Ondine Wells is a communications specialist at Pandion, where she focuses on program design and planning, facilitation, and education programs. Ondine has expertise developing effective and creative public outreach materials, including brochures, websites, surveys, and community-based social marketing materials.
She holds an MS degree in interdisciplinary ecology with a concentration in environmental engineering sciences from the University of Florida. She has a graduate certificate in wetlands science from the University of Florida and is a fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program.
Education, Outreach, and Facilitation
Ondine's education and outreach work at Pandion includes:
- Creating lessons for the WindWise Education program, a national wind energy curriculum for middle and high school students.
- Writing chapters of the Schoolyard Habitat and Outdoor Classroom National Guide for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Developing a plan for a Florida Stormwater Social Repository for the University of Central Florida.
She also coordinates the Santa Fe Springs Basin Working Group for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. As part of her coordination activities, she created and maintains a blog for the group that feeds into their website.
Before moving to Florida in 2003, Ondine was the founder and executive director of Shaw EcoVillage, a nonprofit in Washington, DC, which trained at-risk students about sustainability through the lens of their neighborhood. She developed an inquiry-based approach for students to analyze real-life environmental problems and then create positive and practical solutions for those problems. Students presented their findings and proposals to a panel of professionals and community members. The organization also developed Chain Reaction, a bicycle shop that trained youth to repair and refurbish bicycles for resale.
Residential and Commercial Development
Ondine is experienced in resource-focused planning, including value-added options for open space, stormwater pond enhancement, and green certifications for residential and commercial development.
Prior to joining Pandion, Ondine was the statewide builder and developer coordinator for Florida Yards & Neighborhoods, a University of Florida Extension program. She worked with a diverse group of stakeholders on implementing resource-efficient landscapes in new developments.
She was also a wetlands and water quality Extension associate and graduate research assistant at the University of Florida, where she developed a water quality monitoring program and a volunteer handbook.
When Not at Work
Ondine enjoys being active in her community, traveling, and exploring cities and parks with her husband and children.