Detective Sullivan

Monday, June 06, 2011

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I am now on week 4 of STARS (Sustainable Traking and Ratings System). Work is going smoothly, I do some research on the Uottawa website, send a few emails, ask many questions and drink my coffee. The campus staff is starting to get to know me as the girl who asks a lot of questions. On another note, yesterday I made myself my very own detective note book. Why do I need a detective’s notebook you ask? Well, though my employee i.d. says Sustainability Coordinator, I like to call myself a Sustainability Detective.

I think the definition I found on the Urban Dictionary explains it all : “A devilishly handsome individual who investigates and ruthlessly abolishes mysteries of all kinds.” - URBAN DICTIONARY

But it takes more than good looks to be a good sustainability detective. I go around campus asking questions about computer purchasing policies, cooking oil policies, waste management and then jot down the precious information in my notebook in hopes of adding it to the never ending report. When I get lucky, my interviewees give me extra information that I can use to answer other questions of the survey. All that’s left to do is to try to put the pieces of the puzzle together to crack the case (I’m pretty sure Colonel Mustard killed Mr. Boddy in the ballroom using the candlestick).

But back to the detective’s notebook. My first notebook is almost exploding with scribbled information by now and I need a replacement. Now. So I put my thinking cap on, grabbed my pipe and ventured around the office to find some paper (in this case, some old green surveys that were never used), an old cardboard box (provided by EnerJon), hearts cut out of magazines (by EnviroJon) and some colourful thread found in the Katimavik office. It took about 10 minutes to put it all together with glue and hole puncher.

The best part is that I now get to flaunt it around the office and get some nice feedback : “Awesome possum!” (Jon Rausseo) . Now if only I could get a basset hound to follow me around, I’m sure my investigation would go much faster.


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