Tony G. Reames directs the Urban Energy Justice Lab. He is an assistant professor in the UM School for Environment and Sustainability and a JPB Environmental Health Fellow at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Reames has degrees in civil engineering, engineering management, and public administration. His research in the emerging field of energy justice, investigates fair and equitable access to energy that is affordable, reliable, and clean, and seeks to understand the production and persistence of spatial, racial, and socioeconomic disparities in residential energy dynamics.
Dominic Bednar is a doctoral candidate in the UM 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 in the UM 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 in the UM 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 in the UM 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.
Sabrina Vivian is a master’s student in the UM School for Environment and Sustainability with a concentration in sustainable systems. Sabrina received her BS in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine in 2015. After graduating she worked in the environmental and energy consulting fields for three years, most recently in a customer education and sales role at a solar system design and installation company.
Eric Krostich is a dual degree graduate student in the UM School for Environment and Sustainability and School of Business, 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 in the UM 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.
Michael Zimmerman is an undergraduate student at UM 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 research assistant on the UM Poverty Solutions Grant, “Eliminating the path to energy poverty: a multi-state analysis of equity in energy efficiency investments.”
Aldo Pando Girard is a dual degree undergraduate student at UM studying Civil Engineering and Vocal Performance. He joins the lab through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and is eager to work toward his passion of improving human experience through science. Aldo is a research assistant on the energy vulnerability project, led by Dominic Bednar.