Students

Class of 2020

Jessica Anderson
Amber Arnold
Hannah Bates
Daniel Brooks
Ginny (Virginia) Brooks
Sarah Bryan
Meriwether Bryant
Grace Cogguillo
Cas (Katherine) Crim
Virginia Harris
Brian Hnat
Cece (Marion) Hopkinson
Lauren Hotung
Yizong Hu
Tyler Lohmeyer
Allie (Allesandra) Lowy
Anthony Malabad
Annie Manville
Samuel Mogen
Maitlyn Murphy
Katie Mulder
Sofya Olenicheva
Ariana Piacquadio
Ava Reynolds
McKenna (Ann) Savoca
Leah Silverman
Elizabeth Stais
Allie Tattersall
Kelly Tran
Jamie Wertz
Jenna Wilkey
Amelia Wilt

Class of 2019

Caroline Alberti
India Brahm
Samantha (Sammy) Brainard
Riley Chitwood
Candace Craig
Lauren Foley
Isabel Getz
Susannah Gilmore
Katherine (Kate) Green
Isabelle Hermsmeier
Samantha (Sam) Hunt
Nicholas (Nick) Molodow
Hannah Kirk Nass
Hannah Noah
Sarah Overton
Abigail (Abby) Peizer
Justin Pender
Ana Rabogliatti
Emily Saul
Ava Scott
Jessica Shalvey
Sarah Singer
Emma Tillitski
Johanna Vossler
Benjamin (Ben) Whisnant
Kasey Whitfield
Anna Wright

Class of 2018 + Capstone Research Projects

Michael Bateman: Because They're There: Identifying and Addressing the Environmental Impacts of Mountaineering
Adam Bernstein: Island Communities as Models of Sustainability
Mary Elizabeth Blount: Assessing the Effectiveness of Coral Reef Rehabilitation Systems
Holland Cathey: Sustainability in the Fashion Industry: Finding Solutions for Waste through Business
Rita Cliffton: Defining Environmental Migrants
Rhaude Dahlinghaus: Creating Coastal Resilience Strategies to Mitigate Climate Change Impacts in Norfolk's Poplar Hall Community*
Caroline Denney: Trailing Behind: A Comparative Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy in Denmark and the United States
Megan Dister: Concepts of Conservation by Traditional Healers around Medicinal Plants in Sagara Village, Tanzania
Scott Gilb: Creating Coastal Resilience Strategies to Mitigate Climate Change Impacts in Norfolk's Poplar Hall Community*
Ryan Gillies: Environmental Migration and Climate Adaptation Policy in Bangladesh
Brooke Kinsey:  Determining the Impact of a Community Cannery on the Ability of the University of Virginia Dining to Increase its Local Food Purchasing
Gordon Knapp: Business Models for Model Businesses: Apple, Google, and the Corporate Procurement of Renewable Energy
Emma Kulow: Best Implementation Practices When Charging for One-Time Use Bags
Gabby Levet: Realizing a Vision for the First Lady's Food Lab at UVA's Morven Farm*
Haley Lieberman: Creating Coastal Resilience Strategies to Mitigate Climate Change Impacts in Norfolk's Poplar Hall Community*
Athena Ka Weng Loi: Evaluating the Protective Services of Urban Wetland in Mitigating Intensifying Storm Surges: An Application to ShenZhen, China
Mohammad Malik: An Inquiry into the Role of Fuel Retailing Sites in Sustainable Transport
Brittany McDonough: What’s in your (School’s) Lunchbox?
Matthew Mongan: Residential Energy Efficiency
Kate Moody: The Effects of Railway-to-Park Conversions in Urban Spaces: Capitalizing on Value
Dominique Ong: Who is Protected by the Clean Air Act? A Case Study in Southern California
Austin Parks: Building Beyond the Footprint: Impact Development in Richmond, Virginia
William Saul Pasco: Regenerative Agriculture: Transforming our Farms
Georgianna Reid: Beyond the Obvious... Digging Deeper into the Issue of Pipelines
Megan Routbort: The Next Century in the Sierras: The Business of Conservation in American Public Lands
Pooja Seth: On Reserve: A Study of Sustainable Community Development Addressing Hunger Needs in Charlottesville
William Southard: Creating Coastal Resilience Strategies to Mitigate Climate Change Impacts in Norfolk's Poplar Hall Community*
Rachel Vadhan: Creating Coastal Resilience Strategies to Mitigate Climate Change Impacts in Norfolk's Poplar Hall Community*
Elise Watt: Realizing a Vision for the First Lady's Food Lab at UVA's Morven Farm*
Sophia Woods: Emancipation Park Anew from a Planner’s Perspective
* team research project

