Axum Teferra is Second Nature's Kresge Membership and Engagement Fellow on the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) program team.
Axum Teferra is Second Nature's Kresge Membership and Engagement Fellow on the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) program team. Before joining Second Nature, Axum co-developed a new interdisciplinary climate justice course at Tufts University, while also completing her master’s thesis on urban adaptation to climate change. Her research projects have included exploring the manifestation of social equity in local climate change planning, assessing biogas production in the U.S., studying solutions for sediment contamination, and other sustainability-focused issues. Axum’s deep interest in ecology set the foundation for her work in climate change planning, and it further developed when studying tropical ecosystems and sustainability in Costa Rica.
During her time at Tufts, she played an active role in the Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning Department’s InterCultural Practice Group, by co-chairing the graduate department’s organization and successfully planning symposiums and skill-building opportunities on interculturalism and cultural competence. Before this she served as a staffer in the House of the United States Congress and as a legal assistant for an environmental law firm in Austin, Texas.
Axum graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Conservation from Texas Tech University where her campus-wide recycling program proposal was adopted for implementation in the University’s first large-scale recycling initiative. She holds an M.A. in Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University.