Sussman Internship Reports
|Alliance for the Great Lakes||
Sarah Geise intered at Alliance for the Great Lakes and focused on policy and planning for separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins to prevent transfers of aquatic invasive species with a heavy emphasis on public messaging. Side projects included social media outreach, a bi-state coastal restoration planning project and database use. Writing for the general public and GIS analysis were important aspects of this internship and it was a very rewarding first experience for Sarah to work with a non-profit/NGO.
|City of Ann Arbor Energy Office||
In this internship Laura Palombi engaged and coordinated internal and external stakeholders to develop energy efficiency financing programs for the City of Ann Arbor's Energy Office.
|Department of the Interior||
Alexandro Bazan contributed to the Department’s Strategic and Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP), a required report that describes how the DOI is achieving the goals set by Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. Efforts involved playing an important role in the SSPP review process by coordinating revisions, suggestions, and comments of the working document.
|Huron River Watershed Council||
Emma Maack worked on a number of large and small projects related to local ordinances that affect water quality, organizational relationships with local communities, and field assessments on ecological quality. One of her main projects involved researching and summarizing relevant ordinances in the Portage Creek watershed, and analyzing the possibilities for improvement. She also created an Access database organized by community so HRWC could begin tracking information on policies and ordinances as well as their own projects in their 63 constituent communities.
|The Greening of Detroit||
Oren Brandvain helped to develop the Vacant Land Program under the Green Infrastructure Department. He began with the installation of 10 neighborhood beautification/stormwater management treatment located on vacant lots in the Cody Rouge neighborhood. Oren then developed materials for outreach, program development, and evaluation.
|The Sonoran Institute||
David Eisenhauer worked on issues related to rural land use--particularly rangeland management. A majority of his time was spent researching markets for tourism that centers around agriculture, otherwise known as agritourism. Later he worked on a report detailing current work related to co-management of rangelands. In these institutional arrangements, local users collaborate with governmental agencies, key stakeholders, and interest groups to manage both private and public lands.
|The Wilderness Society||
Bryce Esch worked with the Forest Ecology on the monitoring protocols for forest restoration in the Northern Rockies, collected data with a team of undergraduate field assistants, and analyzed the data to assess accuracy compared to data collected using other monitoring protocols.
|U.S. Department of State||
Brian Smyser worked for the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources in the Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency. Over the summer, I managed the Bureau’s Mexico portfolio, developing research, briefs, talking points and strategies, and staffing a principal officer in Mexico City for bilateral and public-private meetings on emerging high-level energy issues.
|Washtenaw Parks & Recreation Commission||
Matt Ferris-Smith assisted with the commission's communications work. Specific projects included interpretative signage, PowerPoint presentations, fliers and Facebook management. He also gathered information for the commission's next master plan, and helped to create an awards program for participants in youth interpretive activities.
|World Resources Institute||
Lilly Connett spent her summer working in the Markets and Enterprise Program (MEP) of the World Resource Institute (WRI).