2011 Green Plus Sustainability Summer Fellows Named

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The Institute for Sustainable Development today announced its 2011 Sustainability Summer Fellows. The 2011 class of Sustainability Fellows comprises graduate students, undergraduates and professionals from Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and East Carolina University. Fellows include Jeremy Bogen, Molly Boyle, Susannah Brouwer, Amanda Komar and Garrett Ziegler. Fellows perform research, improve Green Plus tools and provide sustainability coaching to the smaller businesses and non-profits in the Institute’s 18 Green Plus partner communities as they strive to improve their economic, environmental and social performance.  This year’s class comes from the disciplines of economics, the environment, public administration, journalism and sustainable tourism.

“One of our core objectives is to help foster a new generation of leaders in sustainable business practices,” said Chris Carmody, the Institute’s Executive Director. “The Green Plus Fellows are the life blood of our programs and will play a vital role in their communities for years to come,” Carmody concluded.

Please join us in welcoming the 2011 Summer Fellows:

Jeremy Bogen
Jeremy was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina and developed his love of the outdoors hiking in the Smoky Mountains and swimming off the Outer Banks. He is a rising senior at Syracuse University, majoring in Economics, with a minor in Mathematics. After graduation, Jeremy wants to merge his interests in economics and mathematics with an environmental field of study. By interning with Green Plus, he hopes to develop a better appreciation of the economic factors that affect environmental sustainability.t

Molly Boyle
Molly Boyle is a Master of Public Administration Candidate for 2012 at UNC- Chapel Hill. She received a Monarch Scholarship to Old Dominion University and graduated with a BS in Psychology, summa cum laude. In 2008, she completed a summer study abroad program at the National University of Ireland- Galway. Molly has served as a research assistant at the UNC School of Government, working with Dr. Maureen Berner on her hunger research project. After graduation, Molly plans to return to her hometown of Virginia Beach and pursue a career in nonprofit management.

Susannah Brouwer
Susannah is passionate about the great outdoors and the services it provides from material goods to recreation to health and inspiration. Her work is dedicated to helping businesses and communities develop in healthy partnership with the natural environment. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Nicholas School at Duke University. Her concentration is innovation and decision-making for enhanced ecosystem performance. Susannah is thrilled to be based out of Durham – a city she loves for its great culture, restaurants, music and commitment to sustainable progress. Prior to enrolling at Duke, Susannah spent ten years as a marketing and community outreach strategist for non-profit organizations, private companies and small business owners including; The Arts Council of Fairfax County, Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI) and Sasaki Associates. Susannah has a Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Virginia and a Graduate Certificate in Business from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.


Amanda Komar
Amanda Komar is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received her master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, specializing in Public Relations. In 2006, Amanda received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, where she majored in Environmental Policy and Planning and minored in Psychology and Forestry. Before returning to graduate school, Amanda was employed with a small environmental consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where she worked primarily with the firm’s biggest client, the Environmental Protection Agency. She spent the summer of 2010 developing a PR and marketing strategy for EcoSet Consulting, a Los Angeles-based company that provides environmental services to commercial film sets. Amanda’s interests lie in using collaboration, outreach, education, and new and innovative ways to promote environmental protection.


Garrett Ziegler
Garrett is currently pursuing his master of science in sustainable tourism from East Carolina University. Garrett is the vice-president of the Students for Sustainable Tourism Club at ECU and has worked as a graduate assistant at the Center for Sustainable Tourism. He has helped further The Center’s Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative by producing a series of webinars designed to help small to medium sized tourism business with renewable energy and energy efficiency adoption. Prior to attending ECU, Garrett received a B.S. in biology from Penn State University. After graduation Garrett worked as an environmental field scientist and as a sleigh ride naturalist at the National Elk Refuge. He eventually settled in Jackson Hole, WY where he worked within the tourism industry and pursued his love of the mountains and outdoors recreation activities.

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