Meet the first cohort of RSC Student Stewards
Jonathan Madrid, Northern New Mexico College Junior, BS in Biology - "I enjoy viewing the world through a scientific lens. I am especially fascinated by animals and their behavior. My ultimate goal is to have my own television show on the wonders of the animal kingdom in the near future. Through my studies, I find myself beleiving more and more that all living organisms are connected, and that human beings are not all that different from other organisms. I want to share these beautiful mysteries with the world, and in doing so, be an educator to the world."
Kelsey Ripperger, Kansas Weslyan University, Senior, Major: History, Minor: Ecospheric Studies and Community Resilience - "I am a student at Kansas Wesleyan from Hastings Nebraska. I am really involved on our campus as the president of our eco-club, a member of two honors societies, an RA, a representative in our student government association, and a member on the women's volleyball team. I really enjoy reading, writing, exploring the outdoors, drinking coffee, and listening to music on my record player. My absolute dream job would be working for or with an environmental non-profit, however, I have also considered attending grad school or law school. I am so excited to work with and participate in this group!"
LaKecia Farmer, Evergreen State College - Tacoma, Senior, Political Economy - "LaKecia Farmer is active in black-led and multiracial organizing around abolition, environmental justice, and racial justice. LaKecia currently works at the City of Seattle as a legislative aide working on intersecting policies regarding transportation, the criminal legal system, and equitable development. As a national champion in rugby, she brings the skills of working together in unison to achieve collective goals."
Shaun Mcgrath, Western Colorado University, 3+2 Masters of Environmental Management - "I love to spend my free time hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and snowboarding. My goal is to share my love with the environment to cultivate people who care for nature and treat it as the gift it truly is. I currently am researching the effects of compost amendment on a rangeland's ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere in hopes to create more sustainable and resilient communities."
Jordan Spordone, Paul Smith's College, Senior, Major: Natural Resource Management & Conservation, Minor: Sustainability - "I am a self-motivated individual who loves to meet new people and explore new ideas. My primary interests originates from my carpentry background, interest in the outdoors, and admiration for methods of alternative living. You can find me climbing mountains, exploring distant countries, or jamming out on a public piano. I believe in being 100% authentic and living in the moment. I hope to someday make a positive impact with green construction innovations or inventions."
Omar Melendez, Universidad del Medio Ambiente (UMA), Senior, Maestría en Negocios Socioambientales (Green MBA) - "I am a Biologist and my work is my passion, I am founder of RENUEVA, a sustainable construction company specialized in wastewater treatment plants, rainwater harvesting and water purification systems. I am also working with different types of agriculture systems such as high-density crops, sustainable fruit orchards, industrial agroparks and indoor aquaponic farming. I would like to make the world a better place."
Fabian Bona, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Sophomore, International Forest Ecosystem Management - "It all started looking up into the 70 meters redwood tree crowns above. Since then my field of interest is within the conservation and dynamics of a natural environment and our place within it. I love digging, having humus under my fingernails, improving soil, writing short nature poems and connecting with people. Humans first, trees second, animals third - not always in that order."
Emma Stone, Black Hills State University, Senior, Outdoor Education: Social Resiliency - "At BHSU, I run our student organization for environmental sustainability, as well as work as a student intern for education and outreach for the BHSU Sustainability Department in which I work to educate other BHSU students and community members on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. In addition, I just received a grant from the university to implement a project to make a difference in the community. Over the course of the next year, I will be working to create a series of educational podcasts for students K-12 on environmental issues of the Black Hills. My experiences as an intern for sustainability and as a RSC student steward will help me to become an environmental educator after graduating from BHSU."
Abby Ramirez, Roosevelt University, Political Science and Sustainability - "My primary passion in life is to help others and be a part of building a better future for ourselves and future generations. An important part of being able to achieve this passion is cultivating individual and collective resiliency. My majors of study are educational tools that have exposed me to law, politics, and the science of protecting the environment. Together I blend them to form a well rounded approach. On campus I participate in RU Green, an organization dedicated to bringing sustainability awareness to the local area. I assist with the rooftop garden and work as a Sustainability Associate, conducting research on our campus’ waste stream."