The Power of a Renewed Mind

by Jasmine Hamilton (2014 Byron Fellow)  The culture of Byron, which I experienced as imagination, enthusiasm and openness, encouraged me to freely share some of my aspirations and challenges as a scientist. I remember sharing my struggles with accepting the current...

A Journey of Self-Discovery

by David Ward (2014 Byron Fellow) As I stood by the pick-up point at Indianapolis airport, my mind was buzzing with nerves and apprehensions. Questions existed that had no answers; why was I there? what was I about to do? why was I doing it? I wanted answers and...

Byron Fellowship Reflections: Unlocking Potential

by Imaan Taghavi (2014 Byron Fellow) Going into Byron, I was unclear as to what to expect. Preoccupied with so much else in my life I was having a hard time trying to understand what I had read a past fellow describe as “interconnected flourishing.” I did,...

Byron Fellowship Reflections: A Sense of Wonder

by Walter Velazquez (2014 Byron Fellow) One month after those unforgettable days we spent at Turkey Run, where I somehow learned to see the world in a different way, life once again kicked me out of my comfort zone. I traveled to Cuba planning to spend three months...

Shared Values, Different Beers

Recent fellow Louise Gappa blogs on one of Byron’s learning journeys in Ashville, NC: conversations with three brewers opened reflections on values, collaboration, benefitting the local community and the tensions inherent in sharing a niche. Read Louise’s...

Byron Fellowship Reflections: One Year On

by Theodore Pang (2013 Byron Fellow) Dear 2014 Byron Fellows, Last year, I was sitting in your place, listening to wonderful ideas and sharing mine. From experience, I can assure you that you are in a space of exciting possibilities – so sit tight. The idea I shared...

Places I’ve Known: From Byron to a Fulbright in India

by Eden Kinkaid (2012 Byron Fellow) I remember my time at Turkey Run fondly. I try to hold onto, to protect, the spirit it awakened in me. Byron was full of those moments that stay with you. Moments that frustrate and transcend explanation; moments that change...
Elizabeth Walsh

Elizabeth Walsh

Elizabeth is an action researcher, teacher, and regenerative designer who passionately collaborates with others to co-create ecologically sustainable and socially just communities. Elizabeth now serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning...
Mariana Vélez

Mariana Vélez

After almost a decade as a sustainability practitioner at different scales, Mariana strongly believes and is committed to human and ecological well-being through deep personal development, heart-felt collaboration and collective envisioning and action. Mariana...

Book Release: Breaking Through Gridlock

When was the last time you tried to talk with someone about political, social, or environmental issues who didn’t already agree with you. How well did it go? Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World, authored by our cofounder Gabriel...

Climate salvation will be collective

Minister, PhD student and Byron Alumni Abby Mohaupt is a member of the Sojourners. Together with Aric Clark she looks at the biblical basis to climate salvation. They conclude that climate salvation must be collective in this very interesting article. The Sojourners...
Cody Harrison

Cody Harrison

Cody studied Environmental Science and Policy at Duke University and graduated in 2012 with a focus on the methods and motivations of sustainable development. Since then he has been working through the LLC he started in college as a sustainability consultant in...

Byron Alumni testifies against senate bill.

On Wednesday 22nd March, Director of Sustainability at Prosperity Indiana and former Byron Fellow Allyson Pumphrey Mitchell testified in front of the House Utilities, Energy & Telecom committee meeting at Indiana General Assembly. Allyson testified in opposition...
D.Richard Merritt

D.Richard Merritt

D. Richard Merritt, from Atlanta, GA, is a campaign and issue organizing professional committed to empowering others. Richard’s passion for advocacy took root while attending Morehouse College (2005-2011). On campus, Richard initiated sustainable programming by...
Josephine Chu

Josephine Chu

Josephine Chu is the co-founder of Zenful Bites, a women of color- owned business that provides eco-catering services in order to foster a sustainable and healthy food system in the DC metro area. She earned a MA in Global Environmental Politics from American...
J. Andrés Ballesteros

J. Andrés Ballesteros

J. Andrés Ballesteros composes music for a wide range of ensembles (from middle school to professional) and media (from short films to apps) and teaches music at the Boston Arts Academy using innovative curricula and techniques. He received his B. A. in Music in 2013...
Elise Springuel

Elise Springuel

Elise is a macro practice social worker, who seeks to lend her assets to communities in search of innovative. She is graduating from Boston College’s School of Social Work, in May 2017, where her Master’s studies have focused on Social Innovation and...
Héctor Enrique Rodríguez-Simmonds

Héctor Enrique Rodríguez-Simmonds

Héctor is committed to fostering a culture of support and empowerment for LGBTQ+ students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Héctor is currently pursuing a PhD in Engineering Education at Purdue University, with a focus on the culture of...

Berekuso Library Project

As a young girl, 2016 Byron fellow Grace Amponsah was blessed. Her parents were keen in helping her succeed in school by making sure that she had the necessary educational materials and a conducive environment to study. Even though they were low income earners and did...
Garrett Blad

Garrett Blad

Garrett Blad is a climate justice activist, collage artist, writer, and performance poet from North Liberty, Indiana. Currently, he is the Digital Communications Fellow at Climate Nexus. Garrett is committed to using the power of story to build strong relationships...