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Staff

Patrick McKee – Interim Director

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Patrick McKee was hired by the OS in 2018 to serve as UConn’s Sustainability Program Manager. Appointed Interim Director in December 2023, Patrick works to develop, plan, and administer programs, initiatives and events that align with the University’s strategic sustainability goal areas.  He also supervises and provides mentorship to the OS’s high-achieving student intern staff.

Patrick’s ten years of career experience in the sustainability field spans both the private and public sectors including time at a Fortune 250 company, a global manufacturer, and at two large public universities. His previous stint as Sustainability Manager at Eastern Kentucky University resulted in the creation of strategic sustainability goals at the University, establishment of a goal for achieving carbon neutrality, and the subsequent development of a climate action and resilience plan. Having founded the Office of Sustainability at EKU, he was tasked with leading the integration of sustainability into the threadwork of university decision-making, culminating with the University earning a STARS Bronze rating after just two years. During this time, he also established several campus and community outreach events and led projects to both improve recycling and energy efficiency. He also managed up to six student employees per semester, and instructed ENV200: The Global Sustainable Future as an adjunct faculty member.

Prior to working at Eastern Kentucky University, Patrick served as a Sustainability Analyst with Legrand, North America at its West Hartford headquarters. While at Legrand, he helped spearhead operations and social sustainability initiatives including a highly successful energy savings competition known as the “Legrand Energy Marathon” and the ”Better Communities” corporate volunteer program.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA, in 2011 and received his Master of Science degree in environmental science and management from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA in 2013.

Email: patrick.mckee@uconn.edu

Phone: (860) 486-9414

Betsy Mortensen – Communication, Outreach, and Education Coordinator

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Betsy was hired by the OS in 2022 and serves as UConn’s Sustainability Communications, Outreach, and Education Coordinator. Reporting to the Director, Betsy develops and leads in-person and virtual outreach and engagement events as well as other initiatives for the Office of Sustainability. She is responsible for enhanced visibility of the OS as well as for managing all of its social media, digital, and print communications.

Betsy takes a creative approach to building awareness, engagement and action for the environment. Following an early career stint in wildlife biology surveying songbirds in Connecticut and tracking chimpanzees in Tanzania, she realized that communicating sustainability was her calling (and it involved fewer venomous snake encounters). In 2015 she co-founded nonprofit Sustain Music & Nature, which uses the emotional hook of music and cultural capital of musicians to build support for America's public lands. Betsy and musician co-founder Harrison Goodale (UConn '12) produce award winning music videos in partnership with the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Forest Service. They also run a podcast, Songscapes, which explores Grammy award-winning artists' relationship to music and nature. It's hosted by Charles Coplin, former executive producer of the Super Bowl Halftime Show. While building Sustain, Betsy worked in NYC as an assistant to Simon Roosevelt, great-great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt. In the Roosevelt tradition, she assisted him with numerous advocacy projects for America's public lands - working with US Senators, non-profit CEOs, and top philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Betsy got her B.S. in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2010 and an M.Phil in Environment, Society and Development from University of Cambridge in the UK in 2011.

Email: betsy.mortensen@uconn.edu

Phone: (860) 486-5446

Interns

Allie Calabro

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My name is Allie Calabro and I am a Mechanical Engineering student here at UConn! When I was younger, I wanted to be Iron Man (and really, I still do). I believe in the clean and sustainable future of energy for our planet, and I’m studying mechanical and computer engineering to equip myself with the skills and knowledge required to build the arc reactor (or alas, more realistic forms of clean energy technology). But I know that developing new technology will not solve all our climate issues, and that even building an arc reactor will be in vain without a significant shift in our society’s status quo. That’s why I am here at the Office of Sustainability, learning how to impact society’s behaviors to make space for the clean energy technology of the future! I hope to make positive change in the way we as individuals view the idea of sustainability and show people that no change is too small - we all have a role to play in saving our home.

Amanda McCard

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My name is Amanda and I’m a junior at UConn returning for my second year as a Sustainability Intern. My love for nature serves as inspiration for my desire to create positive environmental change. But the climate crisis is daunting and all-encompassing; losing hope is easy amid the constant flux of confusing news. That’s why I want to combat misinformation and discouragement by telling accurate, solutions-oriented stories about the planet as an environmental studies and journalism major. This year, I hope to help the OS connect with the student body in a meaningful way and work with our community to create lasting change on campus and beyond.

