Featured Alumni


Sarah Durante '03
- Course Director, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Andrew Marshall '94 - Educational Programs Director, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Sue Kim-Ichel '05 - Project Manager, ABS Consulting
Craig Cheney '83 - Senior Vice President, Project Performance Corporation
Brian Marcaurelle '01 - Program Director, Maine Island Trail Association (MITA)
Evan Matzen '03 - Sustainability Manager for HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
Jessica Taverna '00 - PhD Candidate in Political Science, U. of Utah
Patrick Coughlin '89- Senior Scientist, St. Germain & Assoc.
Carissa Rodrigue '00 - J.D./MPH Student, Boston University
Jason Johnston '97 - Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology, U Maine
Ben Smith '06 - Architect, Domestic Architecture and freelance furniture maker
Tom Elson '06 - Program Associate, Environmental Defense
 Jeremy Arling '01  - Attorney Advisor, EPA
Juliana Grinvalsky '04 - Adminsistrative Assistant and Garden Educator, Life Lab Science
Lucy Van Hook '06 - Independent Carbon Consultant
Trevor Peterson '02 - Project Manager, Stantect Consulting, Inc.
Auden Schendler '92 - Executive Director of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company


Sarah R. Durante

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Graduating Year: 2003
Coordinate Major: Chemistry
Current Job Position:Course Director, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Company Address:524 Wellington Ave. Breckenridge, CO 80424 www.boec.org
E-mail: srdurante@gmail.com


Q:Previous Internships, Employment and/or Education after Bowdoin
A: My employment history has been somewhat colorful since graduating from Bowdoin. I've worked as a bartender and office manager at a small country inn in New Hampshire, taught Nordic skiing, sold woodcuttings of Labrador retrievers and waited more than my fair share of tables. I have also worked for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) on and off for the past five years. I started with the company as a volunteer adaptive ski instructor in 2003 and then as an intern in the summer of 2004. This past winter I also worked at the front desk of a busy slope-side emergency room.

Q: Current Employment (positions and projects)

A: My position as a Course Director at the BOEC has been life changing. The BOEC is a nonprofit organization that specializes in adaptive sports and recreation.  In doing so, we provide meaningful outdoor experiences for people of all ages and abilities. As a Course Director, I plan and implement day- to week-long wilderness programs for children and adults with and without disabilities. Our major activities include rock climbing, white water rafting, handcycling, and canoeing and teambuilding initiatives. We cater each program to me the abilities and the desires of program participants, working in close partnership with the Brain Injury Association of Colorado, various departments of the Children's Hospital in Denver and several adult day enrichment programs across the country. As a staff member, especially working full-time in the summer, it can be physically and emotionally exhausting. But the friendships, hard skills and leadership experience I have gained with the organization define who I am today. I don't know whether I will remain in the adaptive sports and therapeutic recreation fields forever, but I will definitely take everything I've learned with me wherever I go next.

Q: How have you benefited from your coordinate major in you professional and personal life?
A: My coordinate major in Chemistry and Environmental Studies taught me how to think outside the box. When I attended Bowdoin, the Environmental Studies department was undergoing some changes in curriculum and I did not have a strong support network linking together the two halves of my coordinate major. I was the only student in my class (and one of the first at Bowdoin, as far as I knew) who chose to pursue Chemistry/Es coordinate and in that existed some challenges. There were very few classes in the chemistry department that tied over to what I was studying in the ES department, and visa versa. I did not find everything already laid out for me. In choosing my course of study, I had to be creative. In my professional life, having a strong science background has certainly helped me at my current job, especially during downtimes. We always try to keep everyone busy, and I get excited when I can do a lesson on high alpine flora or fauna when we're taking a break from hiking. I try to keep myself informed, and I love teaching.

Q: Do you volunteer at any environmental organizations?
A: Not currently.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: Follow your gut and do what makes you happy as a student. I am not a chemist nor an environmental scientist, but I enjoyed taking the classes that I did while I was at Bowdoin, and I do not regret the education that I received. Like others, I do wish I had taken advantage of Outing Club trips more, and spent more time exploring Maine on my own. The state is beautiful and has so much to offer. I always look forward to coming back to visit.

