Podcast: Carleton College senior Whit Jones on student environmental projects


Carleton College senior Whit Jones was our guest this week (far right in photo with, L to R: Tracy Davis, Ross Currier, and Mathias Bell; click to enlarge).

We discussed the variety of student environmental projects that he’s involved with at the college, nationally, and internationally, including: It’s Getting Hot In Here, the Sierra Student Coalition, and the Campus Climate Challenge.

Also see this MPR story from Feb. titled Which Minnesota college can cut energy use the most?

Click play to listen. 30 minutes.

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  1. Mathias Bell said:

    Saint Olaf’s green webpage may be the best of any school’s in the country. As a carleton student, it has been really exciting to see what they’re doing.

    I don’t know how many of you saw this, but there was this post on treehugger a while ago about saint olaf and carleton’s green rivalry:


    April 17, 2007
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Thanks, Jerry, glad you liked it.

    Thanks for posting that, Mathias. I had no idea the battle was being waged. 😉

    April 17, 2007
  3. Jerry Bilek said:

    great video of the turbine construction. St. Olaf is trying to become the greenest campus in the country. Turbine, composter, Stogrow etc. Pete Sandberg said they could put up more turbines in the future. I don’t know if they are considering it, but the option is there if needed. I think Jim Farrell may be writing a book about the greening of the campus.

    April 17, 2007
  4. Ross Currier said:


    Maybe it’s time to go with Cows, Colleges and Conservation.


    April 18, 2007
  5. Griff Wigley said:

    I see in today’s Strib South Blog
    that “Eagan, Burnsville and Apple Valley have already signed on to the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection agreement, which has the stated goal of reducing carbon emissions in their communities.”

    Has there been a similar effort here in Northfield?

    April 18, 2007
  6. Ross Currier said:


    I see from the Earth Day schedule in the Northfield News that at 2 pm on Sunday, Mayor Lee Lansing, Carleton President Rob Oden and Carleton Vice President Fred Rogers are going to speak on sustainability successes and goals. Perhaps one of the goals will be reducing carbon emissions in Northfield.


    April 19, 2007
  7. Whit said:

    Hey guys,

    I just wanted to update you guys with what we’re doing right now. We’ve got a wordpress blog up (like yours) which can be viewed at: http://www.carbonneutralcarleton.org

    There’s going to be a lot of information going up in the next few weeks.

    May 14, 2007
  8. Griff Wigley said:

    Great to hear, Whit. Keep us posted.

    May 14, 2007

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