Amogh Chaubey

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Hi! My name is Amogh Chaubey, and I'm a junior studying computer science and mathematics. This is my second year as a sustainability intern, and like many of my peers, I grew up naturally interested in the environment and sustainability. While I could trace my interest in the environment back to catching fireflies in my backyard when I was six years old, I would say my climate journey started out in high school where I helped organize climate strikes in Indianapolis and worked with the U.S. Youth Climate Strike movement. I also spent time working in labs that were conducting local environmental research at Purdue. I knew I wanted to make a bigger contribution to the push for sustainability and zero emissions, and that is exactly why I applied to work at the Office of Sustainability. Nowadays, my greatest areas of interest in sustainability are green technology, climate data analysis, environmental policy, and environmental justice. I'm interested in the nuanced world of sustainability -- what emissions data actually looks like, the various sources of those emissions, how our energy is generated, and how to find the gaps where we can reduce UConn's footprint.

The whole world has a very large duty to bear in the next decade. We have to come together and prevent future damage to the environment, revitalize communities that are currently being devastated by climate change, unify and fight as one team front, and create lasting structural change. This year I hope to continue to empower the Office of Sustainability initiatives to create lasting and structural change to promote sustainable practices and address the climate crisis change. My goal for this year is to understand the bigger picture and help get us there.

Claire Lee

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My name is Claire, and I am a senior pursuing a dual degree in political science and ecology and evolutionary biology on the pre-law track. The sky was the limit for me growing up, as I strived to try everything and anything possible within my reach. Throughout my childhood until the end of my high school years, I immersed myself in the arts, taking dance lessons, making art with family and friends, and enrolling in violin lessons. I also enjoyed dabbling in the sciences in the educational setting and at home, trying at-home experiments and reading about scientific topics, which first introduced me to terms like climate change and sustainability; from there marked the start of my journey of involvement with environmentalism and sustainability. I educated myself on longstanding environmental topics beyond the surface-level science of climate change, such as environmental racism and green technological advancements, and sought out opportunities throughout college to apply this knowledge and tangibly address these issues. From a political standpoint, I was intrigued by how environmental policies are developed and implemented, and how the legal field serves as a safeguard against environmental violations, leading to my future career path choice. I realized two important takeaways while drawing from these experiences: the field of environmentalism is beautifully multifaceted, but our solutions must be too. Combining the powers of different backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and knowledge, I am committed to understanding the bigger picture and seeking out effective climate action from multiple perspectives and strategies. It is imperative that all voices are heard in the call for climate action to our world's leaders and stakeholders in our planet's sustainability.

Lillian Adamo

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My name is Lilly Adamo and I am a senior majoring in environmental science and political science. This is my second year as a sustainability intern. Growing up I was always passionate about the environment, I spent a lot of time outside and truly valued nature, and I naively assumed this was the case for everyone. I think I became first truly aware of the magnitude and scope of climate change in AP environmental science in my junior year of high school. One specific moment was learning about the carbon dioxide monitoring at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. I was told that reaching 420 ppm was a point of no return, a value that seems likely in our near future. 

I am passionate about the interaction of policy, planning and the environment because there needs to be a comprehensive as well as multifaceted approach to fully address the climate crisis. Originally, I was very individualistic in my actions and tried to enact as much change as possible on an individual level, but I have now realized the importance and power of collective action and collaboration. Especially in an interdisciplinary field, like sustainability and environmental science. That is why I am committed to continuing to educate myself through academic as well as experiential pursuits. This year I hope to continue to empower the Office of Sustainability initiatives to create lasting and structural change to promote sustainable practices and address the climate crisis.

