David Hecker and Kaitlin Martin, Resource Conservation majors, and Amelia Liberatore, Environmental Studies major
Meaghan Browne, Marketing major, Climate Change Studies minor
Alex Karafiat, Accounting Major and Ryan Conway, Environmental Studies major, Climate Change Studies minor
Toby Brown, Wildlife Biology major, Climate Change Studies minor
Ally Mueller, Physics major, Climate Change Studies minor
For her internship with Home ReSource, Ally worked to quantify the CO2 emissions Home ReSource helps to save in one year by giving customers the choice to buy reused materials rather than new materials. To do this, she developed a method whereby each sales category was assigned an average emissions value of CO2released per pound of product. The average number of pounds sold by Home ReSource for each category was then estimated and sampled using data from the sales records. Ally formulated a template for future volunteers to continue updating the waste diversion formula (how many tons of material diverted in one year), and a template for how to sample each sales category. Home ReSource used her results in a recent grant proposal and will continue the project into the future. See Ally's presentation.
Blayne Metz, Political Science major, Climate Change Studies minor
Carter Mills, Geography major, Climate Change Studies minor
For his climate change internship, Carter worked with Free Cycles under the supervision of Bob Giordano. He primarily worked in the community bike shop striping down bikes for parts/recycling, building bikes that would be sold to support Free Cycles, and helping dozens of individuals from the community fix or maintain their bicycles. Carter also helped to teach the Bike Well classes, educating community members on bicycle safety and mechanics and facilitating bicycle needs to support a safe and sustainable transportation system.
Stephen Fox, Resource Conservation major
Nate Goodburn, Physics major, Climate Change Studies minor
Emily Jensen, Social Work major, Climate Change Studies minor
Madge Matia, Sociology major, Climate Change Studies and Media Arts minors
Lauren Miller, Geography major, Climate Change Studies minor
Vanessa Stewart, Wildlife Biology major
For her internship with Defenders of Wildlife, Vanessa contributed to a new citizen science study investigating species diversity in the Bitterroot National Forest using motion sensor cameras. The project involved a joint effort with the U.S. Forest Service and relied on more than 100 volunteers to collect data. Vanessa inputted records from each site visit, developed a system for sorting data from the cameras (which included millions of pictures), and trained volunteers to help with the photo sorting. Through the study they found wolverines at 4 different sites; moose, wolves, and bobcats at 3 sites; red fox at 2 sites; a mountain lion and a long-tailed weasel at one site; and martens at 20 sites, as well as multiple bird and squirrel species.
Gus O’Bosky, Environmental Studies major
For his internship with the Climate Change Studies program, Gus worked on a Sustainable Campus Committee subcommittee tasked with purchasing carbon offsets in accordance with the UM’s Climate Action Plan. The purchase of carbon offsets enabled UM to reach its 2015 goal for emissions reduction. Gus also participated in a campus conversation generating ideas to advance sustainability education, worked on program promotion, and served as a liaison with the student group, Climate Action Now, helping to enhance communication between decision-makers and student groups.