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Environment, Economy, Development, Sustainability Majors

Abby Thiel

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
thiel.115@osu.edu
Hometown: Upper Sandusky, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development
Minor: Geographic Information Science (GIS), City and Regional Planning

Future Career Plans: I hope to ultimately have a career in the public service sector to support work focused on sustainable urban development.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR would definitely be the community. The teachers and faculty are all super approachable, and they are always eager to help students and share their knowledge. I love how I share the same passions with the people in SENR, but I, more importantly, love being able to learn from everyone’s unique background and perspective. I have never felt overwhelmed by the enormity of Ohio State because of the support that I have received from my peers and the SENR staff, and I am so happy that I chose to be a part of such a welcoming community that encourages me to grow.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • SUSTAINS Learning Community
  • Time for Change at The Ohio State University

  • Net Impact - The Ohio State University Undergraduate Chapter

  • Project Nicaragua at The Ohio State University


Alexander Tadda

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
tadda.1@osu.edu
Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania 
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development
Minor: City and Regional Planning

Future Career Plans: After College, I plan on taking part in the farming program, WWOOF, to further learn about sustainable development and production. I would like to use my education and experiences throughout college and after to work in a major US city someday, focusing on community building and sustainable growth.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the resources available to me now that I am a part of this college. Not only do I know exactly what my plan is while I attend Ohio State thanks to supportive advisors and a wide range of degree planning tools, but I have been able to explore areas I want to pursue once I graduate. I had found finding jobs in the environment/sustainability field challenging especially at campus-wide career fairs. Thanks to opportunities through SENR, I was able to attend the Environment and Sustainability Career Fair and connected with companies that share a common vision with myself and networked throughout the city to begin my professional career. Having taken advantage of these resources, I am confident in my plan for the future and am optimistic in the ways I will be able to help the environment. This would not be possible unless I was a part of SENR.

Internship: Over the summer of 2021 I have had the privilege to work for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in the Office of Environmental Services as a College Intern. The main job of the environmental team at ODOT is to survey and create reports regarding the negative environmental impacts any transportation project in Ohio may have. My favorite part of this experience so far has been being able to learn about the policies and regulations that shape the environmental sector, while also being in the field and learning about the science that goes behind conservation and mitigation.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Ohio State Cheerleading Team
  • Leadership for Environmental Athletes for Sustainability (LEAFS) 

  • Buckeye Spectrum


Amar Sharma

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
sharma.1004@osu.edu
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)

Future Career Plans: I would like to start a geothermal engineering consultation company, or to focus on the economic goals surrounding sustainable energy engineering.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The people that I have met and the community that I have been surrounded in is extremely genuine, everyone is there for a purpose and everyone respects one another.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Towers Community Council President
  • ENR Scholars

 

 

 

 


Andy Moffit

Peer Mentor and SENR AmbassadorSLB1
moffit.7@osu.edu
Hometown: Dublin, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business 
Minor: Business

Future Career Plans: Plans on pursuing environmental/sustainability consulting in the Western US.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The people here are all working towards a similar goal, and it doesn't feel cut-throat like many other majors I've heard about. Knowing that everyone is willing to help me learn, understand, and thrive in the school makes it a non-threatening place and a great environment to succeed. People come from a totally diverse set of backgrounds, and I love the interactions I can have with people who may think differently than I do. Most of the time we both end up learning something, which makes SENR a better, more knowledgeable place.

Internship: During the summer of 2019 I worked an internship at a ranch in Northern New Mexico. I worked conservation and got to teach youth and adult backpacking participants the importance of fire mitigation techniques. This experience allowed me to meet passionate environmentalists from all across the country, become knowledgeable in worksite management, and skilled in chainsaw use, all while experiencing beautiful mountainous New Mexico.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Student Instructional Assistant for ENR 3500
  • Net Impact - Sustainability club
  • BuckeyeThon 2019 - fundraiser
  • Member of club The Movement

Anna Oestreich

Peer MentorSLB1
oestreich.14@osu.edu
Hometown: Wyoming, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business 

Future Career Plans: I want to do work in sustainability or energy policy for an environmental non-profit or government agency.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love the community of it, how you build connections with others in your classes and the togetherness that comes with being involved in similar interests. There is a kind and welcoming vibe in those classes and with those faculty that make it one of the best schools on campus.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • SUSTAINS Learning Community (Aquaponics and Gardening Committee Member)
  • STEP Member
  • Protection and Awareness of Endangered Species (PAES) Social Media Officer
  • Sierra Club Student Coalition
  • Solar Education and Outreach
  • TerrAqua
  • Volunteer with the Buckeye Food Alliance
  • Student worker at Oxley's Cafe