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Andrew Marshall

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Graduating Year: 1994
Coordinate Major: Anthropology
Current Job Position:Educational Programs Director, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Company Address: PO Box 170, Unity, ME 04988
E-mail: amarshall@mofga.org


Q:Previous Internships, Employment and/or Education after Bowdoin
A: -Farm Apprenticeships at several organic vegetable and livestock farms in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Washington.
-Internship at the Institute For Food and Development Policy (Food First), Oakland, CA
-Farm Manager
-Climbing Guide
-Masters in Environmental Studies, concentration in Agroecology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Q: Current Employment (positions and projects)
A: I am currently Educational Programs Director, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. My projects are:
-Design and implement educational programs and events for the country's oldest and largest organic farming organization.
-Direct the MOFGA Farm Apprenticeship Program, the oldest and largest program of its kind in the U.S.
-Established the MOFGA Journeyperson Program, an innovative incubator program for beginning organic farmers.

Q: How have you benefited from your coordinate major in you professional and personal life?
A: The interdisciplinary approach of the coordinate major gave me a very broad view of the world, and helped me to understand the fundamental interrelatedness of environmental and social problems, and the necessity of interdisciplinary approaches to their solutions.

Q: Do you volunteer at any environmental organizations?
A: I dedicate a lot of my time and energy to helping young farmers get started, both in my job and as a volunteer. I serve on the boards of a local land trust and the county Cooperative Extension.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: I wished I had discovered agriculture earlier; even though my uncle farmed when I was growing up and I spent a lot of time working on his farm, I came back to agriculture fairly late in college; I had a sense (and perhaps it was taught to me at Bowdoin, I'm not sure), that somehow agricultural landscapes were impoverished and the real value in the natural world was in wilderness. In fact, as I now know, there are few places where humans and nature interact more fundamentally, and with greater consequences, than in agricultural landscapes. I missed lots of opportunities to develop my sense of the natural world on local farms, and I encourage Bowdoin students to seek out local farms and get to know local farmers, they are a rich source of ecological and cultural wisdom.

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Sue Kim-Ichel

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Graduating Year: 2005
Coordinate Major: Government & Legal Studies
Current Job Position: Project Manager, ABS Consulting, Washington Metro region
E-mail: suejungkim@gmail.com


Q:Previous Internships, Employment and/or Education after Bowdoin
A: -Promptly following graduation I went on to attend grad school at Columbia University. There my studies centered on environmental management with a focus on renewable energy and climate change. After Columbia, I began working at the NYC Mayor's Office of Management and Budget where I gained valuable experience in the public sector. Later I pursued a career at a consulting firm called Malcolm Pirnie where I worked in water and wastewater project financing. I left Malcolm Pirnie to work as an analyst for a consulting firm called Sustainable Energy Advantage which seeks to further the sustainable agenda dealing exclusively on renewable energy.

Q: Current Employment (positions and projects)
A: I am currently a project manager at ABS Consulting where I focus on martitime environmental regulatory and policy issues.
I recently completed writing new proposed environmental shipboard standards for United States Coast Guard vessels. I also wrote environmental recommendations for arriving ships for the Port Company of Abu Dhabi.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: To those looking to get started on an environemntal career, I have one thing to say: "Network, network, network! And then network some more!" It opens up chances to make yourself memorable to those who can connect you to future work in your related field.

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Craig Cheney

Graduating Year: 1983
Coordinate Major: Classics and History
Current Job Position: Senior Vice President, PPC
Company Address: Washington D.C.


Q:Previous Internships, Employment and/or Education after Bowdoin
A: After graduating from Bowdoin, I began my career here on campus. For three years I worked for Dick Merserseau and others in the Bowdoin News Service, where I was able to strengthen my skills as a writer, writing about Bowdoin sports. I was also able to learn how to work well with other dedicated professionals who keep the College functioning. Later I went on to graduate school at the University of Minnesota, where I received a degree in public policy. I traveled out west to Washington to work for ICF for several years.

