As the university’s sustainability service scholar, Josh Levesque ’18 is required to work 10 hours a week on sustainability issues. But the commitment of the ecology major from Westminster, Md., clearly runs deeper than that.
Funded by the university’s Johnson Center for Civic Engagement, Levesque’s duties include heading the Committee on Sustainability, an umbrella group of about a dozen student groups that focus on sustainability. He also leads efforts to bring the university and community organizations together in a coordinated effort to tackle food security needs in the Selinsgrove area.
“I just met with the United Way,” he noted. “My position requires a level of responsibility that most students aren’t normally held to.”
Levesque is also one of the students who reside in the Sustainability House. “It’s a cool place with a lot of potential, where likeminded students can brainstorm and come up with different projects that impact sustainability issues,” says Levesque. For example, he started the Susquehanna University Beekeeping Club, whose members tend to two hives that pollinate the campus garden.
For Levesque, his deep involvement and dedication is a no-brainer. “From a practical standpoint, it’s kind of silly to think that we can live in a world where we don’t have breathable air or drinkable water,” he says. “The environment affects everyone, and this is a way to help a lot of people—that’s what the Community Food Action Team and the Johnson Center for Civic Engagement are all about.”