"This experience makes me want to get more involved with international sustainability, connecting with people from around the world to brainstorm sustainable solutions."
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I want to make an impact by coming up with sustainable solutions for energy (electricity and transportation), as well as make a positive global impact, using travel to educate people on the importance of sustainability and as a means of international solution brainstorming.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
My resume attempts to display the breadth of my experience, but to sum it up, growing up with two hippie parents, I have always been exposed to environmentally responsible practices. It wasn't until my sophomore year that I realized saving the world was a passion of mine and something I wanted to pursue professionally. Since my first trip to Europe in high school, I have gained so much more appreciation for the world and was shown that the US doesn't take advantage of every opportunity to be more sustainable. Since then, I make a point to take in the sustainable practices of every country I visit and try to apply it to the US. Working at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, I have had to opportunity to work with large scale solar installers and gain insight into the promising future of solar energy. Traveling to Germany, and especially Iceland, I have confidence that the US can also work towards 100% renewable energy. I have embraced my passions by getting the Travel Better Certificate and a Fundamentals of Design and Installation of PV Certificate. I am currently working towards a Certificate in Renewable Energy Management since renewables are the future of the industry. Everything I do, I involve sustainability.
Describe your dream job or career.
My dream job would be to make sustainable travel plans, reaching out to different areas of the world and connecting with locals who have a positive impact on their community to support them by using their services for our customers. Travel is so important, but doing it in the most sustainable way possible is key.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
My leadership experience comes from leading various group projects and working independently on different tasks at my internships. I naturally take on leadership roles because of my fondness for working with people and playing on the strengths of each individual. I use my organization skills to plan and delegate tasks and my communication skills to make sure every is on schedule and not running into any conflict.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
As I said earlier, I have grown up making environmentally conscious decisions, but going to Germany in high school solidified my need to work in the sustainability field. Germany is a leader in waste management as well as renewable energy. Seeing the ease of these practices being integrated into an entire country opened my eyes to a world of possibility for every country if we work together and find the solutions that fit each country.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
The GREEN Program helped me to overcome my greatest fears (heights), and while it wasn't easy, it's translated to my professional and personal life. Along with that, it was incredible to meet people from different areas of the world and different areas of study who all had the same passion.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
Our capstone project was about designing an efficient gym that used the power people generate through working out to power the equipment and other auxiliary things in the gym. The idea was to offer a package where we would fit the gym with solar panels, energy producing equipment, and efficient electronics to make the energy consumption as low as possible.
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Gavin DeGraw, "I Don't Want to Be" (it's been stuck in my head for 5 years now)