In honor of ACE’s 35th anniversary, we are launching a series of blog posts under the umbrella of “Celebrating 35 Years with Your Stories,” written by members of the Arlington community about their experiences with ACE. If you are a friend of ACE with a story to share, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch! In the meantime, please enjoy our first installment …
Celebrating 35 Years with Your Stories: Former Intern Peter Costolanski
My name is Peter. I interned at ACE in the spring of 2007 as I was finishing an MBA at George Washington University. As an intern, I helped set up and manage volunteer events such as stream cleanups and tree plantings.Â I particularly enjoyed the cleanups and plantings … getting my hands dirty, seeing the committed ACE volunteers, and seeing the final result: bags of trash collected, clean stream banks, and newly planted trees.
I also helped find exhibitors for the 2007 Green Living Expo, handed out eco-friendly household cleaning supplies at Whole Foods, helped with the Green Living campaign, and generally tried to be useful on the days that I went into the office. After I finished my internship I continued to work with ACE as a member ofÂ the ACE reusable bag committee.
My time at ACE was my introduction to community-level environmental activities and it provided me with insight into what is might be like to work at a small nonprofit. The experience was particularly useful at my next job at a national association of similar community-level environmental organizations where I stayed for four years. From there I went to Ethiopia for a year, where I worked on an impact evaluation of compact fluorescent light bulbs and co-authored a paper on climate change. Today, Iâ€™m back in northern Virginia and looking forward to being involved once again with ACE.
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