"Everyone deserves to live a happy and healthy life and the only way to ensure this is by ensuring we make smart and informed decisions today about our environment as a global community."

How do you want to leave your impact on the world?

The impact I would like to leave on the world is that of a world that is able to support the lives of our current generation and those in the future. Everyone deserves to live a happy and healthy life and the only way to ensure this is by ensuring we make smart and informed decisions today about our environment as a global community.

What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?

I grew up near Scranton Pennsylvania where my family owned a mining and construction company when I was younger. The Earth and its resources have always been an important part of my family’s life because of the company. This connection to the Earth still resonates with me today. The connection between the Earth and the people on it has always been an interest of mine. I have a strong desire to understand the ways in which we can use natural resources in a sustainable and less destructive fashion than we have in the past.

What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?

The biggest take-away from my Green Program experience was the human interactions I experienced while in Japan. Climate change is a large issue that involves every one of us to be a part of the solution. To act and create solutions to the problems we face we must understand everyone and how they act. The Green Program allowed me to see what some of the local communities in Japan value and embrace.

Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.

My biggest takeaway was also a large influencer of my group's capstone project. Japan has nearly 2.5 million vending machines selling beverages in Japan. On our trip, we collected garbage bags full of plastic bottles from our group. Our capstone project addressed this issue. We designed a reusable bottle that could be used in a redesigned vending machine. The bottle was designed to hold any beverage the vending machine would have contained, sanitize the bottle, and provided incentives for using the reusable bottle. Two months after our capstone project one of the largest corporations in the world, Coca-Cola, unveiled a vending machine that operates in a similar fashion to our idea by reducing plastic waste. To me, I see this as a victory for our project. It may not be our product but our idea is being implemented.

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