Hometown: Wrightwood, Ca.
Program Position/Job Title: Green Event Coordinator
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi
How did you first get connected with AS Sustainability?
I talked to someone tabling my sophomore year and applied for an internship, but I wasn’t able to follow through because of my work schedule. The following year I quit my job and was applying to AS positions when I saw the Green Event Coordinator position was open. I applied for the job and the rest is history!
How would you describe your role Green Events Consultant?
I help event planners on campus reduce the impact their event has on the environment. I do this by helping them make sustainably minded decisions when planning the event, and diverting waste at the event. We collect compost and recycling so only a minimal amount of waste ends up at the landfill. I also help plan events like Campus Sustainability Day to encourage other students to get more involved with the sustainable efforts being made on campus.
What does working for AS Sustainability do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Working with AS Sustainability has allowed me to meet so many people who are passionate about the same things I am. I have made so many friends through this program, and I get to work with truly inspiring people every day. I also feel like I have learned a lot about sustainability on our campus and in the Chico community since I started working here.
What do YOU bring to the table in your role as a Green Events Consultant?
I bring determination to get people more involved with AS Sustainability and bring awareness to the Green Events program. People have kind of forgotten about the program, and I want to bring it back to life through effective advertising and outreach. Creating a good work environment is also important to me. I really enjoy my job, so when my interns and I are working together there is a very positive energy that makes working with trash a lot more fun.
What are your career plans and how does your role with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I plan to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior to help protect and restore wild-lands. This job has prepared me for that by showing me how important community involvement is. I have become much more active within my community since I started working for Associated Students, and I now know how to effectively engage with the community. I have learned that you cannot always rely on the government to do the right thing, so it’s really important to involve the community and encourage people to fight for our planet.