2019 Sustainability Fellows

Annika Barth, Sustainability FellowAnnika Barth

Net Zero Roadmap Implementation 
Burlington Electric Department - Burlington, VT

Originally from southern New Hampshire, Annika completed her Bachelor’s in Environmental Science at American University in May 2019. As a student, she helped develop a new composting program in residence halls on campus with the Student Zero Waste Club and American University’s Office of Sustainability. Last summer, she completed a research internship on the physiological impacts of ocean acidification on fish with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University. Her academic and professional interests are in climate mitigation and science journalism. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and going to the gym. Annika is very excited to help Burlington Electric Department on its way to becoming a net-zero city by 2030.

Griffin Brown, Sustainability FellowGriffin Brown

Municipal Greenhouse Gas Inventory 
City of Portsmouth, NH

Born and raised in the city of Newburyport, Massachusetts, Griffin Brown recently graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in BioRenewable Systems, in the Bioproducts option, and with a minor in Agricultural Systems Management. Throughout his undergrad, Griffin helped found the BioRenewable Systems Club, where he was vice president and was involved in a number of different positions as part of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternal chapter at Penn State. As far as research is concerned, last Fall Griffin developed a plan in which the Penn State University Park campus could fully fund the installation of solar panels across all viable campus buildings by “self-taxing” the campus’s own carbon emissions. This past Summer, Griffin worked mainly as a Production Intern at Foss Performance Materials, where he worked with the manufacturing of fibers made from recycled plastic bottles. This summer, Griffin will be working with the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire to update the city’s municipal and communal greenhouse gas emissions inventory. This will be compared with two other inventories done in recent years to evaluate the emissions impact that the city’s recent sustainability projects have on curbing the city of Portsmouth’s carbon footprint.

Kayla Conway, Sustainability FellowKayla Conway

Campus Zero Waste Planning
Post-Landfill Action Network - Dover, NH

As an undergraduate student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Kayla studied Sustainable Energy Management with minors in Sustainable Construction and Management. During her time at ESF, she became heavily involved with the club Green Campus Initiative (GCI), GCI's Community Garden and various sustainability-related projects. In her free time on campus, Kayla enjoyed performing waste audits, hosting recycling education and zero waste workshops, and helping the campus establish a compost contract. Her work with students on campus and teaching in the Syracuse City School District solidified her beliefs in collective action for progressive change. Kayla loves sunshine, growing food, farmers markets, and authentic conversation. This summer Kayla will be working with UNH Sustainability Institute and Post Landfill Action Network as the Campus Zero Waste Planning Fellow.

Ingrid Eck, Sustainability FellowIngrid Eck

Sustainable Middletown
City of Middletown, CT & Wesleyan University

Ingrid, from Tucson, AZ, recently graduated from Wesleyan University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Government, Environmental Studies, and French Studies. For the past four years, she has served on the Wesleyan Green Fund and the Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship. Ingrid also established Wesleyan’s first weekly Meatless Monday program and founded the campus’ first food justice organization. She designed and taught a forum on Food Justice and Sustainability and has facilitated several collaborative projects between environmental studies classes and the City of Middletown’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Ingrid has also served on the Development Committee of a local non-profit, The Rockfall Foundation, and as Chair of Middletown’s Food Policy Council. She has spent the past year working for the City of Middletown’s Clean Energy Task Force. In 2018, she compiled and submitted the application that earned the municipality certification from Sustainable CT. Ingrid’s passions include environmental justice, food sustainability, and animal rights. She has gained significant experience in permaculture harvesting and sustainable farming. She plans to pursue a career in environmental policy. She will be working as an organizer for GreenCorps next year.

Kendall Gray, Sustainability Fellow

Kendall Gray

Campus Climate Action Planning 
UNH Energy Task Force - Durham, NH

Originally from Maryland, Kendall is a rising senior completing her Bachelor’s in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability with minors in Community Planning and Spanish. As a student, Kendall has worked as the coordinator of the Student Environmental Action Coalition to create campus-wide Zero Waste and Fight the Granite Bridge Pipeline campaigns, to manage composting initiatives across campus housing, and to raise awareness of current environmental issues. Last summer, Kendall completed a month-long scuba conservation program on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua. Her academic interests include community planning, equitable food systems, and sustainable development. She looks forward to working with the University of New Hampshire’s Energy Office and Sustainability Institute to explore ways to reduce the campus’s carbon footprint and to draft its five-year climate action plan.

