ETP graduates are making their mark in the world. They have gone on to: Yale Law, Vanderbilt Law, Stanford Law, University of Texas Law, Northwestern Law, Georgetown Law, U. Va. Law, George Mason Law, University of Vermont Law, Virginia General Assembly, Yale School of Forestry, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Natural Resources Defense Council, Public Interest Resource Group, Trout Unlimited, American Red Cross, OLIN Landscape Architecture, Perrin Quarles and Associates, Onyx Group, ICF International, Deloitte and Touche, PNC Financial Services, Happy Rickshaw, U. Va. Environmental Sciences, U. Va. Urban and Environmental Planning, U. Va. Landscape Architecture, Columbia University, Harvard University, Duke University, Teach for America, Loudon County government, Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation, James River Association, Center for Clean Air Policy, Peace Corps, Virginia General Assembly, US Senate, US Department of Justice, US EPA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, the Green Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Sequoia National Park, Jeannette’s Pier (the country’s only platinum LEED certified, state operated fishing pier), Kirkland and Ellis LLP, Beveridge and Diamond, O’Melveny and Myers, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Alaska Supreme Court, and Western Federal District Court of Virginia.
ETP’s graduates have won prestigious honors and awards, such as Fulbright scholarships (Khalial Withen ’06 and John Nay ’12), the John Warner Public Leadership Award (Sarah Buckley), Udall Scholarship (Thushara Gunda), and the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition (Jenny Jones).
ETP graduates have worked in Egypt (Tori Evans), South Korea (Jean Kim), Peru (Elio Jordan), Benin (Cristof Herby), Switzerland (Bridget Wandelt), and Germany (Benson Gabler).
Here are some more specifics about the successes of our ETP graduates! :
Ben Abraham '10 moved to Washington D.C. to work in an Environmental Consulting position with The Cadmus Group. His team’s client work is on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Environments Division as well as the ENERGY STAR Program. Ben works on a wide variety of issues including but not limited to Children’s Health, Green and Healthy Schools, Asthma and Environmental Tobacco Smoke. In support of these programs a large chunk of his assignments center themselves around the specific realm of Marketing and Communications.
Reem Alamiri '08 received her Masters in Public Policy from UVA in 2009 and spent a few months working with the Panama Initiative, gathering information about the solid waste management system in Colon, Panama, including a month residence in Colon. Reem received a fellowship from the Aga Khan Development Network to work at the Brookings Institution on issues of international development - an Early Childhood Development project and a water management project for the Jordan River Valley.
Claudia Andre '04 is an attorney at a law firm in Philadelphia. She practices corporate and commercial litigation, which often includes environmental law matters.
John Bedard '06 works as an environmental data analyst for Perrin Quarles, an environmental consulting firm in Charlottesville.
Rebekah Berlin '10 is a 2010 Teach for America Corps member in Memphis, TN. She is going to continue working in Memphis, next year at a charter school.
John Bernhardt '08 moved to the Bay Area and spent 2.5 years working as an environmental educator and program coordinator with the Alliance for Climate Education. John then worked as Support Director for Run While You Can - a charity ultra-endurance hiking event than traverses 2,650 miles on the PCT while raising around $160,000 for Parkison’s Disease research. John is now working for the Clean Coalition - a Bay Area clean energy advocacy group - managing communications and operations.
Sarah Buckley '09 is a student at UVA Law School. Previously, she was the Finance Director at Toscano for Delegate and was also a real estate/administrative legal assistant for a small Charlottesville-area firm.
Sasha Clarke '07 enrolled in Professor Mark White's 'Financing a Sustainable Future' class, which took place in Tanzania in January 2007. Photo by Prof. Mark White.
Andrew D'Huyvetter ’05 went into the Urban and Environmental Planning program in the School of Architecture at UVA and obtained a masters degree in 2007. He is currently working for the Onyx Group in Alexandria as an Urban Planner/Federal Planner/GIS Analyst. His work involves military base planning, which has recently incorporated sustainability into its overall vision. He obtained LEED AP status in 2008.
Liz Dubats '07 is a law student at Northwestern Law.
