2018 Sustainability Fellows

Jennifer Adams

Sustainable Approaches to Build the Salt Marsh Platform 
UNH Jackson Estuarine Laboratory

Having recently earned a Masters degree in International Environmental Policy with a focus on Ocean and Coastal Resource Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, California, Jen is looking forward to her summer Fellowship with the UNH Jackson Estuarine Laboratory (JEL). She will join a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Science Collaborative Project which aims to evaluate Thin Layer Sediment Addition (TLS) as a technique to build up the salt marsh in the face of accelerated sea level rise.  Jen’s role will be to communicate the potential of TLS as a sustainable solution to a local and national audience, including regulators and members of the public.  She will engage with several NERRs to assess the overall findings of the project and successes and challenges in different locations.  She is excited to apply the policy best practices learned in her Masters, as well as internships and fellowships at UNESCO, US Department of State, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the science being conducted by JEL and participating NERRs. She also looks forward to participating in the scientific activities in the marsh and spending some time in the mud!

Leysha Caraballo

Promoting a Zero Waste Culture on Campus 
UNH Sustainability Institute

Leysha Caraballo will work with the University of New Hampshire this summer to promote a culture of “zero-waste” on campus. Her main task will be to develop and help support initial implementation of a communications campaign to reduce waste, energy, and water usage in the residence halls. She will work with the Energy Task Force, UNH Residential Life, the Sustainability Institute, and other key stakeholders to complete this project. Leysha, originally from Miramar, Florida, is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, pursuing degrees in Environmental Studies, Communication Studies with a concentration in International Public Relations, and Spanish. At UNC Charlotte, she has been the treasurer of Charlotte Green Initiative - an organization that allocates funds to sustainable student projects on campus - for the past three years. She is excited to help UNH students and staff reduce waste on campus, and looks forward to extending the lessons learned to her home university in the fall.   

Anna Ceraulo-Jalazo

Protecting the Campus Ecosystem and Watershed 
UNH Ecosystem Task Force

Anna Ceraulo-Jalazo is a Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, and most recently worked in the WalkNYC Wayfinding department of the New York City Department of Transportation. She has a Bachelor of Science from Stony Brook University in Psychology, with a second major in Women's and Gender Studies, and is a practicing gardener and landscape designer with Embark LLC. Anna recently helped to organize the conference Rising Urbanists: Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience, as well as the evening lecture, Queer Ecologies: Developing a Design Praxis. Her thesis work seeks to draw from queer and eco-feminist theory to inform a landscape architectural design methodology. In the Protecting the Campus Ecosystem and Watershed fellowship, Anna will synthesize information gathered during the University of New Hampshire’s Ecosystem Task Force “LMP 2018” workshop series toward the goal of developing an updated UNH Landscape Master Plan.

Andy DeMeo

Sustainability Handprinting in Higher Education
NewEarth B

Andrew is a recent B.S. graduate of the University of New Hampshire's Environmental Conservation and Sustainability program. This summer, he will be working with the organization NewEarth B on sustainability handprinting in higher education. The goal of the handprinter project is to focus on positive sustainability-related impacts as a means to reduce emissions from a "net" perspective. Andrew has worked for the UNH Sustainability Institute as a data intern for the past year. During his undergraduate career, Andrew worked as research assistant for Hamel Environmental Consulting - a progressive climate policy firm - and has traveled abroad to Iceland to study renewable energy. He is also the co-founder of Half-Acre Beekeeping, a startup dedicated to ending environmentally unsustainable practices in commercial beekeeping.  Andy looks forward to using his research and outreach skills to bring handprinting to UNH and other institutes of higher education.   

