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Summer Sustainability Fellows announced

Friday, April 26, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

The Beloit College Sustainability Fellows Program recently announced the selection of this summer’s fellows. As part of this eight-week program beginning May 20, students are given the opportunity to contribute their expertise to a campus- or community-based sustainability project and to earn one unit of academic credit. 

Listed below are the fellows and their projects:

Georgia Isham’16, from Chicago, will work in the Community Action Garden under the mentorship of Chemistry Professor Brock Spencer. Isham will collaborate with staff of Community Action and two high school students to maintain the Porter Avenue sharing garden and to run a garden club for neighborhood youth as part of a neighborhood revitalization effort in one of the Beloit’s most challenged neighborhoods.

Becky Clow’15, from Woodstock, Ill., will work with Biology Professor Yaffa Grossman in the Nygren Wetland Preserve. Working with the staff of the Natural Land Institute (NLI), she will continue the successful restoration of the wetland, prairie and oak savannah complex at the preserve. 

Anne Bardo’15, from Elgin, Ill., will work in the Welty Environmental Center under the mentorship of Grossman. She will design and assist with environmental education programs and help the staff with day-to-day operations at the center. 

Safari Fang’14, from China, will work alongside Geology Professor Sue Swanson at Chamberlin Springs, a wooded nature preserve located on the west side of Beloit and owned by Beloit College. Responsibilities will include mapping and photographing the area around the springs and inventorying trees.

Emma Koeppel’16, from Cambridge, Wis., will study the native species plantings on campus. Working with Grossman, she will focus on the composition of the plantings and their historical connections to the prairie style of landscape architecture.

Michelle Koenig’13, from Bayfield, Wis., will do a biomass assessment of the campus forest with  Geology Professor Carol Mankiewicz. She will map the trees on campus, estimate the quantity of carbon they contain and create a database that can be used to determine changes in carbon sequestration over time.

Katia Colin’16, from Waukegan, Ill., will work in the Beloit College Help Yourself Program under the mentorship of Grossman. She will work with program staff and campus faculty members to design and implement “green” science and sustainability activities for Help Yourself.

Kyle Bohrer’14, from Farmington, Minn., will work in the campus garden under the mentorship of Spencer. He will plan, implement and evaluate a pilot project using small campus garden plots during this year’s growing season.

Arianna Cocallas’16, from Anchorage, Alaska, and Lydia Stensberg’15, from Appleton, Wis., will join Beloit College Physical Plant Director Michael Brady to assess the potential for improvements in energy use on campus. Under the mentorship of Economics Professor Warren Palmer, they will examine ways to reduce the college’s energy consumption and to develop economic models to assist the college in making decisions about where to invest resources.

For more information on the Sustainability Fellows Program, click here.