Aaron Guo (E'17, W'17) finds his knack in bringing business and environmental sustainability together. Setting out to combine these two disciplines, Aaron founded The Environ Group, a student-led environmental consulting firm that provides zero-risk consulting services to businesses in the greater Philadelphia region. Already Environ is making waves, with clients like the Philadelphia Zoo and Jones Lang LaSalle, and new chapters forming at Cornell and Georgia Tech, and internationally in Ghana and Saudi Arabia.
Humans are defined by experiences throughout their lives. These experiences drive action, and Allison (C'16) is working to understand the environmental experiences and connections to place that have encouraged members of the environmental community to become engaged. What can we learn from these experts from many different fields that have an underlying thread of environmentalism and sustainability? Through interviews and multimedia interaction, Allison will draw on the faces of sustainability to ultimately answer the question: what drives us to care, and more importantly, act?
Austin Bream (W'17, C'17) used his time abroad in Berlin to explore what role spaces plays in forming a city's sustainable character. His work catalogues 24 spaces across Berlin, from parks to businesses to buildings, presenting sustainable space through a photo gallery and soundscape collection. Austin is now a member of the PPEH Academic Advisory Board.
Violence vitalizes Carbon. In Mining Mexican ToxicityJose Romero (C'15) weaves together environmental justice and Mexican transnational labor, in order to undermine the boundaries separating persons from the elemental world. Ethnographic fieldwork on farm worker pesticide exposure, Latin cooking and gardening, and activist artwork on immigration provide the material in this engaging film.
Leah Davidson (W'16, C'16) combined her passions in the humanities and sustainability to explore the role of art in environmental activism. A member of PPEH's Academic Advisory Board and co-founder of the program, Leah collaborated with the Undergraduate Humanities Forum, wrote a research paper, and curated art exhibits that showcased student work and communicated issues related to sustainability. Check out her writing here and her digital gallery here!
Stephanie Businelli (C'16) firmly believes sustainability needs to be understood as an international issue, which led her to take advantage of time abroad in Australia to explore the parallels in the sustainability movements in the US and Australia. Her work was realized in a blog worth a read for anyone interested in the international side of sustainability.
Tan Chan (C'15) explored how sustainability is embraced and advanced by Philadephia's different cultural communities, through inside looks at: 1) green stormwater infrastructure and environmental curricula at the Nebinger School; 2) Tertulias Herb Garden, a medicinal community garden rooted in Puerto Rican herbal tradition, located in West Kensington; and 3) Feed the Barrel, a recycling program serving South Philadelphia’s Indonesia community that transforms used cooking oil into compost and biofuel. Tan's various groundbreaking works can be seen here!