2017 Sustainability Fellows

Micah Baclig

Neighborhood Sustainability Engagement Fellow

Originally from Kailua, Hawaii, Micah received his B.F.A. in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in sustainable design studies from Cornell University where he is interested in the intersection between research, design and public policy. His work at Cornell is concerned with pro environmental behavioral research and waste management systems.

This summer, Micah will work with the City of Providence’s Office of Sustainability to create guides and other resources that will help connect Providence communities to relevant programs and services that promote sustainability and resiliency in their neighborhoods. He is excited to return to Providence, a city that he loves and lived in for 6 years, and can most probably be spotted oscillating between his favorite coffee shops, North Bakery, White Electric, and Seven Stars.


Marissa Bell

Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory Fellow

Marissa Bell is from Colorado Springs, Colorado and is a Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting Masters student in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Health, and has gained her passion for the environmental field through her Semester at Sea experience. This four-month study abroad program enhanced global awareness through international-minded coursework and independent travel in Asia, Africa, and Europe. In addition, she has worked at Denver International Airport as sustainability intern. While there, she did environmental assessments and analytics by developing their first greenhouse gas emission inventory. Furthermore, she aided in the establishment of the food donation program which has successfully repurposed over 80,000 tons of food waste to date. Through these experiences, she has recognized the importance of reducing the world's carbon emissions. Marissa is very honored and excited to work for the City of Northampton in the Sustainability and Planning office this summer, by improving climate action planning and developing their first community greenhouse gas inventory. 


Derek Bolivar

NEMSN Community and Sustainability Profiles Fellow

Derek is a recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Environmental Resources & Economics. He is interested in the the economic impacts associated with climate change, and the development of sustainable strategies to implement in local communities. Born in Littleton, MA, Derek enjoys hobbies such as skiing and surfing, and is a member of a live music band.


Marina Bowie

New England Climate Assessment Update  Fellow

Marina Bowie is from Jericho, Vermont. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire where she will graduate with a double major in Economics (B.A) and Sustainability.  She is most interested in contributing creative innovations for more sustainable infrastructure within society.  Marina will be working on Updating and Expanding New England Climate Assessments, where she hopes to spread awareness throughout New England.


Taylor Briglio

Carbon Footprint Analysis and Communication Fellow

Taylor completed his B.S. Degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of California Los Angeles in 2014.  He then worked in environmental compliance for two years, focusing mainly on air quality permitting and reporting.  He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Management, specializing in Corporate Environmental Management, at the Bren School at the University of California Santa Barbara.  This summer he will be updating the greenhouse gas inventory for the city of Amherst, Massachusetts. Taylor aspires to work in corporate sustainability finding innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and waste.  


Whitman Constantineau

Sustainability Rich Media Fellow

Whitman is pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability with a specialization in Sustainable Natural Resources and Environmental Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire. He has worked at UNH’s Sustainability Institute for two years now as the Outreach and Engagement Intern, working alongside various offices and departments to create sustainable behavior changes at the collegiate level. Originally from southern New Hampshire, Whitman loves spending time outdoors, especially to share his love for our world with others. 


Lauren de la Parra

Carbon Footprint Analysis and Communication Fellow

Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Lauren is currently completing her MS/MRP at the University of Massachusetts with a concentration in Urban Sustainability. Her professional passions include climate change and green infrastructure planning, environmental decision-making and communication, and the intersection of sustainability and the arts. When she is not engaging with these topics and their champions somehow, you will find her fermenting things, getting outdoors, or cuddling her cat and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As the Community Carbon Footprint Analysis and Communication Fellow with the City of Somerville’s Office of Sustainability and Environment, she anticipates a summer full of enriching and meaningful work.


Noah Goldstein

Stormwater Preparedness Fellow

Noah comes from Manchester, NH and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. He hopes to find solutions to stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water issues, while also delving into hazardous waste and pollution problems. He is also interested in developing greener energy alternatives and improving infrastructure asset management techniques. This summer, Noah will work with the Town of Amherst’s Department of Public Works, engineering staff and Sustainability Coordinator to assess infrastructure needs and adaptive strategies that will allow Amherst to ensure continuity of vital services and systems as the climate changes and precipitation events become less predictable and more intense.


