Courtnie Kidd is passionate about green building design and waste reduction, and in the summer of 2016, she interned as sustainability coordinator for Inventor Forge Makerspace. Inventor Forge Makerspace is a Non-Profit group of Makers, Inventors, Artists and Freethinkers in St. Charles, Missouri that actively supports STEM and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) initiatives.
For her practicum, Courtnie researched and implemented many sustainable initiatives as Sustainability Coordinator for Inventor Forge Makerspace. Among these was a recycling program for the office, a living plant wall, and the implementation of solar panels.
On August 24, 2016, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) invited Inventor Forge Makerspace was invited to participate in a Nation of Makers meeting in Washington DC bringing together individuals who run, support, or are otherwise involved with makerspaces across the country. Courtnie was nominated to represent Inventor Forge Makerspace at the meeting, where she talked about the organization and her green initiatives at the White House.
Today, Courtnie is finishing up her post-baccalaureate degree in Sustainability at Oregon State, mentoring the Environmental Club of Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis with an up-and-coming composting program, and furthering her career in sustainable utilities.