Green Cities Sustainability Corps 2012
Caleb is our SCA Green Cities Fellow working with ACTION-Housing, Inc. and their Pittsburgh Green House project. In 2010, he graduated with a B.S. in Biology from West Virginia University and is a recent graduate of Duquesne's Environmental Science and Management Masters program. Caleb has worked with a number of environmental non-profits including the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, RiverQuest, and Tree Pittsburgh. Caleb is looking forward to expanding his environmental communications skills to bring greater awareness of sustainability in the Pittsburgh region.
I am a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Anthropology and a concentration in Environmental Studies. I have lived in the City of Pittsburgh for four years now, and can surely call it "home", however I enjoy life the most when I am in the country. I like being in the mountains doing things like horseback cattle herding, hiking, camping, white water rafting, and learning about and eating edible wilds. When I moved to Pittsburgh I started riding my bike for transportation, and found myself becoming a bicycle advocate. As a founder of Flock of Cycles, I have shared the experience of bicycle advocacy through social bike riding with others. I love riding my bike around the city streets to go to shows or enjoy the rivers.
Katrina joined the Student Conservation Association passionate about all things related to the environment. In her role as a Sustainability Fellow, she supports the URA's redevelopment programs that work to revitalize neighborhoods, help places grow sustainably, and pave the way for communities to thrive. She has a strong desire to grow personally and professionally throughout the course of the year, and is excited about all the opportunities available in Pittsburgh that will allow her to understand critical issues in the environment and really appreciate the kind of work that goes into improving it. She hopes to come away with a myriad of learning and developmental experiences that will compliment advanced studies in Urban Planning, which she plans to pursue after the fellowship. She hopes to eventually make a lifelong career out of improving the environment and serving the public. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she received a B.A. in Environmental Analysis & Design and minor in Urban and Regional Planning. While earning her degree, she completed architectural restoration and conservation work in Nepal, and has since then gained a strong interest in international development. She brings with her a background of experience in city planning, social stewardship, volunteer management, and environmental non-profit work. Katrina has many different interests, including traveling, experiencing different cultures, learning foreign languages, camping/hiking, eating ethnic food, doing yoga, playing tennis, and studying Buddhist philosophy. She is dedicated to sustainable living practices, projects, and education and hopes her passion for the environment and work through the URA will make a meaningful contribution to the success of their mission. She lives in Shadyside is happy to call Pittsburgh her new home.
Originally from New Jersey, John is a graduate of Syracuse University with degrees in Geography, Policy Studies, and Spanish and recently completed a year with the Green Cities program as the Climate Fellow for Green Building Alliance. While there, he spent time launching online media initiatives, spearheading Pittsburgh’s celebration of sustainable transportation, Transportation Exploration, completing and seeking City Council adoption of Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2.0, and facilitating and performing research for partnerships with local colleges, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. As a continuation of that work, he is excited to be working exclusively with the Higher Education Climate Consortium on getting quantifiable reductions in campus emissions and increasing overall campus sustainability. When not in the office, John can be found biking between the school campuses, playing sports and generally being outside, trying a new recipe, or seeking out new roller coasters to ride.
Originally from Texas, Phil joins the SCA’s Green Cities team after a year with the Trail Town Outreach Corps, where he helped to design a new business sustainability rating system and coordinated programs to gauge the economic impact and usage trends of the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail. Phil holds a degree in environmental studies and anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, where he also took courses in architecture, urban studies, psychology, and business. His career goal is to become a sustainability-minded urban planner with a focus on both policy and design. In his free time, Phil lives his life through an endless list of hobbies, which includes traveling, hiking, graphic design, watching sports, and learning new things. Through his Green Cities Fellowship, Phil is working with Sustainable Pittsburgh to ramp up its Sustainable Business Designation Program and to pilot a sustainability certification system for municipalities in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Christine is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she got her preparedness-for-life training in Cardiopulmonary Sciences. Promptly afterwards, she headed west alone with only a bicycle and her preparedness-for-life certificate, but ended up traveling all over the country and, simultaneously, the human condition. Upon the eventual return to her homeland, she was excited to find the opportunity to work with the Group Against Smog and Pollution by way of the SCA, and did not even unpack her possessions before flying up to Pittsburgh to do just that. Her greatest enduring mission is to make people think about those things they cannot necessarily see with their eyes, resolving to use whatever equipment necessary for the metaphorical playing field. The current playing field is the problem of air quality; the current equipment, her working knowledge of the cardiac and respiratory systems. One day, Christine hopes that it won’t be a stretch for anyone to connect physical actions with their global and intrapersonal significance.
