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Spotlight on Sustainability: Jasper Martin

UToday HomeApril 3, 2013

By Jennifer Allford

Jasper Martin (second from right) and fellow Sustainability Street Team membersJasper Martin (second from right) and fellow Sustainability Street Team members. Photo by Amy GlassmanJasper Martin, a third-year natural sciences student, wants to help more people become aware about sustainability and he’s starting by volunteering his time on campus.

As a member of the Sustainability Street Team, a student volunteer program administered by the Office of Sustainability, Martin is working to promote sustainable initiatives on campus.

“We hold events and provide incentives for people to reduce their carbon footprint, use less energy and water, reduce waste and improve their health and wellness,” he says. “We provide people with information on how to be more sustainable.”

Martin has helped promote the Clean Bin Challenge and the One Hour No Power Campus Challenge as part of Earth Hour and participated in Buy Nothing Day.

He’s also involved with the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy Students' Association (ISEEESA), where he takes part in the E3DP mentorship program.

“I meet with a mentor in the sustainable development industry twice a month to discuss my career goals and I attend three full-day seminars that focus on the ground breaking innovations that are likely to shape the future of sustainable development worldwide.”

Martin says his parents always encouraged him to take responsibility for the planet’s natural resources and now he’s becoming even more committed to tackling sustainability challenges. 

“I am learning that I want to work in this area. There are a lot of issues that we really have to deal with that a lot of people are oblivious about,” he says. “I want to be in a position where I can help get people on board — you have to get everybody involved.”

Martin hopes to pursue graduate studies in sustainable development and then take his expertise to projects around the world — he’s already applied for funding to install solar panels at an orphanage in a village in Nicaragua.

“I have seen a lot in my degree,” he says. “I am doing a concentration in energy sciences and I really believe that’s where a lot of our problems are coming from and we need to go into the heart of that problem.”

He’s looking forward to seeing the many “game changers” that are bound to boost sustainable development, especially when it comes to the energy industry.

“These game changers come about due to changes in technology, governmental policy or even social perception,” he says. “I am really curious to see what the future holds and I hope to build a career that helps develop cleaner energy production.”

Spotlight on Sustainability is an ongoing series profiling the work of students, faculty and staff. To submit story ideas please contact the Office of Sustainability.

 

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