Jenny Cooper

Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she earned an M.S. from the School of Natural Resources & Environment and an M.B.A from the Ross School of Business. Prior to working at Northwest, she worked at Opower as a Henry Luce Scholar in regulatory affairs and market development in Singapore. Jenny’s previous work experiences included engaging in the annual United Nations climate change negotiations, working on energy reporting policy for the NYC Mayor’s sustainability initiatives, and environmental science field experiences in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, and the Canadian Rockies. In her cover letter, Jenny shared: “I feel strongly that ‘environment’ isn’t just about cute critters, trees, and the outdoors. Rather, ‘environment’ encapsulates the entirety of our physical and social surroundings—the systems that sustain and shape us. Food, its production, consumption, and associated waste streams, can serve as an entry point for learning about and understanding nearly every environmental and social challenge of our time, as well as the scientific and social processes that can contribute to their amelioration.”

In November 2017, Jenny was part of an international webinar hosted out of Medellin, Colombia, speaking on a panel that considered the question, “Green Schools: What’s the Point and How Do They Work?” The panel, which also included representatives from the Foundation for Environmental Education and Eco-Schools, addressed current approaches to environmental education, how they can be integrated into a school’s core curriculum, and which implementation methods work (and don't) in different countries and contexts.

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