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Sheehan Serves as NWF Campus Ecology Fellow

Posted by Brittany Grady ’17, Kaiserslautern on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

For the last year University of Minnesota, Morris student Tim Sheehan ’16, Minneapolis, has served as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Campus Ecology Fellow. One of three New Energy Solutions Fellows in the United States, Sheehan has worked to increase climate literacy and clean energy usage in Minnesota.

“Originally, I took the position because I hoped it would give me insight into my personal interests and what it might be like to integrate sustainability into a career,” he says.

The goal of the fellowship was to work with partners to increase the Renewable Energy Standard (RES) in Minnesota to 40 percent renewable energy by 2030, part of the Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign. To do so, Sheehan partnered with Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) and Minnesota Public Research Interest Group (MPIRG). According to him, one outcome of this effort included Governor Mark Dayton signing into law a solar energy standard of 1.5 percent by 2020 for investor-owned utilities, with a statewide goal of 10 percent by 2030.

“The fellowship was a great experience,” Sheehan says. “Several relationships were fostered this year, and thanks to the NWF, we had the resources to start some really interesting and influential groups. I hope to be able to do more next year.”

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