Meet the 2015 Interns – Eloise Cotton

Continuing our “Meet the Interns” series, this week we’d like to introduce you to our second and final intern this summer, Eloise Cotton:

Eloise CottonName: Eloise Cotton
Where are you from?: Chicago
Internship title: EcoCampus Intern
Degree and year of study: BSc in Sustainable Development (entering 4th year)

 Give a brief snapshot of your role:
I am working on developing a business case for the EcoCampus scheme, a tool created for the Higher Education system to help with the implementation of an environmental management system. I am also performing a gap analysis to determine which areas the University needs to concentrate resources on.

What attracted you to this internship with the Environment Team?
I believe University is not only a place of academic learning but also a place where students form their lifelong behaviors. I was attracted to this internship because it involves assessing what the University is currently and planning on doing to be more environmentally conscious and ultimately shaping student’s behaviors.

What have you learned/what skills have you acquired so far from the internship?
I have so far learned a wide range of skills by working with the Environment Team and EcoCampus. I have created a legal register, drafted an environmental policy and various procedures, determined aspects and impacts, created management structures and conducted a baseline environmental review of the University’s practice.

How does this internship fit into your future career plans?
I am still exploring which part of the vast Sustainable Development sector that I want to work in. This internship will help me see if I am interested in working within institutions and helping improve environmental policies and goals.

Share one tip for sustainable living that you wish more students would adopt:
Never purchasing a plastic bag even if you forget to bring your own bag (you can carry a surprising amount by getting creative).

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Click here to meet our Travel Carbon Intern, Richard, and check out the projects last year’s interns (Dominyka, Daihachi, and Elena) worked on last summer!

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