This quarter, the Sustainability Office introduces a new series on the Ecologue, highlighting alumni who were involved with sustainability efforts during their time as students. Through our Alumni Profiles Project, you’ll see what a difference our incredible alumni make in solving global challenges!
Our first profile is Colette Conover, a 2014 Environmental Science and Leadership graduate, who previously worked for the Student Sustainability Initiative as the Energy Projects Coordinator.
During her time at OSU: Colette started as Energy Projects Intern at the SSI and was later promoted to Coordinator. In her position, she helped spread awareness to the student body about conserving energy, living sustainably, and taking climate action. She was also an active member in OSU Divest/Students Engaging Tomorrow and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Energy Action Team. Her favorite project was the Energy Civil War because she loves the idea of a fun, healthy competition and felt it was a perfect way to spread awareness of great renewable technology at Dixon Recreation Center.
Since OSU: Colette has moved to St. Louis, MO and pursued a career in solar energy. She wants to help proliferate the industry in the Midwest and by working for EFS Energy, the local solar and energy efficiency experts, she’s been able to do just that. She enjoys St. Louis and the culture of music, food, and fun. Along with that, she has continued playing ultimate frisbee in her spare time and looks forward to seeing where life may take her next.
Colette feels that working for a solar energy company has definitely allowed her to maintain a sustainable lifestyle, however she is also active in the climate action movement in her community and continues to attend meetings, rallies, and gatherings to expand renewable energy further and generate more excitement for the movement. She would also like to note that she has convinced her parents to install solar energy on their business in Southern California and will continue to push her friends and colleagues to make important decisions like this one.
We’re so proud of Colette and know she’s destined for great things. Keep up the great work!