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.

Each EcoFellow brought something unique and amazing to the Center for EcoTechnology, and leaves behind a legacy for the new fellows to fill.

We celebrated their accomplishments with a graduation at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment earlier this month. With beautiful views of the mountains surrounding us we heard from Heather Merhi ’14, who discussed how the Center for EcoTechnology helped her become a contractor for Next Grid Markets, where she works on monetizing and trading energy credits. Hearing from an alumna who is making measurable impact in the environmental field really connected the work the fellows are doing to their futures after the EcoFellowship.

While it is hard to say goodbye, we are excited to see where they go. We know that they will continue to make us proud, and to make green make sense.

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