Fellowship Program

For the final three weeks of the program, the fellows focus on a collaborative practicum, designed to meet their expressed skills and interests. Each pair of Fellows is mentored by a PEC staff person or a professional from one of PEC’s many partner organizations. At the end of the final week, the fellows present their work to PEC’s staff and board of directors.

 

 

 

2014 Fellows and Practicum Topics

 

“Farmer Chef Express Website-Developing Their Gleaning and Surplus Program.”

  • Lauren Faccinto
    San Anselmo, CA
    Kenyon College: Sociology and Environmental Studies
  • Hannah Itzler
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    University of Florida: Sustainability and the Built Environment
  • Mentor: Jess Palmer

“Social Media Outreach Series and Fellowship Promotion”

  • Chelsea Johnson
    Avon, IN
    Lawrence University: Environmental Studies (Policy Focus)
  • Susanna Kirschner
    Richmond, VA
    University of Mary Washington: Environmental Science
  • Mentor: Marco Sanchez

“Strengthening What We Already Protect: Updating Easements in the Cromwell's Run and South Fork Rivanna Watersheds”

  • Laurel Abowd
    Glenmont, NY
    University of Virginia: Environmental Sciences
  • Natalie Sheffield
    Charlottesville, VA
    College of William and Mary: Environmental Science and Policy, English
  • Mentors: Heather Richards and Maggi MacQuilliam

"Assessing Stream Water and Habitat Quality at Gilbert's Corner"

  • Michael Ament
    DePere, WI
    University of Michigan: Environmental Science and Anthropology
  • Preston White
    Bealton, VA
    James Madison University: Integrated Science and Technology
  • Mentors: Gem Bingol and Mike Kane

"A Green Infrastructure Schematic (Vision) for the Piedmont"

  • Brian Stark Godfrey
    Charlotte, NC
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Political Science and Geography (GIS)
  • Peter Klemz
    Manassas, VA
    Virginia Tech: Public and Urban Affairs
  • Mentors: Dan Holmes, Watsun Randolph, Jonathan Marquisee

"EPA Clean Power Plan as it Applies to Virginia"

  • Alexa White
    Riverhead, NY
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Environmental Science
  • Samuel Zacher
    Columbus, OH
    University of Chicago: Environmental Studies and Economics
  • Mentor: Rob Marmet


 


2013 Fellows and Practicum Topics

“A PORTFOLIO OF SMART GROWTH FEATURES: ILLUSTRATING POWERFUL LAND USE CONCEPTS”
Meredyth Sanders
Vienna, VA
University of Virginia: Urban & Environmental Planning, Minor in Environmental Science
Mentor: Katherine Vance

“A GUIDE TO SUSTAINABLE NOMA”
Mathew Smead
Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Environmental Science, Minor in Geography
Mentor: Galin Brooks, NoMa BID

“THE FAUQUIER COUNTY OUTDOORS GUIDE”
Julia Bridstrup
Warrenton, VA
University of Virginia: Environmental Science, Minor in Anthropology
Mentor: Julie Bolthouse

“TRAIL MAPPING IN THE PEC REGION”
Henry Bell
Oak Grove, MN
Middlebury College: Joint Major in Geography & Environmental Studies, Minor in Spanish
Mentor: Watsun Randolph

“HIGH SCHOOL LESSON PLANS ON LAND USE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING”
Melissa Andrews
Carlisle, MA
University of Pennsylvania School of Design: Master of City Planning - Land Use & Environmental Planning Haverford College: Growth and Structure of Cities, Minor in East Asian Studies
Mentor: Leslie Ziegler, Highland School

“CONSERVATION STORIES OF VIRGINIA”
Caroline Massie
Rappahannock, VA
University of Virginia: English, American Studies, Minor in Media Studies
Mentor: Kristie Kendall

“THE OUTER BELTWAY: WE CAN HAVE IT ALL”
Terry Chen
Winchester, MA
University of California Los Angeles: Environmental Science, Minors in Geography & Environmental Studies
Mentor: Bri West

“THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WESTERN BYPASS: A CASE STUDY OF WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS AND THEIR ROLE IN VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS”
Rachel Locke
Arlington, VA
University of Virginia: Environmental Thought & Practice, Leadership & Public Policy
Mentor: Diana Norris

