Sustainability Fellows

 

The Sustainability Fellows program provides an opportunity for students of any discipline to participate in furthering sustainability efforts on the FSU campus and in the Tallahassee community. Sustainability Fellows can be selected from any major or field of study. Fellows work in collaboration with campus and community partners to actively engage in research, propose strategies, and identify opportunities for sustainability issues.


benefits of being a fellow

  • Tackle real-world sustainability challenges
  • Join a network of campus and community change agents
  • Receive support and professional development from Sustainable Campus
  • Fulfill FSU’s experiential learning graduation requirement through the Experience Recognition Program (ERP)

fellowship process

Fellows will be selected based on their academic background, professional experience, and personal statements. Individually or in small working groups, Fellows address a challenge related to environmental, social, and/or economic sustainability at FSU or in Tallahassee with a campus/community partnering organization.

The duration of the Fellows program is one academic semester. There will be opportunities for Fellows whose projects are ongoing to continue with the program for multiple semesters. Fellows are expected to work on their projects over the course of the semester. At the end of the fellowship, Fellows must submit a deliverable demonstrating their learning, for example, a research paper, poster, audio/visual presentation, etc.


requirements

  • Be a current FSU student throughout the fellowship period
  • Commit 60 hours per semester (or 5 hours per week) to project research
  • Attend orientation, mid-term check-in, and final presentations
  • Complete the Experiential Recognition Program Sustainability Fellows Canvas 0-credit course
  • Submit a deliverable to the project partner
  • Provide and receive feedback at multiple stages

Apply today

Students interested joining the Spring 2022 Sustainability Fellows cohort are invited to apply and submit a resume in October, 2021. Students are invited to preview the required essay questions below. 

FALL 2021 TIMELINE 

Date Event
October 11, 2021 Application Opens
October 18 and 19, 2021 Information Sessions, 4pm-5pm, Mendenhall A, Room 101
October 29, 2021 Application Closes
November 8-10, 2021 Interviews
November 22, 2021 Final Notifications

ESSAY QUESTIONS

2750 character maximum

  1. Why are you interested in the Sustainability Fellows program? (Share a brief description of your background, experience, and strengths)
  2. What does sustainability mean to you? (Describe your personal understanding or definition of sustainability)
  3. How does this fellowship relate to your professional goals and/or field of study? (Explain what you hope to gain in terms of knowledge, skills, or other experiences while a Sustainability Fellow)
  4. Describe an experience managing multiple projects or commitments. (How did you organize tasks, stay ahead of deadlines, and manage your schedule? What was challenging, and how did you learn from your experience?)
  5. For each selected project, describe your skills, experience, and interest in the topic and how you would approach the sustainability challenge.

Resources for Campus & Community Partners

Sustainability Fellows facilitates collaboration between FSU faculty and students and campus/community partners. Through this programs, students gain hands-on experience and connect with professionals in the field while campus and community partners benefit from university resources, research, and faculty.

All campus departments and community organizations interested in working with fellows are invited to participate in the program by submitting project proposals. Community organizations can include government departments, local businesses, non-profit organizations, and other groups in the Tallahassee area, the state of Florida, or the Southeast region. For more information, please check out this resource.


Sustainability Fellows Cohorts

Spring 2020 Sustainability Fellows

 

Alejandro Suarez

Program: First Year Undergraduate in Digital Media and Production

Campus/Community Partner: Sustainable Campus

Alejandro is a freshman from Miami, Florida pursuing digital media and production at FSU.  Having an interest in media production and sustainable living, he is excited to be involved with this organization. 

Alexis Chavez

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environmental Science and Policy

Campus/Community Partner: Apalachee Audubon Society

Alexis’s interest in sustainability increased due to the classes he took at FSU and his internship program at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Alexis joined the Sustainability Fellows program because wanted to contribute to sustainability research in Tallahassee and become more prepared for his career after graduation.

