Tony G. Reames is an assistant professor in the new School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Systems, Energy Institute, and Poverty Solutions initiative. He directs the Urban Energy Justice Lab. He has a PhD in public administration from the University of Kansas, a Masters in engineering management from Kansas State University, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.


Dominic Bednar is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability and a 2016 graduate with a M.S. in Natural Resources with a concentration in Sustainable Systems. His master’s thesis was titled The Intersection of Energy and Justice: Exploring the Spatial, Racial and Socioeconomic Patterns of Residential Heating Affordability, Consumption and Efficiency in Wayne County, Michigan.”  Dominic earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2013.


Sydney Forrester is a master’s student at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability with a concentration in Sustainable Energy Systems. Sydney received a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University. Following that, she worked for two years in the utility industry focusing on sustainable energy programs that included energy efficiency financing and low-income community solar to improve energy access and affordability.


Michael Reiner is a master’s student at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability with a concentration in sustainable systems and in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received a BS in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University in Chicago. Following that, Michael served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in rural Paraguay for two years working with sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation.


Ben Stacey is a master’s student at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability with a concentration in sustainable systems and a graduate student at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He received a B.S. in Biology from Grand Valley State University. Ben served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines working with local government, community groups and non-profits in addressing coastal resource management issues.


EricKrostich2Eric Krostich is a dual degree graduate student at the University of Michigan in the School of Business and School of Environment and Sustainability, and is focusing his master’s practicum on energy efficiency in the built environment.  Eric’s master’s practicum is focused on helping a Detroit apartment building walk through the entire retrofit process, from initial energy savings forecasts and cost estimates, to financing options and connections with contractors. Eric’s goal is to help the property reduce utility bills, reduce emissions, and improve indoor air quality.


 Nalin Bahtia is a master’s student at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability and School of Information pursuing dual masters in Human Computer Interaction and Sustainable Systems. Nalin has a background in Architecture from Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.


zimmerman2Michael Zimmerman is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan double majoring in environmental sustainability with a concentration in energy policy, as well as history. He is currently working on his honors thesis researching how investment in New Orleans’ flood-prevention infrastructure has changed since Hurricane Katrina. Next winter, Michael will be traveling to Copenhagen to more closely study sustainable development. Michael is a Summer 2018 research assistant of the UM Poverty Solutions Grant, “Eliminating the path to energy poverty: a multi-state analysis of equity in energy efficiency investments.”


CraigFreelandJr2Craig O. Freeland Jr is an undergraduate student at Denison University that will be completing his BA in Educational Studies and Environmental Studies this coming school year. He is a 2018 Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and will be working in the Urban Energy Justice Lab this summer. After completing his undergraduate work, Craig plans on going to graduate school in Chicagoland or the D.C. metropolitan area to work towards becoming a secondary educator.


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