Q: Current Employment (positions and projects)
A: I am currently serving as Senior Vice President for Project Performance Corporation (PPC), an energy and environment firm working on energy savings programs across the U.S. Along with other world renowned scientists and policy makers on climate change solutions, I am leading the company's efforts to become a major player in the U.S for these services.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: Take full advantage of the liberal arts curriculum. If I have one regret it is that I didn't take more physics, chemistry and biology classes... elements that are part of what I need to have to be an effective environmental consultant.

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Brian Marcaurelle

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Graduating Year: 2001
Coordinate Major: Biology
Current Job Position: Program Director, Maine Island Trail Association (MITA)
Company Address: 58 Fore St., Suite 30-3, Portland, ME 04101
E-mail: marcaurelle@gmail.com


Q:Previous Internships, Employment and/or Education after Bowdoin
A: After Bowdoin, my desire to work in the environmental field was tainted with the plague common to the liberal art's student-- uncertainty. Not knowing what capacity I wanted to work in, I took serveal internships after graduation, and eventually landed a position with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Later I became intersted in working for an environmental non-profit. To set myself apart from other candidates I pursued a Master's degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. I returned to Maine and began volunteering at several non-profits around Portland while searching for jobs. I was rewarded with a job with the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) where I was Stewardship Director for 5 years-- I've been there ever since.

Q: Current Employment (positions and projects)
A: I am currently Program Director at MITA. My job entails managing recreational use on over 200 islands and coastal sites along the Maine coast. Having started as a volunteer myself, I now oversee the volunteer coordination for all of MITA's stewardship activities. I am also directly responsible for maintaining MITA's relationships with island owners and conservation partners, and for managing the strategic growth of the Maine Island Trail.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: VOLUNTEER! It's how I landed where I am today and it's a great way to get to know an organization, make connections in the field and also get a sense of whether that particular line of work is right for you. Getting your foot in the door is the hard part, but don't be afraid to start at the bottom.

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Evan Matzen

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Graduating Year: 2003
Coordinate Major: Geology and Religion
Current Position: Sustainability Manager for HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
Company Address: Carlsbad, CA
E-mail: ematzen@gmail.com


Q:Previous Internships, Employment and/or Education after Bowdoin
A: After graduation I worked as a carpenter in Boston. I moved to a position in the environmental sector, working in environmental remediation where I developed systems to clean dirt and groundwater in order to bring a given property to environmental compliance. From there, I traveled to Houston, TX to teach photography at a small private school. While teaching I began consulting for small solar installers and energy efficiency auditors; is was here that I found the impetus to earn my MBA. Soon after I left teaching to work for Element Markets, a young renewable energy development and environmental attributes trading firm based in Houston, TX. I worked on the Renewable Energy Certificates desk, helping government officials better understand the rules set in order to generate a trading strategy that would benefit the companies clients.

Q: Current Employment (positions and projects)
A: I am currently the sustainability manager for HD Supply Maintenance, a national supplier of maintenance, repair, and operations products. I am responsible for reducing HD Supply's environmental impact and for providing customers with green products and practices, as well as customized sutainability support and expertise.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: Though Bowdoin students may branch out in various sectors in the enviornmental field, I would advise students to not underestimate the impacts you can have on improving the environment while working in Corporate America. The real opportunity lies in that small area where doing good for the world can also be profitable, whether through government sponsorship, or simple free-market economics.


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Jessica Taverna

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Graduating Year: 2000
Coordinate Major: History
Current Job Position: PhD candidate in political science at the University of Utah; I am also an adjunct instructor, undergraduate advisor, and research assistant for my department
Company Address: 260 S. Central Campus Drive, Rm 252, SLC, UT 84115
E-mail: jessica.taverna@poli-sci.utah.edu


Q:Previous Internships, Employment and/or Education after Bowdoin
A: For two years after graduating, I worked as a research assistant on Great Lakes Ecosystem projects at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) in Washington DC. The institute conducted research on environmental and economic development issues impacting the northeast and midwest regions of the U.S. My projects included assisting on projects involving ballast water treatment research, EPA Great Lakes Areas of Concern, and economic valuation of environmental remediation/restoration/protection. After that, I moved to Salt Lake City and received an M.A. in political science. I then worked for two years doing undergraduate advising and adjunct teaching in political theory at the University of Utah and Weber State University. Finally, I came back to school and resumed studies towards a PhD.

