Next in our “Meet the Interns” series: Kerrin Kinnear!
Kerrin is in her second year at UConn and found the OEP through a friend in EcoHusky! Her experiences with EcoHusky and environmental alternative spring break during her first year encouraged her to declare an Environmental Studies major.
“This past year, I was involved in multiple environmental activities. In the fall, I became an active member of EcoHusky, where I learned about environmental initiatives on campus, volunteered for food waste studies, and pursued a leadership role in public outreach. My involvement in the club inspired me to take the Environmental Conservation class on campus, where I learned about the evolution of environmental policy over the last couple hundreds of years and the importance of protecting the environment. In addition, my experience with EcoHusky led me to an internship with Rising Green, an environmental start-up company that works to connect passionate students with green employers in the United States.
“While these were all amazing experiences, the highlight of my freshman year had to be my alternative spring break. In March, I hopped on a bus with 52 other UConn students and headed down to Biloxi, Mississippi to help with environmental tasks in the area. We restored hurricane-damaged marshlands by transplanting 300 Cypress trees, as well as the endangered Sandhill Crane’s habitat by removing invasive vine and tree species. Seeing such beauty in the wildlife throughout the parks and forests we visited really motivated me to pursue a career in environmental policy and sustainability.
“Next year at the OEP I will be involved in Composting and Food Waste, Sneaker Recycling, Earth Day Spring Fling, and EcoMadness.
“I am excited to work with and get to know each of you here at the Office of Environmental Policy. I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in the field of environmental policy, and hope to apply what I learn here to my future career path. I look forward to becoming more environmentally involved on UConn’s campus!”
We’re excited to have Kerrin as part of our team! Look for her face at events this year!