Sydney Seldon

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Howdy everyone! My name is Sydney, and I’m a Junior pursuing a dual degree in Environmental Science and Sustainable Communities. The friends and the community I have come to know and love since I arrived at UConn have comforted me during some of the most tumultuous and prosperous times of my life thus far. Because of my friends at the Office of Sustainability, Navigators, and countless other groups, cultivating sustainable and resilient relational networks has been engrafted into my life-long mission statement. My role as a Sustainability Intern at the OS has enabled me to navigate relational networks in which multiple groups and entities strive to improve something. Whether that be more sustainable turf management, reduced food waste, or interconnected regional campus partnerships, the OS has invested in promoting a unified vision for nationwide sustainability initiatives.
Similarly to the OS, I yearn to continue cultivating communities in which every individual is valued for what they can provide, and the tight-knit fellowship that endures makes up for the lack. This past summer, I traveled to Uganda for a cross-cultural internship. Our team learned from a key community leader in Mbale, whose organization specializes in equipping local communities with skills and knowledge to support more self-sustained community development. While there, the community leader asked our group: “If the kingdom of Heaven descended on your community, what would it look like?” Fueled by this mission, for the rest of my academic career (and the rest of my life), I long to continue serving my community at UConn, the surrounding communities, and beyond via loving relationships, outreach, and service projects. I invite you to walk alongside our team as we strive for a better UConn and world together!

Amanda Stowe

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My name is Amanda and growing up I spent a lot of time outdoors with family and friends doing activities like hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking. This led me to develop a deep appreciation for nature. But, over the years, I began to see the damage that was being done to the environment and see the devastating effects of environmental issues like climate change, severe weather, and air pollution. That's why I am committed to educating others on environmental problems, explaining what can be done to resolve these issues, and working to eliminate these problems myself. I plan to do this by learning more about the environment and human impact through my classes as an environmental science major, collaborating with peers to enact positive change, and pursuing a career in the environmental field related to policy, education, and/or research.

Aminieli Hopson

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My name is Aminieli James Hopson, I am a Sophomore at the University of Connecticut’s School of Business with a passion for the intersection of International Business and Sustainable Economic Development. Since I was a child, I’ve loved the act of world-building through the arts; I often find inspiration in stories of community. Growing up in 4 states on the North American East Coast, as well as Tanzania, East Africa, I have been exposed to a myriad diverse cultures and human stories that shed light on the possibilities of Sustainable Development. As I continue to examine actionable long-term solutions to Urban Development happening on both local and global levels, I’ve become passionate about incorporating a personal framework and philosophy of accessibility, security, and sustainability to promote and uplift diverse voices that have historically been marginalized or underrepresented in this solutions building. I have a passion for language learning– speak Kiswahili, and Spanish with basic proficiency in Swedish and Korean– that has enhanced my exploration of Sustainable initiatives worldwide.

This emphasis on cross-cultural community, strongly supports my goal to continue the strategic relationship building, and as the 2023-2024 president of the Business Connections Learning Community, I am excited to use my platform as an active School of Business Student Leader create a stronger tie of the University’s sustainability initiatives to the promising careers of the Business Leaders of Tomorrow. Additionally, Aminieli looks forward to becoming LEED Certified to aid in his Real Estate journey and assisting the Office of Sustainability with environmental justice, and climate action initiatives.

Andy Zhang

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My name is Andy Zhang and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Connecticut majoring in environmental science and economics. For the longest time, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to make my impact on the environment. I considered analyzing data samples in research labs, fighting for policy changes, and a thousand other possibilities. No matter what I just couldn’t seem to find my specialty within the field of environmental science. However, that changed as I understood more and more about the direct impact businesses have on the environment. For this reason, I am dedicated to understanding the intersection of business and the environment through my interdisciplinary coursework as well as my professional work to create sustainable economic and environmental solutions for all parties involved. In the coming year, I aim to deepen my knowledge and understanding of UConn’s sustainable practices as well as promote sustainability initiatives throughout campus as an intern at the Office of Sustainability. Additionally, my commitment towards a greener, more equitable future has driven me to pursue work in related organizations like the Natural Resources Conservation Academy, where I strive to empower high school students to carry out place-based, environmental action projects in their own communities. I aspire to gain valuable experience from these positions that will develop necessary lifelong interpersonal skills such as leadership, teamwork, and effective communication that can be incorporated in future career professions such as Sustainability Manager and Head of Sustainability Operations.

Ashley Taffe

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My name is Ashley Taffe. I am a political science major and human rights minor here at UConn. Growing up I wasn’t always interested in the environment or sustainability. My focus was always more centered around equality and cultural revolutions. However in studying those in high school, I realized that everything and everyone is connected. People of color and low income people, especially those living in poverty are extremely affected by lack of sustainable practices and environmental degradation. Learning about how wild, natural spaces that our ancestors once cultivated are disappearing for our children is disheartening, and even more disheartening to hear that so many people have ignored this problem for so long. I hope to be part of the generation that takes a stand and decides that our world, our health, our communities, our environment is worth fighting for, through policies, science and every person doing their part for the earth.