Q: Current Employment (positions and projects)
A: I am currently an advanced PhD student in political science at the University of Utah. My primary field is political theory, and the majority of my research is on environmental political thought and environmental policy. I am entering the dissertation stage, and am working on a dissertation proposal on discourses of nature and human-nature relationships and the connection between these discourses and environmental policy outcomes. I will be teaching political theory and American politics courses for the University of Utah (likely including courses in gender and politics, introductory political theory, environmental political thought, and democratic theory). Additionally, I continue working as the undergraduate advisor for the political science department. And finally, I am a research assistant for a project on improving election procedures, particularly post-election audits, about which I knew next-to-nothing before starting the project!

Q: How have you benefited from your coordinate major in you professional and personal life?
A: For me, the most valuable part of pursuing the coordinate major was its interdisciplinary nature. I have always been an interdisciplinarian at heart, and the ability to take courses - all focused on my primary  interest in the environment - in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and hard sciences was hugely important in shaping my future work and academic pursuits. Despite being a history major, the background I got through environmental studies in marine science and geology was certainly a factor in landing the research position at NEMWI. Most importantly, my varied background has continued to influence my approach to current academic pursuits. While pursuing a PhD often means being embedded in a particular niche, bound by the epistemologies and methodologies of that field, my research in environmental political thought and policy is stronger because of the experience I have in other areas. I have continued to feed my need for interdisciplinary work even in grad school, and my most recent projects (including my dissertation) developed out of an interdisciplinary environmental humanities course I took (drawing on ecocriticism, environmental history, nature writing and art, and environmental ethics).

Q: Do you volunteer at any environmental organizations?
A: Though life as a graduate student who also works can make time and resources tight, I do work with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), Save Our Canyons (a local organization focused on protecting the canyons on the east side of Salt Lake City), and Wasatch Gardens (a local community garden and educational organization).

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: While I took significant advantage of Bowdoin's amazing surroundings (I was very involved in the Outing Club), I do wish I had gotten more involved with local environmental and community organizations. I had some involvement on a national level-working with groups like the Sierra Club and others on larger-scale environmental issues-but I increasingly feel that locally-based education, awareness, and, action is essential. Being more involved with local environmental work would have complemented my outdoor endeavors and the knowledge I developed of Brunswick and Maine more generally. The bottom line - get embedded in your community, both within the college AND outside it.


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Patrick Coughlin

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Graduating Year: 1989
Coordinate Major: Chemistry
Current Job Position: Senior Scientist
Company Address: St. Germain & Associates, 846 Main St. - Suite 3, Westbrook, Maine 04092
E-mail: patrickc@stgermain.com


Q:Previous Internships, Employment and/or Education after Bowdoin
A: I taught high school chemistry and middle school science in Portland for three years right out of Bowdoin, which increased my subject area confidence and communication skills. From there I went to Arizona for four years and explored more practical environmental work, as a chemist and lab manager of mobile laboratories on contaminated sites. When I returned to Maine I worked at the Maine Yankee nuclear plant, starting with education outreach and ending with waste management during decommissioning of the plant.

Q: Current Employment (positions and projects)
A: Currently I am an environmental consultant working for a small firm of senior level engineers and scientists. We specialize in helping clients, from waste and petroleum facilities to higher education institutions, comply with regulations, clean-up historical contamination and plan for expansion. I work on practical environmental issues, finding solutions that work both for business and the environment. One of my current projects involves the production of ethanol from wood at a pulp mill to harvest liquid transportation fuels from the forest.

Q: How have you benefited from your coordinate major in you professional and personal life?
A: The ES coordinate major helped to broaden my understanding of environmental issues. I understood the technical aspects through my chemistry major, but the additional ES classes in philosophy, marine biology, and geology exposed me to new issues and new ways of thinking about the environment.

Q: Do you volunteer at any environmental organizations?
A: I recently volunteered with a group fighting to allow the continued beneficial reuse of composted biosolids in Brunswick. The debate pitted supporters of biosolid reuse versus opponents who supported landfilling biosolids and using exclusively organic fertilizers. The opponents won in a close town vote, but ultimately their measure was defeated as it ran contrary to state environmental laws that support the reuse of biosolids.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: I was fortunate to get a summer job in the chemical industry through a connection with one of my professors. That experience opened my eyes to the range of environmental problem solving that the business world provides. I also cannot recommend highly enough the value of networking - get out and talk with alumni and their professional contacts.

