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Experts of the Week October 13 – 19

Experts of the Week October 13 – 19

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Alexandra Magaard // 13 October 2014 //  #Experts #GoingGreen 

Jeff WattersJeff Watters, The Ocean Conservancy

Hi everyone! I hope you had a pleasant weekend. The project features two experts this week and without further ado, I would like to introduce Jeff Watters and Dr. Kevin Krizek.

Jeff Watters is the current Acting Director of Government Relations for the Ocean Conservancy.  Find a link below to his writings for the Ocean Conservancy. He will be your specific guide to ocean wildlife protection and NGO & State initiatives on environmental policy.


Before joining the Ocean Conservancy, Jeff served as lead legislative assistant to Senator Maria Cantwell (Washington state), working specifically on the Senate Subcommittee for Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard. He has extensive experience with the policy-process, environmental legislation and surfing (just kidding, I meant Ocean legislation ☺ ).

Here is a link to his video interview with the U.S. Embassy’s Going-Green team.

Dr. Kevin Krizek, University of Colorado

Your second expert this week is Dr. Kevin Krizek, Professor of Environmental Design and Transport at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In Boulder, he serves as the Outreach and Education Coordinator for Sustainability initiatives.  He will be your specific expert of travel behavior, cycling, healthy communities, land-use, transportation planning and also, environmental policy.

For the year 2013-2014, he received the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Scholarship.  He has been appointed to the bicycle transportation committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and has lectured for the Going-Green project throughout Germany on “From Car Culture to Bike Culture? Planning for Sustainable Transportation in the U.S.”

Here is a link to Dr. Krizek’s blog, and I am sure he would be happy to address any questions or concerns.


As well, I would like to give a special shout out to Kirsten Oldenburg and her Course at the Bergstraße! You guys have been doing great work: keep it up! Check out two of her students’ wonderful blog posts on food and sustainability (you need to be logged in on Moodle to view them).

Bianca’s blog post about the eco-challenge


I wish you a great week, and after reading about our experts today, I encourage you to bike or swim!

When the going gets tough, the tough go green.


Alexandra Magaard is a native of Wayzata, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and German Language from James Madison University. In 2014-15, Alex served as a virtual intern for the U.S. Embassy and the Teach About US blog’s first author. A passionate supporter of environmentalism and green topics, Alex says that her activism began when she built a replica of the Cathedral of Notre Dame out of re-used egg cartons for her art class at age eight. She is now working for a German company based in Washington D.C.