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Northeastern Coolest Co-op Contest Goes Green

3/4/10

Northeastern University student Michaela D'Amico earned a "Coolest Co-op" title for a video snapshot of her co-op working with the Amazon Defense Coalition in Ecuador. The video placed third in the first annual Coolest Co-op Contest, launched to help celebrate the centennial year of Northeastern's renowned co-op and experiential-learning program.

For her international co-op, D'Amico drove nine hours into the Ecuadorian Amazon to study oil spills and other pollution sites with Amazon Watch, an international human rights organization.

She quickly became immersed in a major environmental damages lawsuit, working with lawyers and members of the press team for the Amazon Defense Coalition, the organization that leads a $27 billion lawsuit against Chevron Texaco for illegally dumping toxic waste in the Amazon.

Advancing human rights and fighting for the environment are near and dear to her, she said. "The work has made me want to do more on human rights and environmental causes that affect cultures and groups who lose their land," D'Amico said.

Watch D'Amico's video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME-nDYyrbFw

And check out the first- and second-place winners' videos:

FIRST PLACE:  Takuo Urushihara: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pjZ9ydRVd8

SECOND PLACE: Alexandra Avila: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFL5_Avv64c