Fellow:Courtney Pelissero

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Courtney is a senior at the University of St. Thomas. She is double majoring in Environmental Science and Psychology and minoring in Sustainability. Courtney is passionate about using innovation to solve environmental issues, specifically implementing a more sustainable global food system. She is involved in cutting-edge urban agriculture research and spent the summer studying if a waste product from coffee roasting, coffee chaff, can be used as a


soil amendment or mulch in small-scale agriculture. The goal was to innovate the local food system by taking a waste product from a local business and recycling this product to increase local food production. Courtney is also involved in BrightSide Produce, which is the nation's only financially sustainable business plan for supplying fresh and affordable produce in food desert areas. Being a part of BrightSide is what sparked Courtney's interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. In the future, Courtney plans on attending graduate school and pursuing a career in academia. In her free time, she enjoys listening to vinyl and drinking lots of coffee.

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Spring 2017 Leadership Circle: 

Annabelle Hamilton

Hannah Brodersen

Murad Abduselam

Paige Huschka

Fall 2017 Leadership Circle:


Courtney Pelissero




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