The NYC Student Sustainability Conference seeks to bring together students from other CUNY campuses and NYC-based colleges to share sustainability initiatives that have been implemented on their home campuses, and brainstorm ways to introduce these initiatives on other campuses.
Year of Study: Junior
Major/s: Environmental Studies (Policy and Management), GIS Certificate, Geography minor
Interests: food waste practices, alternative energy, ocean conservation practices & ocean cleaup efforts
Wyatt is a 3rd year Environmental Studies major focusing on Policy and Management, working toward a Geography minor and a GIS Certificate. He has worked on a 4-semester-long internship project with Energy Vision and the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities to research the possibility of installing a micro-anaerobic digester–which converts organic food waste into energy–at Hunter. He is currently working on a research paper proposal exploring different device models to be presented to and discussed with faculty and staff. He hopes the NYC SSC will bring to light ways in which other NYC campuses have implemented organic waste procedures, and give insight to how Hunter College can do the same. In the future, Wyatt hopes to work to map new cities which are adapting to the effects of climate change, i.e. flooding and natural disasters.
Year of Study: Senior
Major/s: Geography – Sustainability Studies; History minor
Interests: sustainability education, awareness, waste reduction, energy and water efficiency, lifestyle change
Mike is a senior studying Sustainability Studies and History. He is the President of Hunter Sustainability Project, and has led/collaborated on several TGIF grant projects in the past. He has served as a project leader for Hunter Sustainability Project’s annual Hunter Goes Green Week event, and was key organizer in the planning of the Hunter Green Space Project. Last year, he wrote a TGIF grant to install 12 new hand dryers in the bathrooms to encourage students to reduce their usage of paper towels, which require more water and energy to produce than electronic hand dryers. Mike also has experience interning at the Lower East Side Ecology Center Electronic Waste Warehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn.