Net Zero Roadmap Implementation
Burlington Electric Department - Burlington, VT
Annika Barth completed her fellowship with Burlington Electric Department (BED), a municipally owned utility in Burlington, Vermont. She worked with Jennifer Green and James Gibbons to advance the implementation of Burlington’s Net Zero Energy Roadmap. Burlington set a target to become a Net Zero Energy city by 2030, which means all of the City’s energy needs will be met by renewable resources. The Roadmap outlined strategies to electrify transportation and space and water heating in the City, improve building efficiency and alternative transportation adoption, and implement a district energy system – all of which will need to happen for Burlington to achieve its Net Zero Energy by 2030 goal. Annika contributed to implementing Roadmap strategies by making recommendations for the expansion of utility programs, creating a Next Steps document for the district energy project, and conducting research on existing policies to compel energy efficiency in private buildings. Originally from southern New Hampshire, Annika received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from American University in May, 2019.
Municipal Greenhouse Gas Inventory
City of Portsmouth, NH
Following completion of his Bachelor of Science in BioRenewable Systems at the Pennsylvania State University, Griffin Brown spent the summer of 2019 working with the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire as a Sustainability Fellow. The purpose of this was to update the city’s municipal and community greenhouse gas inventory for the 2018 calendar year; the third update since 2006. His findings helped the city identify the emissions reduction from energy efficiency upgrades within city government and the community; as well as with the improvement of the electrical grid itself. This was a valuable experience for Griffin, and certainly one that will follow him throughout his academic and professional career. This opportunity has led to professional experience, networking connections, friends, and personal growth; all of which are invaluable assets moving forward. Following the fellowship, Griffin will be applying to graduate programs as well as taking some time to travel to learn about the world outside the classroom.
Campus Zero Waste Planning
Post-Landfill Action Network - Dover, NH
Kayla Conway completed her fellowship in collaboration with UNHSI and the Post-Landfill Action Network. Kayla focused on exploring the feasibility of developing a cost-benefit assessment tool to support the advancement of zero waste on UNH's campus. Attempting to answer the common question of, "I agree zero-waste is a good idea, but how much will it cost?" Working with this question consisted of meetings with stakeholders to gather data and insight, drawing systems diagrams, and building financial profiles. The outcomes of the fellowship resulted in recommendations for the path towards zero-waste at UNH. This experience reinforced her beliefs in collective action for progressive change, and that zero-waste is defined in a place, by the people. Moving forward, Kayla will continue to work with the Post-Landfil Action Network as a Zero-Waste Strategist, and contribute to building the Atlas Project. Her work in the waste realm has just begun!
City of Middletown, CT & Wesleyan University
During the summer of 2019, Ingrid Eck worked for the City of Middletown as their Sustainability Fellow. In addition to assisting the Clean Energy Task Force, the Sustainability Team, and the Food Policy Council with a variety of projects, she compiled the municipality’s second-ever sustainability certification application to Sustainable CT. The project involved creating a detailed inventory of all sustainability projects, programs, and events led or supported by the City, evaluating the strengths and weakness of the City’s current sustainability profile, and identifying a strategy plan for improving this profile. Originally from Tucson, AZ, Ingrid graduated from Wesleyan University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government, Environmental Studies, and French Studies. Following her Fellowship, she began work as a field organizer and campaign director for One Virginia 2021 in the greater Washington DC area through Green Corps. Ingrid plans to pursue a lifelong career in environmental policy. Her passions include environmental justice, food sustainability, and animal rights.
Campus Climate Action Planning
UNH Energy Task Force - Durham, NH
Kendall completed her Bachelor’s at UNH in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability with minors in Community Planning and Spanish. During her summer fellowship, Kendall worked alongside the UNH Energy Task Force to research high performance building standards and internal carbon pricing strategies. She researched national and international high performance building standards and their integration into policy at higher education institutions. Utilizing this information, she benchmarked the University of New Hampshire’s high performance building standards against those of eighteen other leading American institutions. Ultimately, Kendall developed a series of recommended high performance building standards for new construction and major renovation projects aimed at lowering the University of New Hampshire’s energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, Kendall researched internal carbon pricing strategies directed at reducing building-level energy usage, incenting sustainability-driven decision-making, shortening the payback time of energy efficiency projects, or generating a sustainability fund. Kendall presented her recommendations to key stakeholders for potential adoption and inclusion in the University of New Hampshire’s third climate action plan “WildCAP 2019”.
Renewable Energy Research and Planning
Hypertherm, Inc. - Hanover, NH
Jesse worked with Hypertherm, a manufacturer of industrial cutting equipment, to research the company's renewable energy procurement options. His research included reviewing corporate best practices for buying green power and interviews with internal stakeholders to map the company’s motivations behind pursuing renewable energy. Jesse's final report highlights several recommendations including setting a targeted 2030 renewable energy goal and participating in a local aggregated purchase power agreement. The experience was motivating in that it exposed Jesse more fully to what companies are doing to minimize their climate impacts. Jesse extends a great deal of gratitude to his mentor, Robin Tindall, who provided an outsized portion of her time and valuable feedback throughout the summer. After the fellowship, Jesse completed his graduate studies at Clark University, where he pursued dual MS/MBA degrees in Environmental Science & Policy and Sustainability. Prior to attending graduate school, Jesse coordinated public programs in New York City for the Randall's Island Park Alliance, and worked on microfinance and food security initiatives in Guinea with the Peace Corps. He holds a BA in Economics from UC Davis.
Comprehensive Solar Implementation Roadmap
Town of Hanover, NH
Laura Hutchinson worked with the Town of Hanover, New Hampshire to develop a community-wide renewable energy procurement strategy in collaboration with Sustainability Director April Salas, Town Manager Julia Griffin, and the Sustainable Hanover Energy Subcommittee. Laura created a community-wide electricity baseline and quantified the existing footprint of renewable electricity generation from onsite solar to define the community’s progress toward its 100% renewable electricity target. She used this data and policy-driven framework to craft a comprehensive procurement strategy that engages all of the community’s electricity consumer classes. This plan is aiding the Town and the Sustainable Hanover Energy Subcommittee in their efforts to prioritize and carry out initiatives that have the potential to yield the greatest impact. In addition, Laura’s analytical and communications-oriented work created avenues and content for improved outreach to the broader community about Hanover’s energy transition. After completing her Fellowship, Laura joined Rocky Mountain Institute in Basalt, Colorado, where she works to decrease the carbon emissions associated with the extraction of natural gas.
Municipal Resilience Planning
Town of Durham, NH
Justin Klingler graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Master's in Public Policy in 2019 and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs in 2018. He is interested in energy and environmental policy. In 2019, he worked on a joint campus-community climate resilience plan with the town of Durham, NH and the UNH Sustainability Institute. Justin worked with town staff and employees to compile a list of indicators and metrics that are used to measure how resilient the campus community is, collect data to support these metrics, and draft recommendations for Durham to become more resilient. This project is part of UNH’s broader commitment under Second Nature’s President’s Climate Leadership Commitment. This experience offered him a real perspective on the challenges that municipalities face, and experience with community-university collaboration around climate change resilience.
Growing a Farmers' Market in South Providence
African Alliance of Rhode Island - Providence, RI
Veronique Ok is from Danbury, CT, and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2019 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. In 2019 she worked under the African Alliance of Rhode Island growing a farmers’ market in South Providence. The pop up farmer’s market raised awareness of local food system challenges within the “food deserts” of South Providence.
Sustainable Development as an Alternative to Military Intervention
Peace Rising - Somerville, MA
Celina Scott-Buechler is a climate scientist and activist. As a UNHSI Sustainability Fellow, Celina had the privilege of working with Peace Rising. Conducting research in distributed climate change impacts and US foreign policy, she compiled a report exposing how American foreign policy is ill-prepared to deal with the greatest humanitarian threat of our generation: climate change-driven violent conflict. Rather than rely on military force, she demonstrated, the US should promote environmental peacebuilding efforts abroad to reduce the likelihood of violent outbreaks. As she compiled this research, Celina was also active in building organizational partnerships and capacity to amplify Peace Rising’s message. Having found her niche in climate-conflict studies, Celina stayed on with Peace Rising after her Fellowship while also working to finish her Master’s thesis in Atmospheric Science at Cornell University.
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 second 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, Rachel completed the Integrated Transport and Health Impact Modeling Tool (ITHIM) to quantify the health, economic and environmental co-benefits of a variety of transportation futures in Vermont. She modeled the vehicle emission reductions, lives saved, and reduced healthcare and productivity costs associated with Vermont's transportation goals for 2025 and 2050. Following her fellowship, Rachel continued as a 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.
Documenting Sustainable New England Food Systems
Food Solutions New England / NH Food Alliance - Durham, NH
Emily Vaughn is non-fiction writer and audio journalist with special interest in agriculture, science, and marginalized communities. As a Sustainability Fellow, she traveled to all six New England states to gather dozens of stories of people building a sustainable food future for the region. The portfolio of interviews and photographs she generated will enable her host organizations, Food Solutions New England and the New Hampshire Food Alliance, to take a storytelling approach in their work. Emily came 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 also a beekeeper, artist, and dog parent. Emily’s experience at UNH was a foundational step in building a full-time career as a radio and podcast producer. Following the fellowship, Emily was awarded the Peggy Girshman Science Desk Internship at National Public Radio, in Washington, D.C.
Renewable Thermal for Equitable Energy Transformation
City of Cambridge, MA
Katy Winkler worked with Cambridge Energy Planner Nikhil Nadkarni and Cambridge Energy Alliance Outreach Director Meghan Shaw to develop a strategy for engaging the community in a co-design of residential energy programs. Katy’s work assessed resident needs and priorities around home energy, and potential barriers to uptake of energy programs. She identified best practices for equitable municipal energy programs and recommended outreach and engagement strategies for the co-design process. She also identified potential strategies and features of program design that could make Cambridge’s home energy programs more equitable. Her work is helping to inform a redesign of Cambridge’s residential energy programs to make them more equitable and inclusive to all Cambridge Residents. Following the fellowship, Katy returned to Brandeis for her second year of graduate school, to pursue a Master of Public Policy and a Social Impact MBA at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Her interests include climate justice and energy equity, corporate sustainability, and the energy economy.
Reducing Commercial Sector Emissions
Town of Concord, MA
Kortni Wroten worked with Sustainability Director Kate Hanley to pinpoint and analyze strategies for reducing commercial sector emissions in the Town of Concord, Massachusetts. Her fellowship work identified strategic partnerships, incentives, and policies that benefit businesses, the Town, and the environment. The project helped to inform the Town’s first Climate Action Plan to help Concord and its commercial sector collaboratively meet sustainability goals. Kortni obtained her double Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Spanish from Worcester State University in 2015, and dual MS/MBA in Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University in 2020, with foci in municipal climate leadership, corporate sustainability, and environmental justice.
Josephine A. Lamprey Fellow
Municipal Greenhouse Gas Inventory
City of Lebanon, NH
Prior to graduating from UNH in 2020, Bristol, CT native, Cassidy Yates, spent the summer of 2019 working with the City of Lebanon to complete greenhouse gas inventories for the years 2015 and 2018. Her inventory findings helped the City identify the potential emissions reduction from existing projects, as well as the next steps they needed to take to meet their 80% emissions reduction goal. Cassidy valued this experiential learning opportunity and believes it will be something she will carry with her throughout the rest of her academic life and well into her career. She continued to work with the UNH Sustainability Institute as a Zero Waste Intern during her senior year, and looks forward to connecting with the people she met during the fellowship in the future.
Jen participated in the Fellowship program following completion of 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. At UNH, Jen worked alongside Gregg Moore and Dave Burdick, wetland scientists at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, on a National Estuarine Research Reserve Science Collaborative Project evaluating the use of Thin Layer Deposition (TLD) of sediment as a tool to build salt marsh elevation and resiliency in the face of sea-level rise. She drew upon her environmental policy background to analyze wetland regulatory frameworks in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island and determine whether they allow for TLD as a tool to sustain salt marshes. Jen gained keen insights into the process by which science and experimentation lead to larger-scale implementation of wetland activities by interviewing ecological and regulatory experts in each state and comparing the wetland regulations in each. The opportunity to get out in the field and participate in TLD data collection was a valuable experience which enhanced her knowledge and understanding of the experiments as well as the threats that face New England salt marshes in the years to come. This experience provided Jen with a deeper understanding of the intersection of science and policy that will inform her future career in ocean and coastal policy.
Promoting a Zero Waste Culture on Campus
UNH Sustainability Institute
Leysha worked with the University of New Hampshire to promote a culture of “zero-waste” on campus. Her fellowship focused on development and implementation of a communications campaign to reduce waste, energy, and water usage in the residence halls. She worked with the Energy Task Force, UNH Residential Life, the Sustainability Institute, and other key stakeholders to complete the project. Leysha created outreach materials to be used in residential newsletters, social media, and in-person programming. She learned about the inner workings of higher education departmental communication as well as how to craft messages around intrinsic values. The experience also showed her that sustainable behavioral changes are long-term goals which can be furthered through education and awareness. At the time of her fellowship, Leysha was 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. Leysha is excited to build upon the waste reduction work at UNH by extending the lessons learned to her home university.
Protecting the Campus Ecosystem and Watershed
UNH Ecosystem Task Force
Anna participated in the Fellowship program following completion of her Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. She worked with the University of New Hampshire's Ecosystem Taskforce, which is co-chaired by the Sustainability Institute and Campus Planning, to create an update to the Landscape Master Plan. Her task was to synthesize the needs and desires of relevant stakeholders on campus, including the UNH Stormwater Center and UNH Cooperative Extension, in order to produce a document that would address aspirations for a sustainable and resilient campus landscape, while setting the stage for practical and responsible landscape planning, design and management practices. This project impressed upon Anna the complexity of campus planning work as well as the deep value found in a systems-based approach to landscape planning, design, maintenance and project management.
Andrew's fellowship was hosted by New Earth B, an independent sustainability B Corp based in York, Maine. He worked with Greg Norris, Ph.D on the Handprinter project, which is an app/website born out of Norris's vision to help people, businesses, and other organizations achieve a "net positive" environmental footprint. During the summer Andrew assisted New Earth B in identifying market opportunities for Handprinter in higher education, as well as soliciting feedback from potential users on the concept and current design of Handprinter. Andrew completed his fellowship after finishing his B.S. in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability at UNH. Following the fellowship, Andrew plans to continue working with Handprinter while growing his own beekeeping business on the NH Seacoast, where he lives.
Implementation of Energy Benchmarking Ordinance
City of Portland, ME
Ayden completed her fellowship during the summer preceding her senior year at Bates College, where she will graduate with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Ayden worked alongside Troy Moon at the City of Portland’s Sustainability Office to develop a suite of resources for property owners required to comply with Portland’s new Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. The Ordinance aims to establish a baseline of energy usage, and to encourage energy efficiency improvements. Ayden worked to translate the legal language of the policy into guides and resources to ensure property owners have appropriately concise yet comprehensive compliance instructions. While working at the Sustainability Office, Ayden was able to experience various aspects of city management and planning. Moving forward, she hopes to keep track of the implementation process and continue to learn about sustainable policy.
Social Risks in Supply Chains Database
Brandon holds a BA in Sociology from Central Washington University and recently completed an MS in Analytics and Data Science at UNH. Brandon’s fellowship work was mentored by Greg Norris and Catherine Benoit-Norris of New Earth B, a B Corp located in York, Maine that provides platforms for sustainability assessment. Brandon worked on the Social Hotspots Database, an amalgamation of data from myriad sources used for social risk assessment and supply chain analysis. He performed data processing, analysis, and modeling to lay the groundwork for dashboards which will measure social risk in 140 country/regions and 57 economic sectors. The dashboards will be used by clients wishing to view the social risks of their own suppliers and their suppliers’ suppliers to make more socially sustainable and informed decisions related to their own products and services.
Promoting Better Health Through Climate Change Mitigation
Vermont Department of Health
Abby worked with the Vermont Department of Health Climate & Health Program, a program funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 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. Abby’s fellowship focused on the health benefits of residential energy efficiency retrofitting, or building weatherization strategies, which is poised to be a substantial climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy. She evaluated and compiled evidence linking building weatherization to public health benefits, creating a technical report and communication tool to be used with key partners and stakeholders to advance support for building weatherization in Vermont. The experience was a priceless stepping stone in furthering Abby’s career in public health, as she completed her fellowship while pursuing a dual Master of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology and Environmental Health at Emory University. 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.
Collaborative Monitoring for Coastal Resilience
City of Portsmouth, NH
Kate completed a Fellowship with the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the vibrant seacoast community where she grew up and remains deeply connected. She worked with Peter Britz, the city's Environmental Planner and Sustainability Coordinator, on a project related to the city's Coastal Resilience study and Historic Properties Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. Kate focused on surveying and cataloging infrastructure in the historic district and assessing its resiliency to climate change, in conjunction with floodplain mapping and one of the city's first groundwater monitoring projects. Prior to her fellowship, Kate studied sustainability and climate change adaptation in Copenhagen, which sparked her interest in coastal climate resilience. Following her Fellowship, Kate returned to Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York to complete the final year of her B.A. in Environmental Studies with minors in Urban Studies and Sustainable Community Development. Kate’s Fellowship experience has inspired her to pursue further research in climate resiliency and natural disaster mitigation.
Measuring Municipal Carbon and Nitrogen Footprints
City of Dover, NH
Jackson Kaspari worked with Elena Piekut in the City of Dover's Planning and Community Development Department to establish a carbon and nitrogen footprint baseline for Dover's local government operations (LGO). The combined greenhouse gas and nitrogen inventory report that he produced is the first ever for a municipality, and will allow Dover to track its future progress in terms of increasing energy efficiency, decreasing costs, and reducing its LGO footprints. Jackson has learned to appreciate the process of inventory data acquisition and gained valuable insight regarding how municipalities function. Jackson completed his fellowship following his graduation from the University of New Hampshire where he studied chemical engineering. He hopes to build upon his Fellowship experience by incorporating this work into his Ph.D. research at UNH. Jackson looks forward to further collaboration with the other fellows in his "class" as well as members of the alumni network.
Climate Adaptation Information for Fishing Communities
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Sabrina holds a BA in International Political Economy and Spanish Language & Literature from Fordham University, and completed her fellowship while pursuing a master's degree in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment from Tufts University. Shen worked with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine on a project that provides climate change adaptation information to fishing communities. Sabrina's project involved synthesizing and contextualizing economic and ecosystem models to create prototypes for community-specific reports on climate change vulnerability and adaptation strategies. Sabrina's main area of focus was analyzing in-depth interviews from four focus ports to identify community-specific barriers and facilitators to adaptation. In addition, Sabrina outlined existing climate change adaptation frameworks and identified how the project's qualitative results could be incorporated into a relevant research paper. Sabrina was impressed by the adaptability and entrepreneurial nature of fishermen and the fishing industry, and perplexed by the complex management system under which they operate. Sabrina hopes to continue a career involved in the development of resilient, regional food systems. The GMRI fellowship was a comprehensive introduction to the role fisheries play in our food system, and a deep dive into the challenges the ocean ecosystem and fishing industry face.
Resource Planning and Load Flexibility Analysis
Burlington Electric Department
Michaela worked with the Burlington Electric Department (BED) to identify opportunities and models to improve its future Integrated Resource Plans (IRP), which detail how the utility plans to meet the future energy needs of its customers at the lowest economic and environmental cost. Michaela’s work focused on identifying replicable models to evaluate technologies/measures to remotely control customer loads, assess lessons learned from pilot projects, analyze the cost of energy transformation projects and incentive structures, and analyze the continued operations and economics of the McNeil Power Plant. In addition, Michaela identified strategies to improve BED’s IRP process through better integration, more robust uncertainty analyses, and comprehensive societal cost evaluations. Michaela also evaluated the demand response potential of City of Burlington customers to reduce load during peak energy events. This work involved quantifying the size of the “virtual battery” that could be leveraged by working with commercial customers to enable load shifting and developing a spreadsheet tool to evaluate the financial savings. Michaela has a B.A. in geoscience with a concentration in environmental studies from Williams College. Prior to the Fellowship, she was a Research Analyst at Industrial Economics, Inc, an environmental consulting firm. Michaela began her master’s in civil and environmental engineering in the Atmosphere/Energy program at Stanford University after completing the Fellowship.
Accelerating Climate Solutions Through Impact Investing
UNH Center for Impact Investing
Claire McCarthy worked with Professor Michael Swack of the UNH Impact Finance Center to analyze and address barriers to financing climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in New England. She surveyed and interviewed municipal staff in the region as well as green finance experts to help identify the types of projects municipalities are planning, common barriers they face to completing these projects, and possible recommendations to address those barriers. Claire is a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with a BA in Economics and International Affairs, and a minor in Spanish. The Fellowship experience gave Claire an opportunity to apply the interdisciplinary knowledge that she acquired through her undergraduate studies to a cause she is very passionate about, and as a result she is even more invested and excited to pursue a career in sustainable community development.
Agent-based Traffic Flow Model for Transportation LCA
UNH Civil and Environmental Engineering
Conor worked with the UNH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to develop a procedural model which accurately reflects the environmental impact of transportation system operation by combining traffic and emissions models. Based on an extensive review of existing literature on traffic modeling as well as the state-of-the-art, proprietary traffic modeling software packages, Conor focused his project on addressing the lack of detail within traffic inputs to transportation life cycle analyses. His agent-based approach provides a holistic model which facilitates the assessment of the resilience and impact of transportation systems in the context of a changing climate. Conor enjoyed applying his quantitative skills to his interest in advancing sustainable technology and reducing carbon emissions, and he hopes to continue to do so following the completion of his degree in Physics with a minor in Computer Science from Bowdoin College.
Town Facilities Benchmarking and GHG Emissions Update
Town of Groton, CT
Andrea worked with the Town of Groton, CT sustainability manager, Rick Norris, to complete a municipal greenhouse gas inventory, determine the effectiveness of previous energy and conservation efforts, and create an energy action plan. Her work will allow the Town to target emission reduction strategies and lay the groundwork for future environmental policies. She completed her Fellowship prior to her final semester studying mechanical engineering with an energy systems concentration, and plans to continue on to pursue a master’s degree in Renewable and Clean Energy. At the University of Dayton, Andrea works with the campus energy team to conduct energy audits to improve energy efficiency on campus. In addition to a her interest in sustainable energy, she is also interested in technology and engineering in developing countries. She spent a summer in India designing an 18ft tall 3D printer capable of printing houses and wind turbine blades. She has also spent time building solar cookers, creating rocket stoves, and installing solar PV in Nicaragua. She looks forward to utilizing the skills she developed during her Fellowship to help her campus and future work in renewable energy.
Establishing a New Farmers' Market in South Providence, RI
African Alliance of Rhode Island
Julia Nemy completed her fellowship in Providence, RI with Julius Kolawole at the African Alliance of Rhode Island (AARI). Her project focused on planning the organization’s grand opening of their pop-up farmers’ market series. Launched on August 3, 2018, AARI’s market brought a variety of fresh produce to South Providence, an area categorized as a food desert. As the neighborhood has a large Latino community, the market focused on bringing Latino culture and popular Latino foods to Roger Williams Park. Plantains, papaya, and yucca were sold, and the market also hosted a local Dominican youth dance academy and a plantain peeling contest. SNAP and WIC benefits were accepted to increase market access. Julia worked to create publicity materials, coordinate permits, and perform market outreach. After her fellowship, she hopes to continue to work with immigrant and refugee communities and pursue a career in sustainable international development. Julia participated in the Fellows program after graduating from Bates College with a double major in Environmental Studies and French & Francophone Studies, and followed her Fellowship with a Fulbright in Rwanda.
