College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute
Lorenzo Warrington, an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation, is the Campus Sustainability Research Intern at the College of Menominee Nations (CMN) Sustainable Development Institute. His purpose in this internship is to report data on greenhouse gases emitted from campus for CMN’s Climate Action Plan which is designed to reduce the effects of Climate Change to reach CMN’s goal of becoming a climate neutral campus.
His dream is to become a Civil Engineer and help develop and sustain renewable energy for the Menominee community. Lorenzo studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for one semester and is now conducting an internship at CMN for two semesters. Lorenzo will return in the fall of 2017 to UW-Madison with hopes to graduate with a Civil Engineering degree with a minor in Environmental Engineering in 2019.
Cathy Munson is an enrolled member of the Menominee Nation and is in her second year at College of Menominee Nation with Natural Resources as her major. She had also completed a year at College of Lake County in Illinois studying Horticulture before moving her family back to her hometown of Gresham, Wisconsin in July of 2015. Cathy has served 20 years in the Navy and is an active member of the Menominee Veterans. She had also worked as a government service civilian in the Command Fitness Leader office for 7 years and still enjoys running as her main exercise activity. She recently completed a marathon plus a few extra miles due to a route miscalculation so it was over 30 miles.
She has been actively experiencing her Menominee ancestral heritage through various activities on-campus and on the reservation such as traditional style wild rice processing. She joined her first college club, SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) and is also in the Master Gardener Volunteer Program which both coincidentally intertwine with her new choice of study, Natural Resources, as well as internship, NECSC Climate Change Researcher. Cathy knows that climate change is definitely occurring and affects all living organisms on our beautiful planet Earth, which, by the way, is our one and only life support system.
I am an enrolled Prairie Band Potawatomi originally from Kansas. I have lived on the Menominee Reservation for ten years. I am attending College of Menominee Nation working toward a Liberal Studies Degree in Humanities. I am a Sustainability Planner for the POSOH and SLC projects.
I have attended various SDI events and participated in the Learning from the Land National workshop. My greatest interest in SDI is in Traditional Native input into the Sustainability and Diversity aspect of planning. My hope is these teachings become a part of Sustainable Development for the future.