The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Center for STEM Research, Education, and Outreach is contributing to sustainable projects in area cities by partnering to produce greenhouse gas inventories that offer valuable insights on the carbon dioxide (CO2) created by city facilities.
“Community partnerships are at the core of the STEM Center’s activities,” said STEM Center Director Sharon Locke, PhD, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences. “We are always looking for new avenues to connect SIUE STEM students with projects that help local cities and their residents. Students aren’t always able to see how their classroom learning translates to the real world, and community-based projects that use science provide a different perspective and are exciting for students.”
The student in this case is the STEM Center’s very own Waleska do Valle Santos. Waleska is the primary data collector, working as a sustainability intern with the City of Collinsville and with Deputy City Manager Derek Jackson (both pictured above). “The hands-on work experience I am receiving as a sustainability intern cannot be obtained in a classroom setting, making this a valuable opportunity,” Santos shared. “I am gaining professional work experience in a structured environment in which I can communicate with other employees. I have also been learning about the government’s critical role in sustainability.”
Read more about Waleska’s work and SIUE’s collaboration with Collinsville here.