Andrea Zang

Program: Second Year Graduate Student in Urban and Regional Planning

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Grounds and Landscaping Operations

Andrea is a second-year master's student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Go DURP!) focusing on sustainable affordable housing policy, asset-based community development, and the impact of gender and sexuality on the urban experience. She's excited to leverage her background in project management, public participation, and GIS to understand and map recycling facility access across FSU's campus - you'll find her biking around campus with a GPS all of spring 2020!

Dani Proffitt

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Advertising and Studio Art

Campus/Community Partner: Leon County Office of Sustainability

Dani is a double major in Advertising and Studio Art focusing on creative, social, and business issues alike. She has a growing passion for the environment that she wanted to apply to her current professional life as well as further grow her knowledge in the field of sustainability. She saw a post on social media about the Fellows program and it seemed like the perfect fit! 

David Krijgsman

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environment & Society and Political Science

Campus/Community Partner: Leon County Office of Sustainability

David grew up throughout Europe and South Florida, where he developed a passion for the outdoors early on in life. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in environmental law and public policy.

Jacob Doty

Program: Four Year Undergraduate in Geography and Economics

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Grounds and Landscaping Operations

Jacob is a senior studying Geography and looking towards a future career in GIS. He is looking forward to working with the Sustainability Fellows to map recycling availability on campus, make the data more accessible, and improve the recycling on campus.

Kate (Shiqian) Wang

Program: Ph.D. Student in Geography

Campus/Community Partner: Apalachee Audubon Society

Katie is a Ph.D. student in the department of geography. She’s interested in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), and human-environment interactions.

Fall 2020 Sustainability Fellows

Sarah Calzada

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Geography

Campus/Community Partner: The Apalachee Audubon Society

Sarah is a junior studying Geography with a minor in Environment and Society, and her sustainability journey started when she volunteered in the Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil for 2 months last year. Volunteering in rainforest restoration helped her realize that sustainability is a lifelong practice that she wants to live by. Since being accepted to the Sustainability Fellowship, she is excited to continue this journey by aiding the Apalachee Audubon Society this fall!

Jacob Doty

Program: First Year Graduate Student in GIS

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Facilities

Jacob is a first year graduate student looking towards a future career in GIS. He is continuing his work as a Sustainability Fellow to map recycling availability on campus, make the data more accessible, and improve the recycling on campus, as well as working on other GIS projects with FSU Design & Construction.

Sarah Galt

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environment and Society

Campus/Community Partner: Sustainable Campus

Sarah is a Senior at FSU interested in pursuing a career that furthers environmental awareness/education, which goes hand-in-hand with sustainability. She is excited to be working with the Sustainability Fellows Program this semester, as she feels this program merges environmental and sustainable practices in an effort to educate and encourage our youth's creativity.

Mahyar Ghorbanzadeh

Program: Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Campus/Community Partner: Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Mahyar’s research is related to “Traffic and Transportation Engineering”. He has been involved in multiple research projects which were externally funded through agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The overlap between the goals of the Sustainability Fellows project and his research areas made him very passionate to work on this project. The journey through this project and the outcome will be mutually beneficial to him as a researcher and the organization.

Sajeeb Kirtonia

Program: Ph.D. candidate in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Campus/Community Partner: Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Sajeeb is completing a PhD and working as a research assistant. His research is primarily focused on improving the efficiency of the transportation sector by implementing optimization techniques. He is very excited to get involved in the Sustainability Fellowship program where he will apply his knowledge to address the challenges of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Tyler Osha

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environmental Science and Policy

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Facilities, Procurement

Tyler is a senior studying Environmental Science and Policy. He has a passion for protecting the environment and is interested in the intersection of business and sustainability. After graduation, he plans to work in the corporate sustainability field.

Alejandro Suarez

Program: Second Year Undergraduate in Digital Media and Production

Campus/Community Partner: Sustainable Campus

Alejandro is a sophomore from Miami, Florida pursuing digital media and production at FSU. Having an interest in media production and sustainable living, he is excited to be involved with this organization. 

