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January Intern of the Month: Alex Friend

Alex in Berlin last summer

January’s Intern of the Month was Alex Friend. Alex is from Gahanna, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. He graduated from UT in December 2012 with a degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Biology/Ecology. Alex chose to study Environmental Science because he always had an affinity for science and wanted to apply it to helping the environment. An outside influence on his decision came from his travels to other countries, where he lived in neighborhoods without clean air or water. Ever since, he is has been fighting for clean air and water for all. Reflecting on his major, he stated, “…with Environmental Science you have a background in biology, chemistry, geology, ecology, etc. and all of those areas will help me with my future career.”

This semester, Alex’s internship began by helping SEED execute a light audit on the Health Science Campus, a project that has been in progress since June. Recently, Alex assisted Brooke in writing an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency grant, If UT is selected as the recipient of the grant, UT will install 53 new recycling stations in buildings across UT’s three campuses. “These stations will allow for a more centralized location in different buildings, while making recycling more appealing to the eye. There will also be a bulletin board with educational information and upcoming recycling events,” Alex said.

Alex’s main goal with this internship is to learn about sustainability in all of its forms and to apply it to his career. In the future, he would like to work for a state, city, or county government to develop policies that keep our air and water clean. He is currently actively looking for positions in Toledo and Columbus.

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is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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The University of Toledo’s SEED Initiative, housed within but not limited to Facilities & Construction, focuses on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Design to ensure the University is operating in a manner that betters our neighbors, economy, and planet. Through environmental sustainability projects, energy conservation measures, innovative building renovation and design, and a comprehensive educational campaign, SEED commits itself to leaving behind a better planet than when we started.

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