The District is thrilled to introduce our 2022 summer interns!
Kendra Held is a ’22 graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography. She is drawn to interdisciplinary work that investigates the intersections between the natural environment and human society. Kendra is eager to facilitate just transitions to create more equitable and sustainable communities. She enjoyed working as a sustainability intern with the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation for the past three years and is proud to have engaged students and staff in the expansion of compost collection, development of an electric bikeshare program, and a variety of zero-waste education events. In her new role as a water resources intern, she is excited to get out in the field and use her GIS skills to conserve the most connective and life-sustaining forces on our planet…water! In her free time Kendra enjoys hiking with friends and family, lounging with a good book or digging into her chocolate stash.
Sydney Jones is a senior at Macalester College studying Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, and English Literature. She uses her diverse academic background to prioritize personal experiences with climate change in order to best combat injustice within specific communities. At Macalester, she is the Environmental Studies Student Representative, Co-Chair of MacShares (a food organization that provides locally-sourced, sustainable produce to the community at a reduced cost), and she is helping develop curriculum based on the Mississippi River. She also volunteers at Frogtown Farm to promote food justice, climate justice, and anti-displacement work. Her main focus at PLSLWD is conserving and rehabilitating the natural landscape while providing equal access to essential ecological services. When she’s not working, she is cooking up new recipes, hammocking, or exploring the Twin Cities!