Duke Interns Immersed in Substantive Work at the Center

Two summer interns from Duke University, both recipients of Stanback Internships, worked at the Center for the Environment this summer.

Tom Atwood, who has worked three years for Sustainable Duke, did extensive research and planning for the Faith Workshop on environmental stewardship and helped plan and host the National Environmental Summit for High School Students, held July 9-14. Lexi Wallace, a senior environmental science and policy major at Duke, worked on the promotion, planning and facilitation of the National Summit.

tl_files/cfte/images/2013newsletter/2013_newsletter_p8_tom-atwood.jpg Atwood gathered information on what faith communities primarily in Salisbury – but also in Concord, Charlotte and Greensboro – have done to advance environmental stewardship; what the congregations would like to learn more about; and what resources they have used which would be helpful to other faith communities that want to become better stewards.

“This has been a really awesome experience just getting to meet people and hear their stories and learn how they look at the environmental stewardship issue,” Atwood said. “It really is amazing how many different perspectives there are and how they all end up leading people to the same conclusion, which is that we need to care about environmental stewardship.”

tl_files/cfte/images/2013newsletter/2013_newsletter_p8-lexi_wallace.jpgWallace worked on recruitment and marketing for the National Environmental Summit, focusing especially on Facebook and the Summit webpage on the Center’s website.  She and Atwood served as integral members of the Summit team that planned and orchestrated a three-part workshop series on planning, communicating and mobilizing an initiative.

During the summit, Wallace wore multiple hats, facilitating various programs, working with the counselors and co-leading a workshop with Atwood. “To see the students actually here on campus learning and exploring and engaging with all the materials made it all so worthwhile,” she said. “I’m excited to see what those students do in the future.”