Introducing You to the 2018-2019 EcoFellows!

Five new EcoFellows have recently joined our team here at the Center for EcoTechnology! From touring Smith College and learning about their campus wide green efforts, to visiting the EcoBuilding Bargains store, to viewing CET on the live television show Mass Appeal, these past few weeks have been a whirlwind of learning, engagement, and fun. We are so excited for all the opportunities and projects to come, and want to introduce you to each of the EcoFellows so that you can learn a bit more about each of us!

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Goodbye to the EcoFellowship Class of 2018

The EcoFellowship Program has proven to be tremendously effective in building understanding and promoting action at the grassroots level. Each year CET recruits and trains recent college graduates from across the country, preparing them to take on today and tomorrow’s most pressing environmental challenges.

This time of year is always bittersweet. While we are so encouraged by the profound impact of these five individuals, it is always hard to say goodbye. Here are just some of the things they did in the past 11 months:

  • Avery Cross updated the food waste estimation guide published on the RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts website. This is a valuable tool used across the country.
  • Willow Cohn managed the EcoBuilding Bargains Bash – making it our most successful yet! Willow unfortunately had to miss the graduation as she’s already begun her next chapter as a Sustainability Analyst at Bell’s Brewery in Michigan.
  • Jorge Guarin began developing an educational series for businesses on a variety of topics, collaborating with 1Berkshire, the official Berkshire County Regional Economic Development Organization and Regional Tourism Council.
  • Shelby Kuenzli created multiple videos about CET’s impact for Earth Month, expanding the way we communicate about our valuable work.
  • Morgan O’Connor worked on developing powerful tools for Solar Access, a new program for middle-income homeowners.
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The EcoFellow Experience: Jorge Guarin

Hola! My name is Jorge Guarin, and I am an EcoFellow at the Center for EcoTechnology. Most of my time at CET has been focused on community outreach and education; however, I have had the chance to be involved in a variety of projects. I graduated from The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science (SUNY-ESF) and Forestry in May 2017. I majored in Sustainable Energy Management and during my time at SUNY-ESF I acquired some experience in materials management; hence, CET was a perfect fit to put my education into action.

 

 

 

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The EcoFellow Experience: Willow Cohn

Hello! My name is Willow Cohn, and I am an EcoFellow at the Center for EcoTechnology. My primary role at CET focuses on Community Outreach and Education. In addition, I have had the opportunity to cross-train in many areas at CET including high performance building, food waste reduction, building science, and marketing.

I am a 2016 graduate of Siena Heights University, where I majored in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. At Siena Heights I studied the science of the natural world and the connections that humans have to the environment. I have work experience in various sectors of the environmental field. I worked for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, The McDowell Environmental Center, and the Alaska Center for the Environment. I am passionate about the environmental field because I believe it holds a critical connection with many other fields and all aspects of life. As an environmentalist, my goal is to reduce human impact on the environment while being socially, culturally and ecologically just. I was attracted to CET because I felt my goals blended well with CET’s mission to promote technologies that have the least disruptive impact on the natural ecology of the Earth. I strongly believe in this mission and wanted to be part of an organization that was a pioneer in making instrumental change in the environment.

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The EcoFellow Experience: Avery Cross

Hello! My name is Avery Cross, and I am an EcoFellow at the Center for EcoTechnology. Working primarily in Program Operations, my main role is to assist the waste-reduction and energy-efficiency programs that CET offers.  In addition, the EcoFellowship allows me to help with community outreach and education, marketing projects, and innovative projects throughout the organization.

I graduated from Bard College last spring with a degree in Environmental and Urban Studies. I appreciated my program’s interdisciplinary approach to understanding the environment and I was immediately drawn to CET’s similar approach to working toward sustainability, always considering the social, scientific, and economic dimensions of environmental issues and their solutions. Previously, I worked for the sustainability office at my college, and I have worked on three farms and a variety of gardening sites (both in the fields and doing educational, outreach work). It is important for me for me to know that my work benefits both the earth and the people living on it. The EcoFellowship has allowed me to pursue this goal and this has been both personally and professionally meaningful.

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