Office of Sustainability Former Interns
Katy Evenson: Sustainability Events Intern
Majors: Psychology and Studio Art, Minor: Spanish
Sustainability means quite a lot to me; I grew up always having a large garden, line-drying our family's clothes and keeping a very large compost bin, and never thought for a second that any of these things were strange or something that we shouldn't be doing. This lifestyle of my childhood has carried over into how I think about ecology and conservation today; that sustainability is something that is lived every day, not just at our convenience. It’s important that we leave this planet as good or better than when we got here.
I’m interested in cooking, baking, knitting, learning new things and thoughtful citizenship of my community (globally and locally).
Katie Hosch: Engagement and Data Intern
Majors: Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies also minoring in Chemistry
Sustainability, for humans, is the practice of sustainable living, allowing resources (rather than problems) to be passed onto our future generations. Personally, I try to bike as many places as I can, buying and eating many local foods, and conserving both electricity and water throughout my day.
I enjoy reading, swimming, watching sports and cooking.
Kyle Klausing: Community Climate Education Intern
Majors: History, Spanish, and Latin American Area Studies
Sustainability is the capacity of individuals and communities to combine both a high quality of life that endures for future generations with a respect for our natural environment and the resources it contains. While things like energy conservation and organic gardening are important facets of sustainability, I believe that sustainability as both a concept and a practice is something much larger. It involves a wide array of people and institutions engaged in everything from community composting to developing more efficient batteries for wind turbines. It's exciting to be a part of this effort!
I enjoy reading, biking, and conversation with friends.
Nkaujcoob Vang: Communications Intern
Major(s): Management and French Minor
To be able to live in balance with the environment, people, and other species without having to create consequences for future generations: that is what sustainability is to me. Though the concept is still new to me, I am honored to be a part of a great cause, learning about new ways of being sustainable and helping others become aware of these sorts of things! I hope to help pass along the knowledge so that people can too incorporate a sustainable method of living.
I enjoy being with family and friends, listening to music, watching a good series, trying out new things.
Ashleigh Cimino: Alumni Engagement intern
Major(s): Global Business with a Minor in Italian
I believe sustainability is important because it means taking responsibility for the way human life has affected the Earth. Today we have opportunities to use renewable energy to preserve our natural resources, and I am proud to be part of a campus that does this and makes sustainability one of its top priorities. Personally I am passionate about sustainability because I want to inspire other people not to take our Earth for granted.
When I have time between my studies and helping to save the world my favorite hobby is dancing, specifically with hula hoops. I've been hooping for almost 2 years and last fall I felt like a full-fledged circus performer when I finally got to try Fire Hooping.
Nina Schexnider: Campus Sustainability Data Analysis Intern
Major(s): Anthropology, Biology
"You reap what you sow."
Reading books, playing sports, traveling.
Saskia Zinn - Morris Model Intern
Major(s): French and German
Sustainability to me means caring for and maintaining the different areas of education, community and the environment in ways that will allow future generations to appreciate them just as we do now. Additionally, ensuring that the projects we implement in these different areas are ones that have strong enough foundations to outlast our generation, and cultivate further beneficial advancements for the future.
Traveling, tiny homes design, reading, hiking, camping, cooking, skiing.
FAITH BRADLEY: MN GREENCORPS - LOCAL FOODS
Sustainable actions that promote the continuity of our unique environments and communities while maintaining the happiness of their residents is needed now more than ever. I hope to encourage and make these sorts of actions while working with the local foods system in Morris and am excited to see what kind of impact we can make.
I love living in new places, traveling and exploring the world, gardening, cooking, eating, hiking and camping! I also love learning about our food system, both locally and around the world.
ANNA PRATT: CLIMATE EDUCATION INTERN
Majors: Environmental Studies and Spanish, Minor: Political Science
Sustainability and sustainable thinking is important to me because it is the only way to ensure our quality of life now and in the future. We depend on each other as a species for our survival and happiness just as we rely on our environment for everything from water filtration to food to fun. So it only makes sense that we should value humanity and the Earth as well economic benefit in our lives and our political and economic systems.
I enjoy practicing TaeKwonDo, reading, and learning new things.
MEG FORCIA: SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES INTERN
Majors: Environmental Studies and American Indian Studies
The Seven Fires Prophecy is an important part of Anishinaabe teachings. It is my belief that this generation is faced with a choice between two roads. The wrong road will lead us to destruction, but if we choose the right road, “the seventh fire will light the eighth and final fire, an eternal fire of peace, love, brotherhood and sisterhood.” As an Anishinaabe woman, I feel a responsibility toward protecting the water and the land. But to me, sustainability is more than that. It’s about sustaining peaceful relationships within our communities and personal lives, and fostering a spiritual connection with our Mother Earth.
