As a Transatlantic Intern and member of the 2005-2006 Congress-Bundestag Exchange for Young Professionals, Michael Fenton strengthened Ecologic’s work in transatlantic relations. He was working on a project regarding the inclusion of environmental perspectives in Impact Assessments utilized by the European Commission and Member States. He works in German and English.
Prior to joining Ecologic, Michael Fenton interned at the Minnesota State Senate, where he conducted public relations and bill research for Senator Dave Knutson and the Natural Resources Committee. The focus of his research at the German Federal Environmental Agency, Atmosphere Protection Division, was a comparative analysis of German, European and American approaches towards climate change policy. He also pursued an independent research project on the role environmental awareness plays in everyday German and American life.
Michael Fenton holds a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, in German Studies and Political Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. His honors thesis, “An Ordained or Turbulent Destiny? Minnesota Wind Energy Policy as a Path Dependent Process” stemmed from his involvement as a research assistant on comparative wind energy policy under Dr. Jeffrey Broadbent, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Dr. Koichi Hasegawa, Tohoku University, Japan.
Michael Fenton is an active member of the Berlin Debating Union, plays semi-professional soccer in the Kreisliga Berlin, and is studying for the TestDaF in June, the German proficiency exam required for matriculation at German universities. He plans to study law in the United States and Germany to further enhance and deepen mutual understanding of how environmental issues are framed and approached in the transatlantic context.