Humboldt State University

People on the Ground: Student Profiles

Jeffrey Steuben

Jeffrey Steuben is excited about his senior year at Humboldt State.

"I really get what it means to be involved now," he says.

Steuben, an Environmental Science Technology major, has had held an assortment of sustainability-related positions on campus. He's been a Green Campus intern, a Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) co-director and is now an energy management intern at Plant Operations.

Once he graduates, Steuben is considering working for a kitchen efficiency business, joining a firm that monitors an energy efficiency partnership or becoming a sustainability coordinator.

"Professionally, right now, what I am doing on a day-to-day basis is not so sustainable, but in the larger picture I am working on sustainable projects," he explains. "Personally, my household and I have it down to a fine tune. We recycle and compost our waste, we don't drive and we buy in bulk. I would like to be an example for people, but I am not going to go convert people."

Steuben would like to see a sustainability master plan for Humboldt State, accompanied with some long-term goals.

"Sustainability means a lot to me," he says. "I can think of any number of dry definitions for sustainability that don't really encapsulate how I feel about it. It is the ideal way to live; for a community to survive and sustain itself.

"In the area of sustainability, the student population here has consistently been on top of their game. For years Humboldt was green, long before it was cool to be green. It's what I do for fun! For me, it's cool to hang out with my friends and scheme on sustainability projects."