Past Participants: 2019 – 2020
Lauren is a senior studying environmental science, policy, and management as well as double minoring in leadership and communication studies. She holds a student position at the Institute on the Environment with Sustainability Education as well as with an art-science collaborative called Backyard Phenology that works closely with the Native American Medicine Garden to host talking/healing circles that contribute to the understanding of phenology and observation of the natural world. She is interested in the connections between leadership, communication, and sustainability as well as furthering her understanding of the social issues facing our world. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, backpacking, traveling, concert-going, and working zero-waste events with Eureka Recycling.
Libby has traveled to many different countries and observed firsthand how different cultures perceive, prioritize, and practice sustainability. She spent the 2017 spring semester in Tanzania studying the human-wildlife interface and researching the effects of climate change on agricultural practices. She has close ties with Francis Bettelyoun from the UMN Native American Medicine Garden, and has learned a tremendous deal about indigenous traditions, food sovereignty, and decolonization. She is involved with many clubs on campus including the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Club, the Marine Biology Club, and the Ski and Snowboard Club. These clubs provide her with a broad knowledge-base as well as a great network of classmates.
Melissa Markay will be a junior in the Carlson School of Management. She is pursuing a double major in Public and Nonprofit Management and Finance with a minor in Sustainability Studies. On campus, she is involved with a variety of organizations from IonE to Habitat for Humanity to the Weisman Art Museum. In her free time she loves anything outdoors, from kayaking to hammocking, photography, and shopping for vinyl. Although she enjoyed spending my summer in London, she loved her time at the U of M and cannot wait to see what fall semester holds!
Julia Olson is an undergraduate in CBS majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, and minoring in Spanish and Wildlife Care and Handling. She is active in Compassionate Action for Animals, Earthtrust, Feline Rescue, Queer Student Advocates, and the West Bank Community Garden, and is currently a volunteer with the Packer Lion Lab.
Sydney is pursuing her undergraduate degree in environmental science with a minor in Spanish. She is passionate about local food systems and very interested in the intersections between art and ecology. She is currently an Admissions Ambassador through the Office of Admissions and a research assistant in the Center for Dendrochronology. To combine her love for music and community outreach, she volunteers regularly at The Cedar Cultural Center, helping serve their mission to promote intercultural appreciation and understanding through global music and dance. In the future, Sydney hopes to obtain her M.B.A. and pursue a career in corporate social responsibility, working to create value by participating in collaborative efforts that will strengthen economies and communities while protecting the environment.
I scribble, speak words, listen to spoken word, listen to podcasts, travel, write letters, read fiction, attempt to read non-fiction, cook, avoid baking, sing when no one is listening, sing when everyone is listening, dance, attempt to dance, ride anything with a board, debate, daydream, and listen…
Erica majored in Biology at the University of Minnesota and participated in the IonE Undergrad Leaders Program during her senior year at the University of Minnesota. The program provided her with a wonderful group of individuals who were also passionate about the well-being of the environment. Since then, she has continued on for a Masters of Public Health program at Columbia University.
Mallory graduated from the College of Biological Sciences’ Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior with a minor in sustainability studies. Her areas of interest include using research of ecological interactions to develop sustainable resource usage at an industry level and sustainable lifestyles at a social level. Mallory was a member of the CBS Student Board, serves on the CBS Learning Technologies Committee and contributes to research in the Snell-Rood laboratory. She also enjoys talking about her experience as a student studying sustainability in Denmark. In the future Mallory hopes to pursue a Ph.D. with a focus on ecosystem ecology, communicate the importance of science to the public and learn Spanish. Some of Mallory’s favorite things outside of school include her four younger brothers, Birch Lake, ranting about social justice and brunch.
Justin Halverson is a musician, organizer, poet and senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He majors in music, which he ties into his interest in the intersection of social, environmental and economic assets that benefit communities in creative ways. He is currently a leader of the West Bank Community Garden and is working with local activists and organizations to draft state legislation that funds the growth of community rain gardens. His other experience include working with multiple equity and sustainability organizations across the University of Minnesota campus, as well as Face Forward, Spark-Y Youth Action Labs, Project Sweetie Pie and the St. Paul School of Rock. Justin collaborates with local spoken word artists, plays bass in a number of bands and leads his own group. He envisions bringing people together around the intersection of art, nature and change that will transition us into a world that feels softer, smells like the seasons and moves just a little bit slower.
Jessica Eckerstorfer graduated with an English and philosophy double major with a concentration in civic life and ethics. She is currently working with Free Arts Minnesota through the Art Connection Grant to bring local youth artwork to various venues in the Twin Cities. Her research focuses on environmental ethics and the links between the humanities and the environment, as well as consumer language and ecofeminism. In her spare time, Jessica continues to grow her mounting book collection, play the piano, spend time as an amateur photographer and bike around the Twin Cities.
Moriah graduated with a degree in food systems. She wants to make a difference in the food system by gathering people from all backgrounds and providing them with the ability to know how to cook nutritious and healthy foods as well as grow them. Additionally, she wants to increase the amount of locally sourced food in her city by enhancing local communities and economies. She is currently a member of the Real Food Challenge leadership team — a group working to get more local, fair, sustainable and humane food on campus. One of her favorite pastimes is running and racing, and she also loves to cook while perusing the internet for new recipes.
Tyler Redden maintains office operations and publication orders for the Publications Office at the Institute on Community Integration, as well as providing general office and administrative support. Since October 2012 Tyler has worked in offices at the University, including the Carlson School of Management (IDSc/SME), School of Social Work, Center for Transportation Studies, Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences, and the Health Natural Sciences Libraries (with two years of prior experience working in retail banking). Tyler is a biology, society and the environment major with a concentration on the environment. Tyler is also a double minor in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender studies and sustainability studies, and is pursuing American Sign Language interpreting certification. Through the GLBTA Programs Office Tyler is listed as a staff and student resource due to his work in the GLBT mentoring program.
Kristen majored in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management at the University of Minnesota, participating in the Undergraduate Leaders Program during her senior year. Her interest in sustainability stems from a lifelong love of swimming, hiking, and exploring natural spaces.
While in school, Kristen interned at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and worked on a variety of ecological research projects through the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Later, Kristen became more interested in sustainability while studying in Montpellier, France, a city known for its excellent public transportation system. This led her to spend over a year working at Metro Transit in the Twin Cities, where she led employee Green Teams, worked on environmental review for new light rail projects, and implemented a new waste management system to improve recycling rates. Today, Kristen works with the Sustainable Communities team at the Great Plains Institute in Minneapolis.
Away from the office, Kristen likes to spend her time rock climbing, cooking, thinking, speaking French, asking questions, and swimming in as many different lakes and streams as she can find.