He has been involved with sustainability on the PLU campus in a variety of capacities since his first year. As the ASPLU Sustainability Director during his sophomore year in 2010-2011, he co-led a campaign to ban bottled water from dining areas across campus, along with continuing the Take Back the Tap program and initiating One Less Cup and Think Outside the Bag. During the summer between his sophomore and junior years, he collaborated with three professors and a fellow student on a research project that aimed to understand public opinion about the ways in which risks associated with toxins in personal care products are assessed and managed in the U.S., and they identified possibilities for more effective regulation based on the precautionary principle.
He studied abroad in Chile during the fall semester of his junior year, which was an incredible learning and living experience. This semester, he has been working with others in the department on a campaign for PLU to be tray-less at dinners next year. He is excited to continue his journey next year as a Sustainability Fellow, as he examines PLU’s existing irrigation practices and explores the possibilities for increased rainwater harvesting on campus.
In the near future, he plans to attend graduate school in human geography because it encompasses his interests so well. His goals are to further his understanding of the dynamics that contribute to inequality and social, economic, and environmental injustice at a variety of scales, and to look for ways to change the world so that it is a more equitable, just, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable place.