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2018 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.

Below, you can find out more information about each Sustainable CT Fellow.


Alessandra Alling

Alessandra is in the class of 2019 at the University of Connecticut. Alessandra is majoring in Natural Resources and Political Science, and she will be working at the South Central Regional Council of Governments in North Haven. Alessandra tap dances with a club at UConn.

Amanda Arroyo

Amanda is a senior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in Applied & Resource Economics and minoring in Business Management & Marketing. Amanda will be working at the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments in Waterbury. This past semester, Amanda was studying abroad in Florence, Italy!

Nadia Balassone

Nadia graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in spring of 2018 as a double major in Business Administration-Marketing and English-Rhetoric & Composition. She will be attending Quinnipiac University School of Law in the fall of 2018. Nadia is excited to be working at the Capitol Region Council of Government in Hartford this summer and to continue training her feisty little rescue dog, Luna.

Allison Brown

Allison is a junior at Eastern Connecticut State University. Allison is a double major in English and Environmental Studies with a French minor.  She will be working at the CT Metropolitan Council of Governments in Bridgeport.  A fun fact about Allison is that while she doesn't like chocolate ice cream, she does enjoy anything else chocolate.

Nat Bush

Nat is in the class of 2019 at Trinity College, double majoring in Neuroscience and French. Nat will be working with the Lower CT River Valley Council of Governments in Essex. A fun fact about Nat is that they studied abroad in Paris last fall!

Jane Culkin

Jane is a 2019 Master of Environmental Management Candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies focused on city and state energy, resilient and sustainable policy approaches. Jane will be working in the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Hartford. In her spare time, Jane enjoys searching for waterfalls on hikes throughout the Northeast.

Lucas Cummings

Lucas is in the class of 2019 at the University of Connecticut. He is majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Global Change and in Natural Resources with a concentration in Water Resources & Climate. Lucas will be working with the Northeastern CT Council of Governments in Dayville. As a huge trivia fan, Lucas was captain of his high school's trivia team, and to this day he never misses an opportunity for a good trivia night!

Colleen Dollard

Colleen is a senior at the University of Connecticut double majoring in Geography and Maritime Studies with minors in Political Science and Environmental Economics & Policy. Colleen has taken most of her classes at the UConn Avery Point campus because she lives in Groton. Colleen will be working with the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments in Norwich. Colleen recently got her scuba diving certification, and she enjoys hiking with her dogs at Bluff Point.

Collin Donovan

Collin is in the class of 2019 at Fairfield University. Collin is an Environmental Studies major with a minor in Politics. Collin loves to go hiking, camping, and snowboarding in his free time. He is working at Western CT Council of Governments in Sandy Hook.

Gabrielle Gelozin

Gabrielle is a first year law student at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Gabby completed her undergraduate degree at The College of William and Mary in Virginia where she majored in Biology and minored in Economics. This summer Gabby will be working with the Lower CT River Valley Council of Governments in Essex. A fun fact about Gabby is that when visiting the Scottish Highlands, she took a big sip of water straight from Loch Ness.

Brooke Mercaldi

Brooke is part of the class of 2020 at Southern Connecticut State University. Her major is Environmental Systems and Sustainability Studies with a concentration in Coastal and Marine Systems. This summer Brooke will be working at the Northwest Hills Council of Governments in Goshen. Brooke spent this previous semester abroad in Liverpool, England!

Leonardo Abreu Ynojosa

Leonardo attends the University of Connecticut as an upcoming junior, and major in Environmental Engineering. Leo will be working with the Western CT Council of Governments in Sandy Hook. A fun fact about Leo is that he has never gone bowling, but wishes to do so soon.