Water Programs Outreach Coordinator
Becky arrived in West Michigan in 2005 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Business from Aquinas College, which she completed in 2009. Becky’s first internship at Local First endeared her to non-profit work, and after college, she served a one year term with the AmeriCorps VISTA program, acting as the volunteer coordinator for Blandford Nature Center.
A passion for environmental policy and change management led her to pursue a Master of Science from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. She completed her degree in April 2012, delivering the student address. Her team’s opus, sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, was entitled, “Developing policy on environmental quality, schools, and health.”
Becky first became connected with WMEAC through the WMSBF from which she received a scholarship in 2008. During summer 2011, she worked for BetterBuildings for West Michigan, and after returning to assist the program during winter 2013, she was hired as the Water Programs Outreach Coordinator to organize river clean-ups, lead the rain barrel workshop program, and provide “boots on the ground” for WMEAC’s numerous water-related initiatives.
WMEAC Intern Matt Kuczunski, is featured in Grand Haven Tribunes Community Columnist section. Article focuses on Land-use management in MI suburban areas.
WMEAC's post-flood sandbagging efforts made it into Crain's Detroit Business. This article points out an interesting harmony between old-fashioned community work and new-fangled social media.
MLive features WMEAC executive director Rachel Hood's guest article on this spring's historic flood and the lessons we should learn from it.
WZZM13 featured WMEAC's own Elaine Isely about rain barrels! Elaine had a chance to explain why rain barrels are helpful to the environment as well as how they benefit the homeowners who use them.
The Rapidian references WMEAC's film series showing if "Urban Roots," a film about urban farming in Detroit. The movie sparked a community conversation.
West Michigan women come together to educate and inspire women to take action to protect our environment and natural resources
MLive referenced our event on their website, explaining the main happenings and successes of the symposium.
Aquinas College featured Anne Marie Hertl as a successful alumna. As the Energy Program Coordinator for WMEAC, she promoted the organization, the GR1K program, and BetterBuildings of Grand Rapids.
The Holland Sentinel quotes WMEAC’s Nick Occhipinti in response to State Representative Bob Genetski’s proposed bill that would use money from a trust fund for a one-time dredging in recreational harbors.
MLive reporter Matt Vande Bunte takes readers through the GR1K home assessment process. His own home was tested for energy efficiency with suprising results.
MLive published a story announcing the extension of the GR1K program. With the extension, the program will receive additional time and funding to reach more people inthe Grand Rapids area.