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ESPC Committee

Spring 2019

Trevor Leach, Chair

Trevor is a Junior in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in both Chemistry and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. He has always enjoyed spending time at the beach, hiking mountains, and spending time with his dogs, the beginnings of his journey involving the environment and nature. His first experience with the Office of Sustainability was as a case manager on the ECOllective Student Project Committee (ESPC) as a first-semester sophomore, the beginning of his influence in the College and helping him get his foot in the door at the Office. Trevor then served as the Bike Share Intern at the Office of Sustainability for his second semester sophomore year, immersing himself in the Office. His interest in working with sustainability stems in part from his experience with The Green Heart Project, a program dedicated to teaching elementary students about health and green living through organic food taste-tests and gardening, and now serves as the Green Heart Liaison for the Honors College. He sees the numerous possibilities the College has to make a greener campus and wants to help utilize this untapped potential. He hopes to see the beginnings of a positive change at the College. He currently resides as the chair for ESPC in the Office and as the Sustainability Liaison for the Student Government Association (SGA).

Alyssa Austin

Alyssa is a senior at the College currently earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability studies. A Georgia native, she has been an advocate for grassroots environmentalism since high school. Her exploration of nature and the ocean in developing countries has inspired her passion to raise awareness about the global need for sustainable environmental stewardship by implementing social change and action through hands-on participation. Her time in Charleston has exposed her to a wide range of sustainable practices she has personally implemented into her daily life and this internship at the office will continue to motivate her. She hopes to use the social media platforms at the office to encourage student engagement and to spread the missions we embody at the Office of Sustainability. Alyssa loves traveling of any sort and letting off steam on her yoga mat. Her hobbies include regular meditation practice, scuba diving, and being outside as well as collecting plants and artwork.

Adelaide Bates

Adelaide is a sophomore Urban Studies major concentrating in sustainable urbanism. Growing up in McClellanville, SC a small fishing village outside of Charleston, a sustainable lifestyle has always been innate for her. During high school, Adelaide founded and directed the McClellanville Land & Sea Market, a farmers market catering to the Bulls Bay Area. Now at the College of Charleston, she works with the Office of Sustainability and Aramark Dining Services to host the first farmers market on campus. Her deep roots in the Lowcountry are the driving force for her work in the local community, and as Charleston becomes a metropolitan area she hopes to preserve its authenticity and conserve the people and place we love the most.

Katie Crane

Katie Crane is a junior at the College of Charleston pursuing a B.A. in History and Anthropology. She is originally from upstate South Carolina and has spent her childhood swimming in mountain lakes and rivers as well as hiking throughout the Blue Ridge. As a lifetime Girl Scout, Katie completed her Gold Award in 2014 by renovating the Foothills Trail and utilizing a natural spring to provide fresh water for hikers. She has volunteered with organizations such as Fields to Families, the Coastal Conservation League, and the MUSC Urban Farm. Katie currently works at the Waring Historical Library and Archives at MUSC and hopes to join the Peace Corps after graduating in Fall 2019. Her areas of academic interest include the cultural and historical roots of sustainability as well as the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality with environmental justice.

Samantha Czwalina

Samantha is a Sophomore in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. She is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in both Biology and Anthropology. She is excited to be part of the ESPC committee and wants to use her experience on it to enact positive change throughout the community. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and watching Netflix.

Darien Parker

Darien is a junior double majoring in Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in Latin America and the Caribbean. After living in the Charleston area for many years, she has developed a strong passion for environmentalism with a particular interest in food deserts and sustainable urban development. She hopes that serving on ESPC will help the College gain a greater sense of community consciousness and encourage students to incorporate personal sustainability in their everyday lives.

Natalie Reider

Natalie Reider is a freshman at CofC studying Finance and Environmental Sustainability. Natalie is originally from Ellicott City, MD (about 20 mins from Baltimore) and has seen first-hand what sustainable issues look like in her city. Baltimore’s inner harbor is very polluted, so she is interning with the Office of Sustainability to learn more about taking initiative and what she can do to help her city. She will be rotating in between Zero Waste, Food Security, and one other project with social justice. She is also in the surf club and loves to spend her free time at the beach.

Past ESPC Chairs

Brynn Smith, Chair (2017)

Brynn is a Junior pursuing a B.S. in Middle Grades Education with teaching concentrations in English Language Arts and Social Studies and a Minor in Communication. She hopes to begin her career by teaching middle school and plans to implement sustainable practices and education in her future classroom. She hopes to obtain her Masters in International Education and help to bring the opportunity of study abroad to students who face financial barriers. This is her second semester interning with the Office of Sustainability and serving as the chair of the ECOllective Student Project Committee. She is also an active delegate for South Carolina Student Legislature, where she has advocated for and drafted legislation that would benefit the environment such as implementing a tax on plastic bags and proposing a statewide styrofoam tax. She is currently the Chair of CofC's delegation. In her increasingly sparse free time, she enjoys traveling, camping, watching Netflix documentaries, upcycling and D.I.Y. project, and reading science fiction novels.

Ellie Thomson, Chair (2016)

Ellie Thomson is a sophomore in the Honors College from Birmingham, Alabama planning to major in political science with a concentration in politics, philosophy, and law. Spending almost every high school summer Saturday at her local farmers market sparked her interest in farming and sustainable gardening practices. As a Garden Apprentice with the Office of Sustainability her freshman year, she learned innovative ways to grow small gardens both on campus and at Dixie Plantation. She is familiar with the grant team process and looks forward to working with applicants who believe in pursuing sustainability on campus.

Jenny Brennan, Chair (2015)

Jenny Brennan is Lowcountry local and a Senior in the Honors College at the College of Charleston. She is majoring in Geology with a concentration in Environmental Geology and also has a minor in Communications. She sees sustainability as a way to ensure the future of humanity as well as the environment and hopes to help save the world however she can. Being from a coastal city, Jenny has a particular interest in water and waste issues. Jenny is a member of Student Alumni Associates and Green CofC, and also enjoys volunteer work. She holds an internship within the Environmental department of Nucor Steel, Berkeley and is currently conducting research on water pollution in the hydrogeochemistry lab on campus. After graduation, she is looking to pursue a graduate degree in Environmental Engineering or Hydrology.

Erika Hoffman, Chair (2014)

Erika Hoffman graduated from the College of Charleston in Spring 2014 with a B.S. in anthropology and history and a minor in environmental studies. Over the last few years, Erika has become increasingly interested in sustainable practices and the interaction between human development and the natural world. She has spent time volunteering at The Student Garden at Dixie Plantation here in Charleston and worked with PennEnvironment during the summer of 2013 in her home town of Philadelphia as the coordinator of the campaign against hydraulic fracturing in the state of PA. She is interested in sustainable and international development, urban planning, implementing sustainable practices within the built environment, traveling and studying history. In August 2014 traveled to Sweden to begin a two-year master’s program in sustainable development at Uppsala University.

Lydia Nickolas, Chair (2013)

Originally from Austin, TX, Lydia graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Geology in May of 2013. Sustainability has long been a passion of hers, particularly as it pertains to food and water policy in both developed and developing nations. Her experience traveling through India and witnessing the number of issues surrounding water quality and resource management is a driving force in her desire to amend many of the issues we face here and abroad. Lydia held a number of positions at the College of Charleston including President and Vice President of the Geology Club, executive board member of Green CofC, Chair of the ECOllective Student Project Committee, and hydrogeochemistry lab technician.