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Five Cornell undergraduates made real-world impacts on environmental policy last summer as ACSF Iscol interns at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Oceana. Working in EDF and Oceana offices in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; and Monterey, California, the interns contributed to environmental advocacy 

2014 Iscol Interns: Summer at the Intersection of Science and Policy

January 13, 2015

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Five Cornell undergraduates made real-world impacts on environmental policy last summer as ACSF Iscol interns at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Oceana. Working in EDF and Oceana offices in Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; and Monterey, California, the interns contributed to environmental advocacy on marine conservation, climate change and air quality, and sustainable agriculture.

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Morgan Greene ’16 spent the summer on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row. She helped Oceana craft a three-nation plan to ensure the future survival of North America’s sardine catch. “For me, the project was the perfect blend of law, policy, international relations, and conservation—all my passions, rolled up into protecting this little fish,” Greene said.
 
 

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Maggie Heinichen ’15 was EDF’s oceans program intern in San Francisco, where she worked on global fisheries reform and helped to draft an important fishing management plan for spiny lobster for the government of Belize. “The internship opened my eyes to the role of nonprofits in fisheries,” Heinichen said. “I learned about a job called fisheries observer, which is a data collection position on a vessel. I’m now considering it as what I want to do after graduation."
 

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Maria Jiang ’16 worked in San Francisco with EDF’s agriculture and greenhouse gas markets team to assess agricultural offsets for California corn. “I created a 10-page white paper describing the legal additionality test of California corn grain in relation to the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program,” Jiang explained. “This information was presented to the undersecretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.”  

 

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Lindsay Kirschner ’16 worked with EDF in the nation’s capital, researching legislation and monitoring congressional hearings on the Clean Air Act’s proposed carbon pollution standards. “I was able to learn a great deal about how the policy process works and how Environmental Defense Fund fits into this process,” Kirschner remarked. “It was an invaluable experience to be located at the heart of political action in Washington, D.C.
 

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Allison Webster ’15 helped Oceana assess management costs of the California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish, including costs of the federal observer program. She worked with staff at the Pacific Fishery Management Council, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and met with researchers studying the leatherback sea turtle, another highly migratory species.