FAMU Student Selected to Intern at the White House

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida – October 13, 2012

Viniece Jennings, a doctoral candidate in the FAMU School of the Environment has been selected as a fall intern for the White House Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ). The CEQ guides federal environmental policies and collaborates with agencies and other offices of the White House. The Council’s chair serves as the primary environmental adviser to the President of the United States. CEQ staff and interns support its chair in advising the President and developing environmental policies and initiatives.

“I am honored and humbled to serve in the Executive Office of the President, especially at this pivotal time in our nation’s environmental and political history,” said Jennings.

During her internship, she will be working on a variety of environmental projects. She will have the opportunity to work with staff at all levels of the CEQ and other offices of the White House.

“We are very proud of Viniece’s accomplishment,” said Michael Abazinge, interim dean of the School of the Environment. “She is a well-rounded student and one of our most productive graduate students, publishing seven articles before defending her dissertation.”

Jennings recently passed her dissertation defense on the role of urban tree cover as a human health indicator. She
is also interested in sustainability education, social justice, multicultural team building and public engagement.

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