Student Advisory Board
The members of the Turning Green Student Advisory Board serve as ambassadors and leaders for the organization.
Student Advisory Board members collaborate with staff in the planning and facilitation of TG’s programs including Project Green Challenge, Conscious College Road Tour, and other related events, and act as student advisors for the organization. Additionally, the TG Student Advisory Board members assume the same responsibilities as Campus Representatives when it comes to the health of TG relationships on their campus.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Student Advisory Board roles are open to high school and college students who have been involved with TG in some capacity for at least 6 months. The Term of Service for the TG Student Advisory Board is at least one calendar year. The transitional period will be every January. The application is on-going throughout the year, with the deadline of December 31 every year.
MEET THE TEAM
Sunny Bitner | Summer Fellow
Lewis & Clark Law School
Sunny is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas with a BA in Environmental Studies and minor in Geology and will begin her legal education at Lewis & Clark Law School in Fall 2020. Sunny became involved with Turning Green through Project Green Challenge, where she was a Project Green Challenge 2018 Finalist and a 2019 Ambassador. Because of her work with Turning Green, she is working toward a career in environmental law and public service. Sunny enjoys public speaking, politics, hiking, and the great outdoors.
Madison Alcalay | Summer Intern
Senior, University of California, Berkeley
Madison is a rising senior at University of California, Berkeley studying Molecular Environmental Biology and Marine Science. She has always been passionate about the environment from growing up going on nature walks and visiting beaches along the California Coast. After learning about the impacts of plastic pollution on marine organisms and the environment, Madison has found ways to advocate for using more sustainable materials through education and hands-on science experiments in elementary schools. She is hoping to work at an environmental nonprofit focusing on improving sustainability and conservation efforts through education. On her campus, she works at the Lawrence Hall of Science teaching children science concepts through hands-on learning with sustainable crafts. In her free time she enjoys going on hikes, playing water polo, and exploring nature with friends.
Zoe Cowan | Summer Intern
Sophomore, Scripps College
Zoe is a sophomore at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She was raised surrounded by nature in Marin County, which has played a pivotal role in forming her passion for studying and conserving the environment. This passion has grown throughout her life, leading to volunteer work at Slide Ranch and Turning Green, as well as participating in the 2017 Project Green Challenge. When she is home, you can find her exploring the local trails on foot or mountain bike, baking, or working in the garden. She implements sustainability into her lifestyle by working to be zero waste and by supporting ethical and environmentally-friendly companies. At school, Zoe studies Environmental Analysis and Media, and is involved in the Sustainability Club which works to bring sustainable change to the Scripps campus.
Devin Ferri | Summer Intern
Junior, Colgate University
Devin is a junior at the Colgate University, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies with minors in Biology and Geography. Her appreciation of her environment was fostered by growing up in rural Idaho with an abundance home grown produce and plenty of time spent outside with the horses. Devin is hoping to work in either an environmental or public health nonprofit focused on improving community health and wellbeing through environmental action and sustainable choices. On her campus, when the snow finally melts away, she loves working in the community garden and at the local farmers market as a way to promote nutritious and sustainable food choices. Cooking and amateur yoga takes up most of her free time, but the day is never complete without watching some YouTube videos.
Savina Johal | Summer Intern
Junior, University of California, Santa Barbara
Savina is a third year student at the University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in Environmental Studies. She grew up surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the San Francisco Bay Area, but really discovered her true passion for protecting the environment when she first took an environmental studies course in college. In the future, Savina wants to work for an environmental nonprofit that focuses on environmental justice and giving a voice to underserved communities that are usually more affected by environmental issues. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and watching sports.
Nelly Junesand | Summer Intern
Senior, Bates College
Nelly is a rising senior at Bates College, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Politics. Her interest for sustainability was sparked in early high school after taking an environmental science class with an inspiring and encouraging teacher. She became involved with Turning Green as a Summer 2019 Intern and joins the team again in 2020. On her campus, she is involved with several sustainability projects that aims to reduce the school’s carbon footprint and has started a Citizens' Climate Lobby chapter that works to lobby for climate policies at the state and national level. After graduating college, Nelly wants to work with an environmental justice nonprofit. In her free time, Nelly loves skiing, traveling, eating delicious foods, and listening to podcasts!
SungAh Kim | Summer Intern
Junior, Indiana University
SungAh is a student at Indiana University, double majoring in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Journalism. SungAh first became involved with Turning Green as a participant and finalist of Project Green Challenge in 2016. During her junior year of high school, SungAh founded a school-wide environmental project, Project Green Bathrooms, that received grant-funding internationally and locally. As a university student, she is an active member of several environmental groups on campus, organizing and participating in several activism projects. SungAh is also known for her freelance work as a photographer and photojournalist. Many of her works can be seen being published and displayed by several local businesses and individuals. In her free time, SungAh loves to go hiking with her dog, listening to podcasts, reading books, and collecting houseplants.
Varsha Madapoosi | Summer Intern
Sophomore, University of California, Berkeley
Varsha is an incoming sophomore at University of California, Berkeley, studying Data Science and Society and Environment. She has a variety of experiences in environmental sustainability, from implementing a tri-bin waste system at her high school, energy benchmarking city buildings, and planning an environmental justice-oriented conference for students of color. In the future, Varsha hopes to promote sustainability and mitigate climate change through objective data analysis and collection methods, through a lens of environmental justice. In her free time, she enjoys biking, watching movies, and playing cards.
