The EcoFellow Experience: Morgan O’Connor

EcoFellow Morgan O'Connor

Hello! My name is Morgan O’Connor, and I am an EcoFellow at the Center for EcoTechnology. My role at CET is focused on communications and building science, but at CET you’re sure to have the opportunity to try everything!

I am a 2017 graduate of UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College where I majored in Natural Resources Conservation. At UMass I studied environmental issues broadly, focusing on how biological sciences, conservation efforts, and people intersect. I have worked in various positions from environmental educator to seabird biological field technician; however the EcoFellowship has allowed me to experience practical environmental efforts with a visible impact. I have always known that I wanted my job to be more than just a job, and working for people and the environment keeps me motivated to do my best.

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Calling all EcoFellows!

ecofellow applicationBy Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

CET will begin recruitment for our next cohort of EcoFellows on January 1, 2018!

We are seeking five energetic, passionate college graduates to join our professional staff to help people and businesses conserve energy and reduce waste. The EcoFellowship is an 11-month paid fellowship program that gives emerging environmental professionals the opportunity to support CET’s initiatives to assist residents, students, institutions and businesses across the region in energy efficiency, green building, renewable energy, and waste reduction.

The EcoFellowship offers a two-week training and orientation about our organization and the programs we run. During this orientation, the EcoFellows also take part in professional development activities that explore environmental topics that will benefit the EcoFellows and reinforce the work that they will be helping with. Throughout the EcoFellowship, the fellows are offered in-depth career development and support from supervisors and mentors. The EcoFellows are based out of CET’s Northampton office, with travel expected between CET locations and into local communities.

At CET we make green make sense. As an EcoFellow, you help us create measureable impact. EcoFellows work cross-organizationally, and are also given specific areas of focus:

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EcoFellows Graduate from C2C Program at Bard College

By Shelby Kuenzli, Digital Marketing EcoFellow

This past week, four of the EcoFellows participated in the Bard College C2C Fellows Network program. This is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring for leadership positions in sustainable policy, politics and business. This two-and-a-half-day conference provided a great opportunity for us to learn about potential sustainability career paths we can take as well as network with other young environmental professionals.

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Celebrate #GivingTuesday with CET

By Morgan O’Connor, Marketing & High Performance Building Fellow

Tomorrow, November 28, join the worldwide movement and give back to your community by participating in Giving Tuesday! This international celebration of giving has already raised $177,000,000 across 98 different countries, and the day has not even arrived yet! Tomorrow as people come together to give what they can to influential charities and organizations, we hope that you keep in mind the Center for EcoTechnology, and the work we do in your communities.

One of the best ways to get involved is at the local level. Here at the Center for EcoTechnology, we help our community make green make sense! Last year our outreach and education team connected with over 3,400 people around western Massachusetts. We traveled to 119 events, reaching from the Berkshires to Boston, helping people to save money and find even more ways to be environmentally conscious. We love the work that we do, but as a non-profit we need help doing it.

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ABX & Greenbuild Together in Boston

By Jorge Guarin, Outreach and Education EcoFellow

This November, several CET employees had the exciting opportunity to be a part of the ABX & Greenbuild Expo and Conference in Boston. It was the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, and an amazing occasion to learn from innovative organizations, create partnerships, and increase CET’s impact. Most of CET’s participation took place at the expo hall, where our team members Morgan, Peggy, Allison, Amy, and Paulina connected with hundreds of professionals during the 3-day expo. However, CET’s involvement could not be complete without attending the educational sessions and supporting sustainability efforts.

Graphic for ABX GreenBuild

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