From the Sustainability Office: Summer Plans

Summer is just around the corner and the Sustainability Office Interns have a wide range of summer plans!

Sabrina Bisaga will be spending her summer in Cincinnati, Ohio interning for Procter & Gamble. Her internship will be with the Environmental Health & Safety department at their Corporate Engineering Technical Laboratories location. She is very excited to have hands-on experience in industry with such a well-known and respected company such as P&G. In addition, she looks forward to learning more about the sustainability efforts and environmental regulations in place and in progress within the consumer products industry.

Ashley Fitzpatrick will be interning with the sustainability office to assess the logistics of potential composting plans for Rice. At the end of the summer, she, along with FE&P and H&D, will be making a recommendation for action to Rice University.

Emma Foster will be working at STG Design in Austin this summer as an architecture intern. She is excited to put the things that she's learned at Rice into practice as well as work with architects who specialize in sustainability.

Gennifer Geer will serve as a research intern for the think tank New Diplomacy Initiative, based in Tokyo, Japan. She'll study issues of national security and nuclear proliferation, as well as research political efficacy of people from Okinawa Prefecture. Her other focuses this summer will be preparing for her history honors thesis and studying for the GRE.

Amy Griffiths will research with COurban design collective this summer (2019) in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of a Wagoner Fellowship. She will investigate methods for incorporating community involvement into public projects with a focus on marginalized populations. She will do this through the lens of bike infrastructure in Copenhagen. In her project, Amy will conduct strategic interviews with decision makers, directly engage the local community, and volunteer for non-profits that improve mobility in Copenhagen and nearby locations. In August Amy will return to the U.S. and use her research to help create safer, more inclusive, and more sustainable communities as a Transportation Analyst for Kittelson & Associates.

Claire Hubbell will be working at Harris County Engineering in the Design Services Division. She will be assisting with a new County Planning Initiative that involves more sustainable residential site development. She will also have special projects related to affordable housing and recovery following Hurricane Harvey.

Hannah Meeks will be interning with the Harris County Engineering Department.

Wenqi Ni will be going with Rice in France to Perpignan to learn more about French. After that she will be going back home to Beijing.

Priya Niezgoda is looking forward to interning at the Rice Transportation Demand Management Department and the Sustainability Office to improve campus transportation and reduce emissions this summer. She will also be taking a couple summer classes while practicing tennis as she is a member of the Rice Women's Tennis Team. Afterwards, she hopes to spend some time back home in Austin with her family before the fall semester.

Niki Parekh is graduating this year, so this will be her final summer before starting work full-time. She plans to spend the summer relaxing at home and spending time with family, perhaps traveling! She begins training for her job in July during which she will fly to Chicago and learn the basics required to be a Financial Analyst. She has enjoyed working at the Sustainability Office these past two years and hopes to continue spreading sustainable practices in her life after college.

Allison Yelvington will be in Houston this summer. During May she'll be doing research assistant work for the Kinder Institute and working on her senior honor's thesis research. Starting in June she will be a summer scholar in the Human Capital Consulting practice at Deloitte.

Katherine Zoellmer will be working as a policy intern with Key Capture Energy, an energy storage developer in Houston. She will primarily analyze current and developing energy storage policy and amend or comment on the legislation to ensure it pays out the best path possible for energy storage. Occasionally, if no policy exists in the state, she will work stakeholders to develop the appropriate legislation.