Who We Are

Aashika Sulabelle - Grants Co-Chair

Aashika is a Junior pursuing studies in the health sciences and education. She hopes to be involved in the overlap between environment and public health, and the preventative measures that can help ensure environmental well being across all communities. On campus, she is involved in the U-M Red Cross Club, Prison Creative Arts Project, and The Michigan Daily. In her free time, Aashika likes running, reading in the library, watching movies, and drinking smoothies. As one of the Grants Coordinators on the SSI Board, she looks forward to collaborating with innovative students on campus sustainability ideas and projects.

 

Amelia Harris - Grants Co-Chair

Amelia is pursuing an MBA and M.S. at the University of Michigan's Erb Institute with the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. She is interested in sourcing for international food companies and building healthy relationships among companies, farmers and distributors around the world. After an undergraduate degree in agriculture, conservation and development from Carleton College, Amelia spent four years at the Forest Stewardship Council helping companies and organizations transition to more responsible sourcing for their forest products. She also worked several seasons as a farmhand on organic farms and has sold at farmers markets for nearly a decade. Through the graduate programs at the University of Michigan and role on the SSI board, she is eager to support students in the funding and implementation of ideas that will make our local and global communities more environmentally and socially responsible places to live.

 

Lea Boreland - Outreach and Communications Chair

Lea is a Senior studying political science with interests in international development and associated sustainability challenges. Her work in politics has taken her across the state of Michigan and as far away as the Asian Pacific where she has studied variation in political and governmental structure and worked to establish policy change. She is passionate about effective and productive political commication, especially surrounding issues like environmentalism, and hopes to work in the policy sector to address these issues. On campus, Lea is a member of the environmental honors fraternity Epsilon Eta and the club Rugby team. Outside of academics, she loves sports, traveling, books, and writing. She is excited to work and collaborate with students to better coordinate the sustainability community here at Michigan. For SSI, Lea leads the communication and outreach efforts of the group by managing monthly roundtables, various social media platforms, and the biweekly SSI newsletter.

 

Lauren Meyer  - Zero Waste Co-Chair

Lauren is pursuing an MBA and M.S. at the University of Michigan's Erb Institute, a dual-degree program with the School for Environment and Sustainability and the Ross School of Business. She is interested in waste management, sustainable packaging, and redesigning products and services to eliminate waste. Before pursuing her MBA/MS, she spent five years at Argyle Executive Forum, a marketing and event services startup that provides thought leadership and networking services to Fortune 500 C-level executives. Throughout her time there, she led the content department and played an integral role integrating newly acquired business units into the parent company. She also founded the company’s first sustainability initiative. As a member of the SSI board, Lauren is eager to engage with students regarding the topic of waste, and to broaden and strengthen the campus' zero waste efforts.

 

Gregory Cogut - Administrative Chair

Greg is a Senior in Program in the Environment studying Sustainable Business. He is also minoring in Environmental Geology through the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Sustainability though Program in the Environment, and in Business through the Ross School of Business (Ross MiB). As a Planet Blue Student Leader, he worked towards increasing water bottle filling stations in dormitories, helped increase composting on campus, and ran training events to help increase environmental literacy. He also worked as a research assistant at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research studying human behavior and environmental sustainability, researching factors that influence sustainable behavior change. As a Zero Waste coordinator on the SSI board (2017-2018), Greg worked with 91 student organizations to coordinate 226 student-led zero waste events, which diverted an estimated 16,200 pounds of waste from going into landfill. Greg also increased the efficiency of SSI’s Zero Waste Program through automation, EOQ modeling, and safety stock analysis, which enabled the program to grow by 78% while proportionally reducing overhead costs. As an intern at Bank Leumi USA, Greg created a model that increased the efficiency of the FHLB loan reporting process, which is now used to assist in increasing the bank’s liquidity. At his internship, he also utilized his background in sustainability, psychology, and data analysis to create a paper reduction strategy aimed at operational efficiency that included a five-metric paper usage tracking and analysis model. Greg’s interest in sustainability stems from an interest in understanding how increasing societal environmental literacy is changing consumer markets, and hopes to make a career based on the implementation of green technologies and practices in the global economy. In his free time Greg enjoys photography, hiking, reading, and studying foreign affairs. Greg serves as the Administrative Chair of the SSI board and is responsible for managing administrative affairs, and helps connect students and administrators to create on-campus sustainability initiatives. 

 

Clare Kucera - Zero Waste Co-Chair

Clare is a senior in Program in the Environment studying urban and environmental planning. She is a Spanish major as well and has spent a summer studying abroad in Spain. She is passionate about studying how cities function and exploring ways to make them more equitable and sustainable. On campus, Clare is involved with conducting research on land use strategies that cities can implement in order to adapt to climate change. She also has been a part of the Planet Blue Student Leaders program, working to implement post-consumer composting in campus cafes as well as composting programs for students in the residence halls. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors playing softball, hiking, and learning native plant species. On SSI, Clare serves as one of the Zero Waste Coordinators and is excited to have the opportunity to work with students and faculty on achieving the university’s waste reduction goals.

 

Akintunde Oluwadare - Eco-Equity Chair

Akintunde is an MSW candidate with a practice method in social policy and evaluation with a practice area in children and youth in families and society. He is interested in working at the intersection of Social Work and Education so that he can help aid and facilitate the empowerment of individuals who are disadvantaged by social systems, such as schools that determine life opportunities. While an undergraduate student at Adrian College, he drew upon a study done by the Director of Multicultural Affairs, to survey African American students at Adrian College about their academic, social, and emotional needs. The combination of student teaching and research on African American students in higher education sparked his interests in first-generation students in higher ed. At the University of Michigan, he looks to utilize the resources available to allow him to continue his work at a deeper and more professional level. In his free time, he enjoys working on photography and videography. For SSI, he aims to engage, empower and support faculty, students and external groups outside the environmental realm across the University of Michigan and beyond. His goal is to integrate talent through a diverse stakeholder perspective to propose viable options for complex sustainability challenges.

 

To contact the SSI Board, e-mail ssi-board@umich.edu.

Our 2015-2016 Group Charter can be found here. More information about SSI here