"It’s very hard to put into words the experience I had on the GREEN Program. I guess if I had to choose a few they would be that this was the single most life-changing trip I’ve ever experienced."
What’s your story? What doesn’t your resume tell us about you?
I’m a passionate, energetic, sarcastic, adventurous 22-year-old. My love for ‘cute animals’ as a young girl has transformed into a mature drive to contribute to the sustainability movement. I love to be humbled by people and places through travel and use these experiences as an opportunity to grow as an individual.
Why do you believe that you are the next-generation pioneer of your industry?
I believe that I am, one of the many, next-generation pioneers of the solar industry because I recognize the intersection of environmental and social justice issues. Using a systems-thinking approach has always been very natural to me and I understand that in order to create a more environmentally conscious society, we must question our convoluted social issues. Specifically with regards to my industry, I have become interested in the potential of solar for Native American communities and how the values of solar overlap with the values of these communities.
"I believe that when everyone realizes they have a place and a voice in the sustainability movement, it will become much more successful. "
Tell us about your Capstone Project experience and initiative.
I had a rockstar capstone group and we created an elementary environmental education initiative. This brainchild was borne out of our recognition of the importance in educating young people to be self-aware of their impact on others, as well as the planet. The model we created for this involved a university student group collaborating with a local school in order to conduct short, yet impactful, environmental lessons.
How are you leveraging your experience on The GREEN Program?
I’m leveraging my experience with The GREEN Program by pursuing a career in the solar industry. My program as a student to Iceland opened my eyes to the vast professional opportunities involving renewables, despite the fact that I don’t have an engineering background. I am using the communication skills I learned leading programs to cultivate conversations about solar with many different people. I am using the network I gained from GREEN to find new friends and colleagues in a new city. And last but not least, I am using the fire GREEN has helped to inspire within me to fight for a more sustainable future.
Where would you go in a time machine?
In a time machine I’d go back to the day of my birth and do it all again. However, I wouldn’t want to know what I know now. It’s too fun to have it all unknown