Annie Lopez, Student Coordinator
A love for nature and the outdoors drives Annie Lopez’s passion for the environment and sustainable living. “Sustainability means living in a way that will have the least possible impact on the environment,” she said. “It is important to me because humans are pushing our environment toward its breaking point, and the only way to turn things around is for everyone to employ sustainable practices.” From Charlottesville, Va., Annie is studying biological and agricultural engineering and is excited to be an NC State Steward. “Each and every one of us is capable of living more sustainably than we do right now, and the amount of extra time and effort necessary to make those changes is small compared to the big positive impact,” she said.
Born in El Salvador, engineering major Mary Keilhauer grew up in Marietta, Ga., where she was involved with environmental initiatives in high school. “I’m excited to be a NC State Steward because I believe that we have the ability to make a real change here,” Mary said. “I am Wolfpack through and through and I want us to be the best we can be. Together with all the amazing people and the resources here at State, I think that we can affect our school and the communities we are involved in.”
After graduating high school, Garnett Bullock spent a year working on organic farms in Oregon and California through Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. “I quickly learned how important sustainability was in every aspect of the lives of the folks that hosted me at each farm,” he said. “I formed a great appreciation for sustainability during this experience.” An environmental engineering major from Gastonia, N.C., Garnett is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador for “the opportunity to help improve our campus’ and our community’s efforts to decrease its environmental footprint however we can,” he said.
On the streets of Beijing, Hillary Dimig’s interest in sustainability grew as she interviewed local residents about the city’s environmental policies. “I think it’s important for us at NC State to be aware of actions being taken around the country and around the globe to improve sustainability. This could lead to exciting new opportunities for our own campus,” she said. A chemical engineering major from Youngsville, N.C., Hillary hopes to be a biotechnology research engineer with a focus on sustainability.
Writing a research paper in high school environmental science class is what created Alli Kenlan’s curiosity about sustainability. “The more I learned, the more I realized how important it is for us to take on sustainable practices,” she said. “To me, sustainability means being cognizant of the impacts our actions have on the environment and improving those impacts by changing the way we act and consume.” An environmental science major from Durham, N.C., Alli is excited to join the NC State Stewards, a group of student sustainability ambassadors. “I want students to know that sustainability is not only important but that it’s everywhere and anyone can do it,” she said.
Allison Bryan has always had an interest in sustainability, but it wasn’t until her first year at NC State that her passion for sustainability began to grow. “As a member of the University Honors Program, I was encouraged to explore opinions that were different from my own. Being around people that supported and challenged my views allowed me to experience both personal and academic growth. I believe that sustainability efforts benefit from the synthesis of ideas in the same manner that I did,” she said. An environmental engineering student from Asheville, N.C., Allison plans use engineering to address environmental and natural resource issues after graduation.
Ryan Kilgore believes that ensuring a healthy planet is today’s most important and pressing issue, and that’s why he’s an NC State Steward . “I am extremely excited to begin interacting with NC State’s student body to bring this vague, general, multi-faceted concept of sustainability to them in a very precise, understandable and actionable way,” he said. An engineering student from Cary, N.C., Ryan has interests in renewable energy and other sustainable technology advances. After graduation, Ryan plans to attend graduate school and work in research and development.
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.”
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.
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.
Zoe Eischen remembers enjoying the outdoors while growing up in Durham, NC. Zoe plans to teach environmental science after she graduates in 2018 with a degree in earth science education. “Though you may think that one person cannot have a significant impact on sustainability, it’s the combination of small efforts that make the biggest impact, and your single contribution to sustainability will have far-reaching impacts on not only our campus, but the world.”
Carly Doolittle, a native of Chantilly, Va., is majoring in natural resources policy and administration. After a childhood spent in and around the ocean, Carly remembers being troubled by water pollution at a very young age. Now a certified scuba diver, Carly is passionate about preserving our country’s natural waterways for the next generation. “I am so excited to work with a group of people who are as passionate about the environment as I am and who want to bring change to a university that I love,” she said. After graduation, Carly hopes to work for an environmental non-profit organization.
Allie Dinwiddie, a native of Waynesville, N.C., has always nurtured an appreciation and love for the outdoors. “My early exposure and interest in nature made me passionate about living responsibly and encouraging others to do so.” An environmental engineering major, Allie is excited to educate students about environmental issues and preventive actions. After graduation she hopes to work with domestic and international coastal communities to restore shoreline environments and remediate wetlands and marshes.
Lydia Haile, a native of Asheville, NC., can’t remember a time when she wasn’t interested in sustainability. “I grew up in a very environmentally conscious town, and I was always taught the importance of reducing waste and our impact on the planet.” A sustainable materials and technology major, Lydia is passionate about promoting sustainability campus-wide as an NC State Steward: “NC State is already such an innovative and creative school – why not use those ways of thinking and make a positive impact on the world?” After graduating in 2018, Lydia plans on pursuing a career in sustainable building.
Cristina Guillen, a chemical engineering major from Clarksburg, Md., developed her initial interest in the environment thanks to frequent family trips. “I became interested in sustainability when my family started going to more national parks and I realized that if we don’t take care of our planet these beautiful landmarks can disappear,” she said. “If we can all work together in being a little more sustainable every day, we can make a big difference as a whole.” Cristina plans on attending graduate school following graduation.
Inspired by past teachers, Nick Loschin made the decision to further educate himself in the practice of sustainability. As an NC State Steward, Nick is looking forward to becoming a leader on campus and making a positive change for the environment. “Everyday I walk on campus I see leaders of our generation and people who truly care about important issues especially climate change. I challenge every member of the NC State community to spread their skills and passion about sustainability on a global scale,” he said. Originally from Stokesdale, N.C., Nick is pursuing a degree in Environmental Science.
