Sustainability Associate, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Amelia Howe is a recent Colorado State University graduate receiving her B.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and a minor in Global Environmental Sustainability. She is very interested in different country’s approaches to sustainability and would love to see US cities become forerunners in the sustainable building initiative. Previously, she volunteered with the City of Fort Collins Planning Department where she was inspired to pursue a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning after graduating. Amelia’s main goal is ensuring that cities maintain their value for green-space while dealing with growing populations.
Sustainability Associate, Sociology
India Luxton is a first year master’s student in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors in Sociology from Western New England University in 2015. Her current academic research revolves around human-animal interactions. She is interested in wildlife conservation, as well as promoting sustainable community behaviors. Currently, she is a graduate research assistant and is working on a project which brings dementia patients and their caregivers to local arts engagement events.
Sustainability Associate, Landscape Architecture and Philosophy
Andrew Madrick is a third year undergraduate student at Colorado State University studying Landscape Architecture and Philosophy. His interests are situated towards bridging a theoretical understanding of design with the pragmatics of getting something built. Andrew's passion for the physical sciences has geared his approach to design as one that seeks to remediate ecological damage incurred by irresponsible planning, building techniques, and/or waste disposal. Andrew has worked previously as a graphic designer, illustrator, and field worker for a local, residential design and build firm.
Sustainaiblity Associate, Business
Eric Mault is a fourth year undergraduate student at Colorado State University studying Finance and Computer Information Systems. Eric previously interned with an early stage investment group where he learned about raising capital and growing companies. Eric is interested in start-ups and new technologies that provide a strong return on capital while focusing on environmental, social and governance as well. Eric hopes to blend more businesses with a triple bottom line approach in the future.
Sustainability Graduate Fellow
Estefanía Pihen González graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a specialization in marine conservation from the University of Costa Rica. She worked extensively with leatherback sea turtles and coral reef conservation with several Costa Rica national parks and international research teams. In 2009 she founded a non-profit private bilingual school directed for low-income families that reside in beach communities along the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The school provided a strong scholarship program and offered an affordable private educational option for local families. The school’s main goal was to empower students through education so they could continue their studies at a professional level and then return to their communities to have an active role over the development of their towns and the preservation of their local natural resources. During the school’s 8 years of operations, more than 150 children received financial support and the school conducted many invaluable community outreach and conservation projects, including work with orphans and indigenous communities.
Estefanía is currently completing her MBA on the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise program at CSU. Through her MBA studies she seeks to gain the necessary expertise and knowledge to develop an incubator agency in Costa Rica that provides free consulting to rural land owners that reside in areas of great ecological importance in order to develop these areas using sustainable approaches. Additionally, Estefanía is a fellow at the Institute for the Built Environment at CSU, currently working on a framework for developing high performance green schools in the tropics of developing countries.
Joy Wagner, LEED AP BD+C
Sustainability Associate, Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change
Joy is a first year doctoral student and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies in the Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change Specialization. Her current academic research is in sustainable organizational culture and organizational change, and her broader research interests include sustainable design, biophilic design, green schools, eco-curriculum, and environmental psychology. Joy has been an Assistant Professor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art+Design for the past 4 years teaching interior and sustainable design both online and on campus. She has a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design with a minor in Construction Management and a master’s degree in Design and Merchandising with a specialization in Interior Design from CSU. While working on her masters, she collaborated with the IBE and USGBC Colorado to develop case studies on successful green school design strategies. She recently presented at the USGBC Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Green Conference, the Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place 2014 Conference, and the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Southwest Regional Conference on the topics of biophilic design and placemaking. She has been a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED BD+C) since 2009.
Sustainability Associate, Interior Design
Cassie is a graduate student in the Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University studying Interior Design with an emphasis in sustainability and education. She joins the Institute for the Built Environment team with an interest in all things sustainable ranging in scale from interior spaces to urban landscapes. During her undergraduate interior design studies at both San Diego and Iowa State University, Cassie enjoyed studying everything from midcentury modern interiors and architecture to informal settlements in developing countries. Following the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design in 2012, Cassie worked for two and a half years at a certified Herman Miller furniture dealership in her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. Ultimately, it is Cassie’s goal to bring awareness to overconsumption, demonstrate an appreciation for simplicity, and encourage sustainable behavior.
Sustainability Associate, Public Health
Liz Young is a Research Associate in Public Health at the Institute for the Built Environment currently working on a project to develop a community health hub model in northwest Fort Collins. She is a first year student in the Master of Public Health program at the Colorado School of Public Health with a concentration in Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles. She hopes to further her education via application to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at CU Denver. Liz is very interested in learning how the built environment shapes people’s experiences and how it can influence their behavioral choices toward or away from health. She received her undergraduate degrees from Colorado State University in Business Management and in Family & Consumer Sciences Education.