Dylan Steer

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My name is Dylan Steer. I am an Environmental Studies and Political Science double major here at UConn. I was born in Ankara, Turkey and moved to the U.S. when I was a year and a half years old. I have family both in Turkey and in England, who I visit when I am able. Some of my hobbies include playing board games, thrifting, and watching films. To me, one of the most important components of sustainability is its intersectionality. One of my favorite parts of being involved in sustainability is how easily I am able to connect to others through the realm of sustainability. But through my experience working to bring about sustainable change in my community, both at home and on campus, I’ve found just how insurmountable a task making progress can be if taken on alone. That’s why I am extremely excited to be working as a part of a phenomenal team at the Office of Sustainability. I know that my peers are uniquely qualified for the difficult tasks ahead, each of them with the vision to imagine a better campus and the passion to see it through.

Jackie Flaherty

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My name is Jackie Flaherty and I am a second-year marketing and urban & community studies major. Outside of the Office of Sustainability, I am the secretary of EcoHusky, a copyeditor for The Daily Campus, and a member of the UConn Honors Program. Some of my hobbies include running, baking, singing, and listening to film scores. I am interested in making sustainable living more accessible, especially through environmentally conscious urban development. But, I understand that such large-scale change is best sparked in local communities via environmental and digital media literacy efforts. That is why I am committed to understanding how cities can prioritize the well-being of both the environment and their residents, while also providing educational outreach through engaging learning opportunities. It can feel daunting to challenge well-established economic and social structures, making it important to remain both conscious and supportive of the very individuals that changemakers are striving to help. This school year, I hope to maintain an active Office of Sustainability digital media presence to promote greater environmental literacy among the UConn community. Additionally, I plan on increasing the accessibility of sustainable living by helping the Office of Sustainability to organize engaging events for the student body. These events will demonstrate how an environmentally conscious lifestyle is both exciting and achievable through even the smallest of actions.

Kanika Chaturvedi

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My name is Kanika Chaturvedi, I am interested in learning more about the intersection of the law and the environment here at UConn. I know there are not enough laws in our society that are helping us facilitate/mitigate the ongoing climate change problem. This is why I am committed to learning about the different types of policies that can be enacted to help ensure that we as a society can sustain ourselves in the changing environment. In the coming year at the Office of Sustainability, I hope to learn more about on-campus initiatives and regulations we have in place to ensure we are being as sustainable as possible, but also raise awareness about the lack of policies that exist at the federal/state level in regards to it.

EcoCaptain Interns

Anna Parker – East Campus

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My name is Anna, and I am the 2023–2024 EcoCaptain for East Campus. I am a senior, a history major, and a medieval studies minor. I consider my interest in the environment a passion project in my life. It will always affect everything I do and how I see the world. I love having difficult conversations about the nuance and complexities of environmental issues. Like how some changes towards more environmentally friendly energy sources can actually be devastating in other areas. I love learning about the intersection between climate change and social justice, as well as other aspects of human nature like urban areas, human settlement patterns, population studies, and, of course, how the environment interacts with history. Many historians now agree that natural climate change affected many huge events in history, the most notable being the fall of the western Roman Empire. But the issue of the environment and climate change is complex; not all proposed solutions are easily done, and humans have to come together as a collective in order to solve this. That is one of the reasons why being an EcoCaptain is so cool, because I get to be apart of a community that cares about the environment and helps prevent climate change in the small way that I as an individual and UConn as a whole can create.

Adrianna Rossignol – Busby Suites

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My name is Adrianna Rossignol. I have always been frustrated by the inaction in conserving and protecting the environment. When I got to college, I realized I could get involved on a larger level and do something about it. But I continue to witness a large lack of care about recycling and reducing our global footprint. I saw that raising awareness about sustainability can help impact people and get more people involved. That is why I am committed to promoting sustainable actions and understanding global change and environmental interactions as an ecology and evolutionary biology major and as an EcoCaptain with the Office of Sustainability. In the next school year, I hope to help fight the effects of climate change through environmental awareness and protect living things from environmental change.

