"I firmly believe that the millennial generation will ultimately have the biggest impact of any generation thus far."
Why do you believe that you are the next-generation pioneer of your industry?
I think that sometimes the pioneers of an industry are the new comers to a field who don’t have the same cynicisms or self imposed limits. Because I am new to the energy field my ignorance in some ways is a blessing; for me the sky is still the limit and I have no history of being beaten back to reality. I am passionate about natural places and my undergraduate education helped me fully appreciate the forces of nature I love to witness firsthand in a quantitative way. My passion for the Arctic and Alaska gives me an additional motivation to completely transform Alaska, and by extension have a positive impact on the world.
What’s your story?
My resume does not include my childhood entrepreneurial activities. Myself and three lifelong friends started and ran our own small business in Alaska selling foam weaponry (toys) at the Alaska State Fair for 4 years. While not applicable for most job applications this experience gave me a crash course in all aspects of owning a business in a simple and effective maner. At age 16 this experience provided me with a trial by fire in marketing, sales, production, budgeting, and most importantly the value of effective communication.
"In this day and age systems thinking is the norm, and I believe that all social issues are ultimately tied to this Earth. By having a global worldview and tackling the Big Sustainability Question many of the persisting social issues will be corrected as a byproduct."
How has GREEN play a role in shaping your professional endeavors?
GREEN gave me the gift of understanding how vital it is learning from each other and from those with different backgrounds. GREEN taught me there isn’t always a RIGHT answer and a WRONG answer, it is just a matter of figuring out what is the BETTER answer. GREEN also taught me that work and play can be connected!
Tell us about your Capstone Project experience and initiative.
My Capstone project was a new experience for me, especially due to the rapid nature. My Capstone group was interested in Hydrokinetic turbines and small scale hydro as an inexpensive solution for impoverished 3rd world country communities. We chose Cambodia as our focus due to some controversial dam projects on the Mekong River. While in retrospect perhaps we should have narrowed the scale, we hoped to learn something about how you could give a village ownership over a technology and have distributed power generation without the huge price tag so commonly associated with energy production.
What is your best piece of advice that you would give to a student interested in sustainable development?
Sustainability is a huge ever growing field I would just say go start exploring sustainability in your everyday life, start thinking personally or locally and then go big!
What is your spirit animal?