Ayden Eickhoff

Implementation of Energy Benchmarking Ordinance
City of Portland, ME

Ayden Eickhoff will work alongside Troy Moon at the City of Portland’s Sustainability Office this summer. There, she will help implement the Energy Benchmarking Ordinance that Portland passed in 2016. The ordinance aims to establish a baseline of energy usage, and encourage increases in energy efficiency. To assist in the benchmarking process, Ayden will ensure that affected property owners understand the ordinance, the reporting process, and the full suite of financial and technical resources available to them. While originally from Montana, Ayden currently lives just outside of Brussels, Belgium. She is excited to find a happy medium between rural and urban life in Portland, Maine.  In the past, Ayden has worked with the New England Environmental Finance Center to create a best practices guide to stormwater financing and decision making. She hopes to apply - and to greatly expand - this local knowledge through her work for the Sustainability Office. Outside of pursuing a B.A. in in Environmental Studies at Bates College, Ayden is a competitive runner and is looking forward to getting outside and exploring the trails in and around Portland. 

Brandon Epperson

Social Risks in Supply Chains Database
NewEarth B

Brandon Epperson is originally from the Seattle, WA area, and received an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Central Washington University with a minor in computer science.  Brandon was inspired by a mentor to pursue a career in business intelligence, which evolved into an interest in data science, and he recently completed a Master’s degree in Analytics and Data Science at UNH.  His sociology background provides insight into the human aspects behind the data, and he looks forward to applying both his social and data science skills as a fellow with NewEarth B this summer, where he’ll work on the Social Hotspots Database (SHDB) project.  The SHDB project provides tools for social sustainability assessment, offering businesses the data they need to make responsible decisions, taking into account factors such as health and safety and human rights throughout the supply chain.  Brandon will work to advance the functionality of the SHBD tools by incorporating new data and building additional features to respond to the evolving needs of socially responsible businesses. 

Abby Gates

Promoting Better Health Through Climate Change Mitigation
Vermont Department of Health

Abby is currently pursuing a dual Masters of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology and Environmental Health at Emory University. She plans to continue cultivating her primary interest area regarding the effects of climate change on public health while she works with the Vermont Department of Health’s Climate & Health Program this summer. Funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program focuses on identifying climate-related health risks in Vermont, developing adaptation strategies to reduce climate-related health risks, and promoting climate change mitigation strategies that provide health co-benefits. As such, Abby will assist in supporting state, local, and non-governmental partners in evaluating and communicating potential health co-benefits of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Abby previously received a BS in Environmental Science from Georgetown College, after which she spent time working in land conservation before beginning work on her MSPH. 

Kate Homet

Collaborative Monitoring for Coastal Resilience
City of Portsmouth, NH

Kate’s fellowship this summer is with the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the vibrant seacoast community where she grew up and remains deeply connected.  She’ll be working with Peter Britz, the city's Environmental Planner and Sustainability Coordinator, who has been flushing out the details of the city's Coastal Resilience study. Kate will focus on surveying and cataloging the historic district's infrastructure and assessing its resiliency to climate change. Kate recently returned from a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she studied sustainability and climate change adaptation, which sparked her interest in coastal climate resiliency. This fall, Kate will return to Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York to complete a B.A. in Environmental Studies with minors in Urban Studies and Sustainable Community Development.

Jackson Kaspari

Measuring Municipal Carbon and Nitrogen Footprints
City of Dover, NH

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering this May, Jackson Kaspari will be working with the City of Dover, NH Planning and Community Development Department to conduct a municipal carbon and nitrogen footprint study using the web-based Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP) tool. SIMAP, developed by the UNH Sustainability Institute, is currently used primarily by college/university campuses to track their carbon and nitrogen footprints. Jackson will utilize his experience in applying SIMAP to the city of Dover to formulate recommendations regarding how the tool can be modified to better suit a municipality. This project will allow the City of Dover to assess the influence of potential systematic changes to the city’s infrastructure on the city’s overall environmental impact. By adapting SIMAP to suit municipal governments, the project team looks forward to generating a tool for carbon and nitrogen pollution management which will be available to municipalities throughout North America. During this project, Jackson hopes to further develop his greenhouse gas accounting skills while also gaining valuable insight into how municipal systems operate. Jackson plans to build upon his academic and fellowship experience by pursuing a PhD. in Physical Chemistry at UNH beginning this fall.

