As a senior at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Brian Iezzi did an energy audit on two of the school’s buildings. That project helped him realize a “passion for promoting smart, sustainable decisions.” Now, as a double major in textile engineering and materials science and engineering, this Gastonia, N.C., native is helping improve campus sustainability as an NC State Steward. “I love my Wolfpack, and I want us to be the example of a sustainable university,” Brian said. “Sustainability is something that affects all of our lives, and the first step to being more sustainable is to be informed on what each individual student, faculty and staff member can do to make a difference.”
Originally from Collieville, TN., Morgan Murdock discovered his interest in sustainability through an environmental science course he took in high school. “Sustainability is important to me because humans have created many bad habits such as producing a colossal amount of waste and overusing resources, but not everyone is aware of how great their impact is. I plan to make everyone aware of even the small steps they can take to make their lives look more sustainable.” An engineering student with chemical intent, Morgan is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador. “Sustainability is not something that should be looked at as a hassle or an unattainable goal, but instead as an opportunity to improve your life, local community, and even the world.”
A fashion and textile design student, Eleanor’s love for art led to her interest in sustainability. “I have always been a big believer in taking what I have and doing what I can with it,” she said. “From making an art project with scraps found around the house in the fifth grade to constructing apparel from old fabrics that are no longer used.” After attending a workshop with the EPA and NIEHS a couple years ago, Eleanor’s interest in sustainability only grew. “I realized how our impact on the world as humans really will affect our future. From then on, I was really interested in sustainable practices and spreading sustainability.” Eleanor is originally from Morrisville, N.C.
Originally from Wilmington, N.C., Ryan is studying chemical engineering and is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador. “Sustainability is important to me because I realize that humans use resources very inefficiently and as an engineer, one of my top priorities is efficiency,” he said. After discussing the opportunity to become a steward with his roommate, Ryan decided that applying would be a great way to get involved on campus and meet new people. “You are sustainability stewards even if you are not a part of this organization. We all have a responsibility to use the resources that we are provided as minimally as possible.”
Tyler was raised in a sustainable household in Calabash, N.C. “My family raised me to be sustainable and creative with problem solving. We often re-purposed materials for other uses, not because we had to, but because we felt like it was doing the world a favor.” Having been raised this way, Tyler continued in this mindset of sustainability and became an NC State Steward. Tyler is studying chemical engineering. After graduating from NC State, he hopes to research and develop more sustainable products and materials.
Jackson grew up in Greensboro, N.C., where his love and appreciation for the outdoors began in Boy Scouts. This appreciation for the outdoors led Jackson to take an environmental science class, where he learned the different ways our ecological footprint affects the world. An Electrical Engineering major, Jackson is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador for “the opportunity to receive insight on different ways I can help to cultivate a more sustainable environment and learn of the many different applications sustainability embraces.” After graduating from NC State, Jackson plans to gain hands-on experience with renewable energy in the hopes of later earning an MBA and pursuing his own renewable energy company.
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Between his junior and senior year in high school, Daniel had the life changing opportunity to work for the Youth Conservation Corps in Yellowstone National Park. “I started actively recycling and reducing excess in my everyday life. When I returned home from this experience, I continued to pursue these activities,” he said. Originally from Sanford, N.C., Daniel is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador. “As a Steward, I have an opportunity to continue developing the green movement here at NC State which is one that will hopefully remain present throughout the lives of our classmates,” he said. “You can become the change you want to see. It won’t always be easy, but if it truly matters to you then you will always have a voice.”
During his bridge year, Mitchell was working with sustainable initiatives and organic farming for almost 8 months in southern Brazil. “I saw what sustainability meant on a local level and witnessed the impact that living sustainably can do at an individual and a global level,” he said. “Sustainability means being aware of the impact I have on this planet as well as the people in it. It’s important to me because I’ve come to realize that we live an incredibly privileged life here, and I want nothing more than to show some responsibility for this privilege by leaving the planet in a better condition than where I found it.” Originally from Raleigh, Mitchell is studying economics and international studies.
A biomedical engineering major, Rahul Kathard has always had an interest in sustainability. “I’ve always been wary of my impact on my surroundings, and sustainable practices are the best way to ensure that wherever I am stays as beautiful and healthy as possible,” he said. Originally from Chapel Hill, N.C., Rahul is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador because the “opportunities and events that the stewards program offers through its connection to the sustainability office really allows the stewards to create lasting and important changes at NC State.” After graduating from NC State, Rahul plans to pursue a career as a doctor/professional engineer.
Alongside some environmental science classes, the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” played a big part in Thomas Clark’s initial interest in sustainability. “The film and classes showed me that we absolutely have to maximize sustainability to maintain our quality of life,” he said. “If we as a species continue to burn through resources carelessly and continue to grow in population, there will not be enough water or energy for everyone to have a decent quality of life.” This passion for sustainability is what led Thomas, an aerospace engineering student from Chapel Hill, to become an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador. “I believe that we can make a substantial impact on the world by simply educating people with the proper aspects of sustainable living. I am also excited to pick up new habits to make my own life more sustainable.”
Kelsey, a Spanish Education and International Studies student originally from Fuquay-Varina, N.C., discovered her interest in sustainability while still in middle school. “In sixth grade Ms. Simon read to our class a story about what the world will look like one day if we do not take care of it,” she said. “The whole idea upset me, and I decided right then that I would do whatever I could to make sure that the environment remained pure and cherished.” This desire to protect the environment led Kelsey to become a NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador. After graduating from NC State, Kelsey plans to travel and and use her bilingual skills to help developing countries/villages progress in a sustainable way.
Jacob Jay first became interested in sustainability when learning about climate change at a young age. “Anyone can make a difference by taking actions to make their own lives more sustainable,” he said. Originally from Asheville, N.C., Jacob is majoring in mechanical engineering and plans to work with alternative energy research or space exploration following graduation from NC State.