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Earth Action Hero: Student of sustainability: Rachel Schauer

Rachel Schauer wants to make the world a better place through environmental practices. As a college student, community volunteer and personal advocate, the lifelong Bloomington resident is a proponent of sustainability.

Schauer is a senior at St. Catherine University with a major in environmental studies. As the college’s sustainability coordinator, she organizes and promotes environmentally friendly initiatives throughout campus.

Her current efforts are only the beginning. Next spring, when she completes her environmental studies degree, Schauer plans on pursuing sustainability and conservation as a career. 

“I’ve always been interested in environmental studies as long as I can remember,” Schauer said.

That passion led her to reach out and ask for an informational interview with the City’s Sustainability Coordinator Emma Struss. Schauer wanted to know what it’s like to work in a sustainability related job. 

While Schauer’s future career path is uncertain, her purpose is constant. She wants people to know how they can make a positive difference, have fun getting involved and build community at the same time. For those wishing to start, Schauer recommends recycling and composting.

“Sustainability isn’t only about protecting the environment,” she said. “It’s also about helping people and improving the community.”