Past Interns

Chris Brunochris bruno

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Resource Economics
Year Joined OEP: Summer 2013
Notable Notes:
- UConn Honors Program
- UConn Dean's List
- President, UConn Men's Club Volleyball
- President, Resource Economics Club
- Homer Babbidge Scholar
- Study Abroad in Germany and Costa Rica
Interests:
- Education and outreach
- Sports/Outdoor activities
- Traveling
OEP Activities:
- Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Campus Sustainability Day
- Green Game Days
- Campus Sustainability Fund, UConn Foundation, Development Activities

Brianna Churchbrianna church

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Engineering
Year joined OEP: Summer 2013
Notable Notes:
- Intern at the USGS Branch of Geophysics (Summer 2014)
- SWE Mentor
- UConn Honors Program
- UConn School of Engineering Dean's List
Interests:
- Volleyball
- Photography
- Reading
- Outdoor Activities
OEP Activities:
- Green Campus Academic Network Coordinator
- Green Game Days
- EcoMadness
- Climate Change Awareness and Action

Rose Croogrose croog

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Resource Economics
Year joined OEP: Summer 2014
Notable Notes:
- UConn Honors Program
- VP of Marketing of Resource Economics Club
- Phi Sigma Pi Honors fraternity
- Social Entrepreneurship in Guatemala
- VP of Marketing of Good Year Quality
Interests:
- Music
- Sustainability
- Movies
- Math
OEP Activities:
- Outreach/Social Media
- Web Design
- Green Game Days
- Green Office Certification Program Coordinator

Kerrin Kinnearkerrin kinnear

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Studies
Year joined OEP: Summer 2013
Notable Notes:
- President of EcoHusky
- UConn Honors Program
- CLAS Dean's List Student
- ECOalition Representative
- Study Abroad in Copenhagen
Interests:
- Traveling
- Volleyball
- Outdoor activities
- Reading
OEP Activities:
- Composting and Food Waste
- Earth Day Spring Fling
- Recycling Outreach

Meredith Hillmonmeredith hillmon

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Science
Year joined OEP: Fall 2012
Notable Notes:
- Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society Member
- Volunteered for Trinity College Physics & Environmental Science Department (2010)
- Honors Recognition
Interests:
- Outdoor activities
- Music, orchestra and cello performance
- Reading and writing
- Language
OEP Activities:
- Eco-Madness
- Sustainable Food Service
- Energy Dashboards

Emily McInerneyemily mcinerney

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Natural Resources
Year joined OEP: Spring 2012
Notable Notes:
- Honors Program
- Dean's List
- 2012 Babbidge Scholar
Interests:
- Drawing, Reading, Writing
- Hiking
- Traveling
OEP Activities:
- Earth Day Spring Fling
- UConn Transportation, Water, and Food Initiatives
- Campus Sustainability Day
- Climate Action Plan Review and Student Summit

Marisa Smithmarisa smith

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Political Science, Natural Resources
Year joined OEP: Fall 2014
Notable Notes:
- Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society member
- Dean's List
- Study abroad in South Africa
Interests:
-Photograpy
- Traveling
- Hiking/exploring outdoors
OEP Activities:
- Transportation initiatives
- Grant research

Andy Bilichandy bilich

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Natural Resources and Resource Economics
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2013
Notable Notes:
- UConn Honors Program
- College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Deans List
- 2012 Babbidge Scholar
- Four Arrows Challenge Course Facilitator
- Leadership Legacy 2013 Cohort
Interests:
- Hiking
- Kayaking
- Bay Area sports
OEP Activities:
- Energy Management/Audits
- RESP Installations and Opportunities
- Microgrid proposal support
- Retro-commissioning and retrofitting lighting
- Greenhouse Gas

Eric Grulkeeric grulke

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Engineering
Year joined OEP: Summer 2012
Notable Notes:
- President, Venture Crew 422
- Engineering Dean's List Student
- Chi Epsilon Honor Society Member
- Eagle Scout with two Silver Palms
Interests:
- Backpacking and Cycling
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Bouldering
OEP Activities:
- Website Development
- Program Outreach and Support
- Tree Campus USA

