Get to know us!

Graduate Assistants

Ryan Wil Poole, Graduate Assistant, M.S. in Civil Engineering. 
 “I am currently serving as the Graduate Student Government Secretary of Sustainability and founder of Undergraduate Director of Sustainability. It has been an honor to be a part of the sustainability initiatives in the community. I am sure that with the continuous enrollment of passionate and ambitious individuals, such as these composters and the many others pushing the envelope, Clemson University will further innovate infrastructure allowing a cultural shift into a more sustainable society.”

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Gary Nihart, Graduate Assistant, M.S. in Applied Economics and Statistics. “I began working for the Recycling Department during the summer of 2011, and have since enjoyed working with facilities and dining services to develop a composting program for the University. I believe that through sustainable practices such as composting food waste, we can make significant steps towards becoming a zero-waste society.”

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Fall 2013 Team

Hannah Spencer, Environmental and Natural Resources major from Portland, Oregon. “My family recently moved to Fort Mill, South Carolina, and  I am really excited to learn about ways to live sustainably, especially on a large scale.”

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Claire Johnson, Environmental and Natural Resource, Economic Policy concentration, Business Administration Minor from Florence, Alabama. “I’m interested in composting in how it relates to environmental sustainability as well as in the economic costs and benefits associated with composting operations.”
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Erika Funke, sophomore Animal and Veterinary Science major, Pre-Vet concentration. “I am from Sumter, SC. I became interested in composting when I found out the numerous environmental benefits. I want to help attribute to a greener more environmentally friendly campus!”

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Camille McCarthy, Materials Science and Engineering major concentrating in Polymers. My main interests are recycling and engineering biodegradable and/or compostable polymer products. Composting interests me because my family has been doing it my whole life and it is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you produce while putting it to a more productive use.

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DSCN6427_cropSamantha Perea, Senior Animal Agribusiness major. “Since I have now been involved with the CI for a while, I am just excited to watch it keep growing and put forth new ideas for future composters! I am thrilled with the progress that has been made in the program, and I hope to continue my involvement long after my time at Clemson.”

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Spring 2013 Team

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Alex Funke, Freshman Biological Sciences major. “I am from Sumter, SC and have traveled all around the world. From all of my travels I realized the number one issue the United States struggles with is excessive food waste. My goal this semester with Clemson Composting is to work with Clemson Dining Services to hopefully lower the amount of excessive food waste that is created by over preparation.”

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David Moore, Freshman Construction Science major. “I am from Sumter, SC and I love learning about new ideas and concepts that I am foreign to. I decided to join Clemson Composting so I could learn about the different methods of composting and hopefully initiate another method that is not already being used here at Clemson.”

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IMG_0165-001Ashley Drew, Junior Environmental and Natural Resource Management major with a minor in Environmental science and policy. “I am from Greenville, SC and am a lifelong Clemson Tiger. As a future environmental scientist  I am interested in creating a greener, more sustainable world for everyone, starting locally.”

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Samantha Perea, Junior Animal Agribusiness major. “I have loved all creatures furry or slimy since before I can remember. Coming into Clemson, I decided the career path I want to pursue is with animals. Recently I have come to realize that I would like to incorporate some of my own values into my future career – I am an avid user of the ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’ movement. I would like to learn more about composting and be able to be part of a better future for Clemson University and beyond!”

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Fall 2012 Team

Ben Case, Junior ENR Conservation Biology major. “I am interested in Sustainable Agriculture, Permaculture, and Composting.”

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Kevin Colsen, Sophomore Environmental and Natural Resources major.  “I absolutely love traveling! This past summer I studied abroad in Ecuador for a month and had an amazing time. I learned so much while there, and I am ready to study abroad again very soon. In fact, I plan on studying in Costa Rica in the Spring of 2013. Though I won’t be traveling this summer, I will be interning for a non-profit organization in the upstate of South Carolina. I am very excited to work for them and to learn of more opportunities associated with my major. In the composting project I will be creating the Benefit and Cost Analysis.”

