Sustainability Office Staff

Keisha Payson, Sustainability Director

Keisha Payson, Sustainability Director

Keisha Payson is the Sustainability Director for Bowdoin College, taking on this new position in the summer of 2001. Over the years Payson has focused on both engaging faculty, staff and students in Bowdoin’s sustainability efforts as well as ensuring that Bowdoin integrates sustainable practices and policies in operations across campus. Initiatives she has implemented or overseen include significant waste reduction efforts during student move out, food waste diversion programs, Bowdoin’s transition to single stream recycling, alternative transportation programming, developing one of the first EcoRep programs in the country, and focusing on efforts to reduce the college’s greenhouse gas emissions. In 2007, when Bowdoin joined the ACUPCC’s carbon neutrality challenge, Payson worked with the President’s Climate Commitment Committee on setting a goal and developing a climate action plan.  In recent years Payson has worked with the Sustainability Implementation Committee to ensure that Bowdoin is continually advancing on its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.  Payson also enjoys partnering with Dining Services on their numerous sustainability efforts in the dining halls as well as their staff managed organic garden.    

Keisha received a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Environmental Studies as well as a master’s degree in Community Planning and Development, both from the University of Southern Maine.  She is also a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program.

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Bethany Taylor, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

Bethany Taylor, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

Bethany Taylor joined the Sustainable Bowdoin staff at Outreach Coordinator in late 2016. Her past work as a farm apprentice in Massachusetts and Maine, an educator at a riperian Super Fund site in Montana, as ski patroller, hut croo, caretaker, naturalist and backcountry construction worker in New Hampshire, as disaster relief volunteer in Mississippi, as--in separate jobs--a newspaper reporter and trail builder in another town along the Androscoggin River, as a school librarian in Massachusetts, and as a writer all coalesce to provide a broad base of the many faces, phases and roles for environmentalists and sustainability advocates at Bowdoin and beyond. She is delighted to be working with Keisha and the Eco Reps (which sounds like a great band) at Bowdoin and constantly invigorated by the students' energy and by the wide support for sustainability at Bowdoin.

Bethany attended St. Lawrence University, creating her own major combining Environmental Studies, Philosophy and Creative Writing and minoring in Outdoor and African Studies. She has a MS in Environmental Studies, with a focus on creative writing, from the University of Montana.

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Ellie Mersereau--Sustainability Office

Ellie Mersereau--Sustainability Office

Hi! My name is Ellie Mersereau and I’m from Brunswick, Maine (#local). I am in the class of 2018 and I’m majoring in Visual Arts and Environmental Studies. Aside from working in the Sustainability Office, I am a member of ResLife and a leader of the club, Green Bowdoin. Some things I enjoy are hiking, almond milk lattes, cooking, and taking care of plants. I’m an active recycler and like to talk about it, too! This year I’m excited to help encourage the eco-friendly lifestyle and make Bowdoin’s campus more sustainable!

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Jill Rathke--Sustainability Office

Jill Rathke--Sustainability Office

Hi! I’m Jill and I work in the Sustainability Office. I am a senior from the beautiful city of Burlington, VT (mini Portland) and am an Economics and Environmental Studies major. At Bowdoin, I play ice hockey, have a radio show, am a leader of V-Space, and run Green Athletics. I recently worked for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in Washington, DC and am excited about promoting renewable energy sources here on campus. I hope to get my peers as excited about being eco-friendly as I am and make our community, especially athletics, more sustainable. Peace, love & compost. ​

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Lauren Hickey--Sustainability Office

Lauren Hickey--Sustainability Office

Hey everyone! My name is Lauren Hickey, and I am a sophomore from Colchester, CT. I work in the Office of Sustainability. Around campus, I head up the Bowdoin Organic Garden and in my free time I like to run and play IM soccer. Through my work in the office and around campus, I want to learn more about what sustainability means to my peers and my community.

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Lindsey Duff--Sustainability Office

Lindsey Duff--Sustainability Office

I am a senior, an environmental enthusiast, a Psychology major, and a Sociology minor. I am from the small, coastal town of Essex, Massachusetts, and I love being outdoors!  I've been working at Sustainable Bowdoin ever since I was a first-year doing recycling data entry. Now I work on helping organize some of the office's outreach events such as the October Energy Competition, the Earth Day event on the main quad, and the Clothing Swap. I love hiking, sailing, traveling, and training for half marathons. I also work as the America Reads and Counts fellow at the McKeen Center where I coordinate Bowdoin tutors in local schools, and I sing in Bear Tones, a treble a cappella group on campus. 

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