Student’s Internships & service

We are currently in the process of developing internship projects for both college and high school service learning or independent study students. For more info, contact Katie Kovach or Sandy Smith-Nonini at yikes.contact @ gmail.com.

In the summer of 2012 we are assisting the NC School of Science and Mathematics in gathering mentors for and developing projects for their upcoming sustainability year, when students will form teams to develop hands-on projects around green themes.

The UNC team sponsored an Upcycling Contest during the month of November 2010 –called The Re-hashed Trash Bash.  The awards “bash” was held on campus, the evening of  Dec. 2, w/  enviro- education speakers, healthy food, and an awards ceremony. (see Recyclique (home) page for details on winners and the event).  The contest had categories for art and useful products, and a $100 top prize.  It was open to high school students, the university and the wider community — entries had to be made of at least 85% waste or recycled materials.

In fall 2010 about a dozen UNC service learning students (from two classes) and other volunteers worked w/ Anthropology Professor Sandy Smith-Nonini to develop on-campus projects.  Several students lent support to the Carrboro-Chapel Hill Transitions Town group in planning and hosting a Energy & Community Resilience Fair for the afternoon of Oct 10 –(one of many 10-10-10 events nationally in coordination with the 350.org campaign to stop climate change.)

Other student activities:

Elizabeth Lee built an educational display on plastics recycling, for the April 9, 2011 Earth Action Day in Chapel Hill and for the NightLite Earth Week celebrations.
Allison Rackley worked with us to improve our social networking, including updating our Facebook page, a new Twitter account, linking both to the website, and upgrading the website.
Dan Kennedy and Lauren Stewart and Derrick Bennett assisted with organizing “slow money” (alternative finance) educational meetings in Durham, in collaboration with the Black, Brown Green Alliance.
Katie Lubinsky worked on editing the biodiesel film footage.
Alex Lowrie, who was a regular volunteer with Recyclique in 2009-11, lent her leadership energy in pulling together a fall 2010 campus agenda.  Max Rice was our “internal communications czar” who kept the planning for the Bash on track.  And special thanks to Alicia Thompson, for her work to secure a $500 donation from an anonymous business sponsor to support the student work!!  Other students involved included McKenzie Biddiz, Hannah Phipps, John Munoz, Laurel Loeblein, Christina Grose, Whitney Deedmeyer, Meghan Robbins and Rachel Beard.In spring 2010 we worked with a UNC Communications service learning class taught by Jessica Fifield, whose students helped us by creating new brochures, signs, slides on water conservation, a rolling paint kit, organizing on campus, conducting workships and other projects!
We worked with a team of Duke writing students in the spring of 2015 to produce educational materials on sustainability. And in the spring of 2016 we had two service learning students from an Environmental Justice course at UNC, including Tracee Sanders, who assisted us in improving our promotions and web presence  and Alysha Esworthy, who assisted us in completing our greenhouse and planting and caring for organic seedlings. Alysha also gave a Sat. afternoon workshop on how to have success growing organic starter plants from seed.