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Skills

Conservation Agriculture
critical area planting, heavy use area protection, water and sediment control area basins crop rotation, no-till drilling, strip cropping, cover cropping, terrace farming, contour farming filter strips, riparian buffers, wind barriers, grassed waterways, integrated pest management irrigation water management, temporary livestock fencing, prescribed and rotational grazing
Urban Agriculture
local food policy and farmer's markets edible landscaping and raised garden beds community gardens and Garden Tower Project
Natural Landscaping
invasive plant species removal native plant species identification organic and biological pest controls xeri-scaping and low-impact lawn care
Natural Resource Conservation
ecosystem services and ecological restoration wildlife preservation and natural habitat protection
Sustainable Development
waste management - reduce, reuse, recycle, reclaim, compost, vermicompost energy efficiency - consumption audits, reduction opportunities, equipment upgrades water conservation - leak detection, low-flow fixtures, rain barrel and rain garden installation green infrastructure - biofiltration, greenspace, green roofs, street trees, permeable surfaces
Environmental Management
water quality control and improvement  storm water best management practices quantifying levels of GHGs and CAPs emissions  creating emissions inventories and setting targets estimating effects of emissions reduction measures  predicting future emissions and tracking goal progress
Green Initiatives and Staff Engagement
  employee contests departmental challenges support from top to bottom organizational commitment long-range vision and objective stakeholder support and investment  
Conducting Onsite Demonstrations
Program Design and Implementation
Project Management and Evaluation
Statistics and Modeling
Research and Data Analysis
Event Planning and Information Tabling
Collaborative Partnership Development
Awareness and Advocacy Campaigns
Community-Based Social Marketing
Diffusion Of Innovations
Scientific and Technical Explanations
Press Relations and Media Correspondence
Fundraising and Donor Relations
Volunteer Recruitment and Supervision
Co-Production and Professional Ethics
Leadership and Team Building
Strategic Planning and Decision-Making
Administrative Support
multi-tasking problem-solving highly organized attention to detail scheduling meetings
Excellent Written Communication
creating brochures and fact sheets editing mass distributed publications grant proposals and donation requests drafting newsletters and press releases producing scientific and technical reports
Public Presentations
effective design methods targeted message delivery clear and concise information
Public Speaking
comfortable in front of large, diverse audiences
Promotional Marketing and Networking
Social Media Platforms
Skype  Twitter Blogger Google+ LinkedIn Facebook WordPress
Rain Barrel and Rain Garden Installation
Computer Proficiency
ESRI ArcGIS Adobe Acrobat CACP software SAS and SPSS software Sustainability Dashboards Tools Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Fostering Behavior Change
Public Education and Community Outreach

Associations

  • Member, Indiana University Alumni Association, since 2012
  • Member, Helping Young Professionals Excel (hYPe) Program, since 2011
  • Wild Place Sponsor, Sierra Club Indiana Hoosier Chapter, since 2010
  • Member, University of Kentucky Alumni Association, since 2009
  • Member, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, since 2008
  • Member, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, since 2006 
  • Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, since 2006

Leadership and Volunteer Activities

  • Indiana State Science Olympiad, Water Quality Competition, 2012                                        
    • monitored testing activities, prepped lab stations, and graded exams
  • Bloomington Volunteer Network, August 2010 - Present
    • participated in a community KaBOOM! playground build
    • removed bulk waste at the McDoel Switchyard cleanup event
  • SPEA Students Taking Active Roles Today, August 2010 - August 2012
    • volunteered in community activities for the annual START Orientation Service Day
  • SPEA Student Ambassadors Program, August 2010 - December 2012
    • trained in professional development, public speaking, networking and leadership
    • took prospective students to lunch or class and shared personal SPEA experiences
    • planned, promoted, and hosted annual recruitment events like SPEA Experience Days
  • UK Student Government Association, August 2008 - May 2009
    • appointed as Task Force Director by President of the student body
    • supervised a first year Leadership Development Program team
    • conducted surveying for the bicycle ridership study on campus
  • UK Dance Blue Marathon, March 2007 - March 2008
    • danced for 24 hours to raise funds in support of childhood cancer research

References

Tom Webb

Mr. Webb was my supervisor during the internship with the LFUCG Department of Environmental Quality.

