Our Sustainability Scholars have varying interests, majors and class years.

Each is placed with a private, public, or nonprofit community institution to focus on a discrete project during the summer, and we also meet as a group to discuss how individuals and institutions can move the needle at the community-scale on environmental issues, with a particular emphasis on climate change.

Learning Objectives

Through hands-on experience and dynamic group discussion, sustainability scholars gain unique knowledge and insight as well as applicable skills, including the following.

  • Urgency and agency to make positive change for the environment
  • Familiarity with systems thinking and several sustainability-related examples
  • Knowledge of key climate change drivers, impacts, and policies
  • Knowledge of Charlotte-area sustainability challenges, opportunities, and champions
  • First-hand experience with alternative transportation modes
  • Proficiency in specific tool(s) for measuring and/or engaging sustainability
  • Ability to identify advantages and barriers to community-scale sustainability action from the perspectives of individuals, private-sector, public-sector and nonprofit organizations
2018 Sustainability Scholars
Photo 2018 Sustainability Scholars
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Anna Ramgren '19
Major: Biology

Sustainability partner: Davidson College Sustainability Office strategically bridging and guiding the efforts of Davidson students, faculty, staff, and the greater community towards collective, significant impact in service of humans and the places we all live.                                                                                                                                                                 

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Nina Yao '21
Major: Environmental Studies (intended)

Sustainability partner: City of Charlotte Sustainability Office guiding Charlotte in becoming a global leader in environmental sustainability, balancing economic growth with preserving our natural resources.

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Cameron France '20
Major: Environmental Studies

Sustainability partner: Clean Air Carolina, a nonprofit championing a statewide initiative to raise North Carolina's air quality to exceed that of scientific recommendations.

Lorena James '21
Major: Environmental Studies (intended)

Sustainability partner: Friendship Gardens, a mobile market and community network of backyard gardens whose harvests benefit Friendship Trays, providing more than 750 meals a day to members of the community who have limited access to healthy food.

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Leslie Nut-Komlah '21
Major: Physics (intended)

Sustainability partner: Mecklenburg County's Livable Meck initiative, dedicated to bringing people together to enhance the quality of life in community.

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Michael Hall '19
Major: Economics

Sustainability partner: Lomax Incubator Farm supporting local, organic farming while encouraging a new generation of farmers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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Mia Gogel '20
Major: Environmental Studies

Sustainability partner: Lomax Incubator Farm supporting local, organic farming while encouraging a new generation of farmers.

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Margo Parker '21
Major: English

Sustainability partner: Sustain Charlotte, a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, engaging and uniting citizens to solve Charlotte's sustainability challenges.

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Catherine Cole '20
Major: Hispanic Studies

Sustainability partner: Trees Charlotte, a public/private nonprofit collaboration to grow and diversify Charlotte's urban forest and promote tree stewardship and education.

2017 Sustainability Scholars

Maria Bravo '18
Major: Political Science
Sustainability partner: Mecklenburg County's Livable Meck

Shelby Cline '20
Major: Environmental Science
Sustainability partner: Friendship Gardens

David Dameron '19
Major: Political Science / Environmental Science
Sustainability partner: Trees Charlotte

Christine Diaz '19
Major: Environments Science
Sustainability partner: Sustain Charlotte

Bess McLawhorn '19
Major: Environmental Science
Sustainability partner: Mecklenburg County's Sustainability Office

Rosalia Polanco '18
Major: Environmental Science
Sustainability partner: Carolinas Healthcare System

William Stiefel '20
Major: undecided
Sustainability partner: City of Charlotte

Coraline Xu '19
Major: Environmental Science
Sustainability partner: Clean Air Carolina

Tina Yuan '18
Major: Physics
Sustainability partner: Jones Lang LaSalle

Elizabeth Millar '19
Major: Economics / Hispanic Studies
Sustainability partner: Davidson Office of Sustainability