Past Sustainability Fellows

2016 Fellows

Vidya Balasubramanyam

Portsmouth Sustainability Fellow

Vidya Balasubramanyam is pursuing an M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at theUniversity of Missouri. She is researching perceptions of climate change in Missouri State Parks in an effort to improve climate-sensitive interpretive programming for visitors. Broadly, she is interested in the intersection of the social sciences and the natural sciences, and how that nexus can be leveraged to solve problems posed by climate change. She is also passionate about using science communication and Geographic Information Systems as tools for interdisciplinary research and collaboration.  Originally from India, Vidya has a B.S. in Environmental Science and has worked for non-profit organizations focusing on sustainability, environmental education,and social impact.

This summer, she will be working with the City of Portsmouth to design a study to improve community recycling and assist with launching a climate vulnerability assessment forPortsmouth’s historic neighborhoods.


Thomas Calvert-Rosenberger

Thomas W. Haas Community Solar Fellow

Tom, a native of Bloomington, Indiana, currently holds his B.S. in Environmental Science and is working to finish his Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) and Masters of Environmental Science (MSES) at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He is concentrating his degrees in areas of energy economics and, as such, is very excited to be evaluating some of the economic impacts of community solar projects in New England throughout the summer. Some of his interests outside of school include traveling to new places, frequenting farmers' markets, taking a long run, and playing with other people's pets.


Anastaysia Cole

Responsible Governance & Citizenship Project: Impact Investing Fellow

Anastaysia recently earned her B.S. in Finance at California State University, Long Beach, where she also worked as an Assistant in the campus’ Sustainability Office. She is driven by her curiosity to ask the right questions and seek solutions to today’s environmental challenges and committed to acquiring the skills necessary to bring about a more sustainable society. In addition to her time at CSU Long Beach, Anastaysia’s studies in India and Italy allowed her to critically assess the economic and social benefits of collaborating, innovating, and investing in projects that can make a social or environmental impact coupled with financial returns. This summer, Anastaysia looks forward to contributing to a relevant body of research that will focus on identifying strategies for reducing barriers to impact investing.


Ann DeSanctis

EcoDisctrict Pilot Project Fellow

Ann completed her B.A. in Geography with Anthropology and International Studies minors from the University of Kentucky in 2009.  She is currently getting her Masters of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) from the University of Colorado, Denver and is interested in urban revitalization through alternative transportation, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture.  Ann's interests are broad and she brings myriad experiences to the Fellowship including time spent with National Geographic, working on sustainable agriculture with land grant universities, serving as an environmental educator and, most recently, several years performing restoration and community engagement around the Anacostia River watershed.

A native of Louisville, Ann is excited to live in her hometown for the first time since high school and thrilled to join a coalition managed by Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise (MCEE) that includes the Nulu Business Association, Louisville Downtown Development Partnership, and Louisville Metro Government & Office of Sustainability. Her work will focus on developing the city's nascentEcoDistricts program, specifically with volunteer working groups in the NuLu neighborhood. She looks forward to helping invigorate her city around sustainability and getting the chance to use as many "y'alls" as she wants.


Keane Gleeson

Louisville Energy Efficiency Fellow

Keane is from Louisville, KY and obtained a B.A. in physics at the University of Kentucky in the spring of 2015. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Science with a concentration in energy at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University and expects to graduate in the spring of 2017. This summer he will be working in his hometown of Louisville to promote building energy efficiency for the commercial and nonprofit sectors by working one-on-one with facility managers to facilitate energy tracking and reduction. Keane hopes his work this summer results in decreased per-capita energy consumption and increased utilization of renewable technologies in Louisville.


Katherine Gloede

Responsible Governance & Citizenship Project: Human Resilience Fellow

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Katherine Gloede is a Constructed Environment PhD student in the Department of Architecture at the University of Virginia. She holds a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Inquiry from Penn State and an M.A. in Environmental Conservation from New York University. Originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, Katie has previously worked as a data journalist for building industry publications and as an environmental educator. While working in multi-family housing weatherization in New York City,Superstorm Sandy hit, which sparked her research interest in fostering resilience for urban coastal communities. This summer, Katherine will work with the National Resilience Institute and the Resource Innovation Group to develop their forthcoming annual conference on the psychosocial impacts of climate change and supporting transformational resilience.