Elizabeth Dubovsky '05 runs an outreach program that she founded five years ago in Alaska for Trout Unlimited, a national non-profit organization. Through her program, Elizabeth educates and engages commercial fishermen, seafood processors, chefs, retailers, and consumers in some of today’s biggest Pacific salmon conservation issues. Elizabeth has also served as the interim Executive Director for a regional seafood development association in Alaska, working for commercial salmon fishermen to help them adapt to economic and ecological changes. Recently, she partnered with local fishermen to start a Community Supported Fishery (CSF) program in Alaska’s capital as a way encourage a more sustainable local food system.
Noah Egge '03 is a PhD student in Environmental Sciences and an MT candidate in the Curry School. He has received a prestigious Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship! Read about it here: http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=9055
Halley Epstein '11 is a student at Yale Law School. She is serving as president in Yale's Environmental Law Association, leading the Jewish law students' association, and is an articles editor for the Journal on Regulation. Last summer, Halley had an internship at the California AG's office in the Natural Resources section in Los Angeles and this upcoming summer she will be working for two law firms: Simpson Thacher and Susman Godfrey.
Anne Eschenroeder '06 led teenage boys building hiking trails in Idaho for four months, and then moved to Portland, Oregon where she managed an urban garden and was a garden educator for two years. After participating in a farming apprenticeship program at U.C. Santa Cruz, Anne moved to New Paltz, NY were she is now the farm manager for a not-for-profit educational working farm, Phillies Bridge Farm Project (www.philliesbridge.org).
Tori Evans '08 worked for a non-profit in Alaska that retrofitted native community buildings to save energy for rural, low-income communities. In 2009, Tori landed in Cairo, Egypt to teach English and explore some cross-cultural exchanges. After about a year and a half of freelance teaching English, yoga, and some workshops on air and water pollution, Tori started working at an environmental consulting firm, coordinating projects like environmental and social impact assessments, national solid waste management planning, and environmental monitoring and enforcement. She is pictured snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef during her time studying abroad in Australia.
Jen Fier '08 teaches students with severe disabilities a class incorporating therapeutic recreation in Springfield, Virginia. Jen spent a summer working at an outdoor expedition camp in Colorado, volunteers with the Nature Conservancy, and races triathlons.
Mike Figura '04 owns a real estate company called Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty in Asheville, NC that focuses on green building, historic homes, and walk-able and bike-able properties. His company has a focus on sustainability, and hires a building scientist to do an energy audit for every home that they sell. Since moving to Asheville, Mike has also worked as a sustainable planning and development consultant with a firm called GreenPlan Inc. and has been a partner in a green building/urban infill development company, developing many small infill green homes and a net zero home made from hemp.
Benson Gabler '04 worked for an environmental research institute in Hamburg, Germany, founded by Michael Braungart, business partner of William McDonough and co-author of Cradle to Cradle. In 2009, he graduated from Yale with Master's degrees in Business and Environmental Management. He is now Director of Corporate Sustainability at PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh.
Ryan Gilchrist '09 joined a start-up small wind turbine manufacturer called Urban Green Energy, headquartered in New York City. Over the past two years, UGE has more than tripled in size and Ryan is the Business Development Manager, leading a team of 11 people.
Jacqueline Goodrum (Tolson) '07 worked in London with the UNEP’s SEED Initiative, a sustainable development project, and the Environmental Law Foundation, a non-profit environmental law firm. More recently, she returned to the U.S. to begin study at Vermont Law School where she is enrolled in the joint JD/Masters in Environmental Law & Policy program.
Carina Gervacio '05 is the program coordinator at Brainfood. She volunteered for Migrant Aid as an English tutor for migrant youth and adults in central Virginia. She has worked for several environmental non-profits, including the Southern Environmental Law Center and the League of Conservation Voters.
Julia Glendening '10 is an environmental consultant at SC&A, Inc. (Sanford Cohen and Associates, Inc.). She performs waste facility audits and provides onsite support for the NEPA office at the Department of Energy.
Fania Gordon '04 is graduated from the UVA School of Architecture with a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning
Jim Gould '08 works as an Environmental Educator at Jeannette's Pier, a Platinum LEED certified state owned fishing pier in Nags Head, NC. Previously, he was the Conservation Project Director for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Jim Gould '08 teaching at Jeannette's Pier summer camp!
