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Intern of the Month: Ryan Oaks

SEED would like to recognize Ryan Oaks as the Intern of the Month! Ryan is a junior, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in both Mathematics and Renewable Energy from Rossford, OH. Ryan does not work directly for SEED, but for our neighboring department, Facilities Planning. His overlap with SEED is through his recent involvement with BOSEF (Building Ohio’s Sustainable Energy Future), a student organization and scholarship program at UT that focuses on renewable and sustainable energy. SEED often work with BOSEF students on sustainability projects.

SEED would like to congratulate Ryan on recently receiving a BOSEF scholarship. Some of Ryan’s friends introduced him to the group last fall. He hopes to join the wind energy group within BOSEF and apply his knowledge to the mechanical or structural aspects involved in wind energy. He also hopes to create a sub-group that looks into tidal power, where he plans to build his career.

Ryan said he joined BOSEF because he has always been interested in the environment and preservation, and a group that combines his love of math and science with those interests seemed to be a perfect for him. He chose engineering because it was the most practical way of working in renewable energy and he has always had an interest in this subject area. He chose UT for two main reasons; 1) it is close to home and 2) the co-op program in Engineering. He says graduating with a year of experience is a great selling point for future employers.

Thanks Ryan for helping UT further sustainability! Keep up the good work.

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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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