Climate Action Outreach
City of Somerville, MA
Michael worked on a Climate Action Outreach Program for the Office of Sustainability and Environment in the City of Somerville, MA. He developed outreach and engagement materials to communicate a variety of climate change initiatives and goals associated with the forthcoming Somerville Climate Forward action plan. He worked closely with Hannah Payne, Somerville’s Sustainability Coordinator, to design and create a one-page summary pamphlet to help Somerville residents learn, share, and take action on climate change. During his Fellowship, Michael met with a variety of community members so he could incorporate their needs and voices into the design of the outreach materials. In addition to the pamphlet, Michael created posters addressing Somerville’s vulnerability to extreme heat, precipitation, and coastal flooding in the near future. The pamphlet and posters will be available on SustainaVille’s website (Somerville.gov/SustainaVille) and used for educational presentations, tabling events, and other forms of outreach. 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. He looks forward to building upon the outreach and design work he completed for Somerville and applying his new knowledge to a career in sustainability.
NEMS Network - Communications and Outreach
UNH Sustainability Institute / NEMSN
Erin Puglia worked alongside Dr. Dovev Levine, Jennifer Andrews, and Dr. Cameron Wake to conduct an assessment of progress made by the New England Municipal Sustainability (NEMS) Network, and the impact of their work. She conducted interviews with all of the Network's member municipalities to update their individual sustainability profiles and identify common themes and barriers. A main focus of the project was measuring progress toward the Network's shared goal of compliance with the Global Covenant of Mayors framework. Erin also created outreach materials to increase the visibility of the Network and document its accomplishments and impact. Erin completed her Fellowship while finishing a Master's in Public Policy at UNH with a concentration in Strategy and Communication. She is looking forward to pursuing a career in sustainability, public affairs, equity, and their intersections.
Sustainability Learning Outcomes in Higher Education
UNH Sustainability Institute
Sofia completed her Fellowship prior to her last semester at the University of New Hampshire studying Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. The University of New Hampshire is a leader in sustainability, yet does not have a holistic sustainability education strategy that encompasses students, faculty, and staff. Sofia worked with the UNH Sustainability Institute to review methods that other institutions of higher education have used to educate their communities. Her research serves as a basis for UNH to develop a broad sustainability education strategy, a process that Sofia plans to stay involved in. Her experience at UNH provided her with valuable insights into the challenges of working in an institutional setting and she looks forward to staying connected with the Fellows and faculty that she met through her Fellowship.
Solar Roadmap Research and Planning
City of Cambridge, MA
Alec worked with the City of Cambridge, MA on developing a road map to increase solar energy generation within the city. He investigated barriers to solar conversion, including economic and technical challenges, analyzed successful installation projects, and interviewed key stakeholders in the community. Alec worked with city planners to develop solutions to address these barriers, and prioritize recommendations based on feasibility and potential impact. Alec was also able to estimate a solar energy cost curve for the city, which will help city planners devise cost effective solutions to achieve their solar energy development goals. Alec completed his Fellowship after recently finishing a bachelors in economics and environmental sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Boston where he researched the applicability of a solar rooftop on campus. For his senior capstone, he helped devise a hypothetical one hundred percent renewable energy portfolio for the small island nation of Mauritius. Alec was delighted to be able to use his research experience from the university to provide insight to how Cambridge can achieve its solar energy development goals.
Democratic Grant Making and Grassroots Trend Reports
New England Grassroots Environment Fund
Shannon worked with the New England Grassroots Environment Fund on grassroots trend reports and the Catalyst Conversation series. She interviewed, surveyed, and partnered with organizations in the region to identify barriers, trends, and opportunities within the Grassroots Fund's Energy & Climate and Food issue areas and created trend reports to help inform the work of grassroots groups, non-profit organizations, funders, and grantmakers. She also helped coordinate the participatory planning of a New Hampshire Catalyst Conversation event by bringing together stakeholders from across the state to design an accessible and informative event where grassroots organizers can co-create community solutions. Shannon completed her fellowship while finishing a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Spanish at Mount Holyoke College. She looks forward to incorporating the Grassroot Fund’s values-driven approach into her work in the environmental justice field.
Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Analysis
Town of Dedham, MA
Amber Vaillancourt worked with the Town of Dedham, MA to advance their climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts after completing her undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Planning and Community and International Development from the University of Vermont. Amber's work with the Town centered around the requirements set out by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, an international coalition of cities and towns working to cut Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and engage in resiliency planning. Amber started the process of creating a baseline community-wide GHG Inventory by acquiring stationary energy, waste/ wastewater, and transportation data and contributed to preliminary research on the Town's Climate Action Plan. Additionally, she engaged in research on identifying local and regional climate change vulnerabilities and hazards in support of the Town's involvement in Massachusetts' Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program. Amber got a chance to work beyond the GHG inventory by assisting Town staff and The Sustainability Advisory Committee on the development of an environmental checklist for new commercial construction. Dedham's sustainability efforts can serve as a model for similar towns in Metro Boston seeking to understand and address their contribution to climate change by using an approach scaled and tailored for their community. Amber hopes to build on her fellowship experience by pursuing a Master's in city planning focused on sustainability and equity.
Thomas W. Haas Fellow
NH Sustainable Food Access: Programming Outreach
The NH Food Bank
Kira worked with the New Hampshire Food Bank 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 utilized community engagement tools, organized and facilitated dialogue sessions, and determined limiting and driving factors to participation in the program, all with the goal of developing solutions to encourage program participation. Kira 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 also organized and helped facilitate workshops surrounding social justice issues on her campus and in the community of Keene, NH. 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.
Josephine A. Lamprey Fellow
NH Land Compatibility: renewable energy and farmland
NH Sustainable Energy Association
Tracey Wingate completed her fellowship with the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association after graduating from Skidmore College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Tracey’s work involved investigating key criteria used by solar developers to identify locations within New Hampshire that may be targeted for solar development. Using these criteria, Tracey created a model map of Durham, New Hampshire that highlights parcels ideal for solar development. This work is timely as many other New England states have experienced increasing solar development accompanied by land use conflicts as communities aim to produce more sustainable energy while maintaining open spaces, farms, and forests. With the expectation that this development will spread to New Hampshire, municipalities can use the model map of Durham to conduct an analysis of their landscapes, identify parcels that may be targeted for solar development, and plan accordingly. Through this fellowship, Tracey learned about the complexities of incorporating renewable energy projects within existing landscapes and electrical infrastructure.