Veronica Gutierrez '10 is working with Environment America, a federation of state-wide, citizen based nonprofits that work to improve and protect environmental legislation. She is currently working to protect the Clean Air Act.
Thushara Gunda '10 will be attending Vanderbilt University starting fall 2012. Previously, she was an assistant project scientist at Weston Solutions, Inc.
Mike Hankinson '10 is a Ph.D. student in the Joint Program in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University. His research uses spatial econometrics to understand land use and development patterns, regarding both urban development and suburban sprawl. Broadly speaking, he wants to know where people live and why. Currently, Mike is collaborating with the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy to model the drivers of neighborhood change and gentrification in New York City.
Caroline Heins is working with the Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation (ACCT), a small non-profit advocacy group that works on alternative transportation issues in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. She started there working with children and a safe routes to school program but is now the acting executive director on a full time basis. She loves working at ACCT because she believes that alternative transportation is important for our culture's long term sustainability outlook, and she feels like she can really make a positive difference in Central Virginia.
Christoph Herby '05 raced bicycles professionally for two years after graduating, competing around the world from China to the Dominican Republic to the Blue Ridge Mountains. He started a rickshaw service in Charlottesville, called Happy Rickshaw. He joined the Peace Corps in Benin and launched the Moringa Association of Benin as an NGO. Now he works for the International Committee of the Red Cross, coordinating food assistance and livelihood projects for victims of armed conflict in the Central African Republic.
Peter Hogge '07 spent two years in the Peace Corps Jamaica, working with the town's local primary schools on several projects including developing a computer lab. Peter is now in his second year of law school at the University of Maryland, focusing on environmental and international law. In Spring 2011, he will be traveling to Namibia to participate in the University of Maryland Human Rights Clinic.
Samantha Hudson '05 moved to Hawaii to work as an Environmental and Facilities Planner in 2007. Since then—she’s surfed quite a bit—and also obtained accreditations with the USGBC and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She now works as a Program Manager/Senior Planner for Enterprise and Sustainability Programs with Kamehameha Schools.
Jenny Jones '04 taught 7th and 8th grade science for two years in Oakland, CA through the Teach for America program. She then taught 6th grade science in Arlington, VA and volunteered with Casey Trees in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the UVA Architecture School with masters degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning. In October 2010, Jenny and two of her fellow graduate classmates were awarded first place in the Student Category of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI–ARC) Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition. Jenny was the ETP Administrator from 2007-2011 and is now working at OLIN, a landscape architecture firm in Philadelphia.
Jenny teaching an EVSC 2030 lecture
Claudia Jiron-Murphy '05 studied law at George Mason University and she has clerked at the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Prior to entering law school she worked at Beveridge & Diamond, an environmental law firm in Washington, D.C.
Elio Jordan '09 interned at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research in D.C. (a progressive political and consulting firm) for one year before moving back to Lima, Peru. There, Elio worked as an external consultant for Right to Play, an international NGO that focuses on child development through the use of sport and play, as well as at a local leading corporate communications firm as an Internal Projects consultant. Elio then joined EnseñaPeru, a young organization based on the Teach for America model, where young professionals are recruited to teach for two years at low-income and vulnerable-area public schools to try to improve education in the country.
Jean Kim is attending Ewha Womans University (Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation) in Seoul.
Danielle LaRock '09 went on to complete her M.S. degree in Environmental Science at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is now a fellow in the Presidential Management Fellows program, a flagship leadership development program in the federal government for advanced degree candidates. This prestigious two-year program is designed with a focus of developing government leaders and provides opportunities to gain experience in public service through challenging work assignments, formal classroom training, and a developmental project. Danielle is working at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV on professional training courses dealing with climate change, structured decision-making, and strategic habitat conservation.
Ashley Lowe '06 attended graduated from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources with a M.S. in Environmental Policy. She is currently working at the Center for Clean Air Policy as a U.S. Policy Research Assistant.
