Sustainability Fellows and Staff Writers

Sustainability Fellows

Lauren Newman, C'18, runs the Environmental Residents program, in which she works with volunteers to trial peer education and waste audit techniques in dormitories.

"My vision for the environmental residents program is to build a more environmentally-conscious student body through encouraging students to make more sustainable lifestyle choices. This semester four dorms are participating in a pilot program (Benedict, Hoffman, Johnson, and St. Luke's) where I along with some of my peers are documenting sustainable practices in dorms, auditing the recycling bins, and leading sustainability-themed events to build community. It is my hope, that if the pilot program is successful, we will be able to extend environmental residents across the campus and eventually become an extension of Res Life programming."

Zack Loehle, C'17, leads the Sewanee Water Campaign. This campaign advocates for increasing water access, educating the campus about the benefits of tap water vs. packaged water, and examines infrastrucutre and policy needs to reduce the consumption of packaged water. He also helps coordinate Divest Sewanee, focusing on student involvement in institutional change. Divest Sewanee works to raise awareness and make progress towards investment in sustainable enterprise. These projects offer numerous ways for students to be involved in broader environmental movements and to learn how to make our campus more sustainable; all are welcome!

Darby McGlone, C'17, co-directs Divest Sewanee, which is a group of about 20 undergraduate students and several from the School of Theology, who plan various strategies to convince the University to divest its endowment from the largest 200 fossil fuel companies. They are currently focusing their efforts on creating a socially and environmentally responsible fund within the Student Investment Club’s portfolio, which will serve as a divestment case study to the University.

Darby is also president of Bike: Sewanee. This group will be inventorying bicycle infrastructure and surveying the student body to gather data on the feasibility of a bike share program here on campus. Given students’ affinity for outdoor recreation, the bike lane infrastructure, and the many problems (both environmentally and logistically) with students driving their car to class each day, these students believes Sewanee is truly the ideal place for a bike share program. 

Staff Writers 


Claire Brickson C’18 is a junior English major and a Women and Gender Studies minor from Birmingham, AL. Heavily involved on campus, she is the current Green House Co-Director and the Student Assistant to the Vice Chancellor and Provost. In her free time Clair enjoys volunteering at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL, writing, and exploring the Domain.  


Peter Davis C’17 is a senior Natural Resources major from Little Rock, AR and a two-year Co-Director of the Green House. He is passionate about facilitating conversations about spirituality and the environment and leads Earthkeepers, a weekly reflection group. Peter’s good humor and quick smile are a mainstay on campus.