Kirsten Goodwin

Climate Adaptation and Public Health Fellow

Kirsten Goodwin is from Brentwood, New Hampshire. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree at Elon University in North Carolina with a double major in Environmental Studies (B.S.) and Public Health (B.A.). She has a strong affinity for learning about how the environment influences human health. This spring she studied abroad in Tanzania where she completed a directed research project on the relationship between humans and the land in Manyara Ranch. Last summer, she interned for Breathe New Hampshire and the American Independence Museum. She is hoping to apply her practical experience into finding sustainable efforts to help conserve the environment.


Kristina Harrold

NH RPS Analysis Fellow

Kristina is a New Hampshire native, and recently completed her B.A. in International Relations with a certificate in Public Policy at Connecticut College. She has spent the past few years studying environmental policy, community engagement and economic sustainability. She has previously worked with Groundwork USA in urban farming and alternative food systems in Somerville, MA. She is particularly interested in environmental policy reform and looks forward to pursuing a career in sustainable development and environmental law.


Renata Hegyi

 Josephine A. Lamprey UNH Energy Task Force Fellow

Renata is currently taking a gap year from her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, where she is majoring in Engineering Sciences modified with Environmental Science. She is most interested in energy efficiency and clean energy development, and hopes to explore engineering consulting, system design, project finance, and sustainable investing through her different endeavors during her year off. Right before this summer's fellowship, Renata interned atSparkFund, an energy efficiency project finance company inWashington, D.C. She is looking forward to applying her newfound business skills and engineering background to a productive summer with the UNH Energy Task Force. Her goal for the fellowship will be to successfully identify short and medium term greenhouse gas emission reduction opportunities for theUNH campus.


Brendan Hellebusch

Buildings and Embodied Carbon Fellow

Brendan Hellebusch was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and is finishing his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Science with a minor in Geography at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He works closely with the University of Missouri as well as Missouri Environmental Education Association to improve environmental literacy and sustainable awareness. His research aids to advance the discussion of sustainable food systems by applying the lifecycle assessment of individual food products to represent meals served on campus. This summer at the University of Kentucky, he will be developing a methodology for determining embodied carbon within buildings in order to support and encourage institutions across North America to incorporate these considerations into their climate action plans.


Abby Kansal

Responsible Governance & Citizenship Project: Climate Action Scorecard Fellow

Abby Kansal is from southern Illinois, and very excited to be in the New England area! She recently completed a Master’s program in Sustainability at Saint Louis University, which was preceded by a Bachelor’s in English from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her goals and dreams are to help contribute to a more conscious world through environmental awareness, connection to nature, and ecological preservation.


Dylan Kelly

Climate Vulnerability Fellow

Dylan was born in Newton, Massachusetts but grew up in Durham, New Hampshire and attended Oyster River High School. He is currently a senior at the University of New Hampshire pursuing a BA in anthropology and a minor in geospatial analysis. He is very interested in showing the ways in which an anthropological perspective can be useful when addressing issues related to climate change. He hopes to inspire more anthropologists to apply their skills to these issues as interdisciplinary teamwork becomes increasingly important.


Allen Landis

Boston Energy Efficiency Fellow

Allen recently graduated from Villanova University with an M.S. in Sustainable Engineering. He will be working with the city of Boston to provide technical assistance to track and analyze building rating system credit choices forBoston buildings and conduct research in ways to expand building energy efficiency. He is specifically interested in sustainable infrastructure and the built environment, and how to best craft policy and design standards to mitigate climate change and build resiliency.


Laura LoSciuto

Responsible Governance & Citizenship Project: Providence Sustainability Engagement Fellow

Laura is currently finishing her M.A. in Environmental Sustainability at Wake Forest University. Originally from Radnor, PA, she spent the past 8 years in New York City as a management consultant, research analyst, and undergraduat estudent. She received her B.S. in Media, Culture and Communications from NYU. This summer Laura will be working to increase private sector engagement with the city of Providence, Rhode Island in order to help the city achieve its sustainability and climate goals.


Meg Mills-Nova

Resilient Montana Fellow

Meg is a graduate student in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. She recently finished her master's thesis on the role of water management institutions in shaping agricultural adaptation to climate change in arid Peru and will be continuing on for PhD at the University of Arizona this coming fall. She is particularly interested in findings ways to connect her scholarship with the agricultural communities that are at the front lines of climate change, and is excited about working with and learning from One Montana this summer.


