2012-2013 Sustainability Interns

Alex

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Alex Croninger is a junior majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Sustainability. He is from Hoover, Alabama where he spent much of his childhood hiking and rock climbing in the Moss Rock Preserve. This experience gave him an immense appreciation of the natural world and sparked his passion for sustainability. He plans to work towards creating a more sustainable world by constructing efficient and sustainable buildings and urban infrastructures that lessen their impact on the surrounding world.

 

Ashley

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Ashley Griffin is a junior in Civil Engineering and hails from Franklin, Tennessee. She enjoys writing creative fiction, watching Firefly, obscure movie references, crocheting, and kickboxing. Ashley is the treasurer of the Auburn Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and a consistent volunteer for the Recycling Department’s ‘Game Day Recycling’, serving the highest number of volunteer hours in the 2012 season. Sustainability matters to Ashley because of the potential for engineers to steer both domestic and global infrastructure to a more sustainable model, evaluating resource use and impact over a project lifespan. She hopes to work in LEED construction and development of walkable urbanism.

 

Carolina

Carolina Ruiz is an Auburn native majoring in Interior Design with a minor in Sustainability. She has always loved the outdoors and nature, especially after traveling to her home country of Guatemala with her family. Her interest in sustainability continued to grow after studying abroad in Italy during the summer of 2011 and after seeing first hand more sustainable practices and lifestyles. She is certified LEED GA and is working toward becoming LEED AP, specializing in Commercial Interiors. In the future, Carolina hopes to help maximize building and home efficiency through sustainable building practices.

 

Will

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Will Goodwin: “I am from Fairhope, AL, and I am an Agronomy and Soils major. I enjoy getting to spend time outdoors going camping, mountain biking, skating, and fishing. My primary interest in sustainability is based around my passion for biological research, such as carbon sequestration and biomimicry. Initially, I gained an interest in sustainability while taking an introductory environmental science class at Auburn University. Moving forward, I hope to to attend graduate school at a university in the western U.S. so that I can study an environment completely different from what I am accustomed to in Alabama. I have not traveled outside of the continental U.S., so I hope that my future career in the field of biological research will enable me to travel the world studying methods of improving human life based on sustainable animal and plant populations.”

 
 

Katie

Katie McDonnell is in her third year at Auburn studying Political Science and Communications. She’s from Tampa, Florida, and enjoys learning about government, history, and the written word. Growing up on the coast, she developed an early appreciation of marine life and her natural surroundings. Her interests include alternative energy and the relationship between societies and the natural world. She hopes to be an informed participant in the political system she enjoys learning about, and to go to law school after obtaining her undergraduate degree to learn more about environmental policy.

 

Lizi

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Elizabeth Anderson is a senior originally from Auburn. She is in her third year in the Interior Design program at Auburn, and is also working towards minors in Sustainability, Art History, and Business. Her interest in sustainability was nurtured from childhood through her interest in animal conservation and biology. She is particularly interested in creating sustainable communities which allow for better human interaction as well as more efficient buildings and pleasant atmospheres. An optimist at heart, she strongly believes in our ability to change the world through a whole-systems approach.

 

Mignon

Mignon Denton is a junior majoring in natural resource management from Dauphin Island, AL. She enjoys being outside, going on trips, swing dancing, learning, and working on a common goal with others. She wants to learn more about and work toward sustainable societies, thriving school and work environments, and cultures that promote healthy, happy people.

 

Taryn

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Taryn Wilson is a Junior majoring in Entrepreneurship & Family Business. She is from Duluth, Georgia, and enjoys spending time on the nearby Chattahoochee River. Her interests include sustainable food production and integrating sustainability into the business sector. After graduating she plans to open a sustainability consulting firm from which businesses and schools can solicit help in becoming more sustainable.

 

2011-2012 Sustainability Interns

Carolina

Carolina Ruiz is a native from Auburn in her 4th year majoring in Interior Design. She has always loved the outdoors and nature, especially after traveling to her home country of Guatemala with her family. Her interest in sustainability continued to grow after traveling to Europe this summer and seeing first hand more sustainable practices and lifestyles. She passed the LEED Green Associates exam in April and is planning to work toward becoming a LEED AP, specializing in Commercial Interiors. In the future, Carolina hopes to help maximize building and home efficiency with sustainable building design.