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Melanie Payne, Junior Civil Engineering major. “Before coming to Clemson, I knew very little about the growing demands of our society and the impact our decisions make on the environment. After taking an Environmental Energy class my Freshman year, I became very passionate about helping to create a sustainable future. By enrolling in this creative inquiry, I am able to help Clemson with their efforts to reach these goals.”

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Samantha Perea, Junior Animal Agribusiness major. “I have loved all creatures furry or slimy since before I can remember. Coming into Clemson, I decided the career path I want to pursue is with animals. Recently I have come to realize that I would like to incorporate some of my own values into my future career – I am an avid user of the ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’ movement. I would like to learn more about composting and be able to be part of a better future for Clemson University and beyond!”

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Spring 2012 Team

Catherine Czerwinski, Senior Marketing major. “I have always been passionate about preserving our planet so when the opportunity to get involved with Clemson’s composting program arose I was excited to put my marketing skills to work to help promote the cause. Clemson is making some serious strides towards sustainability and I am delighted to be a part of that.”

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Chris Wozniak, Senior Soils and Sustainable Cropping Systems major. “I’m an avid Gardener ever since high school and has been making my own compost from household waste for the last 3 years. I enrolled in this creative inquiry class to gain a better understanding of the variety of composting methods and the operation of large scale composting facilities.”

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David Tindal, Junior Soils and Sustainable Crop Production major. “I grew up on a family operated farm in Pinewood, SC, thus the reason for have an Agricultural base major. I love everything about farming and working outdoors. I enjoy hunting, fishing, shotgun sports, water sports, and having a good time with family and friends.”

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Jeffrey Akom, Senior Biological Sciences major. “I am an aspiring pharmacist and an entrepreneur at Clemson University. Being born and raised in Ghana and Charleston, SC, I have seen sanitation problems that food composting can aid resolve. My desire to learn more about this process lead me to join Clemson’s Waste Food Composting creative inquiry.”

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Kate Ripley, Senior History and French major. “After a few internships in the recycling realm, I decided to help out with this project! I’m excited to see where the creative inquiry leads us and Clemson to create more sustainable campus. Some things I’m interested in are writing, traveling, being outside and composting of course!”

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Kevin Colsen, Sophomore Environmental and Natural Resources major.  “I absolutely love traveling! This past summer I studied abroad in Ecuador for a month and had an amazing time. I learned so much while there, and I am ready to study abroad again very soon. In fact, I plan on studying in Costa Rica in the Spring of 2013. Though I won’t be traveling this summer, I will be interning for a non-profit organization in the upstate of South Carolina. I am very excited to work for them and to learn of more opportunities associated
with my major. In the composting project I will be creating the Benefit and Cost Analysis.”

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Larissa Clarke, Junior Environmental and Natural Resources major. “I am interested in creating a more sustainable Clemson and am excited to help create a recipe for the compost and to test it’s effectiveness. It would be ideal if we saw the compost being used around campus on landscaping projects and on Clemson farms in the near future.”

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Elliot Gleaton,  Senior Soils and Sustainable Crop Systems. “I’m involved in this project because I want to help Clemson become a more sustainable school. This project will set an example for other universities, municipalities, and institutions, and may help pave the way for advancements in composting in South Carolina. I’m really excited to be part of the team dedicated to taking on this challenge, and we’ll look forward to keeping you posted on our progress.”

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Jason Bove, Sophomore Engineering major. “I am interested in compost site development and how to apply engineering concepts to compost production.”

     

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3 Comments

3 thoughts on “Get to know us!

  1. Dave VAnDeventer

    Awesome work you all!

  2. Caroline Estes

    Hello Clemson Composting! Great work here! I would like to ask about becomming a collaborative member of your team for this summer and coming semester. I am working in Dining Services as the Sustainability Intern/Coordinator and would love to make a working connection.

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