Spring 2021 Sustainability Fellows

Tyler Osha

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environmental Science and Policy

Campus/Community Partner: Apalachicola Riverkeeper

Project: ArcGIS Story Map for Apalachicola Basin Trails

Tyler is a senior studying Environmental Science and Policy. He has a passion for protecting the environment and is interested in a future career in land and species conservation. His interest in the Sustainability Fellows Program stems from his desire to learn applicable skills and help community partners around Tallahassee. His definition of sustainability is when a process can be maintained while minimizing the negative externalities on the environment and community. Tyler is excited to work with Apalachicola Riverkeeper this semester!

Dasha Kosheleva

Program: Second Year Graduate Student in Urban and Regional Planning

Campus/Community Partner: Apalachicola Riverkeeper

Project: ArcGIS Story Map for Apalachicola Basin Trails

Dasha is pursuing a master’s degree in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The Sustainability Fellows program allows her to combine her GIS skills with her passion for sustainable design. For Dasha, sustainability is determined by the coherent and balanced work of multiple components of the development system, such as economic growth, mitigation of environmental impact, and ensuring fair and equal opportunities for people.

Connor Ford

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Business Management

Campus/Community Partner: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)

Project: Away from Home Recycling Analysis

Connor is a Business Management major, pursuing a minor in Urban and Regional Planning with the eventual goal of becoming a planner specializing in economic development or land-use strategies. He thinks the Sustainability Fellows program is a great way to improve his local community while gaining real-world experience in environmental planning. Connor would define sustainability as the responsible management of our earth’s finite resources. 

John Massa

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Sociology and Biology

Campus/Community Partner: Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA)

Project: iFind Recreation Resource Database

John is a junior majoring in sociology and biology with an interest in public health and medicine. He was drawn to Sustainability Fellows because the projects are identified by community members, ensuring that the goals of these projects are in line with what the community really needs. His personal definition of sustainability is investing resources into our communities to preserve our environment and create long-lasting bonds between the two.

Mackenzie Hayes

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environmental Science

Campus/Community Partner: Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA)

Project: iFind Recreation Resource Database

Mackenzie is majoring in Environmental Science (BS) with a minor in geography and urban planning. In the future, she plans to go to grad school for urban planning with a focus in sustainability or environmentalism. In the future Mackenzie wants to work on sustainability in cities regarding mixed-used development, walkable and bikeable landscapes, and equitable, public transportation. She defines sustainability as creating living life in a way that preserves a high standard of living for everyone and for future generations.

Rachel Tullius

Program: First Year Graduate Student in Social Work

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Food for Thought Pantry

Project: Local Food Resources Inventory 

Rachel Tullius is a graduate student in the Master's of Social Work Program with a concentration in Policy and Social Leadership. Her interest in the Sustainability Fellowship Program comes from her passion for helping others. Sustainability, to Rachel, is a holistic lens which prioritizes longevity, accessibility, inclusion, and equity. At its core, sustainability is social work to Rachel.

Alyssa Love

Program: First Year Graduate Student in Public Interest Media and Communication

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Food for Thought Pantry

Project: FSU Food for Thought Pantry Marketing

Alyssa Love is a first-year graduate student in the School of Communication in the Public Interest Media Communication program. In the future, Alyssa hopes to create content that gets people thinking and taking action when it comes to the world's environmental problems. She is very passionate about sustainability and helping people understand how they can help and get involved in more sustainable practices. To Alyssa, sustainability is about creating an environment that is here for future generations. Alyssa is excited to work with the Food for Thought Pantry to create a campaign that can reach as many students and people who need this amazing service.

Alexia Denton

Program: First Year Graduate Student in Public Health

Campus/Community Partner: Healing Arts Alliance 

Project: Virtual Healing Arts Fact Sheet Collection

Alexia is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Public Health program. She aims to pursue health policy to improve access of care for rural and underserved communities. She is very interested in holistic approaches and prevention methods to promote health. Alexia believes sustainability represents the efforts made to preserve resources and to act in such a way that best benefits individuals and their environment.