 

Katie

Katie McDonnell is in her second year at Auburn studying Political Science and Communications. She’s from Tampa, Florida, and enjoys learning about government, history, and the written word. Growing up on the coast, she developed an early appreciation of marine life and her natural surroundings. Her interests include alternative energy and the relationship between societies and the natural world. She hopes to be an informed participant in the political system she enjoys learning about, and to go to law school after obtaining her undergraduate degree to learn more about environmental policy.

 

Mignon

Mignon Denton is a sophomore from Dauphin Island, AL who is majoring in natural resource management. She enjoys trying new things, singing, learning, swing dancing, playing with kids, and making friends with bugs and other critters. She wants to learn more about thriving school and work environments, organizational structure, walkable urbanism, and sharing opportunities. She is especially interested in K-12th grade curriculum design that enlivens, challenges, and connects students to their world.

 

Morgan

Morgan White is a sophomore from Indian Springs, Alabama majoring in Food Science. She loves to cook, spend time with her dogs, and share her passion about sustainability with others. While being a chef, she began to read more about the positive impacts organic foods and vegan/vegetarian diets have on the environment. Her interests in sustainability include sustainable cooking methods, organic and/or seasonal food, and sustainable living. She plans to open up her own restaurant that is ecofriendly and practices green cooking.

 

 

Rachel

Rachel Preuit is a 4th year Industrial Design student with a minor in Sustainability from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. After studying abroad in Ireland, Scotland and England she realized European lifestyles were much more sustainable than Americans. She recently completed a course with the National Outdoor Leadership School where she backpacked in Wyoming and learned many skills that could be applied to our everyday lives to make them more sustainable. Her main interests in sustainability are helping individuals reduce their footprint and sustainable product design.

 

Samantha

Samantha Bolanos is a Senior in Marketing at Auburn. She was born in Miami, FL, but has spent most of her life in Mobile, AL. She is Cuban-American and some day hopes to visit Cuba and experience the wealth of culture there. She is interested in developing a career in advertising and eliminating the practice of greenwashing. Samantha loves her two pets and helping as many animals as possible. She enjoys reading, movies, being in the fresh air, and is currently writing a novel. She is intrigued about the unique ways sustainability is integrated into businesses and would like to be part of the effort in expanding those practices.

 

Sara

Sara Geonczy is in her second year of Environmental Science with a minor in Sustainability. She comes from the northern suburbs of Atlanta, and has surprisingly survived there without a car. She enjoys learning about the American bison, landfills, walkable urbanism, food systems, and her pet ferns. She is very interested in experiential education and believes that her best learning experiences have occurred on road trips with her family criss-crossing the United States and getting to know the American landscape, both city and country.

 

2010-2011 Sustainability Interns

Aaron

Aaron Holly is a senior from Rome, Georgia majoring in Philosophy with a concentration in Religious Studies and a minor in German. He first became aware of sustainability through his time working as a Resident Assistant and participating in the Sustain-a-Bowl. He is interested the relationship between Christianity and the environment, and would like to research the theological foundations for an environmental ethic. Aaron enjoys reading, running, and being active.

 

Hannah

Hannah Shivas is a senior from Nashville, TN who is majoring in Building Science.She first became interested in sustainability when she visited a small town in Tennessee that was devastated by copper mining. While she was there, she was amazed at the fact that the town was so destroyed that not even one tree could grow. Her main interests in sustainability are educating others about sustainability and discovering new ways to minimize her negative impacts on the environment. In her spare time, Hannah loves cooking, listening to music, and reading.

 

Rachel

Rachel Preuit is a 3rd year Industrial Design student with a minor in Sustainability from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. After studying abroad in Ireland, Scotland and England she realized European lifestyles were much more sustainable than Americans. She recently completed a course with the National Outdoor Leadership School where she backpacked in Wyoming and learned many skills that could be applied to our everyday lives to make them more sustainable. Her main interests in sustainability are helping individuals reduce their footprint and sustainable product design.

