Hello! My name is Jonathan Ruiz and I am an EcoFellow at the Center for EcoTechnology. I graduated last April from the University of Michigan with a degree in Environmental Science. My desire to work in the environment started when I took an Environmental Sustainability class in high school. From then on I wanted to learn everything I could about environmental practices. My senior year of college I went back and forth on how I could make an impact, but also find a career I would enjoy being a part of. Upon finding the EcoFellowship, I knew I had to apply since it was everything I was looking for. Over the course of the last five months I have developed a plethora of professional skills: project management, direct installations, and outreach and education development. In the coming months, I hope to find more ways I can make an impact in the natural and built environment. The skills I have attained so far, through the EcoFellowship, have helped me progress not only as a professional, but as an individual.
My role as an EcoFellow
As the Outreach and Education EcoFellow one of my roles is providing information across Western Massachusetts about CET’s programs. This consists of tabling at farmers markets, organizing webinars and lunch & learns, and speaking at schools in the area. Each week is different and events change month to month, which makes my role at CET engaging and stimulating. The demographics of the audience I do outreach for ranges. I have presented to 3rd graders all the way up to senior citizens, which has been very important in helping all types of people become environmentally conscious. I would say that my main focus and goal as the Outreach and Education EcoFellow is to spread the word about how there are always opportunities for waste reduction and energy efficiency in our lives. We do outreach for existing partners, but I am always looking for new opportunities in the area to effectively communicate how CET can help. I spend a large portion of my time in the office and that time is reserved for planning presentations, keeping in contact with business leads, and professional development.