Trey McDonald

Trey is my supervisor at the UNCG Office of Sustainability.

Diane Jung

Ms. Jung and I worked collaboratively on the Lawns for Life Public Education and Outreach Campaign for my summer of 2012 internship with the City of Bloomington Environmental Commission.

Martha Miller

Mrs. Miller was my mentor in the SPEA Service Corps Fellowship Program and my supervisor at the Monroe County SWCD.

Linda Thompson

Ms. Thompson was my supervisor for the summer of 2012 internship with the City of Bloomington Environmental Commission.

Richard Boone

Mr. Boone and I worked in collaboration on local outreach events, waste reduction efforts, and Mission Green Team projects during my internship with the LFUCG Department of Environmental Quality.

William Brown

Bill directs campus sustainability efforts from the Office of Sustainability, which is located in the Indiana University E-House.

He also teaches Sustainable Communities (SPEA-V 515) for the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  

After taking the course myself, he hired me to be his Graduate Teaching Assistant during the fall 2012 semester.

Bill also holds the title of Secretary on the Board of Directors with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

SPEA Portfolio

CBEC Portfolio

SWCD Portfolio

LFUCG Portfolio

SWCD / CK Project

Letters of Reference

Social Media

UNCG Portfolio

Reading List

  • Fostering Sustainable Behavior:  An Intro to Community-Based Social Marketing, Doug McKenzie-Mohr (2011)
  • The Great Disruption, Paul Gilding (2011)
  • The New Rules of Green Marketing, Jacquelyn Ottman (2011)
  • Eaarth:  Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Bill McKibben (2010)
  • Emerald Cities:  Urban Sustainability and Economic Development, Joan Fitzgerald (2010)
  • Switch:  How to change Things When Change Is Hard, Chip Heath and Dan Heath (2010)
  • Green to Gold, Daniel C. Etsy and Andrew Winston (2009)
  • Plan B 4.0:  Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Lester R. Brown (2009)
  • Return on Sustainability, Kevin Wilhelm (2009)
  • Starting Green:  An Ecopreneur's Toolkit for Starting a Green Business, Glenn Croston (2009)
  • Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen (2009)
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Thomas Friedman (2008)
  • Natural Capitalism:  Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, Paul Hawken (2008)
  • Nudge:  Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein (2008)
  • Blessed Unrest, Paul Hawken (2007)
  • The Creation:  An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, Edward O. Wilson (2007)
  • Resilience Thinking:  Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World, Walker, Salt and Reid (2006)
  • The Great Turning:  From Empire to Earth Community, David C. Korten (2006)
  • Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (2005)
  • The Tipping Point:  How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell (2005)
  • Toward Sustainable Communities:  Resources for Citizens and Their Governments, Mark Roseland (2005)
  • Cradle to Cradle:  Remaking the Way We Make Things, Michael Braugart and William McDonough (2002)
  • Worms Eat My Garbage:  How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System, Mary Appelhof (1997)
  • The Ecology of Commerce:  A Declaration of Sustainability, Paul Hawken (1994)
  • The End of Nature, Bill McKibben (1989)
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson (1962)
  • A Sand County Almanac:  And Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold (1949)

Work experience

Sep 2013Present

Sustainability Education & Outreach Specialist

UNC Greensboro

Office of Sustainability

  • Developed Version 2.0 of the Green Office Certification Program
  • Supervised student interns and served as advisor for UNCGreen
  • Completely redesigned and updated the Office of Sustainability website
  • Coordinated a UNCG Buy Green Expo with the Purchasing Department
  • Promoted RecycleMania with the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Assisted with data collection and reporting for UI GreenMetric and AASHE STARS
Aug 2012Dec 2012

