The EcoFellowship Program is a one-year paid fellowship position to work with CET staff and other EcoFellows to carry out community outreach, school education, and other activities related to climate action initiatives and educational programming in western Massachusetts.
Activities support CET’s initiatives to assist residents, students, institutions and businesses across the region in ongoing programs in energy efficiency, home energy services, renewable energy, and waste reduction through recycling, reuse and home composting. Fellows are based in one of CET’s locations: Pittsfield, Northampton, or Springfield, where they will serve communities in the region.
Meet the 2016 – 2017 EcoFellows
Alexandra Vining (Outreach and Education EcoFellow) is a graduate of St. Lawrence University. She was a combined Environmental Studies and Psychology major and a minor in Sociology. She worked at the University’s Center for Civic Engagement as a Community Outreach Specialist, coordinating events to raise funding for families in the local community and also worked for them as a Community Mentor. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant in the psychology department at the University and has volunteered at the campus Environmental Action Organization in waste reduction initiatives.
Aliza Heeren (Marketing and Green Homes EcoFellow) is a graduate of Brandeis University where she majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Social Justice and Social Policy. She worked in a variety of capacities at the University, as a Teaching Assistant for an Environmental Challenges course and for the Office of Sociology. Aliza volunteered at Watch CDC as a housing advocate and was a Teen Safe Program Intern for Jewish Family and Children Services. She worked as a Research Assistant at the Schuster Institute of Investigative Journalism and served as President of the Brandeis Jewish Reconstructionist Organization.
Chiara Favaloro (Marketing EcoFellow) is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a degree in Anthropology/Sociology and minors in Dance and European Studies. She recently interned in public relations for LFB Media Group in New York City. Before that, she assisted the Guidance Department at Princeton HS and a creative writing course for middle school students at a Princeton summer school. Chiara developed marketing expertise working for Pura Vida Bracelets, a retailer selling bracelets hand-crafted in Costa Rica, with proceeds going back to the artisans.
Katie Costantini (Outreach and Education EcoFellow) is a graduate of Williams College where she majored in Psychology with a concentration in Environmental Studies. Katie was involved in a group project to create a grant for a rooftop greenhouse and a farm-to-school program in North Adams. She has interned at Sustainable Ballard, a neighborhood sustainability non-profit. She also studied abroad in Australia, including work on a project to improve social resilience in response to climate change as well as other grassroots conservation and scientific academic activism activities.
Matt Brodeur (Green Business Services EcoFellow) is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Political Science and minors in Spanish and History. He also earned certificates in Environmental Policy and International Relations. While at UMass, Matt worked as a Student Sustainability Coordinator for UMass Dining Services and served on the sustainability steering committee. He has a strong interest in food systems issues, having interned for the Kendall Foundation to raise visibility for food system grantees and for Boston Public Market supporting program development and a proposal on food waste disposal.
The EcoFellowship Program is supported by: