Liam Leslie, Class of '15: Hello everyone! I’m a Geology major that believes in the importance of balancing critical thinking with creativity. The EDGE Fund provides an atmosphere for people to engage in this process of seeing an economically and environmentally feasible project come to life. I also work for the Resource Conservation Team, which works on a variety of resource-reduction projects around campus including composting, the Johnson House Garden, and the Big Swap. The great thing about working with two awesome environmental groups is that I get to see everyone else’s cool ideas become realities, and the EDGE fund provides a way for a wide audience to do just that.
Yuran Pan, Class of '15: I am an Environmental Studies major with a focus on sustainable business practices as well as community-based projects. I come from Nanjing, China, and I studied abroad in Denmark for a semester, where I further developed my passion for sustainability. I enjoy painting, dancing, playing the flute and, of course, traveling. At Oberlin, I am a member of Koreo Hip-Hop Dance Troupe. I am interested in working with stakeholders to promote sustainable changes through social capital creation and provisions for better infrastructure. I believe the formulation of environmentally sustainable practices necessitates input from both behavioral and infrastructural approaches, and the Green Edge Fund provides great resources in both ways to assist projects from planning to implementation. I am excited to see sustainable initiatives to tackle current environmental issues arising from our generation, and do not believe that anyone should hesitate to show us their wonderful ideas regarding energy efficiency and sustainability.
Elaine Hinrichs, Class of '16: I am a Environmental Studies major from State College, Pennsylvania. I am especially interested in restructuring human interaction with the world around us through ecological design, and see the Green EDGE Fund as one of the best resources on campus for students looking to create lasting change in their surroundings. At Oberlin, I am on the college’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams, and love running with my teammates around Oberlin and nearby areas. I am also involved with the development and implementation of a local carbon offsetting program for Oberlin College. The Carbon Management Fund is just getting started, but will be closely connected with the Green EDGE Fund. I'm very excited to spread the word about projects the Green EDGE Fund has already made possible and discuss your potential projects with fellow students and community members. I look forward to helping you implement projects that are important to you!
Julia Murphy, Class of '17: I am an Economics Major who is looking to double major with Environmental Studies. I am from Berkeley, California and have always lived in the San Francisco Bay Area until now. I feel that economics and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand. To me the Green EDGE Fund represents this duality, which inspired my desire to be a board member and inspires me as I work with Green EDGE. Although I appreciate people’s efforts to make life-changes to support the environment I feel that our generation must fight for substantial infrastructural and societal change for our society to be environmentally sustainable. I enjoy traveling and music. This semester at Oberlin I am part of a new organization looking to create pluralism in economics, I am also assistant teaching the Alternative Schools of Economic Thought ExCo. Otherwise, I am Jobs Coordinator and Memco for Tank Co-op. I am very excited about working with the EDGE Fund this semester and for the years to come.
Hillary Pan, Class of '18: (Office of Environmental Sustainability Efficiency Liaison) I’m a Chemistry major from the San Francisco Bay Area. Working with the Office of Environmental Sustainability in conjunction with the Green EDGE Fund has been such an exciting experience, and I look forward to working further on projects presented in both. I see the Green EDGE Fund as one of the best tools for the Oberlin community to make sustainability projects become a reality and think that more people should take advantage of it (so please don’t hesitate to talk to us about any projects you have in mind!) I’m especially interested in seeing larger infrastructural projects that will promote efficiency at Oberlin brought to the table. In addition to my liaison position, I also write for The Synapse and am a member of the Biomimicry Club.
Alexander Katz, Class of '16:
Delia Scoville, Class of '16