Quanika is a recent graduate from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Planning and a concentration in Landscape Design. She has project experience in watershed analysis, environmental redevelopment planning, site design, and sustainable design concepts. Quanika has great interest in environmental design (low impact development, sustainable landscaping, natural building, and permaculture design), nature photography, listening to a variety of music, and youth education. She joined the SCA Green Cities Corp to gain a general understanding of land conservation, observe the importance of community involvement, and learn more about green building techniques. She hopes to learn and gain experience in various sustainability sectors and give back by educating youth about these different components.
Veronica is the SCA Sustainable Agriculture Fellow working with Penn State Extension and the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council. She is a recent graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography. Veronica spent her summer in Grand Teton National Park working as an environmental educator and has experience in university and community sustainability, volunteer coordination and leadership, event planning and social justice initiatives. A native to the south hills of Pittsburgh, she is excited to be back in ‘burgh working to grow our city’s local food system. A healthy food system addresses issues of local economic development, community health, and social justice. Veronica is looking forward to getting her hands dirty with all of these issues that help build healthy communities and hopes to continue this work in the future. In her free time Veronica can usually be found outside rock climbing, throwing a disc, playing in the dirt, or adventuring in the woods. Veronica is the SCA Sustainable Agriculture Fellow working with Penn State Extension and the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council. She is a recent graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography. Veronica spent her summer in Grand Teton National Park working as an environmental educator and has experience in university and community sustainability, volunteer coordination and leadership, event planning and social justice initiatives. A native to the south hills of Pittsburgh, she is excited to be back in ‘burgh working to grow our city’s local food system. A healthy food system addresses issues of local economic development, community health, and social justice. Veronica is looking forward to getting her hands dirty with all of these issues that help build healthy communities and hopes to continue this work in the future. In her free time Veronica can usually be found outside rock climbing, throwing a disc, playing in the dirt, or adventuring in the woods.
Amanda graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business with an MBA in Marketing in May 2010. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Science in May 2007 with a degree in Rehabilitation Science. Amanda is entering her second year in the Green Cities Sustainability Corps, continuing her work with Sustainable Pittsburgh on the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Amanda enjoys Pittsburgh sports, playing and coaching Ultimate Frisbee, cooking, road trips, being outside, and exploring.
Cate graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, receiving a B.A. in Urban Studies and a minor in Sociology. During the summer of 2011 she completed a landscape architecture course at Cal Berkeley that reinforced her passion for sustainable design. Cate’s previous experience includes internships with Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning, a community development organization, and a real estate investment trust. She looks forward to connecting residents with resources that improve the livability, sustainability, and value of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. In the future, Cate envisions herself in law school studying environmental, energy, and real estate law. When she’s not painting or jogging along the Allegheny River, Cate can be found meandering through the Strip District for fresh picnic ingredients.
Zachery recently graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Global Studies, Environmental Politics. Along with this he also completed an internship in Rockhampton Australia with CQUniversity, working on multiple sustainability initiatives across their campuses. Before this he backpacked through many countries in Western Europe trying to satisfy his curiosity of the world and his desire to travel. He joined the Green Cities Corps to kick start his career in sustainability, and learn where within the environmental field he will be able to make the most impact.
Virginia recently moved to Pittsburgh from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to be a part of the Green Cities Corps. She is working with PennFuture on their Black and Gold City Goes Green campaign, which works with communities in Pittsburgh to help residents reduce their greenhouse gas pollution. She graduated from The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where she received a degree in Environmental Geography. Virginia enjoys biking, gardening, and organizing activities and events where people can interact, learn, and have fun. Virginia hopes this position acts as a stepping stone towards her continued goal of educating communities on the importance of environmental sustainability.