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Professor Brown's Sustainable Communities (SPEA-V 515)

  • Taught sustainability concepts, graded class assignments, evaluated projects and presentations
  • Assisted student groups in a Walk Friendly Communities assessment for the City of Bloomington
May 2012Aug 2012

Graduate Student Intern

City of Bloomington Environmental Commission

Lawns for Life Public Education and Outreach Campaign

  • Researched the risks to human health and the environment associated with toxic lawn chemicals as well as more sustainable alternatives including organic lawn care practices and native plant species 
  • Leveraged community-based social marketing and the local press to foster human behavior change
  • Created natural landscaping brochures and fact sheets as well as communicated messages through social media, public presentations, and weekly information tabling to reduce lawn chemical usage

Bloomington Environmental Quality Indicators (BEQI) Report

  • Attended monthly meetings to record minutes and present updates on my research progress
  • Compiled research on the local data to create sustainability indicators for Green Infrastructure
  • Wrote Green Infrastructure section to develop baseline measures for future status comparisons
Aug 2010May 2012

SPEA Service Corps Fellow

Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District

Public Education and Community Outreach

  • Wrote grant proposals for financial awards, securing $3,200 in District funding
  • Updated the SWCD website and established a social media presence for the District
  • Worked with community groups to establish local partnerships and co-produce outcomes
  • Implemented first and second annual rain barrel sales program raising $2,500 in revenue
  • Hosted onsite demonstrations and distributed public information for the diffusion of innovations
  • Published e-newsletters, press releases, and promotional materials to offer financial and technical assistance for best management practices and to highlight natural resource conservation projects 
  • Supervised an urban agriculture and storm water management project at the Community Kitchen and recruited volunteers to remove invasive plant species, construct seven raised garden beds, plant two rain gardens, and install three rain barrels
Oct 2008May 2010

Undergraduate Student Intern

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

Department of Environmental Quality

  • Coordinated an internal composting pilot program, which has since been implemented citywide
  • Demonstrated leadership by holding Sub-Committee Chair positions on the Mission Green Team
  • Represented the department and promoted environmental program initiatives at community events 
  • Translated outreach materials to foster behavior change and engagement within Latino community
  • Wrote waste reduction and water conservation articles for newsletters sent to 120,000 local homes
  • Created emissions inventories and quantified effects of existing and proposed measures to predict future levels of emissions, set emissions reduction targets, and track progress toward meeting goals
  • Facilitated local government entry into Bluegrass PRIDE Waste Buster and Water Saver programs by performing waste audits at facilities, monitoring water intensive operations, collaborating with staff to standardize procedures, developing "go green" initiatives, and surveying barriers to implementation
  • Other activities included providing administrative support, evaluating grant proposals, managing conference exhibits, recruiting volunteers, and maintaining records for annual reports to the state

Education

Aug 2010Dec 2012

Master of Public Affairs, Master of Science in Environmental Science

Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Concentrations:  Sustainability and Sustainable Development, Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management
  • Awards:  SPEA Service Corps Fellowship, SPEA Graduate Teaching Assistantship
  • Activities:  SPEAStudent Ambassadors Program, Students Taking Active Roles Today (START)
  • Related Coursework:  Statistics, Data Analysis and Modeling, Applied Math and Ecology, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Proposal Development and Grant Administration, Public Finance and Budgeting, Public Management Economics, Environmental Law and Management, Natural Resource Management and Policy, Environmental Risk Analysis, Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment, Human Behavior and Energy Consumption, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Sustainable Communities and Development
Aug 2005May 2009

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

University of Kentucky
  • Awards:  magna cum laude, Dean's List 2005-2008, Education Abroad Scholarship
  • Activities:  Student Government Association, Dance Blue Marathon, Psychology Research
  • Study Abroad:  University of Granada (Spain) Center of Modern Languages, summer 2008