Katie Kelleherkatie kelleher

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Resource Economics
Year joined OEP: Fall 2011
Notable Notes:
- Uconn Dean's list student
- Volunteered for the EcoHouse Alternative Spring Break 2011
- Organized an Empty Bowls fundraiser to donate money to local food bank
Interests:
- Softball, soccer, horseback riding, water sports, etc.
- Pottery & Drawing
- Music, especially guitar
- Outdoor adventure activities
OEP Activities:
- Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Green Game Days
- Eco-Madness
- Sneaker Recycling Drive

Alex Samalotalex samalot

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Engineering
Year joined OEP: Fall 2012
Notable Notes:
- West Hartford-Bloomfield Health Department Intern
- Eagle Scout
Interests
- Hiking, Camping, Snowboarding
- Drawing, Painting 
- Cooking
- Traveling
OEP Activities:
- Greenhouse Gas inventory
- Eco Madness
- Sierra Club Application

Manisha Bicchierimanisha bicchieri

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Resource Economics: Environmental Economics and Policy
Year joined OEP: Spring 2011
Notable Notes:
- UConn Leadership Scholar
- 2012 Udall Scholarship Nominee
- Dean's List
Interests:
- Food Policy and Nutrition
- International Travel
OEP Activities:
- Campus Sustainability Fund
- Earth Day Spring Fling
- EcoHusky 5K
- Green Game Day

Skyler Marinoffskyler marinoff

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Engineering
Year joined OEP: Summer 2011
Notable Notes:
- President of EcoHusky Student Group
- 2010 Student Representative of University Senate Arboretum Committee
- UConn Dean's List
- Undergraduate Student Government, 2009-2011
Interests:
- The Beach
- Nature
- Running, Hiking
- Reading
OEP Activities:
- Undergrad representative on the CIMA organizing committee
- UConn Cycles Bike Share Program
- Water Conservation initiatives

Emily Udalemily udal

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Resource Economics – Concentrations in International Development and Business
Year joined OEP: Spring 2012
Notable Notes:
- Dean's List
- 2012 Babbidge Scholar
- Created the first Sustainability Case Competition
- Business Leadership Council Co-President, 2011-2012
Interests:
- Renewable Energy Finance
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Traveling
OEP Activities:
- Campus Sustainability Fund
- Green Investments
- Public Engagement
- Environmental Leadership Awards

Chris Berthiaumechris berthiaume

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Engineering
Year joined OEP: Fall 2010
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2012
Notable Notes:
- School of Engineering Dean's List
- 2010 Udall Scholarship Honorable Mention
- Treasurer, UConn Forestry and Wildlife Club
- Eagle Scout with Bronze and Gold Palms
- Chi Epsilon Honor Society
Interests:
- Rock and soil collecting
- Playing ultimate frisbee
- Hiking and cycling
- Ice hockey
OEP Activities:
- Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Website Improvements
- EcoHusky 5K Road Race

Kathy Tsantiriskathy tsantiris

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Science
Year joined OEP: Summer 2010
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2012
Notable Notes:
- Udall Scholar, 2011
- EcoHusky President, 2011
- EcoHusky Advertising Coordinator, 2010
- Honors Program
Interests:
- Scuba Diving
- Environmental education
- Hiking
- Traveling
OEP Activities:
- Green Game Days
- Sustainable Offices Program
- Sneaker Recycling
- EcoHusky 5K

Ethan Butlerethan butler

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Chemical Engineering
Year joined OEP: Spring 2011
Notable Notes:
- Udall Scholar (2011)
- President of Engineers Without Borders, USA-UConn (2009-2011)
- EPAC Undergraduate Representative (2009-2011)
- Research Assistant, Proton Energy Systems (Summer 2010)
- Researches and develops water purification systems for the developing world
- Intern in Residence, Fuss and O'Neill (Summer 2011)
Interests:
- Hiking, biking, climbing
- Music
- Humanitarian development
- Water & energy
OEP Activities:
- Energy initiatives outreach
- Assisting with the Renewable Energy Strategic Plan

Olivia Cowenhovenolivia cowenhoven

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Science, concentration in Geoscience
Year joined OEP: Fall 2009
Notable Notes:
- UConn Dean's List Student
- Tutored at UConn's Writing Center
- Canvassed for Environment New Hampshire and Environment Connecticut
- Created the new UConn club, Hula Hoop Society
Interests:
- Horseback riding, ice hockey
- Singing, making art, hula hooping
- Hiking, skipping rocks
OEP Activities:
- Earth Day Spring Fling
- BE HEARD! Advocacy Coffee Houses
- Sustainable Offices Program
- Connecticut Environmental Action Day