Kelly McElwee '09 spent the year after graduation volunteering with Americorps in West Virginia. She has recently graduated with a Masters of Environmental Management program from Duke where she spent time researching environmental conflict and peace building, and worked for a nonprofit in Raleigh on environmental legislation.
Taylor Martin '06 worked three years in economic consulting before entering the Masters in Public Policy Program at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College. Taylor has interned at Resources for the Future, working on a project involving wind turbines, and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the Office of Enforcement.
Lauren Maxwell '04 attended Georgetown Law School.
Bevin Moeller '04 is currently studying Geographic Information Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She hopes to work for a state or national government agency using GIS to model the relationships between public health, transportation, and land use. She is also interested in using GIS for anthropological research, specifically to examine cultural changes in relation to global climate change.
Rachel Nelson '10 worked for a year as project manager with local sustainability non-profits Better World Betty and Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) in Charlottesville. Rachel is now completing her Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning at UVA’s school of Architecture.
Caroline Normile '08 worked for a year as a Meteorological Analyst for the NOAA National Weather Service testing weather equipment before entering the graduate school in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State. She recently completed her Master’s thesis on tropospheric ozone transport and detection by satellites.
Suzanne Pinckney '06 has been working in corporate sustainability strategy consulting with two former Batten Fellows (Darden), Brian and Mary Nattrass of Sustainability Partners. She is in Tarrytown, NY near Stone Barns Center where she interns in the field and greenhouse and carries on her passion for sustainable agriculture started in Portland, OR where she helped found a community farm. Suzanne has recently finished a MBA in sustainable business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Colin Peppard '03 landed a position as Energy Associate at Massachusetts PIRG, one of the largest environmental advocacy groups nationwide. In 2006 he was working in Washington for Friends of the Earth. Click here for a story about Colin's advocacy for Amtrack funding. He also worked as the Deputy Transportation Director in the Washington office of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Colin is currently working in the U.S. Senate for Senator Tom Carper of Delaware.
Erin Potter '03 is in her final year at The University of Tulsa College of Law, concentrating on a certificate program entitled “Sustainable Energy and Resource Law.” It is a program designed to prepare students for the fields of energy, environmental, and natural resource law. Last summer, Erin clerked at the EPA Office of Compliance and Enforcement in Washington, D.C.
Erin Puckett '07 is studying Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech.
Elizabeth Ritch '10 was a Panama Initiative Fellow in the summer of 2010. She is now working at Environ in Princeton, NJ.
Michelle Rehme '11 works for the UVA Foundation at Morven Farm – a 3,000 acre property that has become a landscape for critical thinking, retreats, and interdisciplinary classes for the University. Michelle lives and works at Morven, where she manages a 1-acre educational garden (complete with a chicken flock) and coordinates events and classes that take place on the beautiful property.
Ben Rottenborn '03 graduated from Stanford Law School in 2006 and clerked for a federal court in Arizona. He is an Associate Attorney with Kirkland and Ellis in Chicago, where he focuses on complex civil defense litigation.
Emily Russell '08 worked in Richmond, VA for communities affected by hazardous waste, including the TVA coal ash spill. Emily is now in her second year at Tulane University Law School, taking environmental law classes and assisting a professor with research on renewable energy regulations.
Dan Shean '05 worked for the Student Conservation Association and the US Environmental Protection Agency between undergrad and law school. In 2008, Dan graduated from UVA School of Law, where he concentrated in environmental law. As a law student, he interned at the Environmental Crimes Section of the Department of Justice. Since graduating, he served as a law clerk for a federal district judge in Virginia and as a law clerk for the Honorable Barry G. Silverman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Phoenix, Arizona. He is now working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Norfolk, Virginia
Kendall Singleton '07 founded the "Green Dining Initiative," whose goal is to make the UVa dining experience more sustainable. See the Cavalier Daily article and the Cville article discussing her project. She also keeps a blog on sustainable dining at UVA. Prior to her position with UVA Dining, she worked as an environmental data analyst at Perrin Quarles Associates in Charlottesville.
Gabe Silver '07 worked as counselor at a wilderness therapy school for troubled boys in Buckingham County, VA. He is currently an Environmental Educator for the James River Association in Richmond, VA.