Jesse Gubert, Sustainability Fellow

Jesse Gubert

Renewable Energy Research and Planning
Hypertherm, Inc. - Hanover, NH

Originally from Northern California, Jesse studied economics at the University of California, Davis before serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa where he worked on micro-finance and food security initiatives. Returning from Guinea, Jesse worked in New York with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance developing much of the park’s public programming and coordinating volunteer efforts on the island. Currently, he is studying at Clark University toward an MS in Environmental Science & Policy and an MBA with a focus on Sustainability. His academic interests focus on municipal climate change vulnerabilities and resilience, and how businesses adapt to the impacts of climate change. His other interests include hiking and running so he can eat all the bread he enjoys baking. This summer, Jesse looks forward to working with Hypertherm to explore their options for large scale renewable energy generation at the company’s manufacturing facilities.

Laura Hutchinson, Sustainability FellowLaura Hutchinson

Comprehensive Solar Implementation Roadmap
Town of Hanover, NH

Laura is a graduating senior at Dartmouth College, and hails from Boulder, Colorado. She studies Environmental Earth Sciences and Engineering at Dartmouth, and spends a lot of time thinking about climate change. Her current foci include how glaciers respond to changes in climate, climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, and institutional and municipal actions on climate change, primarily from an energy perspective. In her free time, you can find Laura backcountry skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and leading and planning means for other students to learn new skills outside. Laura has had the opportunity to intern at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Dartmouth's Sustainability Office, and hopes to work at the nexus of energy and climate change moving forward. This summer, she is working with the Town of Hanover to develop and implement a comprehensive renewable energy procurement strategy as a UNH Sustainability Fellow

Justin Klingler, Sustainability Fellow

Justin Klingler

Municipal Resilience Planning
Town of Durham, NH

Justin will be graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a Master's in Public Policy in 2019. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Art's in Political Science and International Affairs in 2018. He is very interested in energy and environmental policy. This summer he will be working on a climate resilience plan with the town of Durham, NH. This experience will inform him about the challenges that a community faces as climate changes.

Veronique Ok, Sustainability FellowVeronique Ok

Growing a Farmers' Market in South Providence
African Alliance of Rhode Island - Providence, RI

Veronique Ok is from Danbury, CT. Veronique will be graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and Environmental Resource Economics. Veronique has worked extensively with the New American population in Manchester NH both through the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success and the International Institute of New England. Her focus is solving issues of food insecurity within urban settings, and community development within refugee populations. This summer she will be working under the African Alliance of Rhode Island growing a farmers’ market in South Providence. The pop up farmer’s market will raise awareness of local food system challenges within the “food deserts” of Providence.

Celina Scott-Buechler, Sustainability FellowCelina Scott-Buechler

Sustainable Development as an Alternative to Military Intervention
Peace Rising - Somerville, MA

Celina is an MS student at Cornell University, where she recently completed her undergraduate education. Originally interested in the impacts of climate change on coral reefs, she has turned her attention to how climate research can be applied toward mitigation and human adaptation. This summer, she'll be working with Peace Rising to identify predictors of near-term climate-driven violent conflict. Peace Rising aims to make a case for green development initiatives that can prevent future trends of conflict and militarization. Celina is excited to help them achieve this goal, especially drawing on her experience with transformative renewable energy technologies.

