A senior in the Environmental Science program, Hannah has been a Green Office Sustainability Fellow for four semesters, helping to oversee the Green Office Program, a student-led initiative designed to help UMass offices on campus become more sustainable. Participating department’s work closely with Green Office fellows like Hannah in an effort to achieve increasingly beneficial levels of sustainable behavior change related to four areas—energy, waste & recycling, kitchens, and purchasing. Hannah and other student fellows on her team work individually with each office to devise a plan customized to each department's needs. “Being involved with the program for two years has given me great perspective,” she says, “I have seen it grow into its own, and I’m excited to see where it goes from here.” Hannah has enjoyed working with offices across campus, as well as working behind-the-scenes to help other student leaders on campus maintain the Green Office program. She says participating UMass staff are taking enormous strides by making fundamental changes in their office departments – changes that help them substantially cut down on consumption and reduce waste.
Hannah’s interest in sustainability issues stems from her love of the natural world. From a young age, Hannah was taught to value and respect the environment, and today her interests include hiking, canoeing, and plant identification. In recent years, she has worked on local conservation projects, as a research assistant, and as a nature camp counselor at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. After graduating, Hannah hopes to share her passion for the outdoors as an environmental educator. For now though, she will continue to work at the Student Union Craft Center and will focus on completing her sustainability-related iCons (Integrated Concentration in Science) senior thesis. To learn more about the Sustainability Fellows program Hannah is part of visit http://www.umass.edu/sustainability/get-involved/sustainability-fellows