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Alexia Scott, a chemical engineering student from Raleigh, N.C., became interested in sustainability when she realized how impactful humans are to the environment. “Sustainability means keeping a balance between what we has humans need and want and what nature needs. It’s important that we keep this balance because our world is something that everyone should hold precious, it’s the home of every living thing we know about. Sustainability is an important part of protecting it,” she said. Upon graduation from NC State, Alexia plans to be a chemical engineer specializing in green energy.
Christian Rust, a native of New Bern, N.C., takes the scientific approach to sustainability. “In my science classes, I learned about many different kinds of cycles: the water cycle, the rock cycle, the carbon cycle, the Krebs cycle. Everything in nature is cyclic; it is the only way life has continued for four billion years. If we, as humans, want to continue to live, what we consume eventually has to come around again in a cycle. Everything we do has to be sustainable.” Christian is currently pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering and Textile Engineering. Upon graduation from NC State, his goal is to work to create more efficient technologies and manufacturing processes in industry.
Austin Soell credits his passion for sustainability to both the Boy Scouts, as well as a gardening and compost program he joined in middle school. “A great deal of attention was paid to programs such as Leave No Trace and how to help protect the environment so we could go on enjoying it for generations. This created a deep desire to protect the environment while still utilizing it to its maximum potential.” An Industrial and Systems Engineering major originally from Matthews, N.C., Austin hopes to pursue a career in Industrial Engineering, possibly in the food production industry.
Since Stacy Partin bought the book 50 Ways You Can Save The Planet! at the 4th grade book fair, her worldview has never been the same. “I’m excited to be an NC State Steward because I’ll be working with a group of people with similar passions to bring positive change. Just because a challenge seems large doesn’t mean it’s too big to solve!” From New Bern, N.C., Stacy is pursuing a degree in Environmental Science.
As a former girl scout, Leah Block enjoyed camping, gardening and volunteering with her troop. “These experiences nourished my love for nature, and inspired me to protect and conserve local resources,” she said. Originally from Chapel Hill, N.C., Leah is happy to share her love of the environment with her fellow students at NC State. “I am excited to engage my peers through various events, workshops and outreach opportunities. The impact the Stewards have on the community will bring me great fulfillment and pride.” An Exploratory Studies major aiming to study business, Leah plans to attend graduate school following graduation.
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An Environmental Engineering from Concord, NC, Komal Charania worked as an intern at a civil engineering firm researching energy creation from biological oxygen demand in brewery wastewater. “This really opened up my eyes in terms of the variety of ways that we can use all components of daily processes, including waste, to be more efficient. To me, sustainability involves conserving resources and preserving the environment to ensure that future generations have all the resources that I do,” Komal said. “There are so many ways to bring sustainability into your lifestyle; you just have to know where to start.”
Environmental Science major Megan Hester became interested in sustainability as a result of her major. “I am most excited about the opportunity to work with other students who care as much as I do about sustainability to make positive changes around NC State’s campus. There are so many people connected with NC State and on campus, if we all come together just a small change can have a massive impact.
A Sustainable Materials and Technology major from Cary, NC, Chantel Williams has always wanted a career that relates to nature. “To me, sustainability means utilizing our resources smartly and working toward closing the loop. In other words, getting to the point where waste is seen as the raw materials to create new products, reducing the need to mine for raw materials,” she said. “Sustainability is a community effort and every contribution counts no matter how small.”
A Textile Engineering major from Pittsburgh, Penn., Olivia Vanistendael was an active Girl Scout for 14 years — participating often in outdoor activities. That appreciation for nature coupled with textile classes that taught about the impact of the textile industry inspired her to become an NC State Steward. “As an NC State Steward, my goal is to make leading a sustainable life accessible to and fun for students. Fostering a culture on campus that promotes and supports environmental consciousness will cause a ripple effect, spreading good habits on and off campus as our students graduate,” she said.
Durham native and Environmental Engineering major Cassie Austin lived in NC State’s EcoVillage, where she learned more about sustainability. “I would think of things around campus that could change in order to help change people’s habits to be more sustainable, and I want to be the one to make that change,” she said. “Sustainability means living a life that uses resources in an economically and socially acceptable way that allows future generations to live and thrive.”
While at high school in Greensboro, NC, Maxwell Littlefield heard an engineer talk about wind turbines. That inspired him to major in mechanical engineering and pursue a career in energy production. “Sustainability means every individual putting in effort to reduce their impact on the environment. Our environmental impact is one of the most important topics that our generation will face and dealing with it begins with education,” he said.
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While living in Puerto Rico for two months, Durham native Kyra Levau began to value sustainability. “Sustainability is important to me because I believe we need to take better care of the world we live in, so it can continue to take care of us and future generations.I want to encourage all students to try and live more sustainably and to keep in mind that sustainability is appreciating what we have, making thoughtful consumer choices and creating innovative solutions to current global challenges,” she said.
A Raleigh native, Lauren Frey is double majoring in Environmental Sciences and Women’s and Gender Studies. While she learned about recycling and climate change in grade school, “it wasn’t until college that I really understood sustainability as something that relates to all aspects of life, including social and economic issues. It’s not just about moving away from fossil fuels and investing in renewable energy. That’s important, but it’s bigger than that. It’s about eliminating oppression and poverty, improving access to and the quality of education and healthcare, and working on other intersecting issues that we may not think about when we first hear ‘sustainability,’” she said. Her career plans include pursuing a graduate degree in sociology and becoming a professor.
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