Abigail Randall

Food Solutions New England Fellow

Abigail is a doctoral student in the sociology department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she studies political economy and environmental sociology. Her doctoral research focuses on the efficacy of food security policy at local and state levels. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, listening to spoken word, and trying to keep her garden alive. A native to New England, Abigail is thrilled to be returning to the region to work with Food Solutions New England this summer.


Emma Rotner

Food Solutions New England Fellow

Emma grew up in Durham, NH and attended Connecticut College, where she received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and International Relations. At Connecticut College she received a certificate in environmental studies from the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment Certificate Program and also swam competitively on Connecticut College's varsity swim team. In the summer of 2015, Emma traveled to Peru to conduct research on deforestation problems in Peru and the potentials to create reforestation projects in Peru. Emma is very passionate about environmental justice and is very excited to apply this passion to her work with UNHSI this summer.


Teleah Slater

Thomas W. Haas Bridgeport Food Access Fellow

Teleah is a native New Yorker who has recently completed her B.A. in Health: Science, Society, and Policy from Brandeis University. She has traveled to over twenty countries, including to her study abroad country Spain, where she was a volunteer coordinator at a free school-breakfast program. She is very passionate about food justice, as it is both an environmental and public health issue where sustainability is vital. She will be focusing on increasing access this summer in Bridgeport, CT through community organizing to bring a supermarket to a local food desert.


Allen Townsend

Wastewater Energy Efficiency Fellow

Allen Townsend is a dual Master of Public Affairs and Master of Science in Environmental Science candidate at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). At SPEA, Allen is concentrating in Water Management, while also pursuing a Social Entrepreneurship Certificate with the Kelley School of Business. Prior to graduate school, Allen’s professional experience has included environmental engineering both as a consultant and in the public sector. Allen received his BS in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University. Allen’s interests include environmental and public affairs, sustainable water management, the water-energy nexus, and social entrepreneurship.


Omar Valle

Sustainable Pavement LCA Fellow

Omar is from Managua, Nicaragua. He completed his B.S in Civil Engineering at National University of Engineering and spent the past four years participating in the design of various road projects aspavement designer. He is excited to be working this summer with the UNHSI. Omar’s interests include sustainable pavement technologies and low-impact materials.


Madison Wierzel

Thomas W. Haas Bridgeport Food Access Fellow

Madison is an MS-Nutrition/MPH candidate at Tufts University interested in food policy and community development. She earned her B.A. in International Studies from Arcadia University in 2013. A CT native, she returned to her home state after college as a FoodCorps service member in Bridgeport, CT, teaching kids about healthy eating and working with the district Food Service Director to offer different vegetable sides for school lunch. She is excited to return to Bridgeport to work with residents, the City government, business and NGO partners to examine the demographics, economics and possible business case for bringing a grocery store or other solutions to a food desert in one of Bridgeport's neighborhoods.


2015 Fellows

Michelle Graff

Greenovate Boston Fellow

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Michelle completed her B.S. in Geochemistry at Brown University and spent the year after college living in Boston. Right now, she is getting a Master's of Environmental Science & Management (MESM) at the Bren School at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is specializing in Energy & Climate and is specifically interested in the built environment, energy efficiency, and community engagement around sustainability initiatives. This summer she will be working the City of Boston's Environment office and their Greenovate staff on a building energy efficiency project that utilizes data from their 2013 ordinance requiring large buildings to report their energy usage. Michelle had previously followed the Greenovate work while living in Boston and always thought it would be a cool thing to get involved with, so she is very excited for her summer position.


Henry Herndon

Climate Solutions New England Fellow

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Henry Herndon is from Lexington, Massachusetts, and spent the past four years at UNH getting a degree in political science. He will be working with Climate Solutions New England, doing research and developing case studies of integrated solutions to climate mitigation, adaptation, and energy security that are underway in New England. He is specifically interested in energy and the policy and market mechanisms that incentivize clean energy and efficiency such as cap and trade, renewable portfolio standards, feed-in tariffs, etc. and how best to implement them.


