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Linda Burke Introduces Emma and Jessa to RecycloRat

For this episode of Sustainable, please join Emma and Jessa as they sit down and have a conversation with Linda Burke relating to campus recycling programs.

Linda Burke came to the ISU studio this week to talk about her time as director of the Student Community Service Center, where she worked from 1988 to 2009. What started as a student project blossomed into a real program that included the “how-tos” of recycling, recycling pick up at 32 campus buildings, and the birth of a second program–SAVE–that focused on a wider range of sustainability issues. Within all this, Linda shared a little-known gem of this period, her program’s mascot, Recyclorat.

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Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.