Danielle Lanslotsdanielle lanslots

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Science
Year joined OEP: Fall 2010
Notable Notes:
- Founder & President, Huskies Go Green at Stamford, 2007-2008
- Recipient, Academic Excellence Award in Biology, 2008
- EPAC Undergraduate Representative, 2009-2010
- Secretary, Real Slow Foods, 2009-2010
- Community Outreach Assistant Program Coordinator for Alternative Breaks, 2010-2011
- Resident of EcoHouse
Interests:
- Backpacking and climbing
- Photography
- Organic Foods
OEP Activities:
- Earth Day Spring Fling
- Energy Conservation Initiatives

Catherine Pomposicatherine pomposi

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Statistics and Environmental Analysis
Year Joined OEP: Summer 2008
Year Completed Employment: December 2010
Notable Notes:
- UConn Honors Scholar
- Vice-President, EcoHusky, 2009-2010
- 2009 Udall Scholarship Nominee
- Secretary, EcoHusky, 2008-2009
- Participant in Powershift 2009
Interests:
- Traveling anywhere and everywhere
- Sports
- Music, especially live in concert
OEP Activities:
- EcoMadness
- Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Climate Action Plan
- Earth Day Spring Fling

Aaron Gradeaaron grade

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2009
Notable Notes:
- EcoHusky Treasurer and member since 2006
- Helped coordinate EcoHusky 5k Roadrace
- Participant in PowerShift 2009
- Helped install Green Roof
- Initiated first "Green Late Night"
Interests:
- Hiking, biking, camping etc.
- Music, singing, recording
- Movie production, video editing
OEP Activities:
- Wasted Energy Audits
- EcoHusky 5k Road Race
- Carpooling and Carsharing Research

Ali Lonesali lones

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Biology, minor in Environmental Studies
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2009
Notable Notes:
- EcoHusky member
- UConn Celtic American Cultural Society member
- Member of UConn Honors Program
- UConn Bus Driver
Interests:
- Sustainability
- Travel
- Recycling and buying things that are from recycled materials
OEP Activities:
- Green Cleaning
- Waste Audit
- Recycling Workgroup

Emily Galantoemily galanto

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environental Science
Year Joined OEP: Summer 2009
Notable Notes:
- EcoHusky Co-Coordinator and longstanding member
- 2008-2009 Community Outreach Program Director
- Participant in PowerShift 2009
- Winner of the 2009 Undergraduate Student
- Environmental Leadership Award
Interests:
- Being outdoors
- Wildlife and conservation
- Traveling
OEP Activities:
- CFL Giveaway
- Green Awareness Day at Rentschler Field
- Wasted Energy Audits

Laura Eichertlaura eichert

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Psychology
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2008
Notable Notes:
- Conservation work in Ecuador in summer 2008
- Varsity women's lacrosse team
- Member of Student Athlete Advisory Committee
Interests:
- Sun
- Sand
- Surfing
- South America
OEP Activities:
- Green Campus Fund
- Recyclemania
- Sneaker Recycling

Nate Wallsheinnate wallshein

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environental Science
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2008
Notable Notes:
- UConn Honors Scholar
- UConn Climbing Center Staff
- Longstanding UConnPIRG member
- EcoHusky member
Interests:
- Rock climbing
- Camping
- Outdoors
- Traveling
OEP Activities:
- Sustainable Office Guidelines
- Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Earth Day 2009
- EcoHusky 5K
- Energy & Water Conservation Workgroups

Jonathan Piazza-Harperjonathan piazza harper

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Molecular & Cell Biology
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2008
Notable Notes:
- 2008 UConn Fraternity Man of the Year
- 2008 UConn Chapter President of the Year
- Co-owner of CT DEP Certified mobile dealing company
- Member of the UConn Honors Program
Interests:
- Soccer & Football
- Kappa Sigma Fraternity
- Recycling
- Porsche Club Racing
- Sailing
OEP Activities:
- E-Waste Recycling
- EcoMadness
- Sneaker Recycling
- EcoHusky 5K

