EcoFellowship Program


From left to right: Morgan Laner, Jonathan Ruiz, Olivia Horwitz, Natasha Nurjadin, Becky Kalish

The EcoFellowship Program is a one-year paid fellowship position to work with CET staff and other EcoFellows to carry out a range of activities related to climate action initiatives and educational programming in western Massachusetts.

EcoFellows 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 composting. Fellows are based in CET’s Northampton location and serve communities in the region.


We begin accepting applications for the 2019-2020 EcoFellowship on January 1, 2019


Learn about our 2018 – 2019 EcoFellows!

 

Morgan Laner

Morgan is a graduate of Rollins College, where she majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Sociology. She spent two years working for the Rollins College Sustainability Program, and was president of EcoRollins, the largest environmental student program at Rollins. Morgan has also interned at the Post-Landfill Action Network, City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality, and LORD Green Real Estate Strategies.

EcoFellowship Focus Area: Program Operations

What Morgan has been working on: “Since starting my EcoFellowship, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of waste reduction related programs. Some of my favorite projects so far have been developing an interactive map for food waste diversion opportunities in Connecticut and Rhode Island, conducting outreach on hazardous waste and mercury proper disposal techniques, and creating a middle and high school extension for one of the GREEN TEAM lesson plans. I’ve also enjoyed trainings on Photoshop and InDesign and getting the opportunity to use that knowledge towards my passion for recycling and composting programs!”

 

Olivia Horwitz

Olivia is a graduate of Bard College, where she majored in Environmental and Urban Studies. In her time at Bard, Olivia created sustainability kits for freshmen to promote environmental habits on campus, and was a campus waste reduction intern. Olivia also conducted research on sustainable greenhouses in the Peruvian Andes with the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development.

EcoFellowship Focus Area: Communications and Community Outreach/Education

What Olivia has been working on: “Currently I am working on the EcoFellowship recruitment video, re-designing an informative compost brochure on InDesign, and creating and editing other videos on Final Cut Pro. These past few months I have been to wonderful outreach events where I have presented with Jonathan, the other outreach fellow, on green careers and majors for high school students. In October, I worked on the social media and advertising of the EcoBuilding Bargain’s only sale of 2018. I also spend two days a week at EcoBuilding Bargains, to learn about sustainable interior design and gain a better understanding of building materials, merchandising, and customer service. Throughout the past few months, I have been able to network with fellow alumni and co-workers and meet so many people at outreach events and professional development days.”

 

Becky Kalish

Becky is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she majored in Environmental Studies and Viola Performance. Becky was a member of the Oberlin College Green EDGE Fund, a student-run board that manages a set of accounts designated for loan and grant allocation. Becky was also an Environment Program Intern at PCI Media, an organization that inspires and empowers communities worldwide to take action on social justice, health, and the environment.

EcoFellowship Focus Area: Communications

What Becky has been working on: “In my first few months as an EcoFellow, I have had the opportunity to work on a number of marketing projects promoting the multitude of programs that go on here at CET. I have enjoyed learning skills in InDesign and creating written case studies on two recent Solar Hot Water programs using my InDesign skills. Last month I planned and oversaw the implementation of a social media fundraising campaign for Giving Tuesday, which gave me a lot of insight into how fundraising in the nonprofit world works. I have also really enjoyed promoting our programs and connecting with the community through outreach events ranging everywhere from the Berkshires to the EcoBuilding Bargains used building material store out in Springfield, MA!”

 

Jonathan Ruiz

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he majored in Environmental Science with a concentration in Urban Planning. Jonathan was the Project Manager for his research team, called Sustainability Without Borders, which helped build prototypes for various aquaponics, electrical turbines, and biosand filters. Jonathan also conducted research at Michigan to help reduce printing paper waste.

EcoFellowship Focus Area: Community Outreach and Education

What Jonathan has been working on: “Recently I gave a weatherization presentation to new homeowners at our EcoBuilding Bargains store. I talked about ways people can reduce their energy and save money. I’ve spent a lot of time working on our Solar Access program, and currently I am planning a date to do a webinar and a lunch-and-learn about it!”

 

Natasha Nurjadin

Natasha is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she double majored in Earth & Environmental Sciences and History. Natasha was a Sustainability Coordinator for three years at Wesleyan, working primarily on energy efficiency efforts. Natasha also conducted research on cultural eutrophication on a lake in Connecticut, noting how humans have effected the lake’s environment. Natasha was also an intern at WeatherBug Home, working on a team focused on residential energy efficiency.

EcoFellowship Focus Area: Building Science

What Natasha has been working on: “Recently I’ve been working on outreach for Solar Access, a new pilot program that helps low to middle income homeowners access renewable energy and new heating and cooling technologies. I’ve been talking to cities and towns all over Massachusetts, speaking at energy commissions, sending out mailers to 6,000 households, and planning town presentations. I’m also part of the energy team, helping administer and run home energy assessment programs through scheduling and other tasks. I’m working on data analysis projects for home energy assessments to better understand CET’s involvement in the specific energy efficiency programs. As a Building Science fellow, I’ve had the opportunity to shadow home energy assessments and inspections, noting where energy efficiency improvements can be made in both newly constructed and already built homes.”

 

 

The EcoFellowship Program is supported by:

 

 

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