Gabe Oppler ’17
A new school year is upon us here at Haverford College, and with it comes another year of opportunity for the Committee for Environmental Sustainability. Although it feels like we students have just returned to campus, CER is already busy with new and exciting changes. First I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Gabriel Oppler, I’m a sophomore, and I’ll be the Sustainability Assistant this year. The other student members comprising CER this year are: Alana Tartaro, Alexandra Zezulin, Aurora Jenson, Chloe Wang, Graham Barrett, and Robin Chernow. We will be joined by our faculty representatives, Prof. Steve Finley and Prof. Ying Li. In addition, CER gained an important new member this year with the addition of President Dan Weiss’ Chief of Staff, Jesse Lytle, who was recently appointed the College’s Chief Sustainability Officer.
Partly as a result of the President’s office’s expressed recommitment to sustainability, CER has been tasked with possibly expanding its role on campus, an exciting, yet daunting task. As a result, early meetings this year have focused on revisiting the committee’s mission statement and discussing our long-term as well as short-term goals. Additionally, meetings thus far have discussed the best methods for incorporating faculty into the committee. Finally, we have had a few sessions for brainstorming projects for the year, as well as prioritizing those projects that require our more immediate attention. Stay tuned for periodic updates on our progress!