Noah Jakovac IMSE Internship Project Presentation
- Monday, September 20, 2021 at 1:00pm
- Norm Asbjornson Hall, Room 325 - view map
Big Sky Sustainability Network Organization Internship
Summer 2021 was spent completing an internship at the Big Sky Sustainability Network Organization (SNO) in Big Sky, MT. The goals of the internship were to learn more about sustainability planning, implementation, and analysis while benefiting a local community. As the climate crisis continues to threaten the Western United States with drought, adverse weather conditions, and migration from urban areas, it is becoming increasingly important for Montana communities to implement sustainable action. The summer started with research on the Big Sky community and stakeholder analysis through conversations with each of the Big Sky SNO board members. Next, several projects along with research were conducted throughout summer to help Big Sky SNO reach its current vision and to set future goals. Moreover, data collection was conducted throughout the summer to allow Big Sky SNO to fight for data transparency and to identify the baseline conditions of the community.
Specifically, this work included the development of materials to improve zero waste events in Big Sky, further the membership plan and materials for Big Sky SNO, and identification and collection of data for relevant Big Sky sustainability indicators. The summer concluded with recommendations for future projects split into 3 categories: 6-month/immediate, 1-year, and 3-year/long-term projects. These projects include Zero Waste events, a Big Sky SNO newsletter, a Meadow Village recycling location, a sustainability and climate action planning summit, data transparency, and sustainability consulting/auditing. Each project has a short recommendation as well as some implementation suggestions to get the project off the ground. Overall, sustainability will be key to the future vitality of the Big Sky community.
- Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering