Sustainability Coordinator Lindsay Chapman(seen here with her 2-year-old son, Finn) has worked hard to ensure the campus is hitting sustainability goals. Learn more about her below. Q:What is your philosophy toward your work? Tell me about your day-to-day work at the college?
A: Because I believe in the purpose of the sustainability movement, my philosophy is to embed sustainability into Beloit’s curriculum, operations, and culture. To that end I guest lecture in classes, I work very closely with the Facilities Department on waste, energy, and water improvement projects. I sit on the Revolving Loan Fund Committee to attract and approve student, staff, and faculty projects. Along with the Sustainability Steering Committee, we try to find ways to incentivize faculty to embed sustainability concepts into their curriculum. I employ anywhere from 16-25 students in my office each semester, who all work in teams to change campus culture, one event or research project at a time.
Q: What game show would you win and why?
A: NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.” Because I’m just that good.
Q: What movies make you cry the hardest and laugh the hardest?
A: The traditional chick-flick with a sappy-happy ending.
Q: If you could only dance to one song for the rest of your life, what would that song be?
A: “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck Quartet
Q: What is your favorite part about working at Beloit College?
A: I get to interact with so many different departments on diverse projects, and so many students who are going to do such diverse and interesting things after they graduate.
Q: What three words would describe you as a thirteen-year-old and if one of them is not awkward how did you do it?
A:Tomboy with a capital T, funny, and diligent. While I was indeed awkward, I was living in blissful ignorance of my awkwardness, having too much fun playing sports, hanging out with friends, reading books, and of course watching “Step by Step” and “Boy Meets World” on TGIF.
Q: How would your best friend describe you?
A: Loyal and a good listener, with the need for spontaneity every once in awhile.
Q: Would you consider a hot dog a sandwich?
A: If the hot dog sandwich was all that stood between me and starvation, even though I’m a vegetarian, I would eat it. If I had other options though I would pursue them.
Q. Where's your favorite place on campus?
A: My favorite is actually a time rather than place. When the majority of classes adjourn at 3:50 p.m. and students are transitioning between classes, sports, clubs, and all of the other activities. This time reminds me of the truly remarkable time that is college, that students attempt and succeed at balancing life in a renaissance man mode.
Q. What's the biggest lie you've ever told yourself?
A: That I could figure out all of the answers through reading and research. Once I started working full-time I realized that it was so much easier and quicker to ask for help rather than trying to make others around me believe that I knew everything. Google doesn’t know all.