Welcome 2014-2015 IonE Leaders
Jessica Eckerstorfer is a senior English and Philosophy double major with aconcentration 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 community. 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 (which there’s never enough of!), Jessica continues to grow her mounting book collection, play the piano, be an amateur photographer and bike around the Twin Cities.
Moriah is a second year student pursuing her undergraduate degree in Food Systems. She wants to make a difference in the food system through gathering people from all backgrounds and giving them 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 through building communities and local economies. She is currently a member of the Real Food Challenge leadership team, a team 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 general office and administrative support. Since October 2012 Redden 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). Redden is a Biology, Society and the Environment (BSE) major with a concentration on the environment. Also, Redden is a double minor in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Studies and Sustainability Studies, pursuing an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting certification. Through the GLBTA Programs Office Redden is listed as a staff and student resource due to his work in the GLBT Mentoring program in academic year 2012-2013 and in the present.
James Butler is a freshman studying Environmental Engineering and member of the Institute on the Environment Undergraduate Leadership Program. He is from Vermillion, South Dakota, and has been passionate about the environment ever since his time as a Boy Scout. He is an Eagle Scout and has been on backpacking trips in Wyoming and New Mexico along with numerous summers at Camp Geiger in Saint Joseph, Missouri. His Eagle Scout project included the planning, management, and building of two footbridges for a local youth soccer club.
He is very interested in addressing the detrimental effects of climate change with sustainable engineering solutions and being able to communicate these solutions in an effective manner. He enjoys working in a team of diverse individuals to solve real-world issues dealing with sustainable systems, energy, and infrastructure. Outside of academics, he plays trumpet in the University’s marching band, the “Pride of Minnesota” and loves all things Gopher Sports.
Samantha Ehrenberg is excited to be a part of the first cross-disciplinary IonE Undergraduate Leaders team. A junior studying Mechanical Engineering, she is interested in sustainable power generation, storage, and use. She is currently the president of Engineers Without Borders-USA University of Minnesota Student Chapter. Through EWB-USA UMN she supports four student-led sustainable development projects in partnership with international communities lacking reliable water access. She has previously worked to design and implement improvements to a Guatemalan school’s rainwater harvesting filtration system as a part of EWB-USA UMN
Maaso Kalema is an IonE Undergraduate Leader for 2012-2013. Native of Blaine, MN, she is currently a 3rd year student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities pursuing a degree in Individualized Studies with concentrations in Environmental Science, Political Science, and Sustainability Studies with an intent to progress onto graduate school to obtain her Master’s degree. Through her studies she is striving to bring a social context to environmental issues in order to lessen the disparities felt by underrepresented communities. On campus, she is currently the co-vice president of a student organization called Black Motivated Women or BMW. Outside of school and extra-curricular activities, she enjoys spending time with my family and friends, dance, art, and reading.
Gaurav is an undergraduate student of Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Plant Biology. He is interested in various aspects of tropical forest ecology (biodiversity generation and maintenance, nutrient cycling, conservation biology). He is also interested in applying basic ecology to the engineering of alternative energy sources. He has previously worked in Dr. Bo Hu’s lab, where he investigated the chemical cause of foaming in swine manure storage pits, and is currently pursuing his interest in tropical ecology as a student in Dr. George Weiblen’s lab. When he is not in classes or in lab, Gaurav is generally organizing, participating in, or writing for academic competitions for the University’s Quizbowl team. He blogs at http://ecologicalmatters.wordpress.com/
Phillip Kelly is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Global Studies, with an emphasis on Environment & Sustainable Development. His passion for sustainability blossomed out of a service-learning research internship with Campus Beyond Coal and he quickly moved from there to become a student leader on campus. He has been a key actor in the on-campus sustainability demonstration project called the Bike Pasture and currently serves in many capacities for the undergraduate student government – the Minnesota Student Association. He is a co-director for MSA’s Facilities, Housing, and Transit Committee, undergraduate representative to the Minneapolis campuses’ surrounding neighborhood alliance (the University District Alliance) as well as the City Council, and he is the undergraduate representative to the UMN-TC Sustainability Committee. He also currently serves on the Student Unions & Activities Board of Governors and is building a coalition to create a student grocery store.
Eric Sannerud is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Sustainability, Applied Business, and Social Justice and is a 2012 Udall Scholar. His entrepreneurial energy has led him to create the first undergraduate student food issues group, U Students Like Good Food, and lead U of M Food Day 2012. Because of his passion for a more just food system he founded his own Community Supported Agriculture farm, the Sunny Brothers farm, last season at his great-grandparents farm in Ham Lake, MN. He sold to 8 shareholders including President Kaler’s family. Eric is interested in engaging and empowering other undergraduates through innovative curriculum, student groups, and leadership development programs as well as advancing the dialogue around societies greatest challenges past the “us vs. them” dichotomies to pragmatic, solutions focused action.
Chelsey Shoup is a senior pursuing a Biomedical Engineering major and a Management minor. Although her studies lie in the medical sciences, she is thoroughly involved with sustainability and energy efficiency. Chelsey was able to combine her love of renewable energy with her love of leadership and mentorship through her vice-presidency role in the Active Energy Club. She continues to promote sustainability and conservation with her role as Coordinator for the Energy Efficiency Student Alliance. In the future, Chelsey hopes to fuse her medical interests with her passion for the environment by starting a biomedical company that promotes overall wellness and sustainability to its employees and customers.
Emma Wright is an undergraduate senior in the Inter-College Program focusing on the intersections between Political Science, Carlson School of Management, and Sustainability. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has developed a passion for public service and advocates for sustainable community development as chair of the state Board of Directors for the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group. Emma has also become an expert “trash talker” after several years working as a recycling coordinator for the University of Minnesota. In her free time, Emma loves to travel, bake, dance, and speak Brazilian Portuguese.
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