Katie Spidalieri '09 is a law student at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Ohio. She is an Associate member of the Cleveland State Law Review and looks forward to any scholarly writing experience. During the Summer of 2011, Katie worked under Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources for the Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays where she got to assist in the process of writing regulations for the state.
Beth Stein '08 worked for the U.S. Geological Survey/Univ of Arkansas Cooperative, traveling the Mississippi River watershed surveying marsh birds, with a focus on the threatened king rail. Beth is currently pursuing a PhD in the remote sensing of forest resources at Virginia Tech.
Peter Swigert '10 worked for The Nature Conservancy both in Montana and in Washington, DC doing wildlife research and geographic information systems (GIS). Peter joined the global consulting firm Accenture in 2011, and has since worked on projects for the Department of Homeland Security and the Postal Service.
Bridget Wandelt ’07 is a consultant with ScottMadden, Inc., a general management consulting firm with offerings chiefly in the energy and corporate and shared services fields. After college, Bridget took her interest abroad, working for the clean energy practice of a management consulting firm in Switzerland and serving as a Transatlantic Renewable Energy Fellow in Germany. Check out the website at: http://www.swisscleantech.ch/de/home/
Lila Warren '09 worked for the Piedmont Environmental Council for a year and a half, directing their summer Fellowship program for college students. Lila is back in school pursuing a Master's Degree (MS) in Fisheries Biology at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville Tennessee. For her thesis research, Lila is performing an evaluation of the state muskellunge stocking program in the Collins River and Upper Caney Fork watershed.
Amy Whitcomb '05 worked in Sequoia National Park immediately after graduation. She was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently working for the Public Library of Science and pursuing a Certificate in Creative Writing. Her poems have appeared in Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Contemporary Haibun Online, Simply Haiku, The Heron's Nest, Rattlesnake Review, Sacramento News and Review, and Berkeley Poetry Review.
Jessie White '09 began law school at the University of South Carolina in the fall of 2009. She has focused her J.D. degree by taking environmental courses including Federal Environmental Law, Coastal Law, Climate Change Law & Policy, Constitutional Issues in Property and Land Use Planning. Jessie has held an internship with the Coastal Conservation League in Charleston, SC in the land use and planning department as well as an internship with the Conservation Voters in Columbia, SC where she helped promote environmental and conservation legislation at the State House. Most recently Jessie spent the summer clerking for the Department of Natural Resources.
Alex Wilkerson '11 returned to Charlottesville to complete his MPP degree through UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Alex is currently looking for a career in environmental or sustainability consulting.
Khalial Withen '06 worked for Andrea McGimsey, Potomac District seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. She is now a student at Stanford Law. See article about Khalial: Alaska Wilderness Women Shamed By Lawyer from East Coast - http://news.virginia.edu/content/alaska-wilderness-women-shamed-lawyer-east-coast
Shiming Yang '11 is pursuing a Master of Science on Environmental Policy and Planning at the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). This past summer and fall, she participated in a state-funded research project in China, focusing on Inland Aquaculture Pollution Management and Policy.
Nancy Peterson '13 had an internship with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) this summer. She leanred how funding is allocated to different conservation efforts. She is also in the middle of Peace Corps application process.
Jessica Church '13 is working in Washington, D.C. for a small political consulting firm that handles faith messaging for democratic campaigns and progressive non-profits. They work frequently on climate and other environmental issues. As part of that job, she serves as the Field Director of the Good Steward Campaign, a faith-based environmental organization that works primarily on college campuses to inform and engage students in conversations about religion, the environment, and fossil fuel divestment. She hopes that this campus outreach will motivate and equip students with the skills to start sustainability or fossil fuel divestment campaigns at their respective schools and in their faith communities.
Matt Leisten '13 completed an internship with Resources for the Future, an environmental economics think tank. He is now working as an analyst at Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm, and applying to economics doctoral programs for entry in Fall 2014.
Kelly-Ann Williams '13 is currently teaching Kindergarten at Broadus Wood Elementary school in Charlottesville.
Viola Li '13 just started working full time at Cornerstone Research, an economic and litigation consulting firm and is planning on applying to law school in the near future.