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Clean Energy = Clean Air Intern
Natalie Shaw is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Kansas, focusing on air and water quality as well as sustainability. After she graduates with a Bachelor’s of Science in Spring 2018, she plans to pursue a Master’s at KU in the environmental field. Currently, she is the Co-President for the environmental organization on campus, Environs, and is working towards receiving her Certificate in Sustainability at KU. Her interests in terms of the environment have no limit, but especially has a passion for earth sciences (i.e. air/water, climate change, pollution, ecology, marine biology, aquatic ecology, ecosystems). Interning with the Climate + Energy Project as a Clean Energy = Clean Air intern falls right under her interests of air quality, health, sustainability, and environmental justice and strives to make an individual difference for this planet!
LAMISA CHOWDHURYClean Energy Business Council Intern Lamisa Chowdhury is a first generation, Bangladeshi-American. She is senior at the University of Kansas pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Business. She has obtained a certification of Sustainability from the University of Kansas, which allowed her to research sustainability best practice frameworks for the City of Lawrence’s STAR Communities initiative. She is currently working towards a Service Learning certification. Lamisa serves as a board member for the environmental club, Environs, at KU and has been trained as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate. She is extremely interested in the implementation of renewable energies within our communities, and her position as the Clean Energy Business Council intern will allow her to explore innovative techniques in energy solutions for businesses. Her passion for the environment has been exemplified through her past internship with Diesel Health Project, where she assisted with coordinating clean air solutions for the Kansas City area. Furthermore, Lamisa enjoys spending her free time defending social and environmental justice within the Lawrence community via grassroots activism.
Clean Energy Business Council Intern
Tony Wagler is currently a junior at the University of Kansas pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business (Marketing) and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science. Tony was born in Cairo, Egypt, and spent the majority of his childhood in Damascus, Syria. In 2008, his family moved to Hutchinson, KS. Tony began his studies at Bethel College in Newton, KS, where he studied business, but after realizing the ever-growing need for renewable resources, he transferred to the University of Kansas to add an Environmental Studies major. He hopes to gain a well-rounded understanding of the renewable energy field, and ultimately devote his career to the development of solar energy. Since arriving at KU, Tony has become a student ambassador, international student relations program director, environmental chair of Krehbiel scholarship hall, marketing club treasurer, and is conducting undergraduate research centered around environmental economics.
Mallory Copeland is currently a junior at the University of Kansas pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts in
Chinese and Environmental Studies. Mallory became interested in government work after debating in high school, and realizing the impact of formulating policies to fight environmental issues. She believes that using policies to create a better environment for citizens is a top priority for the government. While at the University of Kansas Mallory has worked with student groups to encourage academic focus on environmental science, as an Environmental Studies Student Ambassador, she f
inds outreach to students to be essential in bringing environmental issues to light. She has also spent the last two years coaching debate at a local Topeka high school and encouraging students to think critically about how to use policies to address inequality and international issues. Mallory has also done fieldwork in Utah focused on riparian reconstruction, and lab work in Lawrence where she helped raise butterflies.
Health Equity Intern
Vanessa Alcocer is a junior at The University of Kansas pursuing a Bachelo
r of Science in EnvironmentalStudies and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She also is working toward an Arts Engagement Certification. She was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and moved to Lawrence 2 and a half years ago, to attend KU. At KU, she originally started as a Biology major but found true passion when she began to take environmental st
udies courses on policy and environmental justice. She enjoys participating in her community service based sorority as well as volunteering at the local animal shelter. Over the summer, she worked for The University of Kansas’ TRIO Program. She has interests in environmental policy and public health. After graduation, she has plans to pursue law school with a focus on environmental and energy law. Interning at CEP falls right into her interests of sustainable energy, public health, and environmental justice.
State Legislative Intern
Anita Austin is currently
senior at Washburn University pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Political
Science. Anita became dedicated to effective government work after learning
what a huge impact it has on our lives and futures. She believes that
responsible energy policies are incredibly important and are the key to the
long term sustainability of our planet.
her time at Washburn University, Anita has completed internships at the local
and state level. She was a legislative intern during the 2013 session. While working for the House Minority Leader,
she developed a passion for the well-being of our state. Having lived her whole
life in Kansas, Anita wants to see this state continue to be a place that her
children can be proud to call home. In
the summer of 2014, Anita went to work for the City of Topeka as an assistant to
the City Manager. This experience taught her that there is often a divide
between public perception and the realities of a given policy, and bridging
this gap is very important to her.
Climate + Energy Project Intern
Beebe is earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Kansas. Raised in
Manhattan, KS, Gina moved to Lawrence about four years ago to attend KU. She
has always been very interested in agriculture and the ways that we use the
Earth in order to develop our inner selves as well as our larger societies.
Throughout her time at KU, she has been continually gaining understanding
in the realms of sustainable agriculture and ecology. Her role as an officer at
the KU Student Farm taught her a great deal about growing food and the
importance of connecting community to their food systems. Additionally,
she worked to evaluate biodiversity in a historic, forty-year study at the
successional fragmentation plots at the KU Field Station in which she learned
about patterns in plant development – she was able to observe and imagine how
ecology and agriculture can integrate in order to make a healthier, more productive
space. Inspired by this work with ecology and agriculture, she has been
conducting an undergraduate honors research project centered on ecological
Gina begins an internship at Yosemite National Park in August 2015.
State Legislative Intern
Chediak is a native of Topeka, Kansas. He is a recent graduate of the
University of Kansas with a B.S. in Mathematics with minors in Physics
and Philosophy. Quentin leads the Divest KU Movement through the campus
organization Environs and is currently planning a meeting with the
University of Kansas Endowment Board to discuss divestment of fossil
fuel investments using an argument based on moral and financial grounds,
and to propose an alternative investment strategy. He has been an
undergraduate research assistant and tutor.
Quentin is returning to the University of Kansas to get a second Bachelor's degree and pursue graduate school in Physics.
State Legislative Intern
Caleb Hall is a third year law student at the University of
Kansas from Shawnee, KS. Before going to law school he completed a B.S.
in environmental studies, also at the University of Kansas, while
working at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Os
ceola, MO each
summer. Caleb served as both an ecology and rope course director at the
camp, and he believes that it was his experiences in the Boy Scouts of
America that fostered his fascination with nature and rural landscapes.
After his undergraduate degree, Caleb has focused his legal
training on environmental law and litigation. He has been involved with
confined animal feeding operations cases and atmospheric trust
litigation, both in Kansas. During his first law school summer he
volunteered with the Missouri State Public Defender in Kansas City, MO,
and this last summer he was working for the Natural Resources Defense
Council in Santa Monica, CA. There, he co-wrote a community guide to
California oil and gas law, soon to be published by Heal the Bay, and
contributed to a community guide to the California Environmental Quality
Act, soon to be published by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Water + Energy Progress Intern
Brock Ternes received his bachelor's degree in 2008 from
Emporia State University, where he majored in sociology and minored in writing.
His Masters research on development and migration in the United States was
defended in the Spring of 2010 and is a forthcoming publication. He is now a
PhD candidate whose areas of interest are environmental sociology,
globalization, migration, demography, quantitative methods, structural equation
modelling, social theory, and comparative-historical research. Currently, he
has one revised-and-resubmitted manuscript under review, five articles in
progress, and many book reviews. Brock completed his first area exam on
globalization in the Fall of 2011 and his second area exam on migration in the
Fall of 2012. His Oral Comprehensive Exam was completed in the Spring of 2013.
More recently, he has given several professional
presentations at sociology and water-related conferences. Brock has received
KU's Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (2013), KU’s Summer Research
Fellowship (2014), and other awards. He is currently an IPSR Doctoral Research
Fellow and a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Brock’s dissertation employs Multilevel Structural Equation
Modeling and missing-by-design data collection to analyze water conservation
and well ownership among Kansans. He enjoys running, playing the guitar, and
Take Charge Challenge Intern
Currently, Nichole is a student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania pursuing a Master of Business Administration along with a Master
of Sustainability. Nichole spent her childhood in South Central Kansas running
around outdoors, swimming, growing to love everything about the state of
Kansas, and building an appreciation for nature.
After graduating from Pittsburg
State University with a degree in psychology, she decided she wanted to see a
little more of this big world and was fortunate enough to receive a Fulbright
Scholarship to Indonesia. During her time in Indonesia, she taught English at an
Islamic high school and through this incredible experience she learned how
connected we all are and how her decisions in the Western hemisphere impact others
in the Eastern hemisphere.
During her time at Chatham University, she has had the
pleasure of assisting the university's Office of Sustainability. Her main
responsibility at Chatham is the Green Workplace Challenge Coordinator. The
Green Workplace Challenge is a citywide, yearlong competition for Pittsburgh
organizations to save money and gain recognition for implementing sustainable
business practices. The Green Workplace Challenge is not unlike the Take Charge
Challenge offered by CEP and is a great way to increase energy education and
efficiency. Nichole assisted Cassi Reimer with the Take Charge Challenge
during her time with CEP.
Nichole said "I enjoyed this experience more than words can
say. I have never been surrounded by so many fellow Kansans that share my
passion for efficient and renewable energy."
CHAVIS LICKVAR-ARTMSTRONGWater + Energy Progress Intern
Chavis Armstrong is currently working at the University of Kansas. She is a graduate of
the University of Kansas and received a a post baccalaureate Biology (BS) degree at Washburn University. She has a love for science, specifically
environmental and biological sciences, and a realization that the world
is a complicated place.
earning her BA in Environmental Studies, Chavis worked with children
planning science and social studies based after-school activities and
spent summers as a camp counselor. She became a volunteer at Operation
Wildlife and her love for animals led her to work as a veterinary
assistant. It was the encouragement of her employer that brought her
back to school in pursuit of a science degree in 2012.
lived in the Netherlands from ages 9 to 13, and she returned to Europe
to study abroad in Germany during her studies at KU. She credits these
experiences, along with her work and internship opportunities for giving
her an understanding that what is best for one is not always the most
desirable for another, and that simple truth can be seen from a
biological perspective as well as a social and cultural perspective.
working with Rachel Myslivy on the Water + Energy Progress project,
Chavis used her time at CEP to learn more about agricultural
production in Kansas and apply that to her biological studies.