Joe Sollod

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Hi, my name is Joe Sollod from New Jersey. As a senior at Drew University in Madison, NJ, I am completing work on a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS), with minors in Anthropology and Political Science. My passion for this work has been influenced by college courses and professors in Environmental Science, Sustainability, and Political Science. I am now seeking a career to continue my passion working towards the improvement of the environment through relevant research on current conditions, sustainable practices and projects, waste and/or disaster management, and environmental legislation and regulation. I am a self-motivated and industrious individual, with a solid academic record and applicable experience and course work. I am currently interning at RAdata as an Environmental Technician, drawing well-water samples in compliance with the Private Well Testing Act (PWTA) throughout New Jersey. I am proficient with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and have conducted relevant research studies regarding the linkage between the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s storm surge records on Hurricane Sandy and the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). My research involving “Place-Based Risks of Industrial Pollution” was presented at the 2014 EPA National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions and the New Jersey DEP. Last summer I interned at Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters. I worked closely with the Homeland Security Team within the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR). My main tasks were to revise and update the EPA’s Planning for Natural Disaster Debris guidance document. I gained valuable experience in communication, by forming professional relations with government officials, state and local governments, and the public. My internship at the EPA also refined my technical writing skills within strict deadlines. During the past two spring semesters I have participated in internships related to the environment. Last year I took part in a trip to Harland County, Kentucky, a historical mining town, to gauge the accelerated environmental effects of American Industrialization. The later part of the trip was geared around service learning, including reforestation efforts. In March of 2016, I was afforded the incredible opportunity to participate in The GREEN Program, at Reykjavik University in Iceland. This was an 8-day experiential learning program, studying renewable energy in the master’s program School of Energy and Engineering. I also presented a Capstone Project to the professors at the university, which challenged us to explore a solution to a major environmental issue.