Adam Hasz

Carbon Reductions through Electrification of Thermal Energy Systems Fellow

Adam Hasz is pursuing a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His studies focus on how the transition to renewable energy can build wealth for marginalized communities. Adam has seven years of experience in climate advocacy and has organized at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Most recently, Adam directed the climate advocacy organization SustainUS and campaigned successfully for the Paris Agreement to contain a long-term global goal of net zero emissions. This summer, Adam will move from advocacy to implementation by working with the City of Cambridge to develop a plan to deploy electric heat pumps to help the city move towards net-zero building emissions.


Jacky Kinson

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies at UNH Fellow

Jacky is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering (B.S.) with a concentration in energy at the University of New Hampshire. Last summer, Jacky studied abroad at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. While abroad, she explored renewable energy in a management and engineering perspective. She is most interested in energy storage and its effects on clean energy development. She is looking forward to apply her engineering background and passion for sustainable energy to a productive summer with the UNH Energy Task Force. Her goal for the fellowship will be to successfully develop a preliminary analysis of specific potential adaption strategies such as integrating energy storage technologies to the UNH campus to get one step closer to reaching carbon neutrality University-wide.


Brittany Kwolek

Climate Action Data Analysis Fellow

Brittany Kwolek was born and raised in Culpeper, Virginia. She recently graduated from the University of Virginia where she received a Bachelors degree in Global Environments & Sustainability with a minor in Environmental Science. At UVA Brittany worked closely with the Office for Sustainability to plan and lead events that instilled knowledge, empowered students, and created awareness of the impact of daily decisions. This past summer she was abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she studied Danish values on issues regarding sustainability, resiliency, and climate change. She is excited to be working with the Office of Sustainability in Dedham, MA to create a climate action plan that accurately represents the values and commitments of the community. 


Brendan Landry

NH Community Seafood at Farmers Markets  Fellow

Brendan Landry is a native of Lewiston, Maine and attended the University of New Hampshire where he graduated with a degree in Health Management and Policy. His time in this program exposed him to the many different factors that influence health and well-being, leading to his interest in food systems. He is excited to help develop a presence for New Hampshire Community Seafood at farmers’ markets, while helping protect the ocean, sustain the states fishing industry, and support the local economy.  His personal interests include traveling, photography and videography, as well as trying new local restaurants.


Sam Lewandowski

Climate Change and Mental Health Fellow

Samantha Lewandowski is currently finishing her M.S. in Community Development & Applied Economics (CDAE) at the University of Vermont. Her thesis focuses on consumer behavior in regard to more efficient and renewable electricity consumption. When Samantha was an undergraduate at Loyola University Chicago, she became inspired by the field of Sociology and the empowerment that came from looking at social issues in a systemic way. After graduating from Loyola with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and a B.S. in Environmental Science, she went on to work with adults with disabilities and also those experiencing homelessness and addiction. These experiences helped cement her commitment to working with the underserved, and she is excited to meld her commitments to environmental sustainability and social justice through her fellowship examining the mental health impacts of climate change. For her fellowship, Samantha will be working with Dan Quinlan, the founder of Sola Vida, which is an organization dedicated to improving climate change policy. During her fellowship, she hopes to develop compelling messaging around the mental health impacts of climate change and forge alliances with medical health professionals and other stakeholders that will encourage action to mitigate these impacts.


Matt L'Hereaux

Campus and Community Climate Adaptation Fellow

Matt is a New Hampshire native who grew up in Bear Brook State Park. He graduated this spring from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Environmental & Resource Economics and Sustainability Dual Major. In addition, Matt earned his LEED Green Associate accreditation, which recognizes knowledge of green building principles and practices. This past semester he was a STARS intern for the Sustainability Institute where he primarily worked on reporting for sustainable dining initiatives. He also participated in Manomet’s U360 internship program, which teaches students topics of small business sustainability and engages them with small business leaders across the country. This summer Matt will be working on developing an assessment of climate change vulnerability and a plan for campus and community resilience. In his free time, Matt enjoys exploring the outdoors, exercising, and meeting new people.


