The Institute for Sustainable Development named its six 2009 Summer Sustainability Fellows: Amanda Campbell, Dale Hammer, Elizabeth Liedel, Brooks Rainey Pearson, Teddy Salgado, and Napoleon Wallace. The Fellows, currently graduate and undergraduate students at Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, bring a wealth of experience from their work background and their studies in business, environmental studies, law, planning and public policy.
“The Institute’s Sustainability Fellows program is central to our mission,” said Chris Carmody, Director of the Sustainable Business Initiative. “This interdiscplinary team will help small employers with practical sustainability expertise, and we hope their field experiences here will provide a new experience for them as well,” Carmody concluded.
Along with Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill – Carrboro and Greater Durham Chambers of Commerce, the Institute Summer Sustainability Fellows program is supported by several companies and philanthropic foundations: GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, The Fenwick Foundation and the Redwoods Group.
Amanda is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning with a specialization in land/use and environmental planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before coming to UNC, she was a Park Naturalist at Gulf Branch Nature Center, for Arlington County, Virginia. Accomplishments included leading programs for adults on water conservation, integrated pest management, Energy Audits 101, and backyard wildlife habitats. She also pursuaded the county’s Energy Manager to fund an energy audit for nature center, which led to renovations, and a more comfortable, energy-efficient building. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and minors in Environmental Studies and Music from James Madison University, VA.
Dale was born and raised in northwestern New Jersey and has considered himself a Tar Heel his entire life. He spent his freshman year at Providence College in Rhode Island and is currently a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in environmental studies and political science. Dale considers himself an environmentalist and serves as service chair of Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity where he organizes stream clean-ups and other community service activities. After graduation, he plans to continue his education at UNC School of Law and pursue a career in environmental law. Dale looks forward to the opportunity to intern at Green Plus where he hopes to gain valuable experience in the field.
Elizabeth Liedel is a joint degree candidate at Duke University, pursuing an MBA at the Fuqua School of Business and a Master of Environmental Management at the Nicholas School for the Environment. She is on the Executive Committee of the Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative and is active in Fuqua’s Net Impact chapter, the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, and the Association of Women in Business. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG), a Boston-based non-profit that incubates small businesses which manufacture green technologies to improve access to clean water, sanitation and renewable energy for the global poor. Prior to returning to school, Elizabeth worked in major gifts fundraising for Combined Jewish Philanthropies. She has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Smith College, where she has also served on the Board of Trustees.
Brooks Rainey Pearson
Brooks Rainey Pearson is a dual degree student at UNC working toward a law degree as well as a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning. Brooks graduated from UNC in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and spent six years in the Outer Banks where she owned and operated three yoga and Pilates studios before returning to Chapel Hill for school in 2006. Since her return, Brooks has pursued her interest in land use and environmental law. She was the vice president of the Environmental Law Project, was published in the Environmental Law Symposium Journal, and completed an independent study on the tax law of conservation easements. Brooks hopes to build a career helping organizations and municipalities grow sustainably.
Teddy Salgado is a master’s student at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business pursuing his MBA with concentrations in Social Entrepreneurship and Decision Sciences. His professional interests include business strategy and development, particularly with environmentally and socially sustainable organizations. Teddy recently traveled to Nicaragua to work with a solar energy company, Tecnosol, on expansion plans. He also worked with a Durham-based community development venture fund, Talent Capital, on a business development project. Prior to business school Teddy was the Business Analyst in Children’s Hospital Boston’s department of cardiology where he managed operations for several research studies and served as a finance committee member for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Pediatric Heart Network. Teddy graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a B.A. in mathematics with a music minor.
Napoleon Wallace is a master’s student at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. Napoleon has an extensive background in finance, working as a high-yield credit analyst for Wachovia Capital Markets for four years and as the commercial banking credit analyst for M&F Bancorp for two years. He has a strong interest in the intersection between entrepreneurship and sustainability, and has been engaged with HIP Investor, SJF Advisory Services, CSE Consulting and the Center for Competitive Economies during his first year of business school. Napoleon is currently one of Kenan-Flagler’s 2009 Carolina Entrepreneurial Fellows.