Evenson, Associate Professor, Art

Ryan Gideon, Executive Director, Facilities Management

Corrie Grosse, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies

Emily Heying, Assistant Professor, Nutrition

Derek Larson, Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies

Chad Marolf, Senior Principal Gifts Officer, Institutional Advancement

Sue Palmer, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Business Office

Kathleen Parker, Director, Libraries

Phil Paulson, Culinary Chef, Culinary Services

Kim Poganski, Director, Culinary Services

Sister Philip Zimmer, Order of Saint Benedict