Welcome to the Student Chapter of the National Capital Region Section of the AWRA!

 

The Student Chapter of the National Capital Region Section of the AWRA (NCR-AWRA), Environmental Sustainability Leadership (ESL) is housed in the University of District of Columbia. We, the ESL members are dedicated to water resources scholarship and, advancing sustainability, developing a network of emerging professionals. We hold monthly meeting, organize social events such as kayaking socials and planting trees at the UDC campus. We participate in the annual NCR-AWRA Water Symposium along with local and national water resources and sustainability conferences. Our organization welcomes students from diverse academic backgrounds who are passionate about creating a more sustainable future. Graduates have gone on to work in various water, environmental, and government organizations.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to advance environmental stewardship and sustainability practices around the world through engaging the water resources and environmental sustainability students or future leaders in service learning at the University System of the District of Columbia and the surrounding community. ESL strives to create a lasting relationship among the student body, alumni, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community members. The function of this chapter is to nurture leadership in environmental stewardship among young water resources and sustainability scholars and facilitate opportunities that provide a bridge from the academic setting to the workforce.

 

Click here (http://awrancrs.org/membership.html) to become a member

For a copy of our organizational bylaws, bylaw.

 

 

Student Chapter Officers:

 President: Thomas Beights

 

Undergraduate Degree: BSB in International Business, Oklahoma City University 

Graduate Degree: PSM in Water Resources Management 

Research Interest: Stream Restoration, microplastic pollution and water resourcing in international development. 

Hobbies: Outdoor activities. I am an outside cat. Particularly anything involving water. I love to swim laps. Row in the mornings on the Potomac. Running. Biking. Hiking.  Iā€™m crazy about good tv, especially international shows.

                   

     Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 One

Vice President: Brenda V. Perez Amador

Undergraduate Degree: BS in Civil Engineering from the University of the District of Columbia. 

Graduate Degree: PSM in Water Resources Management 

Research Interest: System approaches to sustainability that center most impacted communities, green infrastructure, stormwater retention systems, and accessibility to water. 

Hobbies: Gardening, making beaded jewelry, and hiking.

                 

   Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 two
 

Treasurer: Herman Knight

 

Undergraduate Degree: BA in Environmental Policy & Management from Cleveland State University 

 Graduate Degree: PSM in Water Resource Management 

 Research Interest: Best Stormwater management practices in low-income areas

 Hobbies: Collecting vinyl records, nature hikes, watching anime

               

 Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

four 
 

Secretary:Shanna White

Undergraduate Degree: BArch from Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Graduate Study: PSM in Urban Agriculture

Research Interest: Carbon sequestration utilizing C4 plants, the environmental impacts of shifting from animal to plant protein, utilizing plants for bioremediation.

Hobbies: Kettlebells, martial arts, hiking, meditation and trying new food.

 

 Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

three 

Student Chapter Advisor:

five

Dr. Tolessa Deksissa

Director of Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), and Professional Science Master's Program, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), UDC

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Phone: 202-274-5273 (office) or 202-642-0421 (cell)

 

Undergraduate Degree: BArch from Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Graduate Study: PSM in Urban Agriculture

Research Interest: Carbon sequestration utilizing C4 plants, the environmental impacts of shifting from animal to plant protein, utilizing plants for bioremediation.

Hobbies: Kettlebells, martial arts, hiking, meditation and trying new food.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Student Chapter Events:

Annual Events:

  • Annual Water Symposium ā€“ The student chapter assists in hosting the annual water symposium and quarterly water workshop organized by NCR-AWRA.
  • Career Night -The Student Chapter hosts this event each winter and it is open to the entire student body. It features a panel discussion with professionals in the water resources field and is followed by an informal networking and social hour. 
  • Earth Day ā€“ This Student Chapter loves celebrating it! Each year we get together at the Main campus to enjoy tree planting and gardening activities.
  • Kayaking Social: Each year, this student club organize soil gathering at the most beautiful part of waterfront for kayaking and networking. 

six

Seven

eight

Special Events:

  • Community Service Events - Each year, the Student Chapter participates in community service events like stormwater retrofitting, tree plantings and river cleanup.

 

Monthly Meetings:

 

  • Every month, the Student Chapter hosts meetings and social hours for chapter members. At these meetings, we engage in lively discussions of current events and personal research in the world of water. We also encourage networking and civic engagement in the field of water resources and sustainability practices.  

 

Go to top