Supporting Neighborhood Sustainability Engagement
City of Providence, RI
Micah Baclig worked with the city of Providence to support neighborhood sustainability efforts. His main task was to create a community guide for the Office of Sustainability based on feedback and interviews from both city and community stakeholders. This fellowship fit into the Office’s larger goal of weaving racial equity into its sustainability work. Micah also interfaced with the Healthy Communities office and Planning and Development on initiatives that helped make Providence neighborhoods more healthy and vibrant. Micah completed his fellowship while working towards his M.A. in Sustainable Design from Cornell University. The experience impressed in Micah the many challenges inherent in working in municipal government but also how important the work is in building more equitable and sustainable communities.
Supporting Climate Action with Data and Analysis
City of Northampton, MA
Marissa completed her fellowship while pursuing a Masters in Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting at Colorado State University. She worked with the City of Northampton to develop the first community-wide greenhouse gas inventory. As a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (previously called the Compact of Mayors), the city gained access to software programs to track their annual emissions. Marissa worked extensively with the ICLEI Global Protocol for Communities (GPC) and the C40 excel-based tool: City Inventory Reporting and Information System (CIRIS) over the summer. The results help to project future emissions and track the progress of emission reduction through new project implementations within their Climate Action Plan. This fellowship challenged Marissa to explore new avenues to collect data, and opened her perspectives to several sectors within the environmental field. From this, she gained exposure to some new avenues of interest to pursue in community outreach programs for sustainability. Before the fellowship, she worked at Denver International Airport as a Sustainability Intern and completed a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health.
Network Baseline Assessment and Community Sustainability Profiles
New England Municipal Sustainability Network
Derek worked with the New England Municipal Sustainability Network (NEMSN) developing both Community and Sustainability Profiles that serve as a baseline assessment for best practices within the network. Derek began his fellowship in the fall semester of his senior year at University of New Hampshire where he studied Environmental Resources and Economics, and completed his research following his graduation. Derek worked with City Sustainability Coordinators and Planners to develop profiles that would identify community characteristics, successful sustainability practices, and barriers that are commonly faced when implementing sustainable initiatives within communities. This research was an important first step in furthering connections between network members and informing research between UNHSI and NEMSN. Derek gained valuable experience working with a diverse group of communities and developed an understanding for the extensive work that is associated with implementing new policies and programs within local communities. He enjoyed collaborating with other fellows working with NEMSN as well as learning the different aspects of other projects. Derek looks forward to using the skills and experiences he has gained from this fellowship to help in future work within sustainability.
Updating and Expanding New England Climate Assessments
UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
Marina completed her fellowship during her final summer as a dual major in Economics and Sustainability (minor in Business Administration) at the University of New Hampshire. Her project involved creating code in R statistical software, which analyzes meteorological data and downscaled global climate model simulations, as well as documents past and potential future climate change. Marina’s work is the base of a continuing project, which will culminate in an updated UNHSI report. Her work is fundamental in the construction of the SI report, meant to inform key stakeholders of the impacts of past and potential future New England climate change. Although Marina does not see coding playing a significant role in her future career, she is excited to have learned a new and useful skill. Her experience working with an inspired and dedicated group at SI has solidified her aspirations in the sustainability field.
Community Carbon Footprint Analysis and Communication
Town of Amherst, MA
Taylor Briglio completed his fellowship while pursuing a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. Taylor worked for the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts to develop greenhouse gas emission inventories for FY 2011 and FY 2016. FY 2011 was selected as a baseline year for the town to track progress in subsequent inventories. The inventories inform the town’s Climate Action Plan and catalyze other sustainability initiatives within Amherst. Even though the project was only focused on GHG emissions, Taylor worked with Amherst’s Sustainability Coordinator and was exposed to other sustainability projects occurring in the town. This fellowship renewed Taylor’s passion for working in sustainability and finding ways to reduce energy usage, waste, and emissions. Before this fellowship, Taylor worked as an environmental compliance consultant and completed a B.S. Degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at UCLA.
Developing a Campus Green Office Program
UNH Sustainability Institute
As the Sustainability Rich Media Fellow, Whitman Constantineau worked with the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute to create a staff and faculty sustainability professional development program. This had previously been a difficult undertaking at the university; however, through collaborative efforts with many UNH departments and offices, Whitman developed a Green Office Program for all university employees. The program seeks to provide achievable metrics by which employees can contribute to growing the sustainable learning community at the university. Creating a university-wide program is no small task, and gave Whitman the opportunity to find the value in cooperation with various constituents around the university. Whitman completed his fellowship during his final summer as an undergraduate student at UNH, pursuing a degree in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability with a specialization in Sustainable Natural Resources and Environmental Management and Policy. Following his fellowship, he continued his work with the Sustainability Institute, helping to develop a greater culture of sustainability at the university and beyond.
Community Carbon Footprint Analysis and Communication
City of Somerville, MA
As the Community Carbon Footprint Analysis and Communications Fellow for the Office of Sustainability and Environment, Lauren contributed to the City of Somerville’s climate change planning process through monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and progress toward the City’s ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Greenhouse gas inventories are complex and multifaceted, and the experience of assembling all the pieces with the help of many different people and resources has broadened Lauren’s perspective immensely, reiterating the importance of public data stewardship for accountable environmental monitoring. While data analysis was a major component of her project, Lauren discovered that the communications aspect of her role was even more rewarding. This insight prompted her to commit to a new role as Editor-in-Chief of Paperbark Magazine, a nascent environmental humanities publication out of the University of Massachusetts. Lauren completed her fellowship while pursuing a Masters in Sustainability Science and Regional Planning at UMass.
Mitigating Vulnerabilities in an Inland Community's Stormwater Infrastructure
Town of Amherst, MA
Noah Goldstein worked with the Department of Public Works in Amherst, MA on mitigating vulnerabilities to the town’s stormwater infrastructure. Noah completed his fellowship during the final summer of his Bachelor’s program in Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Noah’s project involved updating and remapping the Amherst storm drainage system to enable any potential contaminants to be traced back to their discharge points and eliminated at the source, thus bringing the town into compliance with EPA stormwater regulations, and protecting the surface and groundwater of the region. Noah hopes to build upon this experience by working on solutions to other wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water issues, hazardous waste and pollution problems, and greener energy alternatives. Noah learned a great deal during his fellowship, most notably through the incredible people he met, whose stories and conversations will remain with him. He’s grateful to have been part of a cohort of amazingly intelligent big-hearted fellows, and looks forward to watching them continue to bring positive change to the world.