Zbigniew J. Grabowski (Polik)zbigniew j grabowski

Status: Graduate
Major: MS Candidate, Conservation Biology
Year Joined OEP: Spring 2008
Notable Notes:
- Eco Garden CFO
- Honors Scholar
- Longstanding Ecohusky Member
- Udall Scholarship Nominee
- Elusive Bicyclist
Interests:
- Clean Air
- Blue Sky
- Big Mountains
OEP Activities:
- Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Sustainable Energy Research
- Sustainable Development/Infrastructure Research

Alysse Lemboalysse lembo

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Natural Resources, concentration in Environmental Conservation
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2007
Notable Notes:
- Environmental and Recycling Analytic Coordinator of Awareness and Educational Endeavor Efforts, Director
- EcoHusky Co-Coordinator
- Powershift 2007 Movement Member
Interests:
- Volleyball
- Running
- Music
- Being Outdoors
OEP Activities:
- Recyclemania
- Recycling Education and Awareness
- OEP representative for EcoHusky

Rachel Rindfleischrachel rindfleisch

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Science, concentration in Resource Economics
Year Joined OEP: Spring 2008
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2008
Notable Notes:
- Husky Ambassador & Open House Volunteer
- Earth Team Volunteer
- 2007-2008 EPAC Undergraduate Representative
- Summer 2007 & 2008 Remediation, Assessment, and Compliance intern for an Environmental Consulting firm
- HAZWOPER certification
Interests:
- Cooking
- Running
- Hiking
- Camping
OEP Activities:
- 2008 Sustainable Energy Symposium
- Environmental Survey

Alissa Beckeralissa becker

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Resource Economics: Environmental Economics and Policy Program
Year Joined OEP: Summer 2007
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2008
Notable Notes:
- UConn Women's Center Affiliate: Organized the fall 2006 Clothesline Project
- Graduated Magna Cum Laude
- Gave the CANR student commencement speach in May 2008
- Power Shift 2007 participant
- UNFI Sustainable Development intern
Interests:
- The ocean
- Swimming
- Camping
- Thrift store shopping
OEP Activities:
- Organized the 2008 Earth Day Spring Fling
- Green Campus Fund Sustainability Certificate Program
- Recycling & Water Conservation support, education, and awareness
- Health Center Sustainability
- Developed the Sustainable Office Guidelines
- CFL retrofit report and fall 2007 giveaway
- Helped initiate a movement to get rid of plastic bags at UConn

Jessica LaRoccajessica larocca

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Chemistry
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2006
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2008
Notable Notes:
- UConn Honors Scholar
- Research Intern with RI Department of Health & Brown University
- Involved in research in an environmental engineering laboratory
Interests:
- Camping
- Kayaking
- Traveling
OEP Activities:
- Energy & Recycling Dorm Contests
- Campus Bike Network

Leah Giffinleah giffin

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Individualized major in Environmental Policy & Legal Studies
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2006
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2008
Notable Notes:
- Varsity Lacrosse- 2008 Captain
- Assisted with sneaker recycling, 2006-2008
- Spent summer 2006 in New Zealand doing conservation work
- PowerShift Conference and Lobby Day Participant, Fall 2008
- Executive Board of Student Athlete Advisory Committee
OEP Activities:
- Green Buildings Tour
- Recycling in Athletic Facilities
- Recyclemania 2008
- FYE Environmental Sustainability Mentor
- National Recycling Coalition Recycling Bin Grant, Fall 2007

Jennifer Sayersjennifer sayers

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Studies
Year Joined OEP: Summer 2006
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2008
Notable Notes:
- 2006 NOAA Hollings Scholar
- Husky Xcursions Student Coordinator
- UConn Honors Scholar
Interests:
- Being outside backpacking, hiking, canoeing
- Traveling
OEP Activities:
- Webmaster
- CFL Giveaway
- Environmental Literacy Workgroup Coordinator
- Environmental Learning Community
- Environmental Studies Major
- Focus the Nation Coordinator
- Research for campus-wide bike lending program

Matt Ricematt rice

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Chemical Engineering
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2006
Year Completed Employment: Fall 2007
Notable Notes:
- Member of Handbell choir
Interests:
- Biking
- Martial arts
OEP Activities:
- Liaison between the OEP and the UConn Biofuels Consortium
- Green Campus Tour Map
- Recycling Program Roll-out and stickering
- GHG Inventory

