"Other than making me realize that working with renewable energy policy & law was what I wanted to do with my career, my favorite part of the GREEN Program was how much more eager it made me to travel and explore new, exciting things."
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I want to do everything I can to help the Earth thrive and to help society make more sustainable decisions in our energy needs, and hope that during my life I make some sort of impact on the policies and decisions made regarding these issues.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I think what my resume doesn't tell is how many different potential career paths I've explored - up until recently, I've been very indecisive about my desired career. Thus, I've tried many different things: a bout in teaching English, I dipped my toes in copy-editing, in Environmental planning, and more - but I believe that this has truly helped me decide on what it was that I wanted to actually do, which is involve myself somewhere in a career in Environmental policy. Success is never a straight line, and I honestly feel good that it took me awhile to get to where I am now, as it shows that I really took the time to figure out what I wanted and didn't settle for anything less than what I'm really passionate about.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I am currently a lead intern at my solar-energy related internship, which has given me the responsibility of developing and overseeing projects for newer interns to work and report back to me on to further help our organization. This is my first real role in leadership, and I love the sense of responsibility it gives. I also work with newer interns in training them in skills they might not have, such as working with Adobe Photoshop (my best skill) and with Wordpress for our website.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
While it may seem cliche for this form in particular, my GREEN Program trip to Iceland really was the most influential experience for me in choosing to continue down the path of environmental policy as a career choice. Prior to my trip I hadn't declared my full major in Envi. Studies/Policy or anything, as I hadn't had the chance to go experience another countries renewable policies and facilities up close. Once I got there and was able to get hands on and learn about all of that from the professionals themselves, it hit me that working in that sector was really what I wanted to do.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
Other than making me realize that working with renewable energy policy & law was what I wanted to do with my career, my favorite part of the GREEN Program was how much more eager it made me to travel and explore new, exciting things. After going to Iceland, I've made it a personal goal of mine to travel to all the major areas of the world. This coming summer I'll be traveling to South Korea to study politics, and that's just the start of many more trips I hope to go on. It made me realize the value of experiences rather than material things, and the beauty of traveling to "foreign" places so much.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
Our Capstone project was a more business-oriented idea, which was interesting for me as I've never really dealt with any type of business classes or related before. Coming from a (a the time, potential) policy/law background I was a bit hesitant at first to totally commit to my groups idea, but quickly grew on it due to its ties to renewable energy and was able to experience more business-minded attitudes and knowledge from my peers. Our idea was a business model for non-profit and for-profits companies to team up and build large solar farms, through a "matching" system of ours. A solar farm would be built on the non-profits property (usually a parking lot, via overhead 'hoods'), and the for-profit would pay for the solar farm and also receive any potential tax credits, as non-profits cannot receive those anyways. This would result in mutually beneficial partnership, as the for-profit company would receive positive PR and the tax credits, and the non-profit would be receiving solar energy and likely eliminating the need for an energy bill after some years. Our teams "head" company for this idea was called G-Harmony (a pun on E-harmony, since it would a 'matching' service of sorts), and we would act as the bridge between potential for-profits and non-profits that were interested in this sort of deal, but were not sure where to start.
Is there a documentary or book that really changed the way you thought about something, or motivated you in a particular way?
I will always stand by Food Inc. as one of the most influential documentaries I've ever seen - to this day I always have that film in the back of my mind whenever making food choices.