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Sustainability Fellows’ and Ambassadors’ Projects

Scheller College Graduate Sustainability Fellows and Undergraduate Sustainability Ambassadors deepen their engagement in environmental and social issues for business by working on projects. The following videos represent their project outcomes.

2020-2021 Sustainability Fellows' and Ambassadors' Projects 

Patagonia- Carbon Finance
FY21 Fellows Henry Miller & Miguel Granier

The project looked at the carbon sequestration capacity of the Patagonia National Park region in Chile and the potential for carbon offsets to fund ongoing conservation effort. Associated with the Vertical Integrated Projects- Patagonia at Georgia Tech.


National Parks Diversity Infusion
FY21 Fellows Abigail Brenller & Tiffany Cho

Abigail and Tiffany investigated the diversity problems within the national parks by identifying the barriers to inclusivity in workplace environments and also defining a long-term recruiting strategy. They hope to increase awareness of employment in the National Park Service within diverse populations and better understand the challenges those populations may face when working in the organization.

GA Tech Green Revolving Fund
FY21 Fellows Eddie Massey & Shawn Buckley

Eddie and Shawn explored the viability and metrics for Georgia Tech to successfully implement a Green Revolving Fund. This Fund will allow for regenerative capital to be employed on sustainability-related projects at the university, while driving interest and participation of students on campus.

Drawdown Georgia Project- Advancing Equity
FY21 Ambassador Zachary Jones, Fellow Daphne Saavedra

Zachary and Daphne worked with Drawdown Georgia and their top 20 solutions to capture equity considerations that are the most highly impactful solutions for combating climate change in Georgia. Their project focuses on the equity solutions of conservation agriculture and equity initiatives in retrofitting the building and materials sector.

University Global Coalition Governance
FY21 Fellows Ellie Hamalian & Geoffrey Sudderth

The project examines the reduction of miles traveled in local supply chains and researches the feasibility of the use of mobile hubs that can be relocated as necessary from day to day or within a day for local food consolidation and transport. Does this use of mobile hubs reduce the number of food miles and stops?

Hydroponic Planter System
FY 21 Ambassador Madeleine Hardt, Fellow Shrinka Roy

The Hydroponic Planter System team worked on a hydroponics planter subscription system for the budding, urban plant enthusiast. They developed a system that uses the Kratky hydroponics method to minimize cost and effort without compromising aesthetics.

FY21 Ambassador Mark Leggiero, Fellows Sol Haroon & Victoria Skinner

ET HOME is a micromobility solution that brings transportation options to the town of Clarkston. Through electrified bikes and trikes, the system will connect the community through social equity by enabling greater city access for both personal mobility and light transportation of goods.

The Xylom
FY21 Ambassadors Alex Ip, Jadyn Sethna, & Zoie Moore

Founded in 2018, The Xylom creates and shares personal stories of science and humanity. This news site shares scientific articles through storytelling about Covid-19 and climate while amplifying Black and Indigenous voices.

Wellbeing in the West End
FY21 Ambassador Alessandra Smith

The Mapping Mobility, Health, and Wellbeing in the West End project aimed to map the current mobility infrastructure and food accessibility, utilize current data to display any disproportional infrastructure and access in West End and identify limiters in the improvement of mobility and health & wellbeing for the community.

Local Schools
FY21 Fellows Amanda Grupp & Bangseh Akushu

This project was aimed at taking steps to engage and improve Scheller's relationship with the community around it. The project took a twofold approach; research what the need was and secondly, if deemed appropriate, setting up an outreach program with some of the schools surrounding Tech. The hope of the project was to benefit Scheller by increasing community engagement, brand awareness, and access to a more diverse pipeline of talent.

GTRI Work From Home Policy

FY21 Ambassador Alex Ard-Kelly

This team presents the ideas of working from home even after Covid-19 to save money and reduce accidents.


The Mendstruation Project

FY21 Ambassadors Jessica Hertzberg & Suhas Yalamarti

The Mendstruation Project is an initiative to redesign the menstrual product disposal system for Georgia Tech campus bathrooms. We created an educational system to bring greater equity to our campus by focusing on women’s health, safety, and usability when interacting with menstrual disposal systems on campus.


Regenerative Energy Impact ASSMNT

FY21 Fellows Martha Jean Schindler, Patrick Knight, Robert Riley

For the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business Fellowship project, this team set out to quantify the environmental, social, and economic impacts of a solar power plant in southwest Georgia that is owned and operated by the Silicon Ranch Corporation. Their unique land management techniques, combined with the clean energy provided by the plant, have an important impact on the community. To better understand SRC's impact, the team partnered with Proof of Impact, who helped them use their impact assessment methodology.


Ubuntoo Greenhouse for Food Waste

FY21 Fellows Jordyn Holt & Shuaib Mohammed

Ubuntoo is a global environmental solutions platform promoting sustainable economic growth. We helped the Ubuntoo team create a Greenhouse for Food Waste solutions so information and resources will be stored in one, easy-to-navigate place on the Ubuntoo website.


Flex Packaging Recycling Market

FY21 Ambassador Kadyn Fleming, Fellow Yogesh Raparia

This team worked on a solution for recycling films and flexibles in the United States. These materials are currently unable to be recycled in the US, but by looking at recycling methods in other countries and government regulations, this team believes film and flexible recycling can be adopted.


ESG Investing Investigation

FY21 Fellows Bea Wang & Bridget Montague

This team’s research seeks to provide insights into environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, and shareholder intentions compared to the most popular hedge fund strategies, and the potential correlation to reduced litigation.


Sustainability in Hc-Telehealth Serv. RSRCH

FY21 Ambassador Joanna Thomas, Fellow Marianna Moores

The Sustainability in Healthcare project investigated whether telehealth services could create a more equitable healthcare system. Survey data and personal interviews with experts in health economics and telehealth distribution gave us insight into whether telehealth could be the future of accessible healthcare.