Emily McCabe | Summer Intern
Sophomore, University of California, Berkeley
Emily is a second year student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Environmental Economics and Policy. She grew up in rural northern California, where she fostered a love for the environment through playing outdoors and enjoying the area's many public parks. After graduating, Emily hopes to study environmental law and work for the Environmental Protection Agency. On the Berkeley campus, Emily works with the Housing and Dining Sustainability Association to advocate for food policy across campus as well as educate students about their waste habits. In her free time, Emily enjoys meeting new people, walking her dog, practicing yoga, and reading magazines.
Emeline Myung | Summer Intern
Senior, Los Osos High School
Emeline is an incoming senior at Los Osos High School in sunny SoCal. She is a lover of all sciences, and most importantly, a lover of the planet and all the systems and organisms that thrive because of it, and on it. While she has always loved Mother Earth, she never fully realized the human-induced damage inflicted upon it until she revisited her motherland, Indonesia. Upon seeing the massive scale of plastic pollution and the degradation of her treasured childhood beaches and marine ecosystems, she embarked on a journey of climate action, leading her to Project Green Challenge 2019 where she was selected as a finalist. Merging her love of photography and writing, she hopes to continue to spread awareness and encourage conscious change in her community and in youth across the world.
Cvetanka Rizvanovic | Summer Intern
Freshman, University of Utah
Cvetanka is an incoming freshman at the University of Utah, studying Education and Administration. Her passion for sustainability has been an integral part of her character ever since she was young and she has continued to manifest her values through living a conscious lifestyle. She became involved with Turning Green as a Project Green Challenge 2019 Finalist and member of the Student Advisory Board. Cvetanka wants to pursue a career as an educator and administrator after earning her Master of Education. This upcoming fall, Cvetanka plans on continuing her involvement with environmentally conscious initiatives and organizations on campus. She also enjoys hiking with her family and visiting local national parks.
Renée Serota | Summer Intern
Junior, University of California, Berkeley
Renée is a third year student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Environmental Economics and Policy and Global Studies. Her passion for the environment began as a kid on Girl Scout camping trips, and it has grown into a dedication to finding climate change solutions and educating people about actions they can take to promote sustainability. In the past, she has worked on renewable energy and fossil fuel emissions research, as well as research on conservation policies in public lands across the country. Renée plans on working in environmental policy development and education, helping to create and publicize new initiatives for sustainability on a regional level. On her campus, she works for the Goldman School of Public Policy, implementing public policy education for international officials. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time outdoors with her friends and family.
Josie Sparks | Summer Intern
Senior, Bloomington High School South
Josie is a senior at Bloomington High School South who plans to study Environmental Science and Nonprofit Management in college. She grew up in southern Indiana going to sailing camp and Environmental Explorers camp which fostered her love for the environment. She became involved with Turning Green through Project Green Challenge in 2019, where she became a finalist and was awarded co-third place. As a result of Project Green Challenge, Josie founded a nonprofit, Yellowwood Youth, which works to provide guidance, opportunities, and inspiration to youth in Indiana regarding their role in solving environmental issues and the climate crisis. She is involved with Students Advocating for a Greener Environment at school and is part of the Youth Climate Accord in Indiana. She has played viola for 7 years, enjoys writing of all kinds, and enjoys teaching those younger than herself.
Eleanor Stanford | Summer Intern
Junior, Williamette University
Eleanor is studying Civic Communication and Media Studies as well as Environmental Science and is going into her third year at Willamette University. She is passionate about taking personal responsibility to have a more sustainable lifestyle as well as community work and policy change to make sustainability a priority that is accessible to everyone. At school, she has worked as an Outdoor Program Leader, taking groups of students to experience the natural beauty of Oregon. She is also interested in design, and recently worked on a design project aiming to bring a culture of sustainability and environmental consciousness to student life by creating a resource for students to learn to cook sustainable, inexpensive, and healthy meals. Eleanor would like to have a job working with others to advocate for policy change and to problem solve around obstacles in sustainable lifestyles. For fun, Eleanor loves to hike, draw, and listen to music and podcasts.
Genevieve Stiers | Summer Intern
Senior, University of California, Santa Barbara
Genevieve is entering her fourth year at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is pursuing a degree in Global and International Studies and a minor in Spanish. After graduating next June, she hopes to pursue a career in non-profit work, focusing on educating Latin American peoples about climate change and environmental crises. Her passion for the environment has been evident since age seven, when she began selling hot chocolate at her siblings’ sports games and eventually fundraised enough to preserve two acres of Amazon Rainforest. Genevieve maintains a plant-based and low waste lifestyle, and she always tries to find ways to decrease her environmental impact. In her free time, Genevieve enjoys doing yoga, cooking vegan meals, baking sourdough, and hiking with her rescue pup Luna.
Olivia Thomas | Summer Intern
Graduate, Whitman College
Aurora Yuan | Summer Intern
Senior, Princeton High School
Dahlia Zail | Summer Intern
Junior, Pitzer College
Ilana Zeitzer | Student Leader
Masters Student, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry