Fall 2019 New York Fellows
Maya Navabi is a senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York pursuing a BSE in Mechanical Engineering. Coming from the Sonoran Desert, she grew up learning about water scarcity and environmental conservation in a unique ecosystem. After graduation, she wants to work in the Renewable Energy sector to make it more accessible for everyone. Along with Our Climate, Maya is the chairperson of RPI’s Student Sustainability Task Force, and tries to incorporate sustainability into every conversation she has.
Claire Shapiro is a senior at Binghamton University double majoring in Chinese and Japanese and minoring in Global Studies. She hopes that her experience with Our Climate leads to her gaining a better understanding of environmental laws in New York. Claire hopes to use this new understanding to spread awareness of our impact on the Earth and its climate within her community. Her time spent abroad in Japan helped her learn about how another society deals with their trash and recycling in a more efficient manner and she hopes that experience helps her reduce her own waste in the future.
Phariha Rahman is a junior pursuing a degree in history with a minor in French at Binghamton University. In addition to Our Climate, Phariha is an ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Most of her work has been focused on promoting civic engagement to young people and demonstrating the impact their actions can have.
Kasey McNaughton is pursuing a double major in Politics & Human Rights and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. Her studies primarily focus on researching international conflict and causal factors of migration. She hopes that her involvement with Our Climate will facilitate conversations involving environmental racism, environmental migration, and how NYC can lead the fight against apathy and complacency surrounding the climate crisis.
Thomas Carpenito is an environmentalist pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science at Pace University NYC, with a minor in Sustainability. He is the co-founder and president of the Pace Sustainability Initiative, with which he creates and leads environmental projects. Thomas has given numerous speeches at environmental conferences, writes articles about climate issues, and regularly volunteers with various environmental organizations. His hope is that through his contributions to the environmental movement, he can inspire others to see that they, too, have the power to make substantial differences.
Mr. Aden is studying environmental engineering at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York. For his Bachelor’s degree, Mr. Aden is interested in majoring in environmental engineering and minoring in public policy. He has experience designing, sizing, installing and maintaining solar PV, wind, and biogas systems. Mr. Aden has worked in Somalia for the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), the Solar Energy Consultancy Construction Company (SECCCO), the African Development Solution (ADESO), African solar design (ASD) and the World Bank on Energy and Environmental Affairs.