Meet the 2014 Environment Texas summer intern team

Every semester, we recruit and train college students to learn the skills of environmental advocacy and work alongside our staff to win real results for Texas' air, land and water. We've got a great group working with us this summer - read all about them below!

Every semester, we recruit and train college students to learn the skills of environmental advocacy and work alongside our staff to win real results for Texas’ air, land and water. We’ve got a great group working with us this summer – read all about them below!

Tom Mitsch – Legal Intern: Texas Clean Air Project and Go Solar, Texas

 “I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Political Science, and I just finished my first year at the University of Texas School of Law. I am excited to work with Environment Texas this summer because it affords me the opportunity to get a practical understanding of the legal process I have been studying in both my undergraduate and graduate studies, while also getting to work for a cause about which I care deeply. Outside of my studies I love running, reading, cooking, and playing or watching just about any sport available.”


Ashley Croswell – Legal Intern: Save Texas Rivers

“I am an upcoming 2L law student at The University of Texas School of Law, who hails from Southern California. I have a life-long interest in environmental law, particularly in conservation of water resources. This is why I am thrilled to be a summer clerk at Environment Texas. I seek to leverage public support into legislative and judicial action. Beyond advocacy I enjoy camping, gardening, swimming, and living in Austin.” 





Meredith Morse – Legal Intern

“I am a rising 2L at the University of Texas School of Law, and I am excited to work with Environment Texas in Austin this summer. I am originally from Arlington, Texas, and I received my English degree from Texas A&M University. I love living in Austin – this city has so much to offer for environmental advocates. Austin boasts a beautiful landscape with a wide variety of ways to engage with the outdoors. Its people are active, proactive, and progressive, and this too helps make Austin a great center for conservational awareness and involvement. I look forward to my internship with Environment Texas to learn more about the environmental policies that impact this state.” 



Cate Jones – Research Intern: Save Texas Rivers

“I am a graduate student from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, pursuing a Master’s of Public Service and Administration with a focus in Environmental Policy and Management. I am excited to work with Environment Texas this summer because I was raised in Central Texas and have fond memories growing up in the Hill Country. I want to make a difference in how Texas prioritizes conservation and protects the environment because if Texas can do it, then anyone can. Outside of my studies, I am a musician. I play the oboe, ukulele, and sing in my church choir.”


Daniel Ross – Field Intern: Protect Texans from Fracking

“I am entering my third year at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.  I’m an Environmental Studies major, with most of my work being focused on policy and environmental justice. As an intern with Environment Texas, I have enjoyed learning more about coalition building, policy, and participating in committee meetings.  In my free time I love hiking and camping across Texas.”





Megan Ingram – Field Intern:  Protect America’s Waters

“Born and raised in Austin, I’m a senior Environmental Studies major at Texas A&M University. Working as an intern with Environment Texas is my first official step into the environmental world. Through academia, I’ve developed a passion for learning about the Earth and its resources. My hope is that I can start to learn just what it takes to close the gap that separates the pages of my textbooks from their application to making a true difference in the real world, by learning as much as I can about environmental policy and justice.”


Daniel Webb – Field Intern: Global Warming Solutions

“I am a Junior at St. John’s University in Minnesota from Dallas, Texas majoring in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Studies.  I am extremely excited to work at Environment Texas this summer because I will be able to apply my knowledge of policy and the environment to make Texas better than it was before I started working here.  I will also be canvassing for Environment Texas and look forward to spreading knowledge about the great work we are doing and being a part of the organization that saves Texas rivers.”





Nikki Chang- Field Intern: Texas Clean Air Project

“I am a Houstonian studying Environmental Analysis with a focus on the built environment and environmental justice in my last year at Scripps College in California. I cannot wait to work at Environment Texas because it will give me the chance to work in environmental campaigns beyond the campus scale while also having the opportunity to look at the environment more from a policy lens. Though the future is still uncertain, I hope to earn a masters in Landscape Architecture and Urban   Planning or Geography. I am also a Doctor Who fan who enjoys hiking and tea.” 


Allison Hooks – Field Intern: Global Warming Solutions

“I am a third-year student at Columbia University studying Environmental Science with a focus on climate science. This summer, I am working on the stop global warming campaign with Environment Texas. I hope to help influence Texas policies and gain experience writing, researching, and working on climate issues.  I am excited to be back in Austin, my hometown, for the summer where I can hike my favorite trails and enjoy the music scene.” 



Dashiell Daniels – Field Intern: Go Solar Texas

“I am a junior at the University of Texas, Austin from Waco, Texas majoring in history, international relations and global studies, and Asian studies. Primarily I focus on researching international political economy and economic history, aiming to combine elements of history, economics, sociology, and international relations in order to better understand economic systems and their integration with political and social institutions. Outside of my academic fields, I am an advocate for renewable and sustainable energy, mainly solar, as it is highly important for cities and nations to switch to sustainable energies for future economic growth. I love to row and swim and try to do so as often as I can.”


Luke Metzger

Executive Director, Environment Texas

As the executive director of Environment Texas, Luke is a leading voice in the state for clean air, clean water, clean energy and open space. Luke has led successful campaigns to win permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend; to compel Exxon, Shell and Chevron Phillips to cut air pollution at three Texas refineries and chemical plants; and to boost funding for water conservation, renewable energy and state parks. The San Antonio Current has called Luke "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has been named one of the "Top Lobbyists for Causes" by Capitol Inside, received the President's Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society for his work to protect Texas parks, and was chosen for the inaugural class of "Next Generation Fellows" by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT Austin. Luke, his wife, son and daughters are working to visit every state park in Texas.