Fellow: Francesca Hernandez

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Campus:   Ball State University
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Topic:   Energy
Academic Year:   2007-2008
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Fellow Details:   Francesca Hernandez's respect for the environment became fused with her values of social responsibility during her tenure as a welder at Pliny Fisk's Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, Texas. Through her contributions at the Center, Francesca became focused on sustainable design, an interest that led her to pursue a degree in Landscape Architecture. Francesca has distinguished herself among her peers not only through her coursework, but also by way of her involvement with many sustainability-related projects. She is currently on the planning committee for the 2007 Living Lightly Fair, focusing on sustainable lifestyles; she was selected to participate in the 2006 Byron Fellowship's interdisciplinary seminar on creating sustainable communities; she was a Ball State Business Fellow, contributing to the governor's Biotown, USA project in Reynolds, Indiana; and she participated in a Virginia Ball Center seminar that created a video game aimed at teaching elementary school children about ecology. Her achievements include a Marshall Thomas Memorial Scholarship in Diversity, the Association of Conservation Engineers scholarship, and continual placement on Ball State's Dean's List.

Francesca will conduct a campus-wide energy audit and develop a strategic plan for energy conservation on campus.