“OUTREACH EFFORTS TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY IN THE SHENANDOAH RIVER”
Robert Stuart
Edinburg, VA
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Masters in Natural Resources Virginia Tech: Horticulture
Mentor: Shenandoah Riverkeepers, Jennifer Keck

“THE VIABILITY OF BIOFUELS AS A REPLACEMENT FOR FOSSIL FUELS”
Sarah Wheatley
Rappahannock, VA
Mount Holyoke College: Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Geoscience
Mentor: Sue Ellen Johnson and David Wheatley, Pilot

“AN INTIMATE LOOK AT FARMS AND FOOD: OUTREACH FOR PEC’S BUY FRESH BUY LOCAL CAMPAIGN”
Charlotte Rodina
Manassas, VA
University of Mary Washington: English
Mentor: Jessica Palmer
 


2012 Fellows and Practicum Topics

“FARMERS MARKETS AND OUTREACH TO LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS"
Louise Searle
Fredericksburg, VA
Randolph College: Environmental Studies, Minors in American Culture & Sociology
Practicum Mentor: Sue Ellen Johnson, PEC       

“ASSESSMENT OF ENVIRONMENTALLY-RESPONSIBLE PRACTICES AT THE AIRLIE CONFERENCE CENTER”
Spencer Middleton
Stillwater, MN
Evergreen State College: Human Ecology
Practicum Mentor:  Breanna Detwiler, Environmental Policy Coordinator and Assistant to the President, Airlie Conference Center      

“OUTREACH TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON BLACK BEAR MANAGEMENT IN THE PIEDMONT”
Mindy Bridges
Denver, CO
University of Colorado Boulder: Anthropology & Ecology/Evolutionary Biology, Certificate in Peace &  Conflict Studies
Practicum Mentor: Tom Wood, Director, Environmental Studies on the Piedmont      

“THE LEGAL GUIDE TO FARMING”
Matthew P. Castelli
Egg Harbor, NJ
University of Richmond: Biology
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Practicum Mentors: Sue Ellen Johnson & Diana Norris, PEC   

HISTORIC ASSESSMENT OF THE JAMES CITY PROPERTY IN MADISON COUNTY: MAKING THE CASE FOR PRESERVATION”
Jocelyn Friedman
Mount Kisco, NY
Carleton College: American History, Minor in European Studies
Practicum Mentors: Kristie Kendall & Beth Burnam, PEC       

“ACCESS MANAGEMENT ALONG ROUTE 29: AN INTERSECTION-SCALE ANALYSIS”
Andrew Pericak
Charlottesville, VA
University of Richmond: Environmental Studies & Geography, Minor in Music
Practicum Mentor: Jeff Werner, PEC      

“STREAM HABITAT STUDY AND OUTREACH IN THE LONG BRANCH WATERSHED”
Susan E. O'Neill
Leesburg, VA
Central Washington University: Biology with a Minor in Chemistry
University of Washington: Certificate in Environmental Law & Regulation
Practicum Mentor: Gem Bingol, PEC      

“BUSINESS MODELS FOR COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA’S) AND URBAN ROOFTOP GARDENING”
Brian C. Sproul
Chicago, IL
University of Oregon School of Law: Environmental & Natural Resource Law
Practicum Mentor: Pablo Elliot, Stoney Lonesome Farm   

“NEW URBANISM/ GREEN URBANISM DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DC SUBURBS”
Erin B. Pierce
Clifton, VA
James Madison University: Political Science, Minors in Environmental Studies & Sociology
Practicum Mentor: Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth      

“HABITAT CORRIDOR MANAGEMENT BY PRIVATE LANDOWNERS”
Katharine M. Chute
Wayzata, MN
Harvard:  Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Minor in Government
University of MN, Duluth: Environmental Education
Practicum Mentor: James Barnes, PEC      

“GUIDE TO RURAL AND AGRICULTURAL LIFE FOR NEW RESIDENTS”
Jeremy J. Rothwell
Chesapeake City, MD
Washington College: Political Science & History
University of Delaware: Masters in Urban Affairs & Public Policy
Practicum Mentors: Sue Ellen Johnson & Bri West, PEC      

“ASSESSING THE AVAILABILITY OF NATIVE AND INVASIVE PLANTS IN NURSERIES ACROSS THE PEC REGION”
Morgan R. Carter
Millwood, VA
University of Mississippi: Public Policy Leadership, Minors in Environmental Studies and Business Practicum Mentor: James Barnes, PEC

 
 
 

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