 

 

Scott

Scott Russell is a senior in Environmental Science and hails from Hoover, Alabama. Scott has always had a deep love and appreciation for nature. This love led to his interest in the interactions between humans and the natural environment. In his time at Auburn, Scott has become particularly concerned with soil quality, sustainable soil manage ment, and remediation. He hopes to go to graduate school for soil conservation and pursue a career in land use and soil remediation in developing countries.

 

Will

Will Olson is from Marietta, Georgia and is a senior in Chemical Engineering with minors in Spanish and Sustainability. Will’s main interest is in alternative energy. In the future he wants to work in alternative energy and educate others about promoting sustainability. In his free time, Will likes to cook, read, and do just about anything outdoors.

 

2009-2010 Sustainability Interns

Alexander

Alexander Pfeiffenberger: “It was not until coming to Auburn that the term sustainability entered my vocabulary. Working as a computer technician throughout high school, I came to Auburn hoping to delve deeper into the world of digital electronics by pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering. As I became more aware of trends in climate change I gained a sense of dissonance between the lifestyle that my family and I had lived in Germany and the lifestyle that we adopted after moving to Alabama. Soon my concern about humanity’s impact on our planet and the fate of global citizens both rich and poor was synthesized with my interest in technology — developing into a personal mission of using appropriate technology to tackle humanity’s growing ecological, economic and political problems. I have been able to carry out parts of this mission as an intern of Auburn’s Office of Sustainability and by serving as captain of Auburn’s solar car team. In my spare time I enjoy photography, cycling and writing.”

 

Emily

Emily Vollers is a junior from Madison, AL, majoring in International Business, with concentrations in French and Economics. Her interest in sustainability began in 2006 when she returned from a year of studying abroad in Denmark. She realized how Danes, as a whole, better employ sustainable practices in their daily lives than Americans do. Her interest in sustainability lies in discovering and promoting ways that individuals and businesses alike can lessen their impact on the environment.

 

Christi

Christi Talbert is a senior from Gadsden, AL majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics. She first became aware of global sustainability concerns her freshman year and has since become increasingly drawn to efforts seeking to tread more lightly on the earth. Sustainable agriculture, the faith community’s response to climate change, and practical ways students and families can positively impact the environment are her main interests in sustainability. Christi loves music, photography, dancing, cooking, and learning.

 

Sarah-Ashley

Sarah-Ashley McCall: “I am a 3rd Year Building Science student from Montgomery, Alabama. I grew up in an efficient family: Waste not want not. Due to this, I developed a fondness for energy and resource efficiency. Sustainability is something that was always an interest of mine, but something only the new eco-friendly political jargon has given a name and face to. I believe that sustainability needs to be a way of life and a mindset. Construction is the leading producer of waste. My goal is to be a “green” leader in the construction industry because if we begin by building sustainable structures it will lead people to greener habits. My hobbies are sports, traveling, anything outdoors, reading, animals-I pretty much like it all!”

 

 

Linsey

Linsey Grace is a senior Interior Design major from Daphne, AL. She is working on a minor in Sustainability and has worked closely with AU Historic Preservation Guild. After graduation she hopes to pursue a career in the commercial interior design field, specializing in adaptive reuse and restoration.

 

Kate

Kate Simpson is a senior, from Auburn, Alabama, majoring in Electrical Engineering and Wireless Hardware Engineering. Kate’s main interest is in the energy field, and would like attend graduate school for sustainable engineering. In the future, she hopes to work on developing alternative and sustainable energy sources, while also working to educate the public about sustainability issues. Kate loves to cook, read, knit, bike, and do just about anything outside.

 

Corey

Corey Farmer developed an interest in sustainability when he first learned that Styrofoam never biodegrades. This love for sustainability was realized during a Thermodynamics course. From this point on he made it his mission to live, and help others live quality lives which would not reduce the quality of the lives to come. His areas of specialization are with mechanical processes, but he takes an interest in many different aspects of sustainability and strives to understand the concepts behind it more fully. He is a graduate of Hartselle High School in Hartselle, Al and a senior in mechanical engineering at Auburn University.

 

Clinton

Clinton Cook is a senior from Birmingham, AL, majoring in Building Science with a Minor in Business Management. His main interest is in sustainable construction practices with a focus on reducing the impact that buildings have on the environment, including buildings’ embodied energy, current energy consumption, and site impact. He is an active member of the Historic Preservation Guild and an officer in the Associated Builders and Contractors.

 

2008-2009 Sustainability Interns

Kyle

Kyle Aune is a junior from Huntsville, AL majoring in Biomedical Sciences. His biggest interest in sustainability is how the religious community responds to caring for the Earth.

 

Raf

Rafael G. Egües traces his interest in sustainability to an article he read as a child in Highlights magazine on the causes and effects of acid rain. Since this early awakening, he has had a keen interest in learning all he could about solutions to the strains that growth places on communities. His specific areas of interest include the economic, technical, social, and political implications of building and transportation system design, of population density, and of energy production, distribution, and consumption. He is a graduate of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami, FL and a senior majoring in public administration at Auburn University.

 

Sheena

Sheena McClusky was raised in the small country town of Bon Secour, AL, which is about 15 minute from the beach. Being raised in such a beautiful, natural environment and always having lots of animals, a love for nature was instilled in her from the very beginning. Thus, she is now a senior in Biosystems Engineering. Upon graduation she is planning on pursuing a master’s degree in community planning where she will focus on the design of sustainable communities.

 

Kate

Kate Simpson is a senior, from Auburn, Alabama, majoring in Electrical Engineering and Wireless Hardware Engineering. Kate’s main interest is in the energy field, and would like attend graduate school for sustainable engineering. In the future, she hopes to work on developing alternative and sustainable energy sources, while also working to educate the public about sustainability issues. Kate loves to cook, read, knit, bike, and do just about anything outside.

 

Paul

William Paul Warren is a junior in Chemical Engineering. He is from Atlanta, Georgia. He has been interested in environmentalism and sustainability since his freshmen year of college. He has a passion for engineering and sustainable technology. His plans for the future are to help solve our energy crisis.

 

 

David

David Chunn is a senior at Auburn University. He is studying History and is working on a minor in Political Science. He grew up in Decatur, Alabama. Apart from his internship with the AU Sustainability Initiative, he is involved with Alabama Water Watch and is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. After graduating from Auburn University in December 2008, his goals are to attend graduate school and earn a Masters in Community Planning and to begin a career involved in community sustainability.

 

Carrie

Carrie Kilpatrick is a junior in Psychology. She hails from Hoover, AL and enjoys sewing, art, and other crafty adventures. She is also an avid outdoors woman who has always been interested and participated in making the environment a healthier place for everyone to live. In sustainability she has always focused on ways the individual can make a difference in their daily lives in order to reduce our impact on the planet.

 

Alexander

Alexander Pfeiffenberger was born in Germany – but has spent the majority of his life in Mobile, Alabama. It wasn’t until coming to Auburn that he found out that the environmental awareness that he has come to know in Germany – and felt was lacking in the states – was gaining ground under the umbrella term sustainability. Currently pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering in the hopes of developing technology for developing nations – Alexander is captivated by the power of technology in assisting people to live more productive and efficient lives. In his spare time Alexander is known to engage in such bourgeois hobbies as mountain biking, photography and blogging – but ultimately he still hopes to play at least a small part in changing the world for the better.

 

Emily

Emily Vollers is a junior from Madison, AL, majoring in International Business, with concentrations in French and Economics. Her interest in sustainability began in 2006 when she returned from a year of studying abroad in Denmark. She realized how Danes, as a whole, better employ sustainable practices in their daily lives than Americans do. Her interest in sustainability lies in discovering and promoting ways that individuals and businesses alike can lessen their impact on the environment.

2007-2008 Sustainability Interns

Steven Gaffin
Sarah Gates
Brittany Branyon
Melissa Tran
Philip Shell
LeighAnn Elmer

2006-2007 Sustainability Interns

Sara Henry
Zac Henson
Scott Gibson
Devin Dotson
Liz Clayton
LeeAnne Rickey

2005-2006 Sustainability Interns

Nic Bernard
Shelby Spears
Nurmastini (Tini) Sufina Bujang