Josh is the SCA Green Cities Fellow at GTECH Strategies and is working on land reclamation and vacant lot projects. Josh is a recent graduate of Denison University with a degree in Environmental Studies and concentration in Geosciences. He has experience in environmental advocacy, business sustainability research, hydraulic fracturing research, volunteer coordination and leadership, environmental education and outreach, conservation and trail work, and outdoor recreation. Josh is passionate about conservation, volunteering, helping at animal shelters, playing soccer, hiking and spending time outdoors, and visiting friends and family. Josh became a Green Cities Fellow to become involved in sustainability and community development, as well as learn and gain more experience in environmental non-profit work. He is still developing an idea of what he wants to do after the Green Cities Fellowship, as well as where and in what he wants to pursue a graduate degree.
Originally from Connecticut, Kelly comes to the SCA with experiences ranging from environmental education and community organizing to basic science research for renewable energy systems. She holds a BA in Physics from Colgate University and an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh. In the recent past, she has worked for the National Renewable Energy Lab, the University of Illinois and the YMCA. Kelly loves caving, hiking, rock climbing, eating local food, dancing, playing her bagpipes, watching animated movies and figuring out how to be a confident bike commuter in Pittsburgh. She looks forward to driving the creation of a sustainable 2030 District in downtown Pittsburgh with the rest of the staff at the Green Building Alliance.
Kurt Steigerwald is a Pittsburgh native, working with the Green Building Alliance and their initiatives for Green Schools. He helps to engage preK-12 stakeholders with education and leadership training in order to reform schools into healthy and high performing places.
He has field experience in environmental campaigning with the Sierra Club, fund raising with various non-profits, event planning, working at a conservation educational facility and academic experience in social research and design. He has an interdisciplinary education, receiving a B.A. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh as well as minors in economics and chemistry. Kurt is also a USGBC accredited LEED Green Associate. Outside of work, his hobbies and interests include botany, ornithology, and entomology.
Tori comes to the Green Cities team after graduating from the University of Vermont with a BA in Anthropology and Sociology and a minor in Nutrition and Food Sciences. After graduating college, Tori decided to spend some time WWOOFing and traveling throughout New Zealand and Europe where she really became aware of environmental issues. She is originally from Vermont, and got brought up to appreciate all that nature provides. Tori is passionate about the environment, gardening and sustainable food systems. Her personal interests include, but are not limited to hiking, camping, music, sports, traveling and camp fires. Through her fellowship with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Tori hopes to gain experience implementing a comprehensive recycling program, as well as supporting the Food Bank to produce real reductions in resource use and greenhouse gas emissions, while promoting sustainable business practices. After her fellowship with the SCA, she hopes to continue to make a significant impact on our region's sustainability.
Our 2012 Green Cities Corps placement partners are:
ACTION Housing's Pittsburgh Green House
Allegheny County Sustainability
Community Design Center of Pittsburgh Sustainability
East Liberty Development, Inc. Sustainability
Global Links Sustainability
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Sustainability
Green Building Alliance's 2030 Challenge
Green Building Alliance's Green Schools
Group Against Smog & Pollution
GTECH's Vacant Land Reclamation Team
Higher Education Climate Consortium
PennFuture's Black & Gold City Goes Green
Penn State Agriculture Extension Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable Pittsburgh's Green Workplace Challenge
Sustainable Pittsburgh's Sustainable Business &
Sustainable Communities designations
Urban Redevelopment Authority Sustainability
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|Jane Kaminski Bio|
|Katrina Orcino Bio|
|John Jameson Bio|
|Phillip Wu Bio|
|Christine Rigby Bio|
|Quanika Stover Bio|
|Veronica Malencia Bio|
|Amanda Virbitsky Bio|
|Catherine Rassman Bio|
|Zachery Ambrose Bio|
|Virginia McGrath Bio|
|Josh Howington Bio|
|Kelly Henderson Bio|
|Kurt Steigerwald Bio|
|Victoria Managan Bio|