Sabrina Kerin

Climate Adaptation Information for Fishing Communities
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Sabrina will work with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine this summer to provide key information to support the climate adaptation efforts of fishing communities along the eastern seaboard. In this position, Sabrina will develop reports on climate vulnerability and adaptation strategies for fisheries in Portland, ME, Pt. Judith, RI, New Bedford, MA, and Stonington, ME. The project will provide foundational information for climate adaptation planning in marine fishing communities. Sabrina holds a BA in International Political Economy and Spanish Language and Literature from Fordham University.  Sabrina spent the last 4 years working on community and agricultural development projects in Argentina and Nicaragua. Most recently, Sabrina managed an environmental education center and permaculture farm focused on climate adaptability strategies for smallholder farmers. Sabrina is currently pursuing an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment from Tuft's University. She is committed to building resilient regional food systems that support the environment and the communities they serve. 

Michaela Levine

Resource Planning and Load Flexibility Analysis
Burlington Electric Department

Michaela Levine will be working with the Burlington Electric Department (BED) to conduct a review of Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) of utilities across the county. The goal of this review is to develop recommendations and identify models for potential use in BED’s future IRPs. Michaela will also be conducting a load flexibility analysis of the City of Burlington’s municipal electric accounts to identify opportunities for optimizing the energy load of the city and improving system resiliency. Michaela has a B.A. in Geoscience with a concentration in environmental studies from Williams College and has spent the last two years as a Research Analyst at Industrial Economics, Inc. She will begin her master’s in civil and environmental engineering in the Atmosphere/Energy program at Stanford University after completing the fellowship.

Claire McCarthy

Accelerating Climate Solutions Through Impact Investing
UNH Center for Impact Investing

Claire McCarthy is a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with a BA in Economics and International Affairs, and a minor in Spanish. She will be working with the UNH Center for Impact Finance to analyze the potential for specialized bonds to contribute to New England’s climate change mitigation efforts. Impact investing is a key tool for supporting sustainability programs at the local level, and Claire looks forward to utilizing the interdisciplinary knowledge she gained in her undergrad studies to help mitigate climate change, an issue she is very passionate about. Claire studied abroad for six months in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she took courses on economic development and sustainability within the country. She also recently traveled with a social work class to the Dominican Republic where she and other students worked on a social development project in a community plagued by extreme poverty. These experiences helped create and guide her interest towards impact investing. She appreciates the opportunity to exercise her communication skills, network with like-minded professionals, and advance her knowledge of impact investing.

Conor McManamy

Agent-based Traffic Flow Model for Transportation LCA
UNH Civil and Environmental Engineering

Conor is a rising senior at Bowdoin College, majoring in Physics with a minor in Computer Science.  He is excited to apply his skills towards meaningful work following his environmental interests in advancing sustainable technology and reducing carbon emissions. This summer, he’ll be working with UNH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering on a project to incorporate traffic delays into models of the environmental impacts of transportation.  To date, most of the work to assess the resilience and impact of transportation infrastructure relative to changing climate assumes free-flow traffic conditions.  Conor will improve these assessments by augmenting current models to include variations in traffic flow—thus, a more holistic traffic model will refine transportation system design by including accurate life-cycle assessments and providing realistic estimates of the environmental and economic operational costs.

Andrea Mott

Town Facilities Benchmarking and GHG Emissions Update
Town of Groton, CT

Andrea will be working with the Town of Groton, CT this summer to evaluate and update its Energy Action Plan and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.  At the University of Dayton, Ohio, Andrea is a mechanical engineering student with a concentration in energy systems and works with the campus energy team to conduct energy audits and improve efficiency on campus.  She looks forward to applying her campus experience to municipal energy policy this summer.  Andrea will return to the University of Dayton this fall to complete her undergraduate work and then plans to continue her studies at Dayton through a masters program in Renewable and Clean Energy.

Julia Nemy

Establishing a New Farmers' Market in South Providence, RI
African Alliance of Rhode Island

Born and raised in San Francisco, Julia is a double major in Environmental Studies and French & Francophone Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Julia’s interest in working with Lewiston’s growing African immigrant communities was inspired by her studies abroad in Madagascar and Senegal and developed into a capstone project working with the Somali-Bantu Association of Maine to help develop a soil fertility management plan for a Somali-Bantu farm. Additionally, Julia taught an adult conversational English class, worked as a French-English translator for the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, and created an oral history project for her French thesis on the experiences of Maine’s Djiboutian immigrant community. Julia is particularly interested in sustainability and spent the summer of 2017 working in Rockland, Maine, with the Island Institute, an organization dedicated to the sustainability of the Maine islands. Her agricultural experience includes studying agricultural production and interviewing farmers in Madagascar, as well as working at the Guini Ridge Farm in Rockport, Maine. Julia is excited to spend the summer working with the African Alliance of Rhode Island to help establish a new farmer’s market in South Providence, making fresh, local, ethnic food available to neighborhood residents, and creating a vibrant space for this multi-cultural community to gather. Next year, Julia will pursue teaching English as a Fulbright Scholar in Rwanda.

Michael Powers

Climate Action Outreach
City of Somerville, MA

Michael will be working with the City of Somerville, MA on a Climate Action Outreach program with the Office of Sustainability and Environment. His main task will be to develop outreach materials to communicate climate change programs to the public in order to achieve climate change goals based on the Somerville Climate Forward plan. Michael is a recent graduate of the MS3 Sustainability Science Master’s program at UMass Amherst where he focused on Urban Sustainability, Green Infrastructure, and Renewable Energy Design. During his time at UMass Amherst he served as the Visual Media Coordinator for Paperbark Literary Magazine, an annual literary magazine focused on the environmental humanities, sustainable living, and the promotion of literary and fine arts. Michael uses his photography and design background to provide design content for the magazine’s visual identity. By combining design and sustainability elements, he is interested in developing solutions to critical climate change obstacles. His interests in green communities, building technology, and sustainable design has led him to prepare for a future that reduces our carbon footprint.

Erin Puglia

NEMS Network - Communications and Outreach
UNH Sustainability Institute / NEMSN

Erin Puglia is a current Master's in Public Policy student at the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy, with a concentration in Strategy and Communication. She was a Public Engagement and Equity Fellow with New Hampshire Listens for the past year, and graduated with her Bachelor's in Political Science from the University of Connecticut Honors Program in 2017. She will be working this summer as an Outreach and Communication Fellow for the New England Municipal Sustainability Network (NEMSN).  In this capacity, Erin will create communications materials to facilitate opportunities for members to collaborate and work together toward shared goals, to articulate the network’s mission, and to increase the network’s visibility.  This work in turn supports the network in building its capacity to make a broader impact on sustainability throughout the region.

Sofia Rodriguez

Sustainability Learning Outcomes in Higher Education
UNH Sustainability Institute

Sofia is a rising senior at the University of New Hampshire, studying Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. Sofia will be working with the UNH Sustainability Institute this summer to help create a strategy to incorporate sustainability learning objectives throughout the campus community.  She will research how other institutes of higher education work with their students, faculty, and staff to advance sustainability, and then work with key staff at UNH to develop tailored recommendations for our community.  Sofia has been an outreach and engagement intern at the UNH Sustainability Institute for over a year, and was part of the team that helped UNH achieve the STARS platinum rating this past year. Sofia spent the fall of 2018 in New Zealand, where she studied ecology and sustainability.  She looks forward to applying her research skills to helping UNH develop sustainability learning objectives and a unified ethos around sustainability. 

