- Erica Christensen
- Hope Connolly
- Eden Full
- Foad Green
- Kristin Grenier
- Chase Grieve
- Kaitlin Griffith
- Thomas Howard
- Kenya James
- Krista Lewis
- Danielle Mayall
- Kailin McCluskey
- Richard Merritt
- Osman Raza
- Olivia Toussaint-Martinis
Erica is from Nashville, TN and received a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Memphis in 2009. While at the University of Memphis, she helped run a successful green fee campaign and had internships with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, she managed a community garden, using organic methods, located in one of Memphis’ many food deserts. She also developed a garden-based youth apprentice program that aims to teach kids how to grow, harvest and sell produce. Sadly she left the garden at the end of July 2011 in order to pursue a Master’s in Global Environmental Policy, with a focus on food security, at American University in Washington, D.C.
Hope is from central New Jersey and now lives in New York, NY. She got her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 2009, and is now pursuing her Master’s in Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. She has always been interested in environmental and sustainability issues, alternative energy, and resource conservation.
Eden Full is the Founder of Roseicollis Technologies. She completed her sophomore year at Princeton University and is currently taking time off to work on her start-up full time with the support of Peter Thiel’s 20 Under 20 Fellowship. As the recipient of the Scotiabank Ecoliving Student Leadership Award, Eden founded Roseicollis
Technologies, an embryonic social enterprise to take her solar panel tracking invention, among other appropriate technologies, to developing communities and established markets that need them through local innovation, awareness and engagement. Eden’s belief in sustainability stems from her adventures to the Canadian Arctic, India and Kenya. While at Princeton, Eden initiated and curated
TEDxPrincetonU, which featured prominent speakers in the field of social entrepreneurship and innovation. Proudly Canadian, she was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to Thrice, caring for her lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) Kiwi Ganondorf “Birdie” Full, and is a rowing coxswain.
Foad Hafez Green is an Environmental Chemistry student at University of California, Santa Cruz with a growing interest in science communication. He works as an undergraduate researcher at the Donald Smith Lab helping to study neurological effects of the oxidative metal, manganese (Mn), as an environmental pollutant. Current interests include building skills in presenting environmental issues effectively through social media and press.
Kristin is from Cynthiana, Kentucky and is enjoying a “gap” year on her family hobby farm before pursuing her graduate studies. Her passions are many and varied, but they often reside in the junction between research and outreach. She endeavors to spread environmental awareness her community. While at Transylvania University she hosted several annual Earth Day festivals and coordinated an “e-waste” recycling drive. Most recently, she worked on a series of research projects related to water processes and water quality issues, both locally and at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. Most recently Kristin has returned from the Appalachian Trail where she hiked from Georgia to Maine while raising funds and awareness for Water Missions International.
Chase is from San Rafael, California just outside of San Francisco. Currently he attends Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas, studying International Business and/or International Development. He is passionate about the environment and volunteer for several organizations including the Meridian Foundation, The Baum Foundation, and the City of San Rafael Volunteer Program. Some past projects that I have been a part of include: World Environment Day 2005 in San Francisco, World Environment Day 2007 in Oslo, Norway, The Healthy Ways Green Days Program, and various environmental cleanup projects. Locally, he has organized tree planting projects in collaboration with the Billion Tree Campaign. Fifteen hundred dollars has been raised from the Save The Redwoods Organization to fund the greening of a school in Marin County, California, USA.
Kaitlin Ashley Griffith is from Englewood, Florida and has a deep reverence not only for nature, but for her place in it. She strives to be knowledgeable about the world she lives in. While in High school, Kaitlin was involved in founding the Democratic Club, Teens Tackle Politics, The Environmental Club, and was selected among her peers, only one of fourteen in her county, to meet former president Bill Clinton. Her participation in the Costa Rica Global Classroom Project, served as a turning point for her and during that time she knew she would spend the rest of her life committed to the environment. This inspired her to apply for AYUSA World Leaders in Berkeley, California and begin interning with institutions such as Circle of Blue. She is now at Florida State University majoring in Environmental Studies and Pre Urban Planning. She hopes to pursue her graduate studies at U.C. Berkeley for Graduate School in Urban Planning.
Thomas Howard, is from Baie Verte, Newfoundland, Canada. He resides in Kingston, Ontario, where I am currently entering the fourth year of a Life Sciences degree at Queen’s University. He has been interested in environmental stewardship for a long time and spent several years of high school as a Site Coordinator for the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean- Up. The past several years, however, have been dedicated to his own environmental group, “YEA!”or “Youth for Environmental Awareness.” The group’s executive council and Thomas have undertaken many environmentally-oriented, youth driven initiatives. Some of these were organized and conducted solely by the group; however some were undertaken in conjunction with local businesses, such as Sears Canada. “YEA!” has used these partnerships to conduct successful “Plastic Reduction” campaigns, catalogue recycling drives, and recently, a “Tire-Smart Campaign,” in partnership with Canadian Tire®. In June 2011, YEA! organized a youth environmental photo contest, which was hugely successful.
