VA, United States
is a sophomore Environmental Economics major from Southwest Virginia. After his freshman year at Middlebury, Michael spent the summer working on economic diversification and transition with Appalachian Voices, a grassroots environmental organization. With a long family history in coal-dependent, Appalachia, he is very interested in the region’s role in a larger economic transition away from fossil fuels, while addressing the severe environmental challenges in the area. He hopes to use the Fellowship Program to explore models of social entrepreneurship to be employed towards economic transition in Appalachia and around the world.
On campus, he is involved in the Student Government Association as the Director of Environmental Affairs where his committee focuses on raising awareness of the environmental impact of Middlebury’s food purchasing policy, particularly as it relates to animal agriculture. He has also focused on environmental issues on campus as a member of the Environmental Council and the Campus Sustainability Coordinators. As an active member of the Sunday Night Environmental Group, he has organized on issues such as fossil fuel divestment at Middlebury. He has been most gratified by organizing within Addison County communities as they search for alternative energy solutions and oppose the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the region. In his free time, Michael enjoys being outdoors: playing tennis, hiking, canoeing, and taking photos.