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Carissa Rodrigue (Capuano)


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Graduating Year: 2000
Coordinate Major: Biology
Current Job Position: J.D./MPH student at the Boston University School of Law and the Boston University School of Public Health
E-mail: CLR@BU.EDU


Q:Previous Internships, Employment and/or Education after Bowdoin
A: After graduating from Bowdoin, I worked for six years as an environmental scientist at Woodard & Curran, an engineering and consulting firm. My focus was on the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites, and I also worked on wetlands permitting, human health and ecological risk assessments, and environmental due diligence assessments.
Last summer, between my first and second years of law school, I worked as a legal intern at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 1. My projects included an enforcement case for an oil spill, a review of New Hampshire's drinking water regulations for arsenic, and NPDES permitting projects.

Q: Current Employment (positions and projects)
A: Currently, I am in my second year of a joint J.D./Master of Public Health at the Boston University School of Law and Boston University School of Public Health. For the MPH, I am concentrating in environmental health. I am focusing my J.D. studies on environmental law. This summer, I will be working as a summer associate at Burns & Levinson, a law firm in Boston.

Q: How have you benefited from your coordinate major in you professional and personal life?
A: My coordinate major gave me a broad background in the environmental sciences, which helped me in my past jobs at Woodard & Curran and the EPA. Classes in environmental philosophy, environmental economics, and the environmental sciences have been very beneficial to me in pursuing my J.D. and MPH degrees. Also, the extensive writing I did for my classes at Bowdoin prepared me well for both work and graduate school.
On a personal level, my coordinate major contributed to my love of the outdoors and, in particular, Maine. Environmental studies classes at Bowdoin took me all around Maine for field research. Now I return to Maine frequently to kayak, hike, ski, and just explore.

Q: Do you volunteer at any environmental organizations?
A: I volunteer with the Charles River Conservancy. I am also on the board of the Environmental Law Society at BU Law, which organizes community service events and hosts speakers on various topics in environmental law.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: If I could do it all over again, I would have spent a summer doing research at the Kent Island Scientific Station and a summer at Bowdoin. I would have taken a few classes in the Government & Legal Studies Department-they would have helped the transition to law school. I also would have like to do more volunteer work, go on more Outing Club trips, take more dance classes, attend more lectures, and so much more. My biggest piece of advice is to get involved in as much as possible at Bowdoin because there may never be another time when you have so many amazing opportunities to learn and explore.


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 Jason Johnston


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Graduating Year: 1997
Coordinate Major: Biology
Current Job Position: Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Company Address: University of Maine Presque Isle, 181 Maine St., Presque Isle, ME 04679
E-mail: jason.johnston@umpi.edu


Q:Previous Internships, Employment and/or Education after Bowdoin
A: I worked at IDEXX as a research assistant before going to graduate school. I had both research and teaching assistantships in my graduate programs at U. Delaware and U. Maine. I also was hired as an instructor near the end of my program at both universities. This teaching experience was instrumental in getting my current position.

Q: Current Employment (positions and projects)
A: As Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology at a small university in northern Maine I teach introductory courses for majors and non-majors, vertebrate biology, ecology, and ornithology. This summer-term I'm teaching a field course on research methods in ornithology. Last fall (2011) I put together a new course, 'Climate Change and Biodiversity'. Regarding my own research, I have collaborated with Bowdoin Professor Emeritus David Vail on a project evaluating the potential for grass biomass in Aroostook County. Northern Maine is a great place to do bird research, and I am currently planning my summer projects.

Q: How have you benefited from your coordinate major in you professional and personal life?
A: The environmental studies coordinate major was the main thing that attracted me to Bowdoin. The variety of ES courses I took at Bowdoin helped broaden my perspective on how to address environmental challenges. After taking Ecology with Nat Wheelwright I was given the opportunity to spend the summer of 1996 doing field research on Kent Island. My interest in ornithology grew from the experience, leading me to graduate school and eventually my current position. As a native Mainer, I've always wanted to stay here to enjoy (and hopefully to help conserve) our forests and other natural habitats.