Kenya James is a recent honors graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she studied political science with a focus on International Affairs and English. While in college, she studied abroad in Paris, France at the Sorbonne, focusing on multiculturalism and the bi-lateral relationship between France and the United States. Throughout her college career, Kenya served in student government and in many campus organizations. She has held internships with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, NPR, the office U.S. Congressman John Conyers and Global Policy Solutions. Highly passionate about the impact of cultural relations within the realm of foreign policy, Kenya’s thesis examined the role of public diplomacy in the War on Terrorism. Recognizing the ardor Kenya displayed in terms of her interests in international affairs, she was selected to be a participant in the Charles Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program.
Most recently, Kenya interned with the United Nations Environment Programme RONA staff as a communications intern. She worked on a project relating to diversity, compiles daily environment news briefs, prepares speeches and assists with writing press releases. Currently, Kenya works as a press assistant for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democratic Policy and Communications Center. Kenya is actively involved in her community and teaches English as a second language to immigrants in Washington, DC. She hopes to continue learning and gaining experience through internship or job opportunities before teaching abroad and pursing a Masters in International Relations.
Krista is a recent graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where she studied communications with a focus on business. She interned at the United Nations Environment Programme in winter 2012. She has an interest in web and graphic design, and is the Tunzana Network webmaster.
Danielle Mayall is from Alexandria, Va and began her undergrad studies this past fall at Duke University. A true citizen of the world growing up, she lived in and traveled to countries around the world, including: Gambia, Guatemala, Peru, China, France, and Switzerland to name a few. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French fluently and has studied Mandarin Chinese for over 3 years. As president of the Environmental Club at her high school, she worked on several food and recycling projects, energy reducing initiatives, and coordinated a student sustainability conference.
Hailing from New Brunswick, but living in Victoria, BC, Kalin is in her second year of her Masters in Studies in Policy and Practice at the University of Victoria. Already holding a BPhil (Leadership) and a BA (Human Rights/Religious Studies), she’s excited to engage with young people via the Tunza Network on issues of sustainability, enhancing awareness of
environmental issues, and emphasizing the need for ecological preservation. Having prior experience working with young people in international development, she also looking forward to putting that knowledge and skill base to work with any and everyone who wants to participate, engage, and work toward a more sustainable future.
I’m a senior, International Studies major at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. As a student leader, I have initiated several sustainable programs with a focus on strengthening the student/administrative relationship. As the current Co-President of Morehouse College’s environmental group Students Endeavoring for Enlightened Environmental Decisions (SEED) and a member of the Morehouse College Sustainability Committee and SGA Ethical Green Team, my primary work focuses on running the college’s Presidential Climate Commitment and Campus Climate Challenge working groups.
I devote a lot of my time to the recently developed urban ecological project – Let’s Raise a Million. This student-led, policy-driven and community-centered initiative connects underrepresented communities with leading environmental and climate justice organizations. In addition, I focus on strengthening the Georgia Students for Sustainability, an organization of college and university students working in environmental groups within the state of Georgia as well as the Hotlanta Coalition. I also serve on the Southern Energy Networks Steering Committee.
Osman Raza is from Windsor, ON and attends theUniversity of Windsor in the Arts and Science program. His environmental interest began when he participated in a national competition known as the Junior 8 Competition hosted by UNICEF. Presently, he serves as amember on MYAC (Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council) where he advocates for youths in the city andpromotes environmentally friendly decisions by chairing a subcommittee that is affiliated with Transit Windsor. It consists of an ambassador program in high schools that promotes the use of public transit. Osmans environmental passion is demonstrated is his service as a research asssistant for the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) where he has studied the invasive species that endanger our local ecosystems. He has an infatuation with sports but mainly for soccer. Osman looks forward to interacting with other like-minded youths passionate about the environment, seeking to form a sustainable solution to our environmental burdens.
Olivia Toussaint-Martinis originally from Quebec City, Canada and currently attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Global Studies program. She notably led the logistics committee of the Arctic Climate Change Youth Forum where she worked with climate researchers and environmental organizations to organize workshops and discussions for 200 participating students. This experience led her to become involved with Eco St-Law, a collegiate environmental group that aims at raising awareness among students and making the school as green as possible. Olivia has distinctly contributed to the elaboration of sustainable principles for the college and organized an awareness campaign regarding the international climate negotiations shortly after participating at the UNFCCC 16th Conference of Parties in Cancun with the Canadian Youth Delegation. I intend on pursuing in that direction by participation in the 17th Conference of Parties held in Durban as liaison officer of the Quebec Youth Delegation. I am very excited to join the group of motivated members of the Tunzana network and work with like-minded youth in the solving of environmental challenges we are faced with.