As a public health major and sustainability studies and Spanish double minor, it is no surprise that combining my love for health and the environment comes naturally. Growing up in the suburban town of Livingston, NJ, I would ride the school bus to school and watch the other kids get dropped off at the front of the school. Looking back, I can see how riding the school bus was more beneficial to the environment than sitting in long lines to get dropped off by your parents. Sometimes, those lines would take up to 15 minutes of just idling in line.
High School is when my true interest in the environment peaked. It is where I was exposed to problems facing the energy industry, agriculture industry, and other problems that affect society in general. Learning about the Love Canal and its pollution, and the debate between the logging industry and spotted owls saviors are what got me thinking that we need to make a change.
Throughout my years at Muhlenberg College, I realized how interconnected health and the environment really are. Sitting in on classes that accentuated the relationship between our actions, the environment and our health made me passionate to figure out methods on how to improve our land while also thinking about how health is impacted. My research started out as an idea on a mode of transportation we use daily. Thinking of how we can improve vehicles is a way in which we can start to think about our future generations and their health. Finding new modes to power our vehicles is a way to mitigate the use of fossil fuels while being more sustainable.