Q: Do you volunteer at any environmental organizations?
A: I have mainly volunteered at bird-related activities like hawkwatches and Audobon's Christmas bird counts.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: Do whatever you can to take advantage of internship opportunities, or opportunities to work with faculty on projects outside of your normal coursework. Even if these opportunities don't pay as much as more lucrative summer jobs, they provide the experience and references needed to get more desirable jobs after graduation.

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Ben Smith


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Graduating Year: 2006
Coordinate Major: Architectural Studies (Self-Designed)
Current Job Position: Architect, Domestic Architecture. Freelance Furniture Maker, Seattle, WA
E-mail: bsmith4@u.washington.edu


Q: Name your favorite ES class at Bowdoin and why?
A: All of my architecture studio classes, with Chris Glass and Wiebke and Steven Theodore were great and really got me hooked on design. Architecture and Sustainability with the Theodores really paved the way for my interest in pursuing sustainable architecture. Beyond those core ES/Architecture courses though, I have to say I probably enjoyed the History of Jazz with James McCalla the most. How often does ones work involve listening to Joe Pass or Carmen McRae!?

Q: What opportunities did you take advantage of at Bowdoin? (internships, research, trips, etc.)
A: By far, the aspect of Bowdoin that I took advantage of the most was the Outing Club. It's a phenomenal resource that really got me all over Maine. If you never get farther than Freeport while at Bowdoin,  you've really missed out. I also participated in a number of ES service learning as well as a few independent study classes that allowed me to explore topics that were or particular interest to me. During my junior year, I was able to participate as a student representative on the building committee for the new freshman dorms and got to provide a student's perspective to administration and the project architects. It was a great opportunity to see the architectural process from design development through construction.

Q: Internships and/or education after Bowdoin?
A: Immediately after graduating, I participated in a summer program at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard for students interested in moving on to graduate school. It allowed me to expand my architectural portfolio and learn more about the profession. After the program ended, I got an internship at the architectural firm Farr Associates in my home town of Chicago. I got a great sense of life at a firm (not always a pleasing one) and got to participate in a wide range of projects, from the regular architectural work, to a local Chicago initiative called Cool Globes for a Hot Planet and a new book by the firm, "Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature."

Q: Current Employment (positions and projects)
A: I recently finsihed my Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and currently work for the Artist/Architect Roy McMakin at Domestic Architecture. I am also working as a feelance furniture maker in my spare time. Pairing the craft of architecture and furniture design has provided a great way to explore the nature of cradle to cradle sustainability across large scales of construction.

Q: How have you benefited from your coordinate major in your professional and personal life?
A: The ES major was a great way to build a solid foundation within the environmental field while allowing me to take full advantage of the diverse educational opportunities that Bowdoin offers. Being able to pair the self-designed major of architecture with ES and focus my studies on environmental design while at a liberal arts college was a great preparation for entering the growing field of sustainable architecture.

Q: Do you volunteer at any environmental organization?
A: Unfortunately, I don't have much time at the moment for activities beyond studio work, eating, and maintaining a modicum of cleanliness. This upcoming spring break though, I am participating in a Design/Build workshop where we will work with local community groups and non-profits to construct built responses to issues of community displacement due to rapid urban development.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: Get out and explore Maine as much as possible. Go on Outing Club trips or ones just with friends, but make sure to hit as many small lobster shacks as possible. Take classes that are way beyond your current interests or major, it's what led me to architecture and they're inevitably some of the best at Bowdoin. Oh, and join Sustainable Bowdoin.

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Tom Elson

Tom Elson

Graduating year: 2006
Coordinate Major: Psychology
Current job position: Program Associate, Environmental Defense
Company Address: 257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
E-mail:tomelson@gmail.com or work: telson@environmentaldefense.org


Q: Name you favorite ES class at Bowdoin and why?
A: Of the ES classes I took at Bowdoin, my favorite was Environmental Law with Conrad Schneider. While ES 101 got me interested in Environmental Studies, taking Environmental Law during my senior year served as a terrific culmination of the major, especially because it was a small discussion-based seminar. At the same time, the class helped me realize my interest in potentially going to law school. Conrad is also an amazing professor.