Katie Gherardkatie gherard

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Environmental Science, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2006
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2007
Notable Notes:
- Co-Coordinator of Ecohusky - 2006/7
- OEP Liason for Ecohusky - 2007/8
- Environmental Science Mentor
OEP Activities:
- LUSD, Hillside Environmental Education Park
- FYE- Environmental Sustainability Mentor
- Recycling program assistance
- Trail Marking
- Green Building Tours
- Ecohusky Activities

Melanie Murphymelanie murphy

Status: Graduate Student
Major: Environmental Resource Economics
Year Joined OEP: Spring 2005
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2007
Notable Notes:
- Varsity Track
- UConn Honors Scholar
- Avid Equine Enthusiast
OEP Activities:
- Intern Team Leader
- Worked with Dining Services continue the promotion of EcoHusky mugs, and organized EcoHusky Mug Day, where patrons received carabineers and coupons for free coffee with the purchase of an EcoHusky mug.
- Lead on Compost Facility Development
- In conjunction with OEP intern Kate Wadach and environmental engineering student Russell Ward, Mel monitored and assessed water use at the Student Recreation Facility. The Water Conservation team evaluated administrative, varsity and recreational water use and gathered concrete data on the facility's water consumption. This study was the first of its kind within a Division I athletic department and provides valuable benchmark numbers for future comparison.
Assists in the establishment of an environmental "Green UConn" fund for the University of the Connecticut; gathering alumni and patron support for environmental initiatives through campus
- OEP Representative for EcoHusky Student Group.
- Involved in various other OEP projects including invasive plant management, the Environmental Leadership awards, and low-impact development. She is also documenting the ongoing construction of the LEED-certified Burton/Shenkman Football complex.
- Establishing Green Campus Fund with UConn Foundation, Inc.

Rob Liurob liu

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Management; concentration in International Business
Year Joined OEP: Spring 2006
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2007
Notable Notes:
- EcoHusky Co-Coordinator
- Aspires to win Heisman Trophy at least once
- Freestyles when no one else is in office
OEP Activities:
- Covert 1 Mission RBD (recycling bin deployment)
- Outreach and student involvement
- EcoHusky Co-Coordinator
- Earth Day 2006 Events, giveaways, and promotional items
- Green Machine Display 2006
- Office Linebacker

Nick Celentanonick celentano

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Resource Economics
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2006
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2007
Notable Notes:
- Career goals include: getting a PhD, beating Tiger Woods at Augusta, and writing an award winning novel
OEP Activities:
- Climate Change
- Campus Sustainability Fund
- Green Cleaning
- Solar Power
- Green Campus
- Recycling

Mike Kycmike kyc

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Allied Health Sciences
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2006
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2007
Notable Notes:
- Intramural Scholar Athlete
- Would like to pursue a career in Sustainable Development / Health
Interests:
- Sports
- Biking
- Camping
OEP Activities:
- Rain Garden clean-up
- Campus-wide Bike Network
- Local Routes Dining
- Governor's Executive Order: Green Cleaning Products

Nick AuYeungnick auyeung

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Chemical Engineering
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2005
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2006
Notable Notes:
- Soil and Water Conservation Society member
- Co-founder of UConn chapter of Engineers without Borders Club
- Helped organize UConn Biodiesel Consortium
Interests:
- Energy, Air Pollution, UConn basketball
OEP Activities:
- BioDiesel Facility and research lead and promotion
- Fuel Efficiency; Fleet fuel economy standards and guidelines
- Zipcar/car sharing on campus
- Water Conservation Initiative
- Green Roof Initiative
- Bicycle display and free tune up station at Earth Day 2006

Zoe Hansen-DiBellozoe hansen dibello

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Maritime Studies
Year Joined OEP: Spring 2006
Year Completed Employment: Fall 2006
Notable Notes:
- Avery Point Intern (our first branch campus liaison!)
- Career goals to attend Law School
- Certified to run AIDS and HIV workshop in schools as well as answer RI hotline calls
OEP Activities:
- Recycling Program Development and Organization at Avery Point campus
- Student and faculty involvement

