Sustainability Fellows

The Sustainability Fellows program provides an opportunity for students of any discipline to participate in furthering sustainability efforts on the FSU campus and in the Tallahassee community. Sustainability Fellows can be selected from any major or field of study. Fellows work in collaboration with campus and community partners to actively engage in research, propose strategies, and identify opportunities for sustainability issues.

benefits of being a fellow

  • Tackle real-world sustainability challenges
  • Join a network of campus and community change agents
  • Receive support and professional development from Sustainable Campus
  • Fulfill FSU’s experiential learning graduation requirement through the Experience Recognition Program (ERP)

fellowship process

Fellows will be selected based on their academic background, professional experience, and personal statements. Individually or in small working groups, Fellows address a challenge related to environmental, social, and/or economic sustainability at FSU or in Tallahassee with a campus/community partnering organization.

The duration of the Fellows program is one academic semester. There will be opportunities for Fellows whose projects are ongoing to continue with the program for multiple semesters. Fellows are expected to work on their projects over the course of the semester. At the end of the fellowship, Fellows must submit a deliverable demonstrating their learning, for example, a research paper, poster, audio/visual presentation, etc.


  • Be a current FSU student throughout the fellowship period
  • Commit 60 hours per semester (or 5 hours per week) to project research
  • Attend orientation, mid-term check-in, and final presentations
  • Complete the Experiential Recognition Program Sustainability Fellows Canvas 0-credit course
  • Submit a deliverable to the project partner
  • Provide and receive feedback at multiple stages

Apply today

Students interested joining the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 Sustainability Fellows cohort are invited to apply and submit a resume through the online Qualtrics Form (link coming soon!) which includes the following essay questions.


2750 character maximum

  1. Why are you interested in the Sustainability Fellows program? (Share a brief description of your background, experience, and strengths)
  2. What does sustainability mean to you? (Describe your personal understanding or definition of sustainability)
  3. How does this fellowship relate to your professional goals and/or field of study? (Explain what you hope to gain in terms of knowledge, skills, or other experiences while a Sustainability Fellow)
  4. Describe an experience managing multiple projects or commitments. (How did you organize tasks, stay ahead of deadlines, and manage your schedule? What was challenging, and how did you learn from your experience?)
  5. For each selected project, describe your skills, experience, and interest in the topic and how you would approach the sustainability challenge.
application timeline



February 15, 2021

Application opens

February 22 & 25, 2021

Information sessions, 6pm

March 5, 2021

Application closes

March 16 & 17, 2021


March 22, 2021



Spring 2020 Sustainability Fellows

Alejandro Suarez

Program: First Year Undergraduate in Digital Media and Production

Campus/Community Partner: Sustainable Campus

Alejandro is a freshman from Miami, Florida pursuing digital media and production at FSU.  Having an interest in media production and sustainable living, he is excited to be involved with this organization. 

Alexis Chavez

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environmental Science and Policy

Campus/Community Partner: Apalachee Audubon Society

Alexis’s interest in sustainability increased due to the classes he took at FSU and his internship program at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Alexis joined the Sustainability Fellows program because wanted to contribute to sustainability research in Tallahassee and become more prepared for his career after graduation.

Andrea Zang

Program: Second Year Graduate Student in Urban and Regional Planning

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Grounds and Landscaping Operations

Andrea is a second-year master's student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Go DURP!) focusing on sustainable affordable housing policy, asset-based community development, and the impact of gender and sexuality on the urban experience. She's excited to leverage her background in project management, public participation, and GIS to understand and map recycling facility access across FSU's campus - you'll find her biking around campus with a GPS all of spring 2020!

Dani Proffitt

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Advertising and Studio Art

Campus/Community Partner: Leon County Office of Sustainability

Dani is a double major in Advertising and Studio Art focusing on creative, social, and business issues alike. She has a growing passion for the environment that she wanted to apply to her current professional life as well as further grow her knowledge in the field of sustainability. She saw a post on social media about the Fellows program and it seemed like the perfect fit! 

David Krijgsman

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environment & Society and Political Science

Campus/Community Partner: Leon County Office of Sustainability

David grew up throughout Europe and South Florida, where he developed a passion for the outdoors early on in life. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in environmental law and public policy.

Jacob Doty

Program: Four Year Undergraduate in Geography and Economics

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Grounds and Landscaping Operations

Jacob is a senior studying Geography and looking towards a future career in GIS. He is looking forward to working with the Sustainability Fellows to map recycling availability on campus, make the data more accessible, and improve the recycling on campus.

Katie (Shiqian) Wang

Program: Ph.D. Student in Geography

Campus/Community Partner: Apalachee Audubon Society

Katie is a Ph.D. student in the department of geography. She’s interested in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and human-environment interactions.

Fall 2020 Sustainability Fellows

Sarah Calzada

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Geography

Campus/Community Partner: The Apalachee Audubon Society

Sarah is a junior studying Geography with a minor in Environment and Society, and her sustainability journey started when she volunteered in the Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil for 2 months last year. Volunteering in rainforest restoration helped her realize that sustainability is a lifelong practice that she wants to live by. Since being accepted to the Sustainability Fellowship, she is excited to continue this journey by aiding the Apalachee Audubon Society this fall!

Jacob Doty

Program: First Year Graduate Student in GIS

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Facilities

Jacob is a first year graduate student looking towards a future career in GIS. He is continuing his work as a Sustainability Fellow to map recycling availability on campus, make the data more accessible, and improve the recycling on campus, as well as working on other GIS projects with FSU Design & Construction.

Sarah Galt

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environment and Society

Campus/Community Partner: The Sharing Tree

Sarah is a Senior at FSU interested in pursuing a career that furthers environmental awareness/education, which goes hand-in-hand with sustainability. She is excited to be working with the Sustainability Fellows Program and Sharing Tree this semester, as she feels this program merges environmental and sustainable practices in an effort to educate and encourage our youth's creativity.

Mahyar Ghorbanzadeh

Program: Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Campus/Community Partner: Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Mahyar’s research is related to “Traffic and Transportation Engineering”. He has been involved in multiple research projects which were externally funded through agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The overlap between the goals of the Sustainability Fellows project and his research areas made him very passionate to work on this project. The journey through this project and the outcome will be mutually beneficial to him as a researcher and the organization.