Ellie Rill

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Environment & Society and Economics

Campus/Community Partner: Healing Arts Alliance 

Project: Virtual Healing Arts Fact Sheet Collection

Ellie is a junior studying Economics and Environment & Society with a minor in Computer Science. She is interested in pursuing a career that educates others on sustainable living, which goes hand-in-hand with the environment. She is very excited to be working with the Sustainability Fellows Program and Healing Arts Alliance this semester as this opportunity empowers individuals to implement sustainable, holistic practices into their everyday lives.  

Hannah Mendillo

Program: First Year Graduate Student in Urban and Regional Planning

Campus/Community Partner: Leon County Office of Sustainability  

Project: Identify Opportunities to Expand Community Composting

Hannah is a first-year graduate student studying Urban and Regional Planning and plans to pursue a career in environmental planning after graduation. She is passionate about sustainability and building a better community, which led her to this community composting project. For Hannah, sustainability is about planning for future generations.

Delaney Wicker-Miller

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Management

Campus/Community Partner: Leon County Office of Sustainability  

Project: Sustainable Business Recognition Program

Delaney is a junior majoring in Management and minoring in Environment and Society. Across her professional career, Delaney strives towards opening her sustainable business and promoting corporate responsibility in the workplace. The Fellows program offers Delaney the chance to explore both of her passions and implement all she has learned in college so far. To Delaney, sustainability means more than using metal straws and reusable bags. While every small effort counts, businesses are responsible for the vast majority of harmful emissions. Taking responsibility for means of production and implementing modern efforts is a large goal in the environmental community. Today more than anything sustainability is a collective effort between consumers and the workplace to keep our earth healthy.

Nicolas Fields

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Finance

Campus/Community Partner: Leon County Office of Sustainability  

Project: Sustainable Business Recognition Program

Nicolas is a senior studying finance. He hopes to work as a financial analyst at a company or foundation focused on mitigating climate change and helping those impacted by it. The Sustainability Fellows Program interested Nicolas because it gives him an opportunity to implement waste reducing and energy saving habits in his community, all while gaining valuable professional business experience. Sustainability to Nicolas means keeping our planet healthy with the goal of an improved quality of life not just for humans but all living organisms.

Linda Beauport

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environmental Science and Policy

Campus/Community Partner: Florida Physicians for Social Responsibility   

Project: Get the Lead Out! Educational Campaign and Public Health Lobbying Initiative

Linda is currently an Environmental Science and Policy Major. Her future goals include working for an organization like the Environmental Protection Agency or the United Nations Environmental Programme. She is interested in the Sustainability Fellows to aid the community and campus in its efforts to improve the quality of our surroundings. Sustainability should be flexible and adaptable to anyone who wants to partake in the effort.

Kimberly Watts

Program: First Year Graduate Student in Public Health

Campus/Community Partner: Florida Physicians for Social Responsibility   

Project: Get the Lead Out! Educational Campaign and Public Health Lobbying Initiative 

Kimberly is in the Master of Public Health Program to prepare for a career in epidemiology. Within this field, Kimberly plans to explore public health issues and implement ways to stop a disease spread. Working with others to advocate for safe drinking water is an experience Kimberly will be able to build on, as well as one that will help improve her community. She looks forward to building her network with others who are advocates for public health. Kimberly views sustainability as something that can endure time without doing harm.

Sarah Calzada

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Geography

Campus/Community Partner: Apalachee Audubon Society

Sarah is a third-year undergraduate studying Geography with a minor in Environment and Society. After graduating from FSU, she hopes to pursue a master's degree in environmental science. Sarah is a continuing Fellow from Fall 2020, and she loved her experience of installing a bat house at Lake Elberta Park with the Apalachee Audubon Society. Sarah’s definition of Sustainability is inclusive, long-term, ethical community development towards goals that positively impact multiple parts of a community, such as environmental, economic, and human resources.

