Meet the Sustainability Office

Launched in 2012, the Wesleyan Sustainability Office demonstrates the University's commitment to promoting holistic sustainability.  Meet past Office employees on the alumni page.

Sustainability Director

  • Jen Kleindienst

    Sustainability Director

    284 High Street Room 104

    860-685-3242

    jkleindienst@wesleyan.edu

    Jen Kleindienst began as Wesleyan's first Sustainability Coordinator in July 2012 and became Sustainability Director in July 2015. Jen is passionate about building a more sustainable world and loves putting ideas into action on the Wesleyan campus. She works to coordinate sustainability efforts between students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and create new programs to foster sustainable thinking and acting. Before coming to Wesleyan, Jen worked in the sustainability offices at Tufts University, St. Michael's College, and MIT. Jen holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and a B.A. from Hamilton College.

Eco Facilitators Coordinators

Two Eco Facilitators (EF) Coordinators lead each EF cohort, comanaging this three-semester program.  They lead a student forum (Inspiring Sustainable Behaviors and Systemic Change) in their first semester and manage EFs and their projects in the second and third semesters.

  • Chloe Odabashian '23

    Eco Facilitators Co-Coordinator 2021-22

  • Annika Shiffer-Delegard '23

    Eco Facilitators Co-Coordinator 2021-22

Eco Facilitators

Eco Facilitators (EFs) are a group of students who provide students with the tools, education, and encouragement necessary to develop sustainable living practices, as well to encourage a sense of environmental consciousness and social responsibility.  In this three-semester program, EFs first enroll in a semester-long student forum (Inspiring Sustainable Behaviors and Systemic Change). The following school year, EFs are paid to apply their ideas and to manage physical tasks in their assigned dorm. Working as an Eco Facilitator is a great opportunity to gain leadership skills and take part in building a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive campus community.  To learn more, email ecofacilitators@wesleyan.edu

Eco Facilitators 2021-22

  • Arthur Chen '23

  • Ruby Clarke '24

  • Caelan Desmond '24

  • Elijah Erskine '24

  • Julia Fone '23

  • Debbra Goh '24

  • Madisyn Gomez '24

  • Mao Kato '23

  • Kiran Kling '24

  • Juliette Lilly '22

  • Jessica Luu '24

  • Maggie Monaghan '24

  • Wiktoria Ostrowska '24

  • Latonya Smith '24

  • Annie Volker '24

Sustainability Coordinators

The Sustainability Coordinators, along with the Waste Not Coordinator, run the Waste Not collection each May and tag sale each fall.  The SCs also collaborate with program houses, woodframes, and campus-wide, managing individual and collective projects that promote sustainability.

  • Simi Dalyop '22

  • Julian DeMann '22

  • Felicity Guevara '24

Compost Interns

Compost Interns manage Wesleyan's residential composting program and food waste reduction programs in dining halls and residences.

  • Belle Brown '22

  • Mia Sakamoto '22

  • Emma Singleton '23

Sustainable Middletown Intern

The Sustainable Middletown Intern coordinates with City of Middletown employees and volunteers to identify and implement projects to support Middletown's sustainability efforts.

  • Shaya Tousi '22