Kerry Rippy named Sustainability Leadership Fellow
Posted: July 4th, 2017
Kerry Rippy, Ph.D. candidate with the Department of Chemistry, was recently named a School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) Sustainability Leadership Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year. She is one, out of 20 early career academics, that have been selected as a CSU sustainability leader. Kerry Rippy will join a select group of CSU senior Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral fellows from diverse research fields, with the aim of improving communication of scientific research to the media and to the public. Over the course of the next year, she will receive state-of-the art training, attend workshops, and develop professional communication skills. Kerry’s specific area of interest is the development of renewable energy technology.
She was motivated to apply to this program because, in her experience, the perceived conflict between sustainable versus economically incentivized energy production is more often based on lack of communication than real issues. She believes that, in addition to being ideal from an environmental perspective, development of sustainable technology is the best path toward creation of an economically robust energy market in the future. Through better communication, she hopes mutually beneficial goals will be recognized and pursued. Rippy will be a part of CSU’s academic researchers and doctoral students who are a primary informational resource for the complex decisions that will determine our environmental future.