Meet Our New Team of Student Interns

Fall is here, the semester is in full swing and we have a new team of KU Student Interns. We will continue our search for poor air quality in Lawrence, Topeka and the Kansas City area. We have located many potential sources that pose a threat to the quality of air, and will begin taking action this upcoming week! We have an exciting project coming up Spring 2019 so stay tuned, and like us on Facebook (@cleanairnowkc) and Twitter (@MoKanCAN).

Our coalition’s team consists of seven members, all from the University of Kansas. With their help we aim to evaluate the problem in the local areas, and educate the public on the dangers of air pollution and what they can do to take action.

We gladly introduce to you:

Payton Templeton, a native Kansan, is pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Communications. After a summer of traveling throughout the Midwest, she realized the need for environmental justice & conservation advocates. She wants to focus on policy changes for a cleaner planet and spreading the word of increasing our quality of life. She will be the editor of our social media presence, helping with community outreach, as well as air quality monitoring.


Aldin Tollison is an undergraduate senior studying Geographic Information Systems from Overland Park, KS. He will be mapping out the air pollution data to find pollution hotspots throughout the study area, as well as air monitoring. He joined the CleanAirNow team due to his interest in how air pollution affects urban populations.



April Snay, a graduate student in Urban Planning got her undergraduate degree in Environmental studies. Growing up in Minnesota, she spent much of her time outdoors where she first learned her love for the environment. April will help with community outreach, air quality monitoring, as well as policy issues dealing with idling. Like many of us, she is excited about helping and educating the community on air quality issues.


Hanna Baird, born and raised in the small town Pratt, Kansas, got her Associate’s degree from Independence Community College, and is now studying at the University of Kansas majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Geology. She lives in Lawrence with her partner, their 1-year-old son, and dog. Her personal goals for Clean Air Now are to learn more about air pollution and how it affects her and her family, as well as spreading that knowledge. Her focus with Clean Air Now is to get more involved with the public, so that more people can understand our findings and help them become just as active and passionate about fighting air pollution as our organization is.


Megan Rush, a graduate student received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Assessment. She also received a degree as a certified veterinary technician from Denver, Colorado. After an internship in Alaska, Megan became interested in air quality issues, more specifically the effects they have on wildlife. She will be focusing on funding opportunities as well as monitoring for air pollution.


Cole Bunker is a fifth year senior from Overland Park, Kansas. He is an Environmental Studies Major and Business Minor, with an interest in GIS and geospatial mapping. He works on campus at KU Recycle. He joined Clean Air Now to gain applicable experience in air quality monitoring and visually mapping subsequent data. He will be responsible for gathering air quality data, and also preparing visual data to display our findings.


Brian Schath is pursuing a degree in Environmental studies with a minor in  Communication. Growing up in Shawnee, Brian says he has always been concerned about environmental issues since watching An Inconvenient Truth in 7th grade. He joined CleanAirNow for a chance to work on local environmental justice issues. Brian is also an environmental studies student ambassador. He will be working with our air quality monitoring and idling policy.

We are all very excited to be working with CleanAirNow and look forward to the projects we have planned over the next semester!