Summer 2021 Sustainability Fellows

Michelle Evangelista

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in International Affairs and Environment and Society

Campus/Community Partner: Miami Climate Alliance

Project: Social Justice Community Engagement/Marketing

Michelle Evangelista is majoring in International Affairs. Some of her professional goals include starting her Honors in the Major Thesis and starting a second major in Environment and Society. She is also interested in the Sustainability Fellows program to promote sustainability in communities, while also considering the demographics and circumstances that affect the people in the area. She hopes to utilize her skills, learn, and improve her abilities to benefit herself and other people she works with. For Michelle, sustainability means the preservation of nature, resources, and the Earth for diverse communities. Everyone can contribute to the Earth’s preservation. It is important to present it from different perspectives, to bring about the most change in mindsets and habits. For sustainability to succeed, it needs to address other issues that affect its accessibility and attainment such as environmental racism.

Catarina Fernandez

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Environment and Society

Campus/Community Partner: Miami Climate Alliance

Project: Social Justice Community Engagement/Marketing

Catarina is a senior studying Environment and Society with a minor in Urban Planning. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in Urban Planning as she believes that by transforming our built environment we can change the ways we connect with our community. To her, sustainability means acting in balance with the Earth, establishing a give and take relationship which provides for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, age, etc!

Kaleb Hobson-Garcia

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Environmental Science

Campus/Community Partner: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)

Project: Away from Home Recycling Analysis

Kaleb is a junior majoring in Environmental Science with an interest in working in environmental remediation and long-term pollution solutions. He was drawn to Sustainability Fellows as it would give him the opportunity to give back to the Tallahassee community while gaining applicable experience for professional goals. Sustainability to Kaleb is keeping the environment’s needs at the forefront while meeting the needs of an ever-evolving and growing population.

Jessica Meeker

Program: Second Year Graduate Student in Public Administration

Campus/Community Partner: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)

Project: Away from Home Recycling Analysis

Jessica is currently in the Master of Public Administration program and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her academic and career goals include exploring energy policy and bridging the gap between government administration and engineering. She is interested in the Sustainability Fellows program because of the interesting projects proposed and the opportunity to help the local community, and Florida, become more sustainably conscious. For Jessica, sustainability encompasses the integration of the economy, societal impacts, and the environment, and she believes everyone has the opportunity to do their part

Corbin Nall

Program: Graduate Student in Public Health and Urban & Regional Planning

Campus/Community Partner: City of Tallahassee, Department of Sustainability & Community Preservation

Project: Tallahassee At Home Resilience Guide

Corbin is a second-year graduate student pursing a joint degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Public Health. In the future, he hopes to work in a career focused on community health and food systems planning. The Sustainability Fellows program provides an avenue in which to explore these career goals. According to Corbin, the concepts of sustainability and resiliency go hand-in-hand for both refer to the capacity to adapt to change while continuing to thrive well into the future

Crystal Posey

Program: Second Year Graduate Student in Geographic Information Systems

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Design & Construction

Project: Visualizing Green and Open Spaces 

Crystal Posey is in the M.S. Geographic Information Systems graduate program. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences in 2018 and she currently works in the public sector's environmental management field. She hopes to continue my service in the public sector by supporting environmental managers and the public using geospatial technologies to protect our natural resources and enhance its ecosystems. The Fellows program gained her interest because it provides the university an all-inclusive, secure, and effective approach to combating challenges our society and environment face. Sustainability focuses on providing an approach that assists in combating those challenges. It does not deplete nor compromise our natural resources so that we can maintain a future for others to live in a healthy society and environment.

Michael Walsh

Program: Second Year Graduate Student in Integrated Marketing Communication

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS)

Project: TAPS Sustainable Transportation Marketing

Michael is in his final semester of the Integrated Marketing and Communication Master's program. He was drawn to making a positive impact on the FSU community before graduation. His personal definition of sustainability is making the changes necessary to ensure that future generations inherit a safe and healthy planet.

