What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I grew up in a very traditional and closed minded home in a city that relies heavily on fossil fuels and coal for the economy. While in school choosing what program to go into and what school to apply to I was lost, I didn't have any knowledge or support to find the right program for me. Eventually my concern for the environment and passion for nature drew me into Environmental Science, although it was a small and unpopular program. From my studies I learned more about composting and using our recycling resources in our city and began informing those close to me and helping them transition to greener alternatives. Many people want to do better but they just do not know why and how to, so I realized by sharing what I learn and helping people change their perspectives we can make a difference together.
I am emotional and follow my heart, no matter what everyone else is doing or is telling me to do I will do what I feel is right. All my close friends and relatives are in the oil and gas industry for the money and I knew I could not compromise my morals for wealth. Many in my city are fiercely against the carbon tax and extra fees that come with our composting program, but I and a small population with the unpopular opinion support it 100% and have been waiting for years for this change. I feel deeply invested in everything I do, however emotions are not what distract me and make me weak, it is one of my biggest strengths. It is what drives me and sparked my passion to make a difference, I know I can make a bigger impact by working with others and my ability to be empathetic and relate to others helps me bring people together. I enjoy and excel in the physical part of learning, being able to work hands on and see with my own eyes the real impact and changes of the earth is what drives me to work harder. I am very curious and want constant stimulation and challenges, life is short and I want to be improving myself every chance I can.
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I want to take part in a future where I know future generations will thrive because I know it is safe enough and kind enough. I want to make sustainability and caring for the environment a popular subject by spreading awareness and sharing my passion of caring for the earth we all share. I hope to work to conserve our forests, oceans and animals by consulting and giving companies and government the tools and knowledge they need to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
I am emotional and follow my heart, no matter what everyone else is doing or is telling me to do I will do what I feel is right
Describe your dream job or career. (please be as specific as possible)
A consultant and educator for the Government of Alberta for renewable resources and sustainable solutions, people need the knowledge and support to make the transition for a more sustainable future and that begins with educating others. I want to start with my province, which is the least developed environmentally in Canada.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
The biggest take away from the Green Program is that I am not alone, there are so many students with the same passions and ambitions as me and we all want to make the world a better place. There is hope for our generation and we are it, we are the ones that want to make a difference and are the ones taking initiative to. It was so refreshing meeting so many people that care.
My favourite part of the Green Program was watching everyone's confidence grow from just 10 days together. Personally I came into the Green Program not knowing what to expect and being very nervous travelling on my own for the first time, throughout the trip I gained self confidence and a greater sense of who I was and want to be. I learned that I was capable of so much more than I thought, and confirmed any doubts I had about choosing my program.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
At first the project wasn't proceeding very well, we barely knew each other and there were arguments between different perspectives. Our group was compromised of engineer and science students.
Eventually we came to an agreement on converting the silica from geothermal waste into silicon using electron reduction and oxidation processes. We would be providing a free waste management service to geothermal plants in Iceland but profiting from selling the silicon we created to microchip and solar panel manufacturers at a discounted price which would eliminate our competition. Although the process would be energy extensive, the energy cost in Iceland is cheaper and the profit would exceed our costs. We knew this was feasible because there were companies in Iceland already that were converting the silica into silicon for beauty products, the silicon we needed for microchips and solar panels needed to be much stronger and cleaner so we knew we would have to put our melted bars of silicon through the reduction and oxidation process many times.