"I want to dedicate my life and career to help our society become more sustainable and more environmentally aware of the problems we are causing and facing."
Describe your dream job.
As of right now, I want to be an environmental toxicologist. I want to travel to different parts of the world and help restore and rehabilitate damaged ecosystems. Many have been destroyed from air, water pollution and things like deforestation and I want to help restore these ecosystems so they are back on track and fight back!
How has GREEN play a role in shaping your professional endeavors?
It’s really made me more aware of the different types or roles we can play in combatting climate change and has taught me how far technology has come in helping this. In Iceland, we learned about all the GREEN energy they use and how popular it is there and I find that so inspiring and I really hope the rest of the world follows their lead.
"This program has really made me feel confident in how I want to help the world and how I can go about leading projects related to this field."
Describe a personal experience that has indirectly or directly influenced your career path.
I live in a suburban city and it has always bothered me that there is never anything to do or anywhere to go. I always wanted to change this by going into community development and urban planning instead so I could change how the suburbs are designed. I took and environmental and resource management class in high school because it was the only thing related to the major I wanted to pursue. In that class, I learned so much more about environmental issues, even environmental issues about the suburbs!! It really inspired me, and I really felt like I needed to focus more on these environmental issues so I could combat what I always wanted to change but on a bigger scale.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN program experience?
The glacier hiking was my favourite experience because it was unreal to me that in a certain amount of time if global warming continues, this glacier won’t exist anymore! There was literally so many amazing things that happened, I met so many amazing people passionate about the same issues and it just made me so happy to know there were people like me who weren’t ignoring all this and were enjoying learning more just like me!
Tell us about your Capstone Project experience and initiative.
The capstone taught me so much and was definitely an experience I will remember forever. Our team aimed at tackling ocean acidification. Our group decided to use kelp gardens to help take up the excess CO2 in the ocean. We wanted to plant the kelp on floating devices on the coast of Maine to travel with the ocean currents to where ocean acidification was the strongest. If it is offshore, it is kept safe from predators and doesn’t fall to the ground which could prevent it from moving. As Maine has a lot of boats coming in and out, we planned to put light bulbs on the floating devices so they were visibly seen and noticed. Once the kelp was almost running out of life, we figured we could use the kelp for biofuels or even edibility! Our company name was KelpHelp
What is your best piece of advice that you would give to a student interested in sustainable development?
Don’t lose hope and never forget the end goal! It’s easy to lose hope in this field because there’s always things trying to bring you down and people denying that there even is a problem, but don’t give up! What you’re doing is really important and it’s going to help a lot of people, so be proud of what you’re doing and how much passion you have and never lose it!