Alumni

The ENS program is young, so only several years of students have graduated so far. Here are some of the great things our alumni are doing!

Nicolette Jolicoeur, Class of 2017

After graduating UK, Nicolette served as an Americorps Fellow with the CivicSpark Program. CivicSpark is a California Governor’s initiative program administered by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and the Local Government Commission; CivicSpark is dedicated to building capacity for local governments in California to address community resilience issues such as climate change, water resource management and access to opportunities. INicolette served in her home county of San Luis Obispo with the County’s Planning and Building Department in the Energy and Climate Section working in energy sector reporting, benchmarking the energy use of all seven cities in the county and producing the County’s biennial GHG emission report. Nicolette then enrolled at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, where she will be earning her JD and a Masters of Public Administration. She currently serves as the Public Relations Officer for the McGeorge Water Law Society and am also an active member of the Environmental Law Society. She is happy to talk to anyone about law school or the Americorps fellowship!

 
Patrick McGurk, Class of 2017
 
After graduation, Patrick moved to Southeast Utah to temporarily serve as an Interpretive Park Ranger in Canyonlands National Park through the Student Conservation Association. In this role, Patrick protected the fragile desert ecosystem while performing park roves and educational ranger presentations. Since moving back to his home of Louisville, he has been working for a company called Locus Energy. Locus is is a solar monitoring and data platform that provides monitoring solutions to over 150,000 solar sites around the world. This monitoring solutions helps to lower the cost of installation and maintenance of these sites as well as to increase the efficiency leading to more clean energy! Patrick serves as a member of the Client Support Team at Locus and also reports solar energy production data to various agencies that mint incentives for alternative energy production systems. 
 
Jennifer Taylor, Class of 2017
 
Jennifer Taylor graduated in 2017 with a bachelors in Environmental and Sustainability Studies & in Geography. She worked in UK's Department of Horticulture as a research analyst from July 2017 - July 2018 and is now a master's student in the Martin School for Public Administration. Currently, she is the graduate assistant for the Office of Sustainability's and hopes to pursue a career in environmental policy for the state of Kentucky.
 
Ryan Lark, Class of 2018
 
Ryan currently serves as a Hydrologic Technician at USGS on one of their water quality teams. His job duties are to service approximately 30 sites across Kentucky, Southern Iowa, and part of Ohio. Ryan collects measurements on rivers to later record, then performs analysis on that data. 
 
Cassie Odom, Class of 2018
 
Cassie recently started a position working with Bluegrass Greensource as an Americorps member through the Environmental Education Leadership Corps. She will be helping them out with a broad range of things, such as teaching K-12 kids, working with the outreach team to educate adults, and helping plan events such as their Green Living Labs and GreenFest. 
 
 
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