Q: What opportunities did you take advantage of at Bowdoin? (internships, research, trips etc.)
A: I received a Psi Upsilon internship during my sophomore summer from the ES department with the Natural Resources Council of Maine. The internship was a great opportunity to start applying what I was learning at Bowdoin to real-life environmental issues. I learned a lot from the staff at NRCM and was exposed to a variety of new topics. The experience also made me realize that I wanted to keep working in the environmental field post-graduation. I would strongly recommend applying for one of the Psi U internships. Being in Maine and at Bowdoin is also a lot of fun during the summer.

Q: Internships and/or education after Bowdoin?
A: Following graduation, I moved back home to Chicago and began working as a policy intern for the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Having worked already for NRCM, I was able to take what I learned in Maine and build upon it during my time at ELPC. I also made a lot of great connections there, including Al Gore!

Q: Current Employment (position and projects)
A: I now work as a program associate for Environmental Defense in our New York City office. I work in what we call the Living Cities program, focusing on urban environmental issues. Currently we are trying to get New York City to establish a congestion pricing system for the central business district. I am also working on a system that will encourage carbon offsetting projects in the urban environment. Most importantly, however, I am working on creating a Bowdoin legacy at Environmental Defense. So far, there are two of us that I know of (Environmental Defense is fairly large): Andrew Hughes '05 is also a program associate here in New York.

Q: How have you benefited from your coordinate major in your professional and personal life?
A: Not only did having the ES degree give me a leg up during the application process, but I find that the things I learned in ES courses serve as a great background of information that I continually draw upon in my work.

Q: Do you volunteer at any environmental organization?
A: No, I get paid to work for one.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: I wouldn’t presume to have all the answers and everyone's situation and priorities is/are slightly different, but I know that for me a big part of why I got my job was because I had strong references from previous employers during my two summer internships. My main piece of advice would be to think about who you already know and start making the connections early. Use Polarnet (Bowdoin alumni website), make the calls, and don’t be shy. I found that Bowdoin alumni were usually more than willing to help and give advice. I think they (I guess it's "we" now) like feeling useful.

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Jeremy Arling

Jeremy Arling

Graduating year: 2001
Coordinate Major: Biology
Current job position: Attorney Advisor, Environmental Protection Agency
Company Address: Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington DC, 20460
E-mail:arling.jeremy@epa.gov


Q: Previous Internships, Employment and/ or Education after Bowdoin
A:After Bowdoin I went to the University of Oregon, School of Law. Internships I’ve held while still in school include the Department of Justice Environment, and the Natural Resource Division of the Environmental Law Institute. My EPA job is my first real job out of law school.

Q: Current Employment (position and projects)
A:I am writing regulations in the Office of Wastewater Management, Water Permits Division. Issues I am working on include Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), the transfer of water, pesticide applications to water, and forest roads.

Q: How have you benefited from your coordinate major in your professional and personal life?
A:I have found my biology degree to have been an asset in most of the work I do because it’s hard to do anything in the environmental field (including law) without a background in science. I have always known I was going to do environmental work and the environmental studies component of the degree has helped with completing the course work for my Certificate in Environmental Law.

Q: Do you volunteer at any environmental organization?
A:I volunteer for the Montgomery County Parks and Planning Commission as a Weed Warrior where I go into county parks and remove invasive species.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: More Outing Club events. Maine is a unique place. Enjoy it while youre there.

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Julia Grinvalsky

Graduating year: 2004
Coordinate Major: Biology
Current job position: Adminsistrative Asst. and Garden Educator, Life Lab Science
Company Address:1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA
E-mail:julianamay8@gmail.com


Q: Previous Internships, Employment and/ or Education after Bowdoin
A:While at Bowdoin I was very passionate about my studies in biology, particularly my independent study and honors research project that I worked on with Professor Lichter on the ecology of plants in Merrymeeting Bay. After I took a semester off to explore my twin passions-- the pursuit of scientific knowledge and working with kids-- I returned for my senior year inspired to take the Environmental Education Independent Study and pursue a career in education.

