Alumni Updates: 2009| May 15, 2010
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David Gordon is completing his first year of a two-year master's program at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. There, he concentrates on economics and policy, considering different strategies for evaluating environmental services and environmental programs as well as the types of policies that make them work. Over the past few months, David has been working on a project in partnership with the United Nation's Global Compact to develop next-generation environmental stewardship strategies for organizations. However, over the summer he will be switching his focus and analyzing water quality trading policies in North Carolina.
Graham Lederer is a graduate student in the Department of Earth Science at UC Santa Barbara. After graduating last spring, he toured California with a group of W&M geologists led by Greg Hancock. Then, Graham travelled to the northwest Himalaya to conduct fieldwork and collect samples for his Master's research. “My experiences at W&M, especially within the ENSP program, have prepared me well for graduate school, and I am certainly enjoying it!”
Lucy Midelfort currently works as an environmental organizer for Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing. Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing trains college graduates to run environmental campaigns, starting by building a core group of activists and finishing by convincing decision-makers to pass laws, change policies and create reforms to protect our environment.
Floret Parker is pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. So far, so good! Since arriving, she’s managed to go rock climbing around the southern bits of Sydney and out in the Blue Mountains, go to the beach a couple of times, and score a ride in a hot air balloon that safely crash-landed in a muddy, poo-filled cow paddock. Flo’s also seen a lot of neat wildlife-- spiders and snakes and great birds: a honeyeater, an owl, the ubiquitous (and raucous) parrots, and even a lyrebird! Not a bad gig.
Hannah Wiegard works with Repower America in Richmond, VA as a field organizer. “We are reaching out to community members to show support for Congress to pass a climate bill that will create clean energy jobs, reduce oil dependence, and cut carbon pollution. I like being part of this movement, and I feel I am making a significant difference to bring people together around this issue.”