2014 Interns

Ayman AfifiAyman_Alafifi
Ayman is a PhD candidate at the Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University. He has a master degree in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development from the University of Surrey, UK. Ayman is a civil engineer with emphasis on water resources planning and management. He has over five years of professional work experience in environmental and sustainable development design, planning, and implementation in Palestine, UK and USA. This includes a concurrent 2-year experience of teaching and training to university-level students. Ayman is a certified assistant auditor for the ISO 14001 from the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). He has advised and worked closely with policy makers and international development agencies to solve multi-dimensional problems and report on multi-million dollar projects in armed-conflict areas. His work and research mainly focuses on: (1) Water resources planning and management, environmental impact assessment, environmental systems modeling, auditing, due diligence and corporate social and environmental responsibility. (2) Life cycle analysis, water footprint, GIS application development, environmental research, programming and statistical analysis. (3) Small business development, start-ups, marketing, and feasibility studies. (4) Economic recovery and development models, monitoring and evaluation, post-project and impact assessment.

Aaron GreenAaron_Green
Originally from Syracuse New York, Aaron received his B.A. from Vassar College in Economics and Political Science. He then moved to the Colorado Rocky Mountains where he gained an appreciation for the human physical interaction with the natural environment. Inspired to make a career change, Aaron moved back to his hometown to complete his graduate studies. He received a M.B.A. with concentrations in Supply Chain Management and Sustainable Enterprise from Syracuse University as well as a M.P.S. in Natural Resources Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. During his education, Aaron led several consulting engagements focused on supply chain process improvement, sustainable business practices, and greenhouse gas inventory. He aspires to utilize these skills and environmental knowledge to work with private companies to improve their triple bottom line. In his free time not spent on the ski slopes, Aaron likes to bicycle and play guitar.

Aaron DunnAaron_Dunn
Aaron graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Political Science, in his home state of Indiana. He was first drawn to sustainability while studying abroad at Ben Gurion University in Israel and taking a course on water resources. Aaron went on to obtain a Sustainability MBA from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He worked on several consulting projects with Fortune 500 companies including strategies for developing an environmental profit & loss statement and reducing greenhouse gas scope 3 emissions. Aaron has manufacturing and advocacy experience, and is aiming to work in the water and wastewater industry. In his free time, Aaron enjoys traveling, caving, learning new skills, and trivia.

Teija Mortvedt
Teija graduated with a degree in chemistry from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. She has always had a passion for environmental issues and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in sustainable engineering or industrial ecology. Teija grew up on the Puget Sound in Bremerton, Washington and loves anything to do with the water.


Alessandra Pistoia
Alessandra Pistoia is currently working as a Field Energy Advisor for SolarCity. She graduated from DePauw University in May 2013 as an Environmental Biology major and Mathematics minor. Alessandra works to incorporated sustainability at all levels, from the individual to large corporations.





Sebastien BarlerinSeb
Sebastien Barlerin is a heli-ski guide in British Columbia where he is currently developing a sustainability program.  Prior to this Sebastien worked for the Department of Energy on a large climate change modeling experiment in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.  He has also worked in energy efficiency, retrofitting, and green building in his home state of Colorado.  Sebastien holds a B.A in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado


Kimberly Schlaepfer
Kim is a recent graduate of Rollins College, where her interest in environmental conservation and sustainability were sparked in her international studies and sustainable development courses. In her senior year she served as the president of Rollins environmental club, Eco-Rollins, and was employed by Rollins as a Sustainability Coordinator. During the summer of 2013 she worked as a Corporate Responsibility intern for Deckers Outdoor Corporation, a fortune 500 company. Through her research for Deckers she was able to reduce their environmental footprint and save them an average of one million dollars in packaging costs annually. Previous to her fellowship, Kim worked for Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS) as a Policy and Research Intern. She worked directly under Bill Becker performing a variety of research tasks related to climate and energy policy in the US. In correlation with this research, she worked part time at the Center for the New Energy Economy to assist in their efforts to facilitate the 15 Western states with comprehension and implementation of the EPA’s 111(d) proposed bill to cut emissions from power plants. She have a passion for the outdoors and her favorite outdoor activity is skiing!

Max Joles
Max is an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado pursuing degrees in economics and environmental studies. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he has a natural interest in water conservation and solar energy. He is also interested in urban planning and development economics. Max is an avid traveler and adventurer. He participated in the Spring 2013 Semester at Sea voyage, and studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa during the 2014 spring semester. He is pursuing a career in sustainability because he enjoys the challenge of combining two often-clashing subjects–business and environment.

Nicholas Hislop
Nicholas Hislop is originally from the bush capital city of Canberra, Australia. His love of the ocean led him to the coast where he received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wollongong in Communications and Political Science. After a move to Sydney, Nicholas joined Fire & Rescue NSW and worked as a Firefighter before graduating from the University of Sydney with a Masters in Sustainability. Nicholas’ major research project involved enterprise and entrepreneurial capacity building and development for indigenous people, an area often neglected in Australia. Throughout 2014, Nicholas has been working with remote and challenged communities in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua; gaining valuable community based knowledge and acquired skills to develop a roadmap for sustainable futures in challenged communities. Nicholas now has ambitions to utilize and strengthen these skills in a larger business context with sustainability principles at the core.