Ravdeep Jaidka

Food Solutions New England Fellow

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Ravdeep is currently finishing her Master's degree in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program at Tufts University in Boston. The focus of her degree has been sustainability and food systems, and she is excited to be working with Food Solution New England this summer. The inter-disciplinary nature of her studies has been the most intriguing aspect of her graduate work, and what resonates most with her about UNHSI's work.


Natalie Lucas

One Montana Water, Food and Climate Fellow 

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Natalie Lucas was born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ. After high school she attended the University of Arizona (UA) and graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law. She continued her studies at the UA and graduated in May 2015 with her Master’s Degree in Development Practice. While there she worked on campus sustainability programs and helped create the UA Community Garden, UA Greening the Game, and revamping campus recycling, among other things. She also works on international climate change resiliency and adaptation by participating in the United Nations climate change conferences, conducting research in local communities around the world, and helping in the creation of development programs. 


Erin Macri

Local Governments Coastal Summit Fellow

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Erin Macri is from Watertown, MA. Last spring, she completed her undergrad at UMass-Amherst in Natural Resources Conservation, specifically focusing on fisheries ecology and management. She interned with the National Parks Service last summer conducting fish and water quality sampling and reporting. Currently, she is a graduate student at Northeastern University in Boston studying sustainability and resiliency policy. She is specifically interested in how hard biological data and information gets used and worked in to policy to develop our built and natural environments in an adaptable and sustainable way. 


Christina Muniz

Farm to School/USDA Fellow

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Christina was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She attained her B.A. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University in 2007. After college, Christina spent two years at Heifer International’s Overlook Farm in Massachusetts as an AmeriCorps volunteer where she found her passion for sustainable food systems. Christina is currently a second year law student at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. When Christina is not studying she enjoys camping, hiking, and generally spending as much time outdoors as possible.  Her project this summer will focus on getting more local foods into the USDA Foods program, which supplies much of the food served by public K-12 schools.


Susan Scaggs

Josephine A Lamprey Climate Communications Fellow

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Susan is originally from Durham, N.C., and just completed her undergraduate degree at Stetson University in Deland, FL with a triple major in Environmental Studies, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. Last summer she interned with the state of Mississippi to work on their public engagement strategies related to BP Oil Spill restoration. After spending the summer thinking about engagement, she continued that work through her senior research project at Stetson where she compared public engagement strategies in Mississippi and Louisiana.  She will bring that focus to work with local businesses in NH this summer, before heading to Vermont Law School in the fall.


Caroline Sluyter

Greenovate Composting Fellow

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Caroline is an M.S. candidate in Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She grew up in Maine and earned her B.A. in philosophy from Smith College in 2008. She is passionate about agriculture, food systems and GIS. She spends most of her free time knitting sweaters and lace shawls or camping and kayaking with her wife. This summer she will be working with staff from the Food and Greenovate offices at Boston City Hall, scaling up the urban composting project they piloted last year in their pursuit to reduce carbon emissions. 


Irene Queen

Climate Solutions New England Fellow

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Irene received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Colorado Mesa University in December. She began the Master's program in Environmental Science at Miami University last fall and plans to complete it at the end of this year.  Irene is originally from New York, most recently from Colorado, and is interested in sustainability and resiliency and the role of urban green infrastructure in ecosystem services, especially within the framework of food security. She participated in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program last summer. Her background is in journalism, advertising and social work. She will be researching and drafting case studies with Climate Solutions New England, examining innovative climate change solutions and learning about their economic and social impacts.


2014 Fellows

 

Sakib AhmedSakib Ahmed

Bridgeport Sustainability Communications Fellow

Sakib is a designer, coder and researcher, currently enrolled in the Geographic Information Science graduate program at Hunter College. He has a deep interest in green energy and food systems. As an undergraduate, Sakib conducted a research project for Stony Brook University on its procurement of corn, analyzing the economic and environmental impact of purchasing local vs non-local produce on Long Island. He was recently employed as a Communications Coordinator for Stony Brook University Office of Sustainability, where he implemented initiatives and designed marketing campaigns as well as assisted in the completion of the ACUPCC Greenhouse Gas Emissions report for the University. Last summer he interned as a brownfields researcher with Sustainable Long Island creating community revitalization plans. When not saving the planet, Sakib enjoys cooking, watching documentaries, and hiking in the woods. Sakib's fellowship will focus on effective communication and engagement around community sustainability to Bridgeport citizens, especially under-served residents.


Raija BushnellRaija Bushnell

Ted Smith Climate Fellow: One Montana Climate Resilience

Raija graduated from DePauw University in 2009 with a BA in Political Science. After two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, Raija left her mountainside and began the MPA/MSES program at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. In her studies she is concentrating on community based natural resource management and works at the IU Office of Sustainability. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog Scout, reading any book that isn't a text book, and spending time with her friends and family. Raija's fellowship, based out of One Montana, will focus on researching and compiling "best practice" climate adaptation strategies for Montana ranchers and agriculturalists.


2014 UNHSI Climate Fellow Casey-Marie ClaudeCasey-Marie Claude

Boston Greenovate Transportation Fellow 

Casey-Marie Claude was born in Paris, but bounced around France and the United States until her family settled down in Vermont when she turned six. There she discovered an appreciation for nature and a passion for protecting it. This interest led her to North Carolina where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Elon University. She additionally graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, having developed a fascination with cultures around the world. It was during her time as an undergraduate that she became intrigued by the prospect of positively influencing lifestyle choices through the act of intelligently shaping the built environment. In pursuit of this interest, this spring she completed her second year as a dual degree Masters candidate in Sustainable Design and Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. Casey's fellowship will focus on helping the City of Boston develop policies to facilitate the increased use of more sustainable transportation options.


Rebecka FlynnRebecka Flynn

New Jersey Private Sector Climate Adaptation Fellow

Rebecka was born and raised in Middlesex, NJ. After high school she attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, pursuing a double major in Political Science and German, with minors in Environmental Science and Policy, and Peace and Conflict Studies. Throughout her time there Rebecka had several internships with different non-profit and governmental organizations, giving her an outlet for her passion for the environment. This lead her to want to be able to make a greater impact, so she decided to attend the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, where she is completing her MPA, focused in Environmental Policy.  Rebecka's fellowship will focus on researching "best practice" climate adaptation strategies for businesses and corporations, and developing related policy recommendations for the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance.


Daniel HornerDaniel Horner

Ecosystem Services Climate Adaptation Fellow

Daniel Horner is a 2016 candidate for Master's Degrees in Public Policy and in City and Regional Planning at Rutgers University. Originally from Mississippi, he has worked as a systems analyst, a high school math teacher, and an education consultant. Following his studies, Daniel hopes to pursue a career combining his passion for informed policy, good environmental stewardship, and quality transportation.  Dan's fellowship will focus on analyzing the economics of "ecosystem services" and developing relevant policy recommendations for the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance.


Sarah LargeSarah Large

Josephine Lamprey Climate Fellow: Climate Solutions New England (CSNE) Climate Impacts

Sarah Large is a recent graduate of Colby College where she double majored in Environmental Science and Physics. She created her own focus within the Environmental Studies major to pursue her interest in climate change and its resultant effects on landscapes and ecosystems. During her college career, Sarah was as a mentor in the Colby Cares About Kids program, served twice as a leader for Colby’s Outdoor Orientation Trip program for First Year students, and was a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team. Sarah is delighted to be back in her home state of New Hampshire, working with Climate Solutions New England and the UNH Sustainability Institute this summer. Sarah's fellowship will focus on analyzing New England weather and climate data for Climate Solutions New England.


Tegan O'Neill, Communications Intern

Tegan O'Neill

Ted Smith Climate Fellow: One Montana Climate Impacts

Tegan is a University of New Hampshire political science graduate, class of '14. She and has previously interned with the USDA, and at the UNH Sustainability Institute as the Student Communications Intern assisting UNHSI staff with outreach to and engagement of UNH students. After this summer's fellowship, Tegan will return to UNH to pursue graduate studies in political science. Tegan's fellowship, based out of One Montana, will focus on researching and documenting the impacts of climate change being felt in Montana and the Mountain West.


Ruby WoodsideRuby Woodside

Thomas W. Haas Climate Fellow: Food Solutions New England

Ruby is currently working on a Masters of Environmental Science and Policy as well as an MBA in Sustainability at Clark University. Previously, she worked with coffee and sustainable agriculture as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama from 2010-2013. Ruby's interests include food systems and sustainable rural development. Ruby's fellowship, based at UNH, will focus on documenting and communicating climate impacts and adaptation strategies for New England farmers.