Aracelys Soto Lopez – Hilltop Halls

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My name is Aracelys Dannette Soto Lopez. I’m 17 years old and I’m from Isabela Puerto Rico. I’m in ACES Pre-Social Work but my intended major is Elementary Education. In Puerto Rico I was Youth of the Year of the Boys and Girls Club of Isabela. That position was awarded to me thanks to my commitment to with the community. I was a STEM Mentor to kids from ages nine to eleven. I created a project to use the club’s participants to clean Isabela’s beaches twice a month. This year I was part of the National Advocacy STEM Summit in the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, me and other Boys and Girls Clubs youths of the year were the maximum winners. Our project was based on Puerto Rio’s climate change causing drought on the island’s water reservoirs. I have been involved with climate change and what it has been causing in Puerto Rico for a long time. These experiences have made me grow as a person and now my wishes are to become a science teacher and teach kids all about climate change in our world. In the future I want to become a civil rights lawyer and help different communities. I wanted to use my experiences in Puerto Rico and expand them here at UConn. Therefore, now I’m an EcoCaptain and I can help with the Eco maintenance of our university. I’m committed on taking climate action with the Office of Sustainability here at Uconn.

Baasim Zafar – Hilltop Apartments

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My name is Baasim Zafar and I am a senior who is studying environmental engineering and civil engineering. However, I realized the importance of promoting environmental outreach and awareness to everyone. This is why I have been helping promote sustainability practices to on campus residents for the past 2 years as an EcoCaptain at the Office of Sustainability. I hope to take the communication and outreach skills that I have learned and apply them to help further my future career as environmental engineer.

Carissa Horton – Charter Oak Apartments

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My name is Carissa and I have been interested in the environment since I was very young. I remember wandering the forest, and putting as much knowledge about manatees, salamanders, and cats into my head that my little brain could handle. However, I know that a love for creatures is not enough to help the environment; there are systemic issues that need to be addressed in order for real change to take place. That’s why I’m committed to understanding the political workings of upholding dangerous climate laws and collaborating with my peers to do something about this issue that will be and currently is affecting all of us. Over the next year, I hope to spark change and encourage hope across campus through climate rallies and spreading awareness about the power that each individual holds.

Caroline Peak – Werth Tower

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My name is Caroline and I am interested in learning more about fate and transport of chemicals in the environment and how it affects communities. I know that millions of people today still don’t know the types of chemicals that are in their drinking water, so that's why I am committed to pursuing a degree that will allow me to inform and help the communities around me have access to clean drinking water.

Emily Goodman – North Campus

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My name is Emily Goodman. I’m always in shock with how rapidly the Earth’s health is declining due to anthropogenic practices and am shocked to see that people are not talking about it. Environmental concerns are human concerns. Pollution, climate change, excessive fossil fuel extraction, etc., are all issues that I believe need to be highlighted frequently. But I know I can’t do that alone, and it takes a team to effectively raise awareness and fight for change. That’s why I am committed to doing my part in the fight against harmful catastrophes in the environment and inspiring others to join me in doing so. While being an EcoCaptain this coming year, I hope to influence change and throw myself into action in an effort to make the world a healthier place.

Grace Shvodian – Garrigus Suites

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My name is Grace Shvodian and I am majoring in Environmental Engineering and I have a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I am from Northern Virginia and I am interested in the restoration of aquatic ecosystems such as the Chesapeake Bay. I am also interested in water quality and ensuring that people have safe drinking water. I have always known about the importance of the environment and also about the negative impacts that humans have caused on the environment. I am excited to work with the Office of Sustainability and learn more about what UConn is doing to inform the student body about environmental issues and also what they can do to help out. I’m looking forward to getting to know everybody!

Hannah Hidalgo – North Campus

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Maki Karasawa – Northwood Apartments

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My name is Maki Karasawa. Prior to high school, I had never really paid much attention to environmental conservation and sustainable development. However, over the past couple of years, as temperatures continued to rise, especially during the summer of '23, the scorching heat wave almost extinguished my desire to go outdoors. This experience has made me acutely aware of the importance of environmental protection and sustainable development. Therefore, I have decided to join EcoCaptain, an organization that provides me with the opportunity to learn more about environmental conservation and sustainable development. Even though I am still in the process of learning, I believe that through my efforts and involvement, I can gain a better understanding of environmental issues and help spread awareness. In the coming year, I plan to actively participate in various environmental initiatives to promote sustainable development goals. I hope that through my dedication, I can inspire more people to join our cause, working together to protect the Earth.

