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Q: Who are you?

We are an institutional office with paid several student employees and a Sustainability Coordinator. To meet our staff, scroll down to Sustainability Office Employees!

As Catholic, Benedictine institutions, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University accept that all Creation is a gift and we are expected to care for Creation and be stewards for the entire community of life on Earth. Our commitment to this stewardship, by definition, incorporates the principles of sustainability: our actions should be ecologically sound, socially just, and economically viable today and for future generations.  These three pillars of sustainability guide our actions: People, Profit, and Planet (Which is also the name of our Office Podcast!)

Q: What do you do?

The mission of the 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.

To that end, we do all kinds of things: We hold the Sustainability Councils on SJU and CSB with faculty, staff, and students. We have a podcast where we talk about campus sustainability issues and an Instagram for student outreach. We sponsor institutional policy change (like the plastic water bottle ban back in 2011 and our Climate Covenants. We love working with clubs, so reach out if you have an idea for improving campus!


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!) She's also updating the website. Betsy is super cool.

Josie Baker '22
Mahina Melim '24
Sean Fisher '23

Sean is a sophomore Environmental Studies major from Pueblo West, Colorado! He is an avid outdoor adventurer and loves avocados, eggs Benedict, and dismantling the patriarchy! He is the 2021-22 SJU Senate Sustainability Representative, Swimmer and Diver, Q+ Board member, Crowned Queen of the 2021 Drag Show, and a member of the improv comedy group The Attention Starved Children. Sean started working at the sustainability office because sustainability dictates how his life is run and plays a major role in all of his decisions. He is actively advocating and educating on what intersectional environmentalism looks like and how different forms of environmentalism and sustainability are the key to a green tomorrow! He continues to work on making everyday sustainability easily accessible and attainable for all Bennies and Johnnies! He also enjoys sustainable fashion and thrifting a stunning and sustainable wardrobe!