Riley Neugebauer, Sustainability Coordinator
Riley joined Skidmore as the Campus Sustainability Coordinator on November 8, 2010. Riley completed her Bachelor of Arts at Allegheny College, with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Women's Studies; while enrolled at Allegheny College, she was selected as an AmeriCorps Bonner Leader. She also completed a one-year certificate program in renewable energy at San Juan College.
Riley has a broad background in sustainability work, having served previously at American University as the Sustainability Coordinator; as a consultant in sustainability to Allegheny College after her graduation from the college; as a research analyst in renewable energy options and energy efficiency; and as a founder of a youth coalition in Colorado. Riley has significant experience in working with student groups, and her community service (in a number of different communities) is extensive. She has also worked as an intern on a small farm. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Levi Rogers, Sustainability Fellow
Levi attended The University of New Hampshire where he earned a BS in Environmental Conservation, focusing on sustainable agriculture. During his time at UNH, he assisted in managing the UNH Organic Garden, volunteered with PowerShift, and was apart of the New Hampshire Outing Club. In his final semester he studied abroad in New Zealand with the EcoQuest Program studying ecology, land management, and environmental policy. Levi’s capstone project at UNH focused on conducting an assessment of a conservation easement on Tuckaway Farm in Lee, NH, and his final project in New Zealand involved developing a place-based learning module for a local primary school in Kaiaua, New Zealand.
Upon arrival to the US, Levi worked as a farm manager for an organic farm. He later became a Sushi Chef and worked to improve the sustainability of the restaurant by creating relationships with local farms, sourcing fish from independent fishermen in sustainable fisheries, and educating customers and community members on the importance of sustainability. Levi then decided to attend Antioch University New England where he earned his MBA in Sustainability. Among many projects, he worked with the City of Keene to assess the feasibility of a recaptured methane fueled aquaponic greenhouse, and worked as a marketing consultant for a local chain restaurant. For his final practicum project, Levi created a research project that identified the most common sustainability challenges faced by higher education institutions, and identified solutions to overcome these challenges. He developed a campus program aimed at increasing the involvement of faculty, staff, and administration in campus sustainability initiatives.
While at Skidmore, Levi will be working on communications initiatives for Sustainable Skidmore, developing a green office program for the campus, working with the composting program and student garden, minimizing the impact of campus community transportation, working with the subcommittee for responsible citizenship, and working with students to help implement new projects.mon sustainability challenges faced by higher education institutions, and identified solutions to overcome these challenges. He developed a campus program aimed at increasing the involvement of faculty, staff, and administration in campus sustainability initiatives.
Rachel Willis, Sustainability Fellow
Rachel recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Environmental Science from Allegheny College. As a student she shaped her studies, activities, and lifestyle to support and lead Allegheny in reaching its goal of sustainability and carbon neutrality by 2020. As the Director of Sustainability for Student Government she was able to create a coordinating committee for all parties involved and concerned by sustainability initiatives, including Residence Life, Dining Services, Facilities, Faculty members, and representatives from student groups on campus. The group worked together, therefore reducing overlapping efforts and streamlining communication between parties.
In the classroom and during internships, Rachel was involved in several projects linked to sustainability and environmental health. She conducted research on sustainable urban development for Meadville, developed lesson plans to work with pregnant teens on healthy eating habits, and led a workshop for science teachers on best management practices for storm water on campus.
She is excited to continue advancing similar initiatives here at Skidmore and working with students, faculty, and staff. Here, she will be in charge of the S-Rep program, creating a sustainability tour of campus, helping conservation efforts on campus with the North Woods Stewards and the Conservation Corps.