Tony G. Reames, Asst. Professor, Director (On leave of Absence)

Dr. Reames is currently on leave serving in the Biden-Harris Administration as a Senior Advisor on Energy Justice in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. Dr. Reames an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability. He conducts research in the emerging field of energy justice, investigating fair and equitable access to affordable, reliable, efficient and clean energy, and seeks to understand the production and persistence of spatial, racial, and socioeconomic residential energy disparities. He has a PhD in public administration, a Masters in engineering management, and a BS in civil engineering. Dr. Reames is also a licensed professional engineer and a veteran US Army Officer.

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Karl Hoesch, Doctoral Student

Karl is a second-year doctoral student. He researches at the intersection of energy and housing policy. His current focus is on the justice implications of public power models from community solar to municipalization. Additionally, he is passionate about energy efficiency and affordable multifamily housing, an interest which grew out of his own experience participating in an energy retrofit of a multifamily building in which he lived. Karl is a 2020 graduate of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he was the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Fellow. Prior to graduate studies he was an Assistant Director of Admissions and International Recruitment at Hope College and a Spanish educator for Teach for America. 

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Madeline Miller, doctoral Student

Madeline is a first-year doctoral student. Her research focuses on reducing textile waste and its harmful impacts to our natural environment. Her company, NexTiles, specializes in creating beneficial secondary uses for textile waste, and making space for Detroit residents to both drive the growth and reap the benefits of circular economy solutions. Her passion lies in empowering young Black people and people of color to embrace environmental sustainability as an engine of local economic development. 

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Justin Schott, Project Manager

Justin serves as Project Manager of the Energy Equity Project (EEP). Prior to coming to EEP, Schott was Executive Director of EcoWorks, a Detroit non-profit, from 2015-2020. He is an avid social entrepreneur and a recognized sustainability leader in Detroit. Schott has chaired the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm and is a member of steering committees of the Detroit Environmental Agenda; Housing, Health and Heatwaves project; and Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition. Most recently, he is project manager of the Detroit Climate Strategy and architect of Net Zero For All, Starting Today (F.A.S.T.), an initiative to eliminate climate pollution in SE Michigan while keeping equity and justice front and center.

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Toyosi Dickson, Master’s student

Toyosi is a 2nd year master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability on the Environmental Justice track. She recently graduated from Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences with a BS in Environmental Science as a Ronald E. McNair Fellow and a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow. During her time as an undergraduate Toyosi gained a multidisciplinary experience in the fields of human ecology, geomicrobiology, soil science, and geospatial analysis. Over time her interests have shifted to focus on research that analyzes the equitable distribution of benefits from environmental decision-making. Outside of her time in the Energy Equity Lab, Toyosi is working to develop a DEI toolkit to be used by the Vermont Conservation Districts with her master’s project team.

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Rahul Agrawal Bejarano, Master’s student

Rahul is a 2nd year master’s student at the University of Michigan, School of Environment and Sustainability on the Sustainable Systems track. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. His past research experience includes co-authoring papers in computer science education focused on understanding how to reduce students’ barrier to entry and the learning costs associated with programming. This experience has given him insight into the viewpoint of someone trying to understand complex data and problems and how to more effectively communicate this information, via data visualizations, applications, and reports. Currently he is focusing his computer science knowledge to solve equity and sustainability problems. Some work in this space includes: co-authoring a paper assessing the effects of COVID-19 on seafood supply chains, to help advise policy efforts in response to the pandemic and creating a data analytics platform for undergraduate students to test their hypotheses on real ecological datasets. He believes data has never been more accessible or in more high demand, and that if we do not leverage it, we will be working on an incomplete understanding of the challenges to development, equity, and the environment. His goal is to empower and provide everyone with the resources to monitor, evaluate and inform future policy decisions through data.

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Urban Energy Justice Lab Alumni