January Intern of the Month: Alex Friend
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.
Brooke Mason is the Interim Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo. A 2012 Bowling Green State University graduate with a degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, Brooke is obsessive about environmental sustainability. In her position, she works on initiatives ranging from energy conservation, to recycling, to transportation, and much more. She is passionate about working with and educating students about the topic of sustainability. Everyday Brooke works to ensure the current generation can meet their need without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. In her spare time, she loves reading novels, oil painting, and exploring the outdoors.
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