Caitlin Perkins

Peer MentorSLB22
perkins.570@osu.edu
Hometown: Gibsonburg, Ohio
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development

Future Career Plans: I’m not sure exactly what my future career plans are but I’m open to any good opportunity. I’d like to work in nature while being creative and productive.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love how passionate everyone in SENR is about the earth and people. Everyone I’ve met has been so kind, inclusive, and brings something unique to the table.

Internship: In the summer of 2021, I had the opportunity to live and work on a farm on the Big Island of Hawai’i. I was farming mamaki tea and various vegetables such as rainbow carrots, radishes, beans, and kale. Harvest days were on Wednesday’s and Friday’s and on other days, I’d tend to the plants by weeding, fertilizing, and pruning. It was an amazing experience that I’m incredibly grateful for. It reminded me how important it is for me to be outside with my feet in the dirt, breathing fresh air, drinking fresh water, and feeling the sunshine on my skin.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Works at Northstar Café
     


Chloe Fisher

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
fisher.1715@osu.edu
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business 

Future Career Plans: I hope to work in the business sector helping companies switch to more sustainable practices on a large scale.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is certainly the people. The people that I have met through SENR have all been so passionate about the same topics and so outwardly caring to those around them. Everyone shares the same love for the environment and we all want to make a difference beyond ourselves. Class discussions are always supportive and everyone puts effort into letting others know they are listening. I also love that everyone feels confident being themselves because it helps to create a fun atmosphere that is welcoming.

Internship: I am currently a Zero Waste Intern within the Department of Athletics here at Ohio State. Through this role I have gotten to learn about the process of reaching zero waste at a large institution, as well as how to communicate sustainable alternatives to those who are not familiar with the field. My favorite part of this internship is being able to help OSU become a better, more environmentally conscious university all around!

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Office Assistant at the Drake 
  • Leadership Council for the ENR Scholars program.  

Ella Clark

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
clark.3594@osu.edu
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama 
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business
Minor: French

Future Career Plans: Working with businesses to help them be more sustainable

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: SENR gives the small school experience at a big campus

Research: This summer (2021) I’m working with a grad student and professor on coal community resilience. I’m listening to these interviews and transcribing them. I’ve loved hearing different perspectives on these coal communities and how these communities have rebounded from the power plant closures. It gives me a different perspective from the people that live in these communities.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Net Impact Sustainability Club


Grace Kleinhenz

Peer MentorSLB12
kleinhenz.57@osu.edu
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Business and Sustainability

Future Career Plans: I would like to work as a sustainability consultant for various companies to aid them in changing their practices to focus on the long-term health of the planet and their own business.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the sense of community I have felt while being at OSU which can feel quite large at times.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • SUSTAINS Learning Community

 

 


Isabelle Rosenberg

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
rosenberg.1241@osu.edu
Hometown: Granville, Ohio
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business 
Minor: Fashion and Retail Studies

Future Career Plans: I have a few ideas of what I would like to do with my career in the future. One dream I have is to work in a sustainable fashion for brands such as Patagonia, Reformation, or People Tree to help combat the epidemic that is fast fashion. I would also love to create my own sustainable fashion company with my mom and my sister one day. Another aspiration I have is to become an environmental lawyer and fight for the earth and basic human rights like clean air, drinkable water, and a safe place to live.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the people. Everyone I have met within SENR has been passionate, kind, and generous. Each conservation I have had with faculty has been about how they can use their resources to help me academically and personally. Instead of being talked at, I am included in the discussion and am intentionally made to feel important. I love the community of people within SENR and their love for the Earth and for the people that inhabit it.

Undergraduate Research: I have had the pleasure of being an undergraduate research assistant for graduate student Thelma Velez who studies environmental justice issues in Puerto Rico. Through this opportunity, I was able to learn about the island's fight for independence, food sovereignty, increased use of renewable energy, and agroecology. I am currently interning with a local environmental lawyer to learn more about the interworkings of environmental policies and organizations.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • ENR Scholars
  • Undergraduate Student Government 
  • ENR Leadership Council 
  • Fashion Production Association

 


Liam Nigro

Peer Mentor and SENR AmbassadorSLB1
nigro.23@osu.edu
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business 

Future Career Plans: I find purpose through working with others and being outdoors. I hope to work with a business that strives to promote environmental stewardship and activism. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: Throughout the last two months of being a student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, the community and friendliness of the school is the my most underlining and positive aspects of the school. OSU, one of the largest campuses in North America makes you feel like a very very small fish in a very large Ohioan pond. Yet, within SENR, I feel the close-knit community and care of a small university. I am able to walk around the Library for SENR after only two months of being here and spot several people that I know and sit with them. Additionally, everyone in SENR has been the friendliest people that I have met at campus. When I have a question about where to go or a recommendation on a random matter they are always willing to help with a big smile! Finally, the teacher, advisors, and staff in SENR really have your best interest in mind and want you to achieve your fullest potential. All the faculty give me great 1-on-1 time and are always available to make time to meet.

Internship Experience: Last summer, I worked at an experiential youth outdoor camp in Telluride, Colorado. At Telluride Academy, I worked as an intern and instructor facilitating educational experiences for groups of students through environmental education, ecological exploration, kayaking, rock climbing, and backpacking in the San Juan Mountains. My experience highlighted my interest to work in a mission-based business and taught me self-reliance.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Student Research Assistant with Jay Martin
  • Mountaineers Club
  • Net Impact
  • Arouse at OSU

Molly Ridge

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
ridge.50@osu.edu
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development

Future Career Plans: I would like to work in an environmental nonprofit and would love to work with animals in some capacity.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is the people I have met! Most of my close friendships have developed out of SENR and it has been amazing to connect with others who care deeply about the environment. I also love the diversity in SENR and in CFAES overall. There are many people who grew up in small rural towns but also people that have lived in cities their whole lives. I think this is an interesting mix of people in the environmental field who bring a lot of different ideas to the table due to the vast difference in backgrounds. To me, this is one of the best things about SENR.

Internship: I was an intern with Green Columbus which was a great way to learn more about the non-profit sector. My biggest job was to plan events centered around Earth Day which I really enjoyed as I got to connect with many different members of the OSU and Columbus community! 

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Advocate for Communities and Education scholar
  • Volunteer with the Ace Program
  • COO of Best Food Forward
  • Worker at the Office of Advancement in EHE College

 


Natalie Ruth

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
ruth.125@osu.edu
Hometown: Canal Winchester, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development
Minor: Geographic Information Systems

Future Career Plans: My goal is to work with city planning or other land use planning and incorporate sustainable development into communities. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love the community that I have found within SENR. Getting to know my peers and faculty has allowed me to have so many resources on campus. I always have someone to talk to if I ever need anything. I love being surrounded by like minded people and getting to know about their interests. I am so grateful for this community being at such a big school!

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Alpha Phi Omega

Olivia Severyn

Peer MentorSLB1
severyn.14@osu.edu
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business 
Minor: Spanish 

Future Career Plans: I hope to have a career working to help businesses become more sustainable, addresseing environmental issues in a broader economic and social context. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: While I really appreciate the abundance of relevant resources that are available through SENR, my favorite aspect is the close-knit community. On the first day of classes of my second semester, I was cheerfully surprised when I walked into my classes in Kottman and already knew some friends in my classes. It is such a good feeling to be able to walk into a new classroom and always see a couple of friendly faces. When I decided to come to Ohio State I never expected to have such small classes where I could get to know both professors and my peers. While I initially was not intimidated by the size of Ohio State, I have come to realize that I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to get to know and to have become a part of this close-knit community.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • SUSTAINS Learning Community
  • Environmental Protection Student Association
  • Changing Habits and Attitudes, Recreating Girls

Tabitha Straub

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorSLB1
straub.100@osu.edu
Hometown: Monroe County. Ohio 
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Business and Sustainability
Minor: Theater

Future Career Plans: I hope to work on a sustainability team or for a government environmental agency. I am also considering law school in the future after undergrad.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I really love the advisors within SENR and the resources they are able to provide.

Internship: I am currently interning at my county’s soil and water conservation district for the 2021 summer. I am shadowing in property inspections and compliance verifications, as well learning about soil sampling and stream pollution. I am discovering parts of my hometown that I never knew existed.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • CASL member
  • Buckeyethon

  • Buckeyes First Student Organization