August 01, 2018
Tracking energy and water usage across campus has been a perfect blend of Ryan Carter's commitment to the environment and interest in data crunching.
As a student sustainability coordinator, Carter '19 helps evaluate electric, natural gas and water usage across campus.
"This helps campus facilities monitor utilities consumption across campus, detect overuse and accurately budget for utilities expenses," says the earth and environmental science major, who also minors in data science and analytics and environmental studies.
He's also helped track electric usage of mini-fridges, a project that led to the replacing 23 mini-fridges in academic and administrative offices with higher efficiency models. He has performed a waste and recycling audit on two first-year student residence halls to help improve recycling, assist with Earth Week activities and spread environmental awareness.
"I am personally driven to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, as well as be a leader at Susquehanna in the movement toward a culture of sustainability," Carter says.
"The people of our nation are becoming more aware of the human-caused problems in our environment and the push for change is growing. Universities that commit to sustainability will not only be able to stimulate their own economic security and prosperity, but will also attract prospective students by showing them that the university is committed to the long-term health of its community."
Carter, an earth and environmental sciences major, hopes to go into a sustainability-related career in environmental engineering.