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EcoFellows, Jorge and Morgan, happy to be in NYC!

EcoFellows, Jorge and Morgan, happy to be in NYC!

By Morgan O’Connor, Market & High Performance Building EcoFellow

Last month the Center for EcoTechnology sponsored Willow, Jorge, and I as EcoFellows to attend the International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) in New York City. The conference was an eye-opening experience as we were exposed to new applications for sustainable development practices from around the world.

The ICSD was started in 2013 in Dakar, Senegal, in hopes of creating solutions to the complicated problems standing in the way of developing sustainable communities. Realizing that there was need for a larger conversation, the conference grew to international levels, partnering with the Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Now the conference runs annually, hosted by the Earth Institute of Columbia University.

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A Warm Welcome to the 2018 EcoFellows!

By: Shelby Kuenzli, Marketing EcoFellow

 

We are busy getting settled in at the Center for EcoTechnology and we can’t wait to work with the community and surrounding areas! These next few months are going to be a whirlwind of opportunity and learning and we want you to get to know us a little better.

 

 

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Goodbye to the EcoFellowship Class of 2017

The Center for EcoTechnology does incredible things every day to help people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. We help businesses and institutions implement programs to divert wasted food, we work with contractors to build homes to exceptional efficiency standards. We work with farmers to help them get funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The list goes on. But a very special part of what we do is the EcoFellowship program.

Without a doubt, mentoring these five future environmental leaders is the best part of my job. When you work in the environmental field, every day is full of challenges, but also possibility. The EcoFellows come to us right out of college full of optimism and tenacity to turn that possibility into reality.

Here are some of the things they did in the past 11 months:

  • Alexandra “Lexie” Vining expanded our work in community outreach by working with our partner Mass Energy to begin a local canvassing program for New England Green Start.
  • Katie Costantini helped align our work with THE GREEN TEAM to public school curriculums.
  • Matt Brodeur executed user-testing for the RecyclingWorks MA website leading to a more powerful tool for businesses and institutions.
  • Aliza created the first video case study for our High-Performance Building work.
  • Chiara Favaloro assisted with a press conference for the Mass Farm Energy Program which brought together stakeholders from across the state.
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Happy Earth Month!

By Lexie Vining, Community Outreach and Education Fellow

Have you been wondering what events to attend to celebrate Earth Month? Well, wonder no more! CET’s Outreach Team will be attending these great events below! Don’t forget to stop by to be a human generator as we make electricity, or come say hello to our composting worms. Also, feel free to grab information on how to go green with a no-cost home energy assessment or start investing in local, renewable energy. Every sustainable action counts!

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EcoFellow Alumni Spotlight

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

We recently traveled to Boston to catch up with the 2015-2016 Outreach and Education Fellows, Claire Cuozzo and Diana Vasquez. Since graduating from the EcoFellowship last May, Claire has moved on to a position as a Marketing Project Manager at CLEAResult, while Diana is working as the Development and Events Coordinator at The Social Innovation Forum. CLEAResult is a national organization focused on large scale energy efficiency, while The Social Innovation Forum works to connect local innovators with support and resources to increase their impact ans social change.  Both Claire and Diana are excited to be continuing to make positive environmental and social impact in their new positions and are grateful for the start they received from the EcoFellowship and CET.

Learn more about what Claire and Diana are doing now, and how their experience with the EcoFellowship prepared them for their current positions:

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