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Community Spotlight: Q&A with Holly Swendig, intern

My name is Holly Swendig, and I am a senior in Portland State University’s Community Development Program and a Portland Climate Action Collaborative intern at Verde. I am very interested in equity and sustainability and hope to apply those lenses to everything I encounter.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Molly Simas, intern

Who are you? My name is Molly Simas, and I'm in my second year of pursuing a Creative Writing MFA at PSU and a Portland Climate Action Collaborative intern. I've lived in Portland for five years, Oregon for nine, and I'm from Arcata, California originally. In September I adopted two kittens and now I spend an exorbitant amount of my time just watching them play and sleep.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Dakota Tangredi, intern

My name is Dakota Tangredi. I’m currently a fourth-year environmental science major, eternal learner, Portland Climate Action Collaborative intern at IRCO Africa House, and Resident Assistant for Portland State University on-campus housing. In terms of how I relax, I’m a rock climber, hiker, and avid laugher. I’m also vegan and an animal advocate. I use he, him, and his pronouns and am deeply passionate about environmental justice and climate justice.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Megan Horst, ISS Faculty Fellow

I’m Megan Horst, assistant professor in Urban Studies & Planning and faculty fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. I am interested in the relationships between land use planning, community food systems, and sustainability and justice. I recently co-authored a report called “The Future of Oregon's Agricultural Land,” as well as an article about getting planners to think beyond so-called "food deserts." I also have an article forthcoming on planning and food justice.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Bashar Al-Daomi

My name is Bashar Al-Daomi, and I am enrolled in the Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering program at PSU, and I am also working toward a Graduate Professional Diploma (GPDP) for sanitary engineering at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Ruby Buchholtz

Ruby Buchholtz, environmental management master’s student in the School of the Environment. My study area is in wetland and riparian ecosystems, my graduate project consists of creating a management plan for a small urban wetland in Lake Oswego. I am also the conservation outreach specialist with the Campus Sustainability Office as well as a trip leader with the Outdoor Program at Portland State University.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Jamie Valentine

Jamie Valentine is an M.S. Candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on Leadership for Sustainability Education, a graduate assistant at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions focused on the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative, and a volunteer garden mentor for prison inmates.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Olyssa Starry

Olyssa Starry is an assistant professor of urban ecology at the Portland State University Honors College working on several research projects with students right now that all use greenroofs as model systems for understanding urban ecology.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Eric Rutledge

I am Eric Rutledge, a first year Master of Urban Regional Planning candidate at Portland State University. I have a passion for landscapes—urban and rural—and the people that inhabit them. I express this passion by learning more about cities and regions in academic and professional settings, but also informally through travel, reading, and conversation.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Emma Prichard

My name is Emma Prichard, and I just graduated from PSU with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and Urban Honors in December 2015. Throughout my degree I've worked in aquatic ecology research and sustainability initiatives to protect human health and the environment from pollution.