OES Interns

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Gabriel Echarte ’22

I am a sophomore at Amherst College and a potential Political Science major. Growing up in Miami, FL, environmental issues were always front and center of my childhood. Climate change felt present in my daily life as I constantly read stories on the increasing concentration and veracity of hurricanes, heavy flooding, and the myriad other tolls human activity was having on my city. At Amherst, I wanted to further involve myself in issues pertaining to the environment and joined the Amherst Association of Students, focusing on issues relating to climate change and campus sustainability. It is my hope that through the OES this year I can become a more effective advocate for sustainability and climate action at Amherst.

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Meg Parker ’20

I'm a senior majoring in Psychology and Political Science. I was an OES intern last year, and I'm so pleased to be working with the office again - more impossible burgers, anyone? Besides being an OES intern, I'm a member of the swim team and an AAS Senator. I'm looking forward to a great year full of fresh, new ideas with everyone at the OES!

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Maya Bhandari ’20

I'm a neuroscience major in the class of 2020. On campus, I run Cross Country and Track, am an AAS Senator, and am on the E-board for Consulting Club. I first got involved with the OES in 2018 when I did a summer internship researching how to apply the most effective global climate solutions to New England higher education. I'm very excited to work with the OES again this year, and one project I hope to implement is an on-campus secondhand clothing store. My goal is to reduce the amount of new items bought and shipped to Amherst, promote the practice of reusing and recycling clothing, and provide a hassle-free way for students to turnover clothing, all while creating a convenient, sustainable means of shopping on campus.

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Olivia Gieger ’21

I'm returning to the OES for my third year, after working as an intern and an eco-rep during my sophomore and freshman years. As an environmental studies major, I love the opportunity that working with the OES provides to connect global trends and solutions to hyper-local projects. In addition to interning at the OES, I work as the Arts Editor on The Student, and I hope to pursue a career as an environmental journalist.

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Margaret Werner ’21

I am a member of the Bicentennial Class majoring in French and Psychology. This semester, I'm excited to continue my work for the OES after being involved in the past as an Eco-Rep, Intern, and Global Studies Fellow. Outside of the OES, I am on the women’s squash team and work at the Loeb Center. I’m interested in entrepreneurial student sustainability initiatives on campus and publicizing them to the student body. 

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Sydney Scanlon ’21

I am a sophomore and undeclared. I am involved with the Yoga Club, FJA, the Equestrian team, and RAK, and this will be my first time working with the OES. This year I will be spearheading a project to implement a free store on campus - this space will facilitate the free exchange of things between members of the community.

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Victoria Choi ’22

I am a sophomore planning to major in Environmental Studies and Religion! I'm part of the Amherst Christian Fellowship and the Amherst Questbridge Low-Income Community. I also sing as an alto with Terras Irradient (TI) A Capella. This year, I hope to learn more about and promote sustainable lifestyles and practices on campus. I'm also excited to help increase the online presence of the Office of Environmental Sustainability at Amherst!

Summer 2019 Interns

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Allyah Pimentel Landestoy ’21

I worked over the summer to refine and expand the Green Office Program, which aims to help offices on campus gauge and improve how sustainable their spaces are, and recognize participating offices for their efforts. I worked with a variety of offices on a pilot of the program which will be launched in full this fall, and am excited to be working on an initiative that will help Amherst College become a greener campus!

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Kevin Zhang ’21

I am an Economics and Environmental Studies double major and this summer's Climate Action Plan intern. My research involved figuring out ways for Amherst College to further engage faculty, staff, and students with sustainability and climate action, both through the curriculum and beyond. I hope to see Amherst produce the sustainability-minded leaders of tomorrow!

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Witter Swanson ’21

In the spring of 2018, Amherst College announced its participation in a collaborative power purchase with a soon to be built solar farm in Farmington Maine, which will be largest solar farm in New England. This summer I conducted collaborative research investigating that solar farm with a student from Smith and a student from Williams College. Through research and formal interviews with stakeholders, the interns worked to generate tools for community members to learn about the solar farm and the processes that led to its development.

Global Sustainability Fellows

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¡Hola! My name is Margot, and I am an Environmental Studies major in the class of 2021. I will be studying abroad in Quito and San Cristobal (Galapagos) this spring. I am from Denver, Colorado, and I cannot wait to immerse myself in a new culture where my studies will come to life. As a Global Sustainability Fellow, I plan to explore how Ecuadoreans understand their relationship to natural resources. I am interested in comparing attitudes toward the environment and extraction in Quito and San Cristobal. In the Galapagos, development has been sacrificed in order to preserve the environment, while in Quito a proposal to eliminate a fuel subsidy led to mass unrest in October of 2019. Given that addressing climate change will require all of us to make sacrifices, I hope to learn more about how to balance human interests with environmental imperatives by studying these divergent communities.  

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Rebecca Novick ’21

Hi everyone! I'm Rebecca, an Environmental Studies major from Westchester County, NY. This semester, I am studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, learning about Danish culture, urban planning, and Arctic geology. I am very excited to be able to experience a new culture and continue my environmental education beyond Amherst. As a Global Sustainability Fellow, I am going to be taking a closer look at the role of public transportation in Copenhagen, specifically how transportation infrastructure has been integrated into the city and the importance of public transportation in the design of sustainable communities. I’m looking forward to learning more about how we can improve our own transportation systems at home, and I am excited to share my experiences with you throughout the semester!

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