Daniel Brittondaniel britton

Status: Graduate Student
Major: Conservation Biology and Biodiversity; Undergraduate: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Year Joined OEP: Spring 2006
Year Completed Employment: Summer 2006
Notable Notes:
- Career interest in both Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology
OEP Activities:
- Marketing and Public relations/education on Environmental initiatives on campus
- Recycling
- Green Building/Green Roof projects
- Ride your Bike to Work Week
- Bicycle Display and Bike Tune-ups Station at Earth Day 2006
- EcoHusky 500 Road Race coordinator
- CFL Giveaway 2006 Planning
- Landfill Student projects summer 2006

Emily Maugeriemily maugeri

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Landscape Architecture
Year Joined OEP: Spring 2006
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2006
Notable Notes:
- Career goal interests in residential and sustainable design
OEP Activities:
- Marketing and Public relations/education on Environmental initiatives on campus
- Re-Use Shoe Expo – "Mount Sneaker"
- Green Building and LEED Tour planning, map

Andrea Vassalloandrea vassallo

Status: Undergraduate
Major: Landscape Architecture
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2005
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2006
Notable Notes:
- Photography enthusiast
- Hiking
- Crocheting
- Sustainable Development
- Soil and Water Conservation Society member
OEP Activities:
- Landfill Remediation and Wetlands Mitigation; research and academic project development lead
- Trail blazing and revamping the UConn Forest Trails Map
- Invasive species removal, education, and control
- Student outreach and involvement
- LEED projects
- Green Roof initiative

Jessica Kukielkajessica kukielka

Status: Graduate Student
Major: Agricultural and Resource Economics; B.S.
Year Joined OEP: Spring 2005
Year Completed Employment: Summer 2006
Notable Notes:
- Morris K.Udall Scholar
- EPA P3 Student Design Competition Winner
- 2006 College of Agriculture and Natural Resources "Most outstanding senior woman" and flag bearer for May Commencement
- UConn Honors Scholar
- Equine Enthusiast
OEP Activities:
- Draft Language for UConn Vehicle Purchasing contracts to include Fuel Efficiency standards and requirements
- Compile Preferred Purchasing Vehicle Lists 2006 and 2007
- Landfill Remediation and Wetlands Mitigation Action Plan; promoting student research projects. (i.e. Vernal Pool study on amphibians summer of 2005).
- Campus Bicycle Plan Support Ride 2005
- North Hillside Road Extension project and the initiative of farmland preservation with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Environmental Outreach: Department of Residential Life Environmental Initiatives – packets, projects, online/media resources for CAs and residents; PSAs to students, focusing on water conservation, career speakers panel, Waste Paper Reduction, and Energy Use Reduction.
- Developed and distributed a faculty/staff-wide survey to gauge interest and support for the various goals of the Environmental literacy workgroup.
- Coordinating with new Center for Environmental Science and Engineering to integrate policy and intra-departmental cooperation.
- Work with the CANR office of Extension to develop a database for all schools/colleges and their main initiatives and accomplishments-enhancing outreach and engagement initiatives for the University.
- Translated Recycling Guidelines into Polish
- EcoHusky NYC Green Building Tour
- CFL Giveaways 2005-2006 coordinator
- Environmental Expressions Student Contest coordinator
- Webmaster 2005-2006; webpage re-design
- OEP Representative for the UConn EcoHusky Student Group

Meghan Rutameghan ruta

Status: Graduate Student
Major: B.S. in Environmental Science; Natural Resources Management & Engineering (M.S. Candidate, 2008)
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2003
Year Completed Employment: Summer 2005
Notable Notes:
- Served as Climate Action Plan Project Manager 2008-2009.
- As a graduate student, conducted research with the CTDEP and the Center for Land Use Education & Research on the impacts of Connecticut land use patterns on water quality in small watersheds.
- Served for two-years as UConn's Environmental Science Program Assistant.
- Graduated cum laude from UConn's Environmental Science Program (Dec. '04)
- Undergraduate Environmental Leadership Award
- 2005 Student Life Award nominee for the Individual Husky Pride Award and the Individual Community Service Award
- Founded the EcoHusky Student Group in the fall of 2004
- Served as an intern to the National Park Service during Summer '04
- UConn Community Assistant (Spring '03 - Fall '04)
OEP Activities:
- Founder and first Co-Coordinator (President) of the EcoHusky Student Group.
- Active in virtually all EPAC subcommittees. Some of her most recent efforts have been:
- UConn Hazardous Waste Storage facility; comparative site study
- Implementing the Recycling Campaign, which included a Recycling Education Postering project.
- Establishing Environmental Literacy information: EcoHusky Webpage development and an archive of materials for Community Assistants.
- BioDiesel Initiative: Promotion, Workgroup organization, and BioDiesel Team member
- Outlined Invasives Species Control Policy for Invasives workgroup. Lead developer in these initiatives.
- UConn Forest Trail Marking Project
- Fenton River Clean-up
- IPM Workgroup

Kyle Noonankyle noonan

Status: Graduated
Major: Economics with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Year Joined OEP: January 2005
Year Completed Employment: Summer 2005
Notable Notes:
- Chair of ConnPIRG, a student advocacy group that deals with public interest issues including environmental protection, poverty relief, and consumer rights.
- University Scholar, who studied the impact of public policies on the development of Connecticut urban centers
- Commencement Speaker 2005
OEP Activities:
- Organized the IPM team and produced an Integrated Pest Management statement to conform to Connecticut DEP requirements for state agencies.
- Researched the fuel efficiency of UConn's motor vehicle fleet for the EPAC Compliance & Best Practice subcommittee. The committee evaluated the use of fuel efficiency standards, hybrid cars, electric carts and additional strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Uconn's transportation system.
- Compiled a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from the University of Connecticut using CA-CP database software.
- Engaged local electricity provider Connecticut Light & Power and the UConn Co-op to create a light-bulb giveaway program. Along with the popular "Textbooks-To-Go" program, students offered a free CFL light bulb.

Kate Wadachkate wadach

Status: Graduated
Major: Environmental Policy
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2004
Year Completed Employment: Summer 2005
Notable Notes:
- Varsity Lacrosse
OEP Activities:
- In conjunction with OEP intern Melanie Murphy and environmental engineering student Russell Ward, Kate monitored and assessed water use at the Student Recreation Facility. The Water Conservation team evaluated administrative, varsity and recreational water use and gathered concrete data on the facility's water consumption. This study was the first of its kind within a Division I athletic department and provides valuable benchmark numbers for future comparison.
- Organized Sneaker Recycling Initiative and promoted the initiative on Earth Day; collecting hundreds of sneakers.

Daniel Mullinsdaniel mullins

Status: UConn Law Student
Major: Environmental Law; Undergraduate Major: B.S in Secondary Education, English, Summa Cum Laude
Year Joined OEP: 2004 Fall
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2005
Notable Notes:
- Taught at an Eskimo village (Grade 7-12) in Alaska for 2 years.
- Willimantic Whitewater Partnership founder and president
OEP Activities:
- Fenton River clean up
- Farmland preservation and environmental law policies
- Kretsge grant application for Torrey Life Sciences
- LEED certification initiatives and Green Building.
- Organized Campus Bicycle Plan Support Ride sponsorship and advertisement
- Coined EcoHusky Slogan: "Big Dog, Small Ecological Footprint."

Phoenix Youngphoenix young

Status: Graduated
Major: Master of Public Administration (2005); Undergraduate of Political Science (2003)
Year Joined OEP: Fall 2004
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2005
Notable Notes:
- UConn New England Scholar
OEP Activities:
- Waste Paper reduction
- ELA awards nominations
- Flood Management Certification
- Arranged OEP's co-sponsorship and showing of "The Day After Tomorrow" (climate change thriller) at opening of new Student Union theater

Rebecca Cleary

Status: Graduate Student, Resource Economics
Major: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Year Joined OEP: Spring 2004
Year Completed Employment: Fall 2004
OEP Activities:
- Biodiesel Team
- Campus Bike Network Outreach
- Organic Food Project
- Initial webpage development
- Local trail maps

Tami Cruickshanktami cruickshank

Status: Graduated
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Year Joined OEP: Spring 2003
Year Completed Employment: Fall 2003
OEP Activities:
- UConn 2003 GHG Emissions inventory.
- BioDiesel Demonstration and promotion
- North Hillside Road Vernal Pool amphibian study

Ellen Passo

Status: Graduate
Major: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Year Joined OEP: Spring 2003
Year Completed Employment: Spring 2004
Notable Notes:
- First round of interns at OEP
OEP Activities:
- Water Conservation
- East Campus Plan of Conservation and Development
- Development of UConn Environmental Policy Statement