Gabi Lichtenstein

NEMSN Integrated Climate Solutions and Sustainability Roadmap Fellow

Gabi recently graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in International Relations and Public Relations, and a minor in Public Policy. She served as Marketing Director for a student-run environmental organization and as an intern for the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development team of the State Department. She completed her undergraduate thesis on the social and physical power shifts in Germany’s energy transition, and is highly interested in sustainable development at the community and municipal levels. She is excited to work with the New England Municipal Sustainability Network (NEMSN) this summer, conducting research on integrated solutions to climate change and helping to develop a framework that supports the initiatives of NEMSN members


Laurel Maley

Campus and Community Climate Adaptation

Laurel is from Ithaca, NY and just received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College. Laurel is primarily interested in human-environment interactions, and during her college career, she developed a passion for research.  As an undergraduate, she was able to work on multiple research projects, including one that examined the effects of social marketing techniques on homeowner conservation behaviors. Through this position, Laurel gained an interest in the psychological aspects of conservation behaviors and was able to combine her interests in psychology and sustainability. During her fellowship this summer, she will be developing an assessment of climate change vulnerability and an adaptation plan for campus climate resilience at UNH. 


Jackson Massey

NEMSN Integrated Climate Solutions and Sustainability Roadmap  Fellow

Jackson Massey is a native of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. His interests include climate change adaptation and resilience planning. His interests in these topics stem from his time as an undergrad at the University of Vermont when Tropical Storm Irene devastated the area and forced people to start considering future climate conditions in their planning. Jackson is currently working on his MS in Climate Science and Solutions from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. He will be spending the summer working on an Integrated Climate Solutions and Sustainability Roadmap at the UNH Sustainability Institute. He is excited to return to New England to work on climate solutions and sustainability this summer.


Philipp

Handprinting Pilot Program

Philipp is a Sustainability Master’s candidate at the Harvard Extension School. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics and has spent the last twelve years working in management consulting and technology research. He is interested in exploring behavior and mindset related opportunities and challenges associated with sustainability. His fellowship will focus on developing a platform for “Handprinting” – the creation and measurement of positive sustainability-related impacts, which then are balanced against the user’s footprint.


Leah Powley

Getting to Zero Waste on Campus Fellow

Leah graduated from Colby College in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in environmental policy, and she is currently pursuing a master's degree in agriculture, food, and the environment at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. Originally from Wisconsin, she has previously worked at the D.C.-based marine advocacy group, Oceana, as a member of their Seafood Fraud Campaign; taught environmental education in the California redwoods; and worked on local and organic farming and berry-production operations. She is fascinated by the issue of food waste, and is thus excited to be working this summer to develop a strategic plan to minimize waste--including food--on the UNH campus. Outside of her work and studies, Leah enjoys travel, pilates, writing poetry, and curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.


Indy Reid-Shaw

 

NEMSN Integrated Climate Solutions and Sustainability Roadmap  Fellow

Indy is a recent graduate of Swarthmore College where she created a special major in Environmental Anthropology and minored in Biology. Her thesis detailed her field research in Mongolia where she learned about how livestock herders are adapting to climate change. Also at Swarthmore, she was a coordinator for the Green Advisors program, an observer delegate to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, France, and captain of the college's Cross Country and Track & Field teams.

This summer Indy is excited to be traveling from Durham, North Carolina to Durham, New Hampshire! She will be meeting with municipalities across New England to learn about their innovative strategies for climate mitigation and adaptation. She will then communicate these local projects to inspire a wider audience.


Deirdre Schiff

Coastal Groundwater Impacts Fellow

Deirdre is in her first year of the Agriculture, Food, Environment MS program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She is originally from Rhode Island and holds a BA from Skidmore College in International Affairs and Spanish. After working on several livestock and educational farms, she returned to Tufts to study agricultural science and policy. Her research interests include using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to study regional food and hydrological systems. This summer she will be working with the UNH Center for Infrastructure Resilience to Climate in mapping the effects of sea-level rise and groundwater levels on New Hampshire’s coastal wetlands.


Renee Smith

NH Food Alliance Market Development Fellow

Renee Smith is a master’s candidate in the Master of Food and Agricultural Law and Policy program at Vermont Law School with interest in local food policy, food justice, and community engagement. Before graduate school, Renee worked in state government for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Renee also founded a community organization called Greater Roots to promote food access, education, and health through service and advocacy. As an NH Food Alliance Market Development Fellow, Renee will work with Market Development Action Team and other key stakeholders to collect and synthesize primary and secondary research on sustainable funding mechanisms for technical and financial assistance. She will also identify funding mechanisms and service providers to aid the development and expansion of the market for locally produced food products in NH.


Evie Song

Community Energy Efficiency Fellow

Evie is a student in the Master of Engineering Management program at Dartmouth College. With a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, she has been very interested in sustainability and green buildings. This summer, she will be working on a residential energy efficiency project for the City of Northampton. She is enthusiastic about improving our built environment and excited to work with others who share her passion.