A Renewable Thermal Roadmap for Residential Buildings
City of Cambridge, MA
Adam Hasz worked with the City of Cambridge to create a roadmap for renewable thermal technologies in residential buildings. Adam completed his fellowship while pursuing a Masters in City Planning at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, focusing on policies that promote renewable energy while building community wealth. In his summer project, Adam focused on what renewable technologies can be used to replace fossil fuel heating and cooling within Cambridge. This is important because Cambridge has committed to achieve net zero emissions from buildings by 2040, but 56% of its current building energy usage comes from fossil fuel heating systems. Adam’s work will provide Cambridge with an overall catalogue of residential building types and pathways to implement renewable thermal replacement systems. It will also provide the basis of an application to the new HeatSmart Mass program, a solarize-style program for municipalities to encourage mass adoption of heat pumps. From this summer fellowship, Adam learned that small progressive cities can catalyze larger-scale change at the regional and state levels. In the future, Adam hopes to help scale the important net zero work happening in Cambridge though work that advances new state and federal energy policies.
Analyzing Energy Storage Strategies at UNH
UNH Energy & Utilities
Jacky Kinson, a native of Franklin, Massachusetts, completed her fellowship while finishing her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering (B.S.) with a concentration in energy at the University of New Hampshire. She worked with the UNH Energy Office on the UNH Energy Strategies project. She conducted a feasibility analysis of energy storage technologies on the Durham campus to reduce energy costs, increase campus resiliency, and decrease Scope 2 emissions. Energy storage can ensure students have a comfortable living, learning, and research environment and provide renewable energy opportunities for the future. Jacky hopes to bring the enthusiasm, passion, and tenacity she experienced at the UNH Sustainability Institute to her future work with energy storage projects.
Supporting Climate Action with Data and Analysis
Town of Dedham, MA
Brittany is a Virginia native and recent graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a degree in Global Environments & Sustainability. Through the UNHSI 2017 Sustainability Fellowship she contributed to the climate action planning process for the town of Dedham, Massachusetts by updating the municipal energy inventory and creating the platform for a future Climate Action Plan for the town. Through pushing for participation in the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city officials for collective climate action, Brittany set the stage for future progress in emissions reductions. This work gave her a deeper understanding of the complexities of working both at the municipal government level and with large and complex data sets. But the challenge only reaffirmed her dedication to pursuing a more sustainable future. Brittany learned a great deal from the other fellows in her cohort and looks forward to further collaboration with them as they branch off into their respective fields.
- Dedham Farmers Market Poster
- Dedham Climate Goals Poster
- Dedham GHG Inventory Presentation
- Dedham Times Article
Establishing a Community Supported Fishery at NH Farmers Markets
NH Community Seafood
Brendan Landry completed his fellowship after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a health management and policy degree. It was here that he discovered his keen interest in food policy and food systems. In his fellowship, he worked with New Hampshire Community Seafood to develop a presence in farmers markets across New Hampshire, while also expanding their community supported fishery. This work addressed a few critical problems such as the disconnection of communities with their local seafood, lack of support for the seacoast fishing industry, and misinformation regarding the sustainability of the ocean and marine economy. This experience showed Brendan the importance of local communities in supporting marine economies, as well as the challenges associated with driving change through grass-roots efforts. This fellowship has opened up his eyes to his true passion for the fisheries, where he hopes to continue his work for years to come.
Addressing the Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change in NH
Samantha Lewandowski worked with mentor Dan Quinlan, founder of SolaVida, on a project examining the mental health impacts of climate change. She completed her fellowship while wrapping up her MS in Community Development & Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. The goal of her project was to summarize existing research on the mental health impacts of climate change and figure out how to effectively communicate this content to key audiences. Samantha realized that in order to effectively communicate, she would need to embrace the art and power of storytelling. She learned that telling the right story is an integral component of gaining trust, fostering connection, and ultimately, promoting awareness and motivating action. She also saw that connecting with a variety of community members and experts greatly enhanced her ability to create the right story for her audiences. Overall, this work reaffirmed her commitment to grounding activism in community and also gave her additional ideas on how to do this.
Planning for Campus and Community Climate Resilience
UNH Sustainability Institute
Matt graduated in the spring of 2017 from the University of New Hampshire with a dual B.A. degree in Environmental & Resource Economics and Sustainability along with a minor in Green Real Estate. As a Campus and Community Climate Resilience Fellow, he worked on meeting the resilience requirements for Second Nature’s Climate Commitment. Resilience planning is important, as it allows the University to prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change. Matt’s work is a resource to the broader higher education community for climate resilience planning. Matt learned to appreciate the power and momentum generated from working as part of a fast pace and dynamic team. He hopes to use this experience to continue working in higher education on a range of sustainability related projects. Matt found the experience of working with the other fellows to be extremely valuable and is excited to keep these connections strong in the future.
Josephine A. Lamprey Fellow
Integrated Solutions Case Studies: Community Choice Energy Aggregation
New England Municipal Sustainability Network
Gabrielle spent the summer of 2017 working with Climate Solutions New England (CSNE) to evaluate integrated solutions to climate change, helping inform decisions made by members of the New England Municipal Sustainability Network. She was the lead author of a report on green Community Choice Aggregation in Massachusetts, and also conducted research on the expansion of cold climate air source heat pumps in New England. These topics confronted two fundamental goals for our energy future: renewable sources and reduced consumption. Gabrielle plans to pursue these goals in her career, applying the analytical skills she developed in this position to advance progressive energy policy at the municipal or state level. Prior to the fellowship, Gabrielle received her Bachelor's degree from Syracuse University, where she studied international relations, public relations, and policy.
