Internships with the Sustainability Department began during the 2013-2014 school year. Since then there have been two interns, Jen Feinstein and Jenny Bowen, who have had a significant effect in Chapman's environmental impact. Under the supervision of Mackenzie Crigger, Chapman's Sustainability Manager, these students have an incredible story to tell about their experiences.
In the fall of 2012, Jennifer Feinstein ’14 (pictured left) performed a waste audit on Chapman’s campus and discovered a way that trash can be more efficiently disposed of. Based on her research, Jen presented a proposal to Chapman to purchase the BigBelly Solar Trash and Recycling Compactors. Her proposal was well-received and there are now about 14 compactors in various locations throughout campus. Not only do these bins bring pizzazz to the community and allow students to showcase their artwork or clubs to advertise their events on them, they increase efficiency while decreasing costs.
In the fall of 2013, Jenny Bowen ’15 (pictured right) joined the Sustainability Department. Jenny teamed up with the previous Sustainability intern, Jen Feinstein ’14. After Jenny proposed the idea of installing a green roof on campus, the girls collaborated in an effort to gather all appropriate data to make this effort possible. They compiled information on the social, economic, and environmental benefits of green roofs and determined the benefits that were specifically important for Chapman University. During Interterm 2014, Jen and Jenny presented their green roof proposal to Chapman’s Facilities Management Department. Their proposal was well-received and Chapman has installed a green roof on the 4th floor patio of Argyros Forum.
Chapman is always looking for dedicated students with a passion for contributing to a more sustainable campus. If the Sustainability Department sounds like the place for you, take a look through the current openings for Chapman student interns.