Carl Diethelm ’17 of N.C. is a renewable energy and ecological design (REED) major with the nickname “Compost Carl” because of his passion for reducing food waste and promoting food justice. He led a successful effort on campus to reduce post-consumer food waste from 800 pounds in a week to 600 pounds. Next semester, he will be working with Chartwells (the College’s dining hall provider) to redistribute food that can’t be served in the dining hall to local people who need it.
“It hurts me to see so much food
waste when there are so many
people in society going without,”
Carl says. “Sustainability is about
building community to make good
His commitment to tackling the post-consumer waste challenge is recognized beyond the boundaries of the GMC campus. In 2016 Carl was one of just 60 students nationwide to earn a coveted Udall undergraduate scholarship, which comes with an education grant of $7,000. The Udall scholarship is offered to college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership and action on environmental justice issues.