I love living a vegan lifestyle, and am currently making plans to build an off-grid tiny house. I am extremely interested in renewable energy projects on tribal lands, and my biggest aspiration in life is to create an eco-commune on my reservation.
SANDRA THAO: SUSTAINABLE RELATIONSHIPS INTERN
Majors: Sociology and Philosophy
Sustainability to me symbolizes the preservation of “earthly” cultures and ways to improve the ways of living for ourselves and our futures. The ways we directly and indirectly interact with the environment and each other will impact our lives in some ways. Sustainability will allow me to find the link between our causes and effects with not only the environment but with the people and other organisms.
My hobbies are reading books I find interesting, watching dramas and anime, learning new things, playing any sport - especially soccer - listening to music, and singing.
LORRIE GOTTWALD: ALUMNI NETWORKING AND OUTREACH INTERN
Major: Environmental Studies
Sustainability is a concept that encourages us to live a life with purpose, emphasizing how our lifestyle choices affect not only our local community but communities across the world. It is a lifestyle in which I was raised, before it was formally formed as a concept. As a child I helped my dad maintain a large garden, helped my mom hang clothes on our clothesline, and engaged with the natural world every chance I had. Every choice we make in this world leaves a footprint, every footprint we make leaves a mark. It is our responsibility to leave this earth in as good or better condition for future generations.
I am passionate about running, reading, crocheting, gardening, and being outdoors.
EMILY MOORE: DATA AND REPORTING INTERN
Majors: Physics and Environmental Science
Sustainability is important to me because I want to make an impact on the world around me, and leave it better than it was for future generations.
At UMM I am involved in the Women's Varsity Soccer Team and Physics Club. I enjoy learning, running, working out, spending time with friends and family, and playing with my puppy, Lucy, in my free time. I like to stay busy and hope to become an Environmental Engineer in the future.
SARAH TERPSTRA: IMPLEMENTATION INTERN
Majors: Sociology and Human Services
Sustainability is important to me because humans are impacting the world in a terrible way. We need a way to preserve the planet and sustainability is the best way for that! There is so much to this world that is beautiful; I want future generations to see it its beauty.
I love photography, volleyball, hiking, horseback riding, traveling, animals and farm life. I currently have only been to Italy outside of the U.S, but I'm hoping to change that very soon.
BRENNA COOK: COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
The interconnectedness of people, societies, and the environment is an idea that appeals to me and manifests itself in a hope that we can use our actions to create a more equitable world for everyone in it. Minimizing our negative impact on each other and maximizing the effectiveness of resources we use can help us provide for ourselves and other living things in both the present and future. Therefore, I think focusing on sustainable practices in every facet of life can help make the world a more pleasant place for everyone here.
I also enjoy reading and learning about different places and people, as well as spending time outside.
AUSTIN PETERSON: DATA AND REPORTING INTERN
Major: Biology, Minor: Chemistry
Sustainability is an important concept to me because it is an idea that can help bring people together for the greater good. People can rally around the idea of creating an environment that future generations can enjoy. Preserving our environment and working to develop clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels is not only extremely important, but very interesting as well. Everyday people are finding new ways to help create a more sustainable international community. Creating a sustainable environment and developing new ideas to make a better world for tomorrow is a passion of mine. It is an incredible feeling when everyone is able to put aside their differences and come together to solve a problem, and this is something that sustainability helps achieve. I believe that sustainable thinking and ideology is the backbone to any healthy functioning society.
I enjoy playing sports, hanging out with friends and family, exploring new places, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
MARTIN ZAIS: COMPOSITING COORDINATION INTERN
Major: Environmental Studies Minor: Biology
Sustainability is about making mindful choices. The Latin root for sustainability is made up of sustinere, which translates tenere, to hold, and sub, up. The Latin root word implies effortful action on our part. Economically, socially, environmentally, and relationally impacts must all be considered in the susty stew. To me sustainability is doing the best with what I am given. I am passionate about this work because I want to protect the wild places.
I enjoy enlightened forms of transportation such as bicycling, foot-travel, and rail-travel. I like exploring new places and being in nature. I like learning new processes, activities, and why things are the way they are.
DENISSE ZIANI: IMPLEMENTATION INTERN
For me sustainability means how biological systems are able to endure and survive. With that definition in mind for me sustainability means making sure that we as human being don't forget about those biological systems. In the world that we live today human being and me included are so preoccupied in surviving. We put all of our attention in surviving midterms, to surviving a long day at work or, even surviving a break up. In our attempt to survive our daily day activities, we sometimes damage does biological systems. For me sustainability means, being able to endure and survive this world while making sure I don't damage the world I'm living in, and its biological systems. In other world, it means making anything in my power to make sure the world I live in survives, because if he dies I by default die as well.
I enjoy anything related to the ocean.