Planning for Campus and Community Climate Resilience
UNH Sustainability Institute
Laurel worked at the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute as a Campus and Community Climate Resilience fellow after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ithaca College in 2017. The purpose of her project was to develop a framework for a campus and community climate resilience plan, and then complete the first steps of this framework. This work was in response to a commitment UNH signed in 2007 to be a leader in climate change and sustainability, and contributed to an ongoing effort around resilience planning at UNH. Laurel hopes the framework she developed will serve as a model for other colleges and universities. By working on this project, Laurel strengthened her systems thinking abilities and learned the value of fostering relationships with stakeholders when working towards climate-related goals. She hopes to combine her psychology background and the skills she learned during her fellowship to encourage sustainable practices in the future.
Roadmap for Collective Impact on Climate Change for New England Communities
New England Municipal Sustainability Network
Jackson Massey holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and completed his fellowship while pursuing an M.S. in Climate Science and Solutions from Northern Arizona University. As the New England Municipal Sustainability Network (NEMSN) Roadmap Fellow, Jackson developed a new mission and framework to maximize the benefits of the new UNSHI/NEMSN partnership. By researching existing sustainability frameworks and interviewing NEMSN members, Jackson developed a series of recommendations to guide members towards Compact of Mayors compliance. The outcome provides NEMSN members with a clear path and support structure to aid in the implementation of local sustainability initiatives. Furthermore, the Roadmap allows NEMSN to quantify their collective contributions toward sustainability. Jackson’s fellowship experience piqued his interest in a career in municipal sustainability work.
Developing a "Handprinting" Pilot Program
Philipp completed his fellowship while pursuing a Masters in Sustainability at the Harvard Extension School in Cambridge, MA. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics and has spent the last twelve years working in management consulting and technology research. During the UNH fellowship, Philipp worked with Handprinter.org, a startup that promotes pro-environmental behavior through the power of interpersonal relationships. He supported the advance of the web platform and the underlying impact modeling. He was responsible for developing outreach material for clients and investors and for onboarding one of the Handprinter clients. This fellowship confirmed Philipp’s interest in understanding behavior change as a key success factor in the path towards a more sustainable society!
Planning to Achieve a Zero Waste Campus
UNH Sustainability Institute
Leah served as the Zero-Waste Planning Fellow at the UNH Sustainability Institute. In this position, Leah researched past and present zero-waste initiatives at both UNH and other institutions in an attempt to develop a comprehensive action plan to direct UNH’s waste-reduction strategies. Though lacking an explicit zero-waste goal, UNH generally hopes to reduce its waste “footprint” and thus its impact on climate change, resource use, and pollution. Leah holds a BA in environmental policy from Colby College, and completed her fellowship while pursuing a master's degree in agriculture, food, and the environment from Tufts University. Her experience at UNH provided her with valuable insight into the challenges of working in institutional settings, and has also reinforced her desire to pursue this type of meaningful sustainability work in the food and agriculture industries.
Josephine A. Lamprey Fellow
Integrated Solutions Case Studies: Low-Carbon Heating and Cooling
New England Municipal Sustainability Network
Indy completed her fellowship just after graduating from Swarthmore College, where she created a special major in Environmental Anthropology and minored in Biology. Indy was an Integrated Climate Solutions Fellow through a partnership between Climate Solutions New England, CSNE, and the New England Municipal Sustainability Network, NEMSN. The purpose of the project was to increase the impact of the NEMS Network to help its municipalities achieve the deep decarbonization necessary for the world's future. She interviewed relevant stakeholders to learn more about the potential for Community Choice Aggregation and Air Source Heat Pump outreach campaigns, as examples of innovative climate mitigation strategies in New England. Through her experience meeting with hard working and inspiring community leaders, Indy grew more interested in local government policy.
Mapping Climate-Driven Sea-level and Groundwater Rise in the NH Seacoast
UNH Center for Infrastructure Resilience to Climate
As the Groundwater Impacts Fellow, Deirdre explored climate-driven sea-level and groundwater rise using GIS inundation modeling. Her study of New Hampshire’s Seacoast region involved addressing the effects of sea-level and groundwater rise on coastal estuaries and wetlands, focusing on vegetation, fisheries, and ecosystem services. Her work with the UNH Center for Infrastructure Resilience to Climate will allow her to apply an expanded knowledge of GIS and hydrological systems to agricultural applications in her future research. She completed her fellowship while pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Agriculture, Food, Environment at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, with a focus in regional agricultural systems and agricultural economics.
Thomas W. Haas Fellow
Market and Resource Development for NH Farm and Food Businesses
NH Food Alliance
Renee Smith worked with the New Hampshire Food Alliance (NHFA) as a fellow for the Market Development Action Team while completing her Master’s in Food and Agricultural Law and Policy at Vermont Law School. Renee is interested in local food policy, food justice, and community engagement. Her project work consisted of identifying service providers along the spectrum of a food business and identifying where gaps may exist, and how those gaps may be filled. She also researched sustainable funding mechanisms for technical and financial assistance opportunities to offer as tools to help businesses. The research Renee conducted contributes to the larger goals of NHFA to assist farmers and food entrepreneurs in the state to build viable, successful businesses by providing tools and resources to support their growth. This work provided a new perspective for Renee to consider the importance of economic opportunities and support for farmers that can impact a greater food and agriculture system. She plans to continue to explore different aspects of food systems and use her knowledge to support all stakeholders that make a system sustainable and viable.
A New Approach to Promotion of Residential Energy Efficiency Programs
City of Northampton, MA
Evie Song holds a B.E. in Landscape Architecture, and completed her fellowship while pursuing a Masters in Engineering Management at Dartmouth College. She applied her experience in green buildings and data management to her work at the Energy Office of Northampton as an energy analysis fellow. While Evie was a fellow, The City of Northampton was working on market outreach to increase the number of homes that supplement or replace less-efficient heating systems with air source heat pumps (ASHP). Evie helped them to explore whether using public data to micro-target homeowners and provide them with improved support might increase the rate of success and the depth of energy improvements. The purpose of this data-intensive project was to move Northampton toward more sustainable use of energy and significantly reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions. With the increased social responsibilities, this experience opens up a new field for Evie to contribute to the community with her professional skills.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
The Fellows Program was developed and operated by Clean Air Cool Planet (CACP) through 2013. We're working on adding the CACP Climate Fellows to this page - please stay tuned...