Class of 2017 + Capstone Research Projects

Charlotte Bemiss: Waste Beyond the Bin: An Investigative Photoessay
Tyler Berkeley: Imagining a Place for Local Food Education at UVA's Morven Garden Garage*
Ashley Cappo: Greening Ingleside Front-to-Back: Seeking Sustainable Solutions for Sea-Level Rise, Flood Management, and Water Quality Challenges*
Suchita Chharia: The Rise of Smart Cities: From Charlottesville to Copenhagen
Elise Dixon: Forum Models, Strategies, and Tips: the Development of a Rural Farmer's Forum in Tanzania
Nicole Duimstra: Imagining a Place for Local Food Education at UVA's Morven Garden Garage*
Erica Fink: Greening the Reel: Film Production, Content, and Behavioral Change*
Jessica Flester: Measurement of Vertical and Horizontal Change in Slat Marshes Experiencing Rapid Sea-Level Rise and Impacts on Local Farmers
Sam Friday: Greening Ingleside Front-to-Back: Seeking Sustainable Solutions for Sea-Level Rise, Flood Management, and Water Quality Challenges*
Monika Gehl: Reclaiming Parking for Sustainability: A Case Study in Downtown Denver
Taylor Gestwick: Demotorizing the Corner: A Sustainable Transportation Model for Charlottesville, Virginia
Molly Golski: Imagining a Place for Local Food Education at UVA's Morven Garden Garage*
Chelsea Granados: Exploring the Link between Mindfulness and Social Justice: A Case Study of the Nonprofit Organization Global Grassroots
Amalia Harte: Rites Of Passage Programs for Emerging Adults: Forming Sustainable Lifestyles through Contemplation and Nature Connection
Broghan Kelly: Insuring a Better Food Future
Brittany Kwolek: Imagining a Place for Local Food Education at UVA's Morven Garden Garage*
Kristen Lepe: International Environmental Economics: The Widening Economic Development Gap Between Rich And Poor Countries due to Climate Change
Sarah Littlefield: When You Give a Billionaire a City: Exploring the Impact of Private Influence on Sustainable Initiatives in Detroit
Lizzie Main: From Hummus to Humus: A Comparative Analysis of Food Waste in the United States and Nicaragua
Katy Miller: The Use of Internet and Media in Environmental Movements: A Critique of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to Address Waste Management Problems in India
Garland Mooney: Analyzing Local Food Systems: How can Charlottesville's Be Improved?
Mary Moore: Unilever Case Study: Reducing the Environmental Impact of the Consumer Use Phase for Dove Products
Allison Owens: Greening Ingleside Front-to-Back: Seeking Sustainable Solutions for Sea-Level Rise, Flood Management, and Water Quality Challenges*
Alec Paget: In Ecuador's Search for "El Buen Vivir," Is Extractivism Really the Only Way?
Katherine Phillips: Greening Ingleside Front-to-Back: Seeking Sustainable Solutions for Sea-Level Rise, Flood Management, and Water Quality Challenges*
Laura Rozner: Imagining a Place for Local Food Education at UVA's Morven Garden Garage*
Cody Simms: Greening the Reel: Film Production, Content, and Behavioral Change
Walker Strick: Greening Ingleside Front-to-Back: Seeking Sustainable Solutions for Sea-Level Rise, Flood Management, and Water Quality Challenges*
Nodjimadji Stringfellow: The Global E-waste Trade from the West to West Africa: An Unfair Response
Allison Turner: Imagining a Place for Local Food Education at UVA's Morven Garden Garage*
Katherine Wilkin: Greening Ingleside Front-to-Back: Seeking Sustainable Solutions for Sea-Level Rise, Flood Management, and Water Quality Challenges*
* team research project

