I have been involved in campus sustainability primarily through Green Athletics. Working with the leaders of this group has allowed me to make connections with the people in Sustainable Bowdoin.
The past two years I have worked at Sustainable Bowdoin. In my time in the office I have worked on encouraging safer campus bike riding, managed social media, and worked on outreach into the community through blog posts and the “Installment.”
My initial inspiration to connect with sustainability came from the enthusiasm of some of my friends on campus. I also realized how easy it was to be a little greener on campus. Tray-less dining, turning off fans and lights that are not in use, and recycling are all easy changes you can make for a greener, more sustainable campus.
Going to a 350.org event in Portland, with a talk by Bill McKibben, really inspired a lot of students to think and become more active about sustainability in various ways.
I think ecological knowledge and understanding is an integral component of making informed sustainability decisions. There is also so much to know about the natural world and how it functions that the possible topics of exploration are essentially endless.
I studied with the Sea Education Association program, studying for 4 weeks and then sailing halfway across the Pacific for 4 weeks. I conducted a research project that looked at the human impact on marine ecosystems by examining the relationship between microplastics and zooplankton through a Gyre in the North Pacific Ocean.