The S.E.E.D. Initiative

A Big Thanks!

As SEED’s first semester comes to a close, I’d like to dedicate this entry to some special people that helped make our semester successful. Sustainability is a team effort, so we would like to highlight the contributions of our very first volunteer and intern who finished up their time with SEED last week.

Ashley Sapp

Ashley Sapp, Intern for the SEED Initiative

Ashley Sapp, a senior Environmental Sciences major, interned with SEED for 100 hours this semester. She worked on two separate projects. The first project was creating a UT Green Guide. The goal of the project was to make a PDF guide to be uploaded to the Rocket Launch, Rocket Transition, Residence Life, and SEED webpage. The guide helps students find ways to be more sustainable on campus.
Ashley Sapp also worked with SEED on another project, a comprehensive light audit of all three UT campuses and outbuildings. To do a light audit, we had to go to every room on campus that has a light and measure the brightness of the light and inventory the type of lights. This project was a big undertaking and has been underway since June. We hope to finish by the end of January. But we would never have gotten as far as we have without the help of Ashley and our first SEED volunteer, Nathan Diemler, a sophomore Chemistry major. Nathan volunteered 30 hours in November and December on the light audit.

Nathan Diemler,

Nathan Diemler, Volunteer for the SEED Initaitive

In Ashley’s final internship paper she wrote, “Both of these experiences have helped me with my communication skills, the ability to follow a deadline, educated me about the environmental aspects available on campus, and taught me about the different side of environmental science that is out in the job world.” We want to thank Ashley and Nathan for their time and hope they gained valuable experiences from their time with SEED. We look forward to working with our interns next semester and hope other students volunteer! If you are interested in volunteering or interning with the SEED Initiative, email

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is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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The University of Toledo’s SEED Initiative, housed within but not limited to Facilities & Construction, focuses on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Design to ensure the University is operating in a manner that betters our neighbors, economy, and planet. Through environmental sustainability projects, energy conservation measures, innovative building renovation and design, and a comprehensive educational campaign, SEED commits itself to leaving behind a better planet than when we started.

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