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Please welcome our summer college interns Alyssa Loveday and Tyler Leverenz-Soetaert! They will be with us all summer to assist with programs, data collection, research, social media, Summit planning, and more!

 

Meet Alyssa Loveday!

Hometown: Johnson City, Tennessee

Degree: Received a double Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sustainability from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’17 with a Master’s of Science in Sustainability Studies at Texas State University’20.

What sparked your interest in sustainability?

While I was an undergraduate student at The University of Tennessee, I worked for a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center that focused on energy efficiency and interdisciplinary research between academia, industry, and national laboratories. This exposure led to my addition of a Sustainability Studies Major, AmeriCorps VISTA position with Texas Conservation Corps, pursuit of a M.S. degree in Sustainability Studies, and current intern position with STAR.

What are some opportunities in sustainability over next few years that you are looking forward to?

I am looking forward to the current trend of minimalism in regards to needless waste. Most people are starting to use reusable water bottles, bring their own bags to the grocery store
or repurpose glass jars instead of using one time use plastic! It’s now being viewed less as an
inconvenience and more as a social normality.

Any plans for after graduation?

I will be starting my first year as a graduate student in Fall 2018, but post-graduation I
would like to obtain my PhD in clean energy research and work for a National Laboratory or
nonprofit organization focused on renewable energy implementation in disaster or low income
areas.

What’s a non-recycling fun fact about you?

I love being outside! Long boarding along lady bird lake, bouldering at ABP, or hiking in
the hill country are some of my favorite things to do on the weekend!

Meet Tyler Leverenz-Soetaert!

Hometown: Waco, Texas

Degree: BA in Psychology from Texas State University, and an MS in Sustainability Studies from Texas State (expected December 2018).

What sparked your interest in sustainability? 

Most of my time in grad school has been spent investigating the relationship between Ecological Footprint and Quality of Life, with my thesis focusing on household level carbon footprint and quality of life for every U.S. zip code.  Other areas of interest include sustainable food systems and alternative transportation.

What are some opportunities in sustainability over next few years that you are looking forward to?

I’m excited by cities like Georgetown and Denton making commitments to renewable energy and am looking forward to continued adoption by other communities and organizations.

Any plans for after graduation?

This fall I will be finishing my thesis and starting a year-long Americorps VISTA position, working as Energy and Water Program Coordinator for Foundation Communities in Austin.

What’s a non-recycling fun fact about you?

I often spend my weekends wearing a harness and hanging from trees as an eco-guide for a zipline canopy tour!

Please help us welcome our new interns!