Peter Woodley

Program: Second Year Graduate Student in Product Development

Campus/Community Partner: Compost Community 

Project: Tallahassee Business Environment Analysis

Peter is a graduate student in the FSU Jim Moran Institute product development program with a focus on start-up and SME project management and business analysis. He interprets sustainability as a responsibility people owe to the world as global citizens to ensure the development and longevity of environmental, social, and economic resources for future generations. In alignment with his efforts to mature into a serial entrepreneur, he is confident his experience as a Fellow will challenge and develop his communication, business strategy, and leadership skills as he pioneers a start-up in the commercial sustainability sector.

Heather Zdyb

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Environment and Society and Geography

Campus/Community Partner: ExpeditionTLH 

Project: ExpeditionTLH Content Creator

Heather is a junior majoring in Environment & Society and Geography with a minor in Urban and Regional Planning. In the future, she would like to pursue a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning with an Environmental focus. Sustainability to Heather is a compromise of best meeting our current environmental, economic, and social needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations. She looks forward to working with ExpeditionTLH because of the opportunity to share her passions for sustainability and outdoor recreation with fellow community members.  

Fall 2021 Sustainability Fellows

Lauren Mayou

Program: Fourth Year Undergraduate in Environmental Engineering

Campus/Community Partner: FSU Design & Construction

Project: Campus Plazas, Irrigation, and Flower Bed Map

Lauren Mayou is a senior studying environmental engineering and is hoping to pursue a career in water resource engineering or environmental assessment and remediation. She previously participated in an environmental assessment and feasibility project with Dr. Ahmadisharaf funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She also received the Computational Hydraulics International Grant to assist with her research and has experience as an intern at Drummond Carpenter. Lauren joined the Sustainability Fellowship program to assist FSU Design and Construction with their Campus Plaza project and to expand upon her experience with irrigation and flow bed mapping. For Lauren, sustainability is defined as utilizing available information to optimize the benefit to the future environment while also considering the current economic, environmental, and social costs.

Jessica Meeker

Program: Second Year Graduate Student in Public Administration

Campus/Community Partner: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)

Project: Away from Home Recycling Analysis

Jessica is currently in the Master of Public Administration program and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her academic and career goals include exploring energy policy and bridging the gap between government administration and engineering. She is interested in the Sustainability Fellows program because of the interesting projects proposed and the opportunity to help the local community, and Florida, become more sustainably conscious. For Jessica, sustainability encompasses the integration of the economy, societal impacts, and the environment, and she believes everyone has the opportunity to do their part

Zachary Wigodner

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Commercial Entrepreneurship

Campus/Community Partner: Leon County Office of Sustainability 

Project: Sustainable Business Recognition Program Implementation Specialist

Zachary is a Commercial Entrepreneurship major, pursuing a minor in Business Analytics. He is especially interested in creating sustainable supply chains, mobilizing private equity for social ventures, and learning about emerging technologies. At the Leon County Office of Sustainability, Zach is excited to understand all aspects of the local businesses he will be working with, help them solve complex problems, and exploit opportunities for sustainable innovation. Zach believes sustainability involves human responsibility to be resourceful and forward-thinking to ensure a brighter future.

Heather Zdyb

Program: Third Year Undergraduate in Environment and Society and Geography

Campus/Community Partner: ExpeditionTLH 

Project: ExpeditionTLH Content Creator

Heather is a junior majoring in Environment & Society and Geography with a minor in Urban and Regional Planning. In the future, she would like to pursue a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning with an Environmental focus. Sustainability to Heather is a compromise of best meeting our current environmental, economic, and social needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations. She looks forward to working with ExpeditionTLH because of the opportunity to share her passions for sustainability and outdoor recreation with fellow community members.  

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