Class of 2016 + Capstone Research Projects

Camille Adkins: Urban Refuge: Implementing Participatory Architecture to Address Informal Refugee Housing Settlements and the Political, Social, and Physical Status of Displaced Persons
Carolyn Albright: Assessing Perception as a Barrier to Conservation Agriculture Adoption: A Comparison of Parana, Brazil and the Laikipia District, Kenya
Natasha Butler: From Seed to Sale: A Look into Sustainable Food Systems
Tessa Crews: Cultivated Awareness: Vedic Wisdom and Contemporary Stewardship
Michelle Crowley: Response to Public Health Emergencies and Sustainable Rebuilding Post Disaster: A Case Study of the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
Artem Demchenko: Community Empowerment through Co-Design of Urban Gardens: Restoring Food Justice in the Westhaven public housing community through the Growing for Change project
Elizabeth Duffield: Sustainable Tourism Development in Northeastern Brazil: Stakeholder Collaboration in Fortaleza
Ezti Fricano: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and the Costs to Society: A Comprehensive Review of Environmental Threats and Their Implications in the US
Kelsey Galantich: Biofuels: Keeping It Local
Katie Groody: The Effects of International Climate Policy on Lesser Developed Countries
Emily Keenan: Water Savings to Restore Ecosystems: Comparing Governmental Initiatives in the U.S. and Australia
Camille Knable: Social Sustainability in Charlottesville: Success Perspectives and the Culture of Counter-Cultures
Caroline Macdonald: Does Detroit Derserve the Label of "Food Desert"?
Brianna Mackay: The Implications of Corn Subsidies on Consumers Connectivity to their Food System
Megan McDaniels: Wetland Restoration and Community-Integrated Design in Norfolk, Virginia
Cassidy McGrain: Low-Income and Malnutrition: A Study of the Role of Income in Obtaining Local, Sustainable Foods in Charlottesville, Virginia
Kelly McNally: Potential Economic Benefits of Promoting Small-Scale Farming in Panama
Vanessa Owens: The Overregulation of Environmentally Beneficial Activities: A Sociopolitical History of Hemp Prohibition in the United States since the 1930s
Mary Shifflett: Implications of Consumer Decisions on Environmental Health: The Rise of Efficient Products and their Role in Fostering Consumer Complicity in Environmental Degradation
Bryn Sonnett: SWOT Analysis of Urban Rooftop Agriculture: The Untapped Potential of Urban Sustainability
Jamie Stafford: London 2012: Sustainability Implications to East London and the Surrounding Area
Abstract: London 2012. A truly momentous Olympic games, and one that will be remembered for many years to come. On July 6th 2005, thousands of people lined the streets around Trafalgar Square in nervous anticipation of the decision by the IOC of which city to grant the games to. It had come down to two major powerhouses. Paris or London would have the honor of hosting the games in 7 years time. When the announcement finally came at around 1pm in the afternoon, the celebrations around the city lasted for days. Many, including myself, came to the realization that these games would be the last that current London citizens are ever likely to see in their home city, considering that London would become the only modern city to host the games for a third time. Therein, the hard work began. The bid for the Olympic games in London was designed around ‘inspiring a generation’, a tagline that has repeated resonance in this thesis. The promise to host the games in London was not only a bid to entertain and host world-class sport around the capital, it was meant to create a legacy that could last and inspire others for years to come. There is no doubt that the celebrations seen on that warm July afternoon were in no small part down to the excitement about what the games could offer citizens, long after the closing ceremony. This thesis aims to analyze a number of the key sustainability issues that London 2012 faced and promised to overcome. The idea is not to constantly criticize and condemn but more to present an honest, balanced view from a London resident of 22 years. I will explore in great detail not only the environmentally sustainable aspects to London 2012, but also other sustainable implications that mean a great deal to the local area. I will introduce some context to my findings, through interviews with local residents and attempt to intertwine a number of different opinions to present my findings in the fairest way possible. Whilst I will touch on the games themselves and what was achieved, I would ideally like to present more of an analysis of what is happening now because there was a huge amount promised back in 2005 and in the years leading up to the games. There needs to be more scrutiny regarding these promises and whether or not they were kept. What I am to achieve through this thesis is to give the reader a far better understanding of the true Olympic legacy and not just the one that the government insists it has achieved.
Hailley Thompson: Eco-labeling: The Effectiveness and Reliability of Voluntary Product Labeling to Promote and Foster Sustainable Fisheries Management
Annie Weidhaas: Disability and Equitable Accessibility in the US Built Environment
Abstract: This paper argues that the built environment becomes more sustainable by addressing equitable accessibility. Through textual analysis and theoretical evaluation of academic research and publications, and case study comparison of universal design in the United States and the United Kingdom, research will demonstrate that sustainability, accessibility, and the built environment are deeply intertwined and that accessibility should be given more attention in the future considerations of urban and environmental planning. The background of sustainability gives an understanding for why accessibility and sustainability are connected, and introduces universal design as a sustainable solution to inaccessible built environments. Methodology is provided that gives a background into feminist and disability theory that informs the historical and comparative analysis of the paper. The significance of this research lies in its potential to address why the built environment needs to be accessible and sustainable and how the built environment can achieve this sustainability. It also helps incorporate feminist and disability theory into planning theory. Research can be used to inform future design and planning decisions globally that promote universal design.