Matthew Tiongko – West Campus

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Hi my name is Matthew, I’ll be the Eco-Captain of West Residence Halls this year! Growing up in an outdoorsy family, I grew up with a passion for the environment, and seeing the nature around me. I have always been taught the importance of sustainable practice, but I rarely see it in action. I am excited to work with UConn’s Office of Sustainability to address these issues and turn them around. My goal is to bring the UConn community together while learning how to practice, and promote sustainability on campus! I look forward to putting on some fun events in the residence halls, and getting to meet new people!

Maya Kovachi – Alumni Quad

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My name is Maya Kovachi. I am interested in learning about what I can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle and help the environment. But I know that just one person being more sustainable and eco-friendly is not enough to make a change. That’s why I am committed to spreading awareness to other residents in Alumni about what we can do together to make a greater impact! This year I hope to help get people interested in sustainability and learning more about the environment through fun and inclusive residential activities

Nadine Masayda – Hilltop Apartments

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My name is Nadine and I study mechanical engineering to learn how to design and build systems optimized for sustainability. I cannot define sustainability and understand the concerns of consumers and the environment without diversifying my experience at UConn, so I’ve joined the Office of Sustainability as an EcoCaptain Intern. I hope to learn more techniques to be sustainable and how to integrate these practices systematically. I intend to use my degree and knowledge about the environment to have a positive impact as a professional engineer.

Olivia Peterson – Husky Village

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Hi, My name is Olivia Peterson and I am the EcoCaptain for Husky Village. I am interested in learning more about how individual efforts can help promote sustainability in my community. However, I know that college campuses are not always the most eco-friendly and produce a lot of waste. That’s why I am committed to encouraging my peers to learn more about the environment and practice sustainable habits. In the coming year I hope to make even the tiniest difference in the people around me.

Ruth Martinez – Northwest

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My name is Ruth Martinez, and ever since I was young, I have fallen in love with the planet and the beautiful things that exist within it. As I grew up, my passion only grew, and I looked for ways to become more active in protecting it. However, I learned very quickly that I alone could not change things. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to care for our planet. That's why I am committed to working with the office of sustainability and engaging our community to teach about sustainability practices. In the coming year, I hope to create fun and safe spaces where we can enjoy a good time together, learn about sustainability, and put it into practice. I hope to ignite passion in others or even peak their interest. My goal is to make sure that someone learns at least one thing, because it might trickle down and make the slightest difference.

Siddharth Sinha – South Campus

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My name is Siddharth Sinha and I'm a senior studying computer science and engineering. I have always been passionate about protecting the environment. I'm interested in understanding how businesses and companies can advocate for and implement sustainable practices. That's why I committed to helping the Office of Sustainability promote sustainable practices in our residence halls. My goal is to learn more about sustainability and educate students about sustainable practices. In the future, I hope that I can use my experience at UConn to advocate for better sustainable practices in the corporate world.

Suheera Haq – Hilltop Halls

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My name is Suheera Haq. I am a Molecular and Cell Biology major on the pre-medical track. I have always had an interest in health and wellness, but I realized studying medicine alone is not enough to ensure good health. It is just as important to take care of the environment around you, and in return the environment will take care of you. By working towards a clean environment, we work towards better health for yourself and your community. This is why I am committed to take charge this year as an EcoCaptain intern to see how I can create change and promote sustainability in the areas that I live. In the upcoming school year I am excited to start initiatives in my residence halls and educate my floormates on sustainability practices. By taking small steps as a community, we can create large impacts of change for the better!

Thu Do – McMahon

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Hello everyone! My name is Thu Do and I am a Sophomore switching my major to Biomedical Engineering. I am a part of the Honors UNIV-facilitating program, a Rowe Scholar, the secretary of the Vietnamese Student Association, and a Sister of the Kappa Phi Lambda sorority! My favorite fall activity has got to be volunteering at Green Game Day! Although this will be my first time volunteering, moments through cleaning up and cheering on the football team will already make a memorable experience for me.

I am interested in learning how to live more sustainably and provide an environment where all communities can thrive. It is difficult to connect multiple neighborhoods together as a single individual. Throughout my childhood, there wasn’t a lot of unity within my town and the adjacent ones regarding our atmosphere conditions. Therefore, my goal is to promote awareness on the climate conditions to foster relationships between communities against unhealthy environments.