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Ainsley Kelso, a student studying journalism at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, joined the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCleanFuels) at the beginning of June as their Digital Media Coordinator. 

The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP) is an opportunity for students across the country to work with Clean Cities Coalitions and develop sustainability, alternative fuels industry, engineering, and communications skills while supporting Clean Cities projects. The program is hosted by Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

Kelso’s job will allow her to demonstrate many of the skills she’s learned in the classroom while also learning about alternative fuels, advanced fuel technologies, and the many programs run by Clean Cities. 

Recently, the Tennessee Associated Press announced its Broadcasters and Media Editors’ 2019 college contest awards. Kelso was recognized with first place in the online investigative/in-depth reporting competition with her story, “Rising Temperatures Cause Longer Mosquito Season and Greater Risk of Viruses.” 

This story discussed how the effects of climate change, most notably the rise in temperatures, allows for a longer mosquito season. Therefore, mosquito-borne illnesses, such as La Crosse Encephalitis, are able to thrive much longer than usual.

“Since beginning with our Coalition, Ainsley’s demonstrated keen intuition and a sharp eye for inquisitive detail,” Daniel Siksay, ETCleanFuels Co-Coordinator, said. “It’s no surprise to me that she’s being honoured for her work!”

While with ETCleanFuels, Kelso will be managing and editing Fuels Fix, a newsletter and website that publishes Clean Cities and alternative fuels news. She will also work on various other projects for TNCleanFuels, DriveElectricTN and their digital media presence. ETCleanFuels is housed in and supported by UTK’s Institute for a Secure & Sustainable Environment.