Alec Rucker

Solar Roadmap Research and Planning
City of Cambridge, MA

Alec Rucker recently completed a bachelors in economics and environmental sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and will spend the summer working with the City of Cambridge, MA to help develop a roadmap to increase solar energy generation within the city. He will investigate barriers to solar conversion, including both economic and technical challenges, analyze successful installation projects, and interview key stakeholders in the community. Alec will work with city planners to develop solutions to address these barriers, and prioritize recommendations based on feasibility and potential impact. Alec has past research experiences in solar-related projects. For his senior capstone, he helped devise a hypothetical one hundred percent renewable energy portfolio for the small island nation of Mauritius. He also researched the applicability of a solar rooftop on campus for the University of Massachusetts Boston’s climate action plan. Alec looks forward to using his research experiences to help unlock the solar potential for the City of Cambridge.

Shannon Seigal

Democratic Grant Making and Grassroots Trend Reports
New England Grassroots Environment Fund

Shannon Seigal is a rising senior studying for a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Spanish at Mount Holyoke College. While at school, she is a grassroots organizer in a climate justice coalition where she works toward a just transition away from fossil fuels and greater transparency in college finance and decision making. She hopes to apply what she has learned from being a community organizer to her research on regional grassroots organizing trends while at the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund this summer. She will partner with organizations in the region to identify existing barriers, trends, and future opportunities within one of the Grassroots Fund's identified issue areas and ultimately create a report to help inform the work of grassroots groups, non-profit organizations and grantmakers. She is especially excited to work for an organization whose Guiding Values align so strongly with her own. Shannon is eager to learn from the Grassroots Fund's unique operational model to help inform her studies and future career in the environmental development field. 

Amber Vaillancourt

Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Analysis
Town of Dedham, MA

Amber is an Attleboro, Massachusetts native who recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Natural Resource Planning and Community and International Development.  She spent the last year working on a community and municipal level GHG inventory analysis for the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and the Town of Colchester, Vermont. As a UNHSI Fellow, Amber will be taking part in shaping the climate leadership efforts of the Town of Dedham, while developing in-depth expertise around effective approaches to community GHG mitigation and a first-hand sense of what it means to work on sustainability at the municipal level. Amber will update and expand the town’s greenhouse gas inventory, and help develop recommendations which will be incorporated into the Draft Climate Action Plan, as the Town set goals to substantially decrease emissions over the coming years, and fulfill requirements for its commitment to the Compact for Mayors. Amber looks forward to building on her fellowship experience by pursuing a Master’s in city planning in the Boston area.

Tracey Wingate

NH Land Compatibility: renewable energy and farmland
NH Sustainable Energy Association

Tracey is a recent graduate of Skidmore College with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Intergroup Relations. As a UNHSI Fellow, she will be working with the NH Sustainable Energy Association to support the creation of renewable energy projects while preserving farmland.  She will create models and maps to be used by farmers, developers and community members for siting solar energy projects. Tracey is especially interested in sustainable agriculture and its potential to mitigate climate change. She believes strongly that everyone deserves access to healthy, sustainably grown food that does not harm the environment or anyone involved in its production and processing. At Skidmore, she also had the opportunity to study renewable energy through courses and visiting the College’s solar array and micro-hydro facility. She is excited to work with NHSEA in her home state this summer on a project that combines both of these interests.

Kira Yeomans

NH Sustainable Food Access: Programming Outreach
The NH Food Bank

Kira Yeomans will be working with the New Hampshire Food Bank this summer to evaluate participation in the Cooking Matters Program, which aims to empower families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals.  Kira will utilize community engagement tools, organize and facilitate dialogue sessions, and determine limiting and driving factors to participation in the program, all with the goal of developing solutions to encourage program participation. Kira has just graduated from Antioch University New England with an MS in Environmental Studies and an emphasis in advocacy for sustainability and social justice.  While working for the sustainability and social justice committee, she spearheaded the establishment of a food pantry at her graduate school.  Kira has organized and helped facilitate workshops surrounding social justice issues on her campus as well as in the Keene Community in New Hampshire.  Kira is originally from the island of Guam and cares deeply about ocean conservation and Climate change resilience.  She is passionate about community engagement and bringing all voices to the table.