EcoFellowship Program


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.

 

Meet the 2017 – 2018 EcoFellows

Avery Cross – Program Operations Focus

Avery is a graduate of Bard College where she majored in Environmental and Urban Studies major. Prior to the fellowship, Avery worked at Bard College’s Office of Sustainability, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Naumkeag, and McEnroe Organic Farm.

 

EcoFellowship Focus Areas & Projects:

“One of my favorite events has been The Central Mass Renewable Energy Summit at the Dismas Family Farm. We learned about state-wide sustainability initiatives from industry experts and government officials, promoted our Farm Energy programs, and got to go on an awesome farm tour! It is great to be on the movement to push Massachusetts to be a leader in the renewable energy world.”

Morgan O’Connor – Communications & Building Science Focus

Morgan is a graduate of UMass Amherst where she majored in Natural Resources Conservation. Prior to the fellowship, Morgan worked at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and Maine Coastal Islands National Refuge.

 

 

EcoFellowship Focus Areas & Projects:

“I have enjoyed the professional developments of touring multiple Living Buildings in Western Mass. The Living Building Challenge is considered to be one of the most rigorous sustainable design certifications to meet, and we are in such a unique position to have so many projects nearby that we can learn from. We are offered a variety of opportunities for professional development, some are planned for all fellows to attend, but we are also encouraged to seek out our own opportunities. I took the opportunity to shadow a podcast producer to better my communication skills and see the technology used to produce a podcast!”

Shelby Kuenzli – Communications Focus

Shelby is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison where double majored in Life Sciences Communication and Zoology. Prior to the fellowship, Shelby worked at the UW E-Business Consortium and the Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology.

 

EcoFellowship Focus Areas & Projects:

“The fellowship has given me the opportunity to work on my technical skills as well as learn from industry and government experts. I have developed my fundraising skills through writing grants and meeting with different financial partners to secure funding. I have also run social media campaigns such as our Giving Tuesday campaign. Learning from my mentors and from professionals in the field has taught me valuable skills I will use no matter where I work after the Fellowship!”

Jorge Guarin – Community Outreach & Education Focus

Jorge is a graduate of State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he majored in Sustainable Energy Management. Prior to the fellowship, Jorge served as Vice President of SUNY-ESF’s Sustainable Energy Club and was on the campus Renewing the Energy Vision Challenge Team.

 

EcoFellowship Focus Areas & Projects:

“I loved attending the GreenBuild Expo and Conferece in Boston. Having the opportunity to learn from experts about the best practices in green building is something I will definitely use in my career moving forward.”

Willow Cohn – Community Outreach & Education Focus

Willow is a graduate of Siena Heights University where she majored in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. Prior to the fellowship, Willow worked at the McDowell Environmental Center, the Alaska Center for the Environment, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

 

 

EcoFellowship Focus Areas & Projects:

“I have majorly benefited  from the career development workshops, shadowing, and mentoring.  The EcoFellowship and the different environmental leadership conferences we have attended has helped me to gain a better sense of my strengths and goals. I will graduate the program with a better focus of what exactly I want to pursue moving forward in my career.

 

The EcoFellowship Program is supported by:

 

 

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