Q: Current Employment (position and projects)
A: Since graduating from Bowdoin I have worked in a variety of environmental and outdoor education programs in CA- San Joaquin Outdoor Education, Pigeon Point Environmental Education Program, anbd Slide Ranch-- all of which have given me the skills and opportunities to explore what I love. I am currently working as an Administrative Assistant and Garden Educator at the Life Lab Science Program in Santa Cruz, CA where I coordinate educator workshops and help teachers use school gardens as a resource. In addition, I assist in leading field trip and summer camp programs which teach local students about the connection between ecology and farming.

Q: Advice (Anything that you wish you had done more of at Bowdoin)
A: Take advantage of the opportunities to build solid relationships with professors who you respect. Use your professors as mentors- Bowdoin professors are so accomplished in their fields and they have invaluable experiences to share. Don't hesitate to get to know them and for them to know you.

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Lucy Van Hook

Graduating year: 2006
Coordinate Major: Biology
Current job position: Independent Carbon Consultant 
E-mail: lvanhook.com


Q: Previous Internships, Employment and/ or Education after Bowdoin
A:After graduating from Bowdoin I traveled throughout South America for four months, while visiting Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. When I returned to the States, I worked for a catering company that focused on using and cooking naturally grown foods.

Through the Maine Conservation Corps, I was given a placement with the Maine State Housing Authority. As part of this position I worked on energy conservation and energy education outreach programs throughout Maine. I educated the public on housing building science, and ways that homeowners could run their homes more efficiently, reduce fuel use, and maximize solar gain during the day.

Q: Current Employment (position and projects)
A: After my term with Maine Housing Authority ended they hired me as an Independent Carbon Consultant. Along with my colleagues I am helping to develop a carbon market project that quantifies carbon reductions projects from housing weatherization programs. The resulting carbon credits can then be sold and the revenues recycled back into funding future energy efficiency programs.

Q: Advice
A: Take advantage of the network opportunities in Maine. It's so great to rely on people that you know.

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Trevor Peterson

Graduating year: 2002
Coordinate Major: Biology, Minor: Music
Current job position: Project Manager, Stntec Consulting, Inc.
Company Address:
E-mail:


Q: Previous Internships, Employment and/ or Education after Bowdoin
A:After graduating I knew that I wanted to stay in Maine, a state I did not get to explore as a student. After a summer as an island caretaker for the Maine Island Trail Association, I accepted a position as a temporary field technician with Woodlot Alternatives. In 2007, Woodlot was bought by Stantec, and environemntal consulting compnay in Topsham (Maine).

Q: Current Employment (position and projects)
A: For the past three years I have worked primarily with wind projects. Though I am spending less time in the field, I am learning new lessons every day as I try to keep up with this rapidly evolving field.

As project manager, my days are spent on projects related to commercial wind farms. My work involves studying the impacts of sustainable energy on natural ecosystems. In this capacity I conduct a variety of ecological surveys in areas selected for wind farm development to determine if rare bird or bat species are present, and to monitor passage rates of nocturnally migrating birds and bats, hawk and eagle migration.

Q: Advice
A: If you are pursuing a career in the environmental field always remain flexible and open to chance because we live in an ever changing world, and the types of careers available in five years may be considerably different than those available today.

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Auden Schendler

Auden Schendler

Graduating year: 1992
Coordinate Major: Biology
Current job position: Executive Director of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company
Company Address: Aspen, CO 


Q: Previous Internships, Employment and/ or Education after Bowdoin
A:After Bowdoin, I began my career shoveling gravel and driving a skid-steer in Telluride. I started in the environmental field as a weatherization technician, insulating and sealing low-income homes. Subsequently, I ended up at the sustainability think-and-do-tank at the Rocky Mountain Institute. From there I moved to Aspen Skiing Company.

Q: Current Employment (position and projects)
A:Currently I am the Executive Director of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company. My job entails coming up with innovative ways to reduce the company's environmental impact: from designing green buildings, to developing renewable energy and even retrofitting boilers and light bulbs-- anything that will create a more sustainable community. I have recently published a book, "Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution", which explores the difference between feel-good gestures and the down-and-dirty work of going green.

Q: Advice )
A: "Get your foot in the door of a job you really like-- kick some ass: run fast, slide hard, show up early, stay late"

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