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2021 Sustainable CT Fellows


Through the Sustainable CT Fellowship Program, students from Connecticut colleges and universities will receive training, supervision, and a stipend to help our communities implement Sustainable CT actions and obtain points towards certification.


Reese Berman

Reese is a rising junior at Virginia Tech. He has a major in Environmental Policy and Planning, with a minor in Ecological Cities. This summer, Reese will be working with the Southeastern CT Council of Governments in Norwich. In his spare time, Reese likes to get outside and run. He completed a half marathon his freshman year.

 

Thomas Bonitz

Thomas is a member of the class of 2024 at the University of Connecticut. He is double majoring in Geographic Information Science and Economics and minoring in Urban and Community Studies. Thomas will be working at the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Hartford. Thomas loves backpacking, soccer, volleyball, and playing the viola.
 

Sofia DiNatale

Sofia is a rising junior at the University of Connecticut, double majoring in Political Science and Music with a concentration in Instrumental Performance. This summer, Sofia will be working at the Lower CT River Valley Council of Governments in Essex. She has been playing the piano and cello for nearly 10 years!
 

Rachel Flanagan

Rachel is a member of the class of 2023 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is a Civil Engineering major with a focus in Transportation Engineering and Sustainable Development. This summer she will be working with the Southeastern CT Council of Governments in Norwich. Rachel is a member of the Varsity Women’s Rowing team at WPI.
 

Liam Ford

Liam is a member of the class of 2022 at the University of Connecticut. He is majoring in Natural Resources, concentrating on Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation. He is also pursuing a minor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. This summer, Liam will be working with theWestern CT Council of Governments in Sandy Hook. In the Fall of 2020, Liam took a gap semester to travel around the USA. His roadtrip covered 51 days, over 11,000 miles and he visited 17 National Parks.
 

Adrian Huq

Adrian is a rising sophomore at Tufts University in Massachusetts majoring in Applied Environmental Studies. This summer, Adrian will be working with the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments in Waterbury. Adrian is a passionate climate activist who serves as the co-founder of the New Haven Climate Movement Youth Action Team and facilitator at the Climate Health Education Project.
 

Valentina Jimenez

Valentina is a rising senior at the University of Hartford studying biochemistry with a strong interest in environmental policy and science. She will be graduating in the spring of 2022 and will be working at the Western CT Council of Governments in Sandy Hook, Newtown this summer. She was recently elected as the President of the Student Government Association at UHart as the first Latina president.
 

Hope Marino

Hope is a graduated senior from Fairfield University as she majored in both Environmental Studies and Psychology, and a minor in Politics. She looks forward to attending law school in the fall. This summer she will be working at the South Central Regional Council of Governments in North Haven. In her spare time, Hope enjoys listening to music and taking hikes with her friend’s German Shepherd/Boxer mix puppy, Nala!
 

Lauren Pawlowski

Lauren is a senior at the University of Connecticut. She is pursuing a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Economics. Lauren will be working with the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments in Waterbury this summer. A fun fact about Lauren is that she loves to travel, hike, and explore new places. She’s been to about 15 U.S. National Parks and was a UConn Fellow at the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Madrid, Spain.
 

Sean Roach

Sean is a rising senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Urban and Community Studies and Psychological Sciences with a minor in Public Policy. He is also a part of UConn's fast track program pursuing his Masters in Public Administration. This summer, Sean will be working with the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Hartford. In his spare time, he likes to hike, camp, and knit scarves.
 

Megan Schweickert

Megan is a rising senior at the University of New Haven as a Marine Biology major. This summer she will be working with the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments in Essex. During her free time, Megan enjoys hiking and kayaking.
 

Allie Smith

Allie is pursuing an MS in Environmental Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She extremely interested in environmental policy and its role in municipal and regional planning. Her work mainly revolves around sustainable transport policies and public engagement with community-based sustainability projects that seek to facilitate, and maintain, sustainable lifestyles. This summer, Allie will be working at the Northwest Hills Council of Governments in Goshen.
 

Julia Stevenson

Julia is a second-year Environmental Studies graduate student at Southern Connecticut State University. She is focused on climate mitigation and adaptation in ocean and coastal regions and international climate negotiations. This summer, Julia will be working at CT Metropolitan Council of Governments in Bridgeport. She is an avid reader and loves spending time outdoors.
 

Brandon Whitburn

Brandon graduated from the University of Connecticut in the spring of 2020 with a major in economics and minors in communications and accounting. Currently, he is attending the University of Connecticut graduate school pursuing a master’s degree in public administration where he will graduate in the spring of 2022. This summer he is excited to be working with the Northeastern CT Council of Governments in Dayville. In his spare time Brandon enjoys hiking and tending to his herb garden.