Rachel Usher, Sustainability FellowRachel Usher

Health Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation Activities
Vermont Department of Health - Burlington, VT

Rachel Usher completed her fellowship at the Vermont Department of Health during the summer preceding her first year as a Master’s in Public Health candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health. In collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health Climate & Health Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rachel was advised by Lauren Prizing and Jared Ulmer. They used the summer fellowship to complete a model, to assess the climate and health benefits of walking and biking infrastructure in state of Vermont. This model assed the carbon mitigation benefits of alternative transit in addition to quantifying health dollars saved from having a more physically active population. In the fall, Rachel will continue in the fall as graduate assistant with the Georgia Climate Project. This academic coalition is a multi-year effort to improve understanding of climate impacts and solutions in Georgia. Previously, Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia in 2016. A life-long Southerner who calls Savannah, GA home, she is proud to be a part of climate change research and action across the United States.

Emily Vaughn, Sustainability FellowEmily Vaughn

Documenting Sustainable New England Food Systems
Food Solutions New England / NH Food Alliance - Durham, NH

Emily Vaughn is an audio journalist with a special interest in agriculture, science, marginalized communities, and the intersection between the built and natural environments. As a Sustainability Fellow, she will work with Food Solutions New England and the NH Food Alliance to collect multimedia stories from people across New England working to build a more resilient, equitable, and just food system. Emily comes to UNH with a graduate certificate in Documentary Studies from the Salt Institute in Portland, Maine and a BA in Biology from Kenyon College. Her background includes online campaigning and organizing for Slow Food USA, and graphic design for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. She is a beekeeper and co-developed the apprenticeship program at the first ever commercial apiary in New York City. Emily looks forward to using the portfolio of short-form documentaries she produces as a fellow to launch a full-time career as a radio and podcast producer.

Katy Winkler, Sustainability FellowKaty Winkler

Renewable Thermal for Equitable Energy Transformation
City of Cambridge, MA

Katy is from Ithaca, NY, where she obtained her Bachelor's in Spanish and International Relations from Cornell University, before working as a paralegal for two years. She then spent a year serving in AmeriCorps as a Community Engagement Coordinator at Kestrel Land Trust, where she designed an organizational inclusivity strategy and implemented a volunteer engagement plan. Following her AmeriCorps service, she worked as a consultant for the Town of Belchertown, developing a grant narrative for the redevelopment of a local historical site and the creation of outdoor trail networks in the adjacent natural area. Currently, she is studying at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University towards a Master of Public Policy and a Social Impact MBA. Her academic interests include climate mitigation and resilience, climate justice, energy equity, and environmental economics. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, weightlifting, and being outdoors. She enjoys cooking, especially with delicious local ingredients. Katy is looking forward to working with the City of Cambridge to develop an equitable renewable thermal strategy to reduce building emissions.

Kortni Wroten, Sustainability FellowKortni Wroten

Reducing Commercial Sector Emissions
Town of Concord, MA

Kortni Wroten is from Worcester, Massachusetts where she obtained her double Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Spanish with a Chemistry minor from Worcester State University in the spring of 2015. After a year of volunteering for various environmental organizations in Worcester, she enrolled in the Environmental Science and Policy Dual MS/MBA program at Clark University, where she is currently pursuing her passions in municipal climate leadership. While environmental policy is a passion of hers, she also enjoys video games, anime, and cats. This summer, she will be working in Concord, Massachusetts to develop options and incentives for greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the commercial sector. Kortni hopes that her contributions this summer will be useful to the creation of Concord’s first climate action plan, setting a standard in the state for progressive environmental stewardship.

Cassidy Yates, Sustainability FellowCassidy Yates

Josephine A. Lamprey Fellow
Municipal Greenhouse Gas Inventory

City of Lebanon, NH

Bristol, CT native, Cassidy Yates, is an Environmental Engineering and Sustainability student at the University of New Hampshire. She is set to finish her undergraduate degree in May of 2020. After returning to UNH from studying abroad in Newcastle, Australia, Cassidy acquired a position as UNH's Sustainability Insitute Zero Waste Intern. Originally focused in the water industry, Cassidy has been increasingly more interested in a variety of sustainability fields. She recently explored sustainability in business with her involvement in the B Corp Clinic offered by UNH's Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise. She is excited to work with the City of Lebanon, NH on the update of their greenhouse gas emissions inventory and expand her range of knowledge.