Natalie Stevenson transitions from conventional to conscious at eco-summit

January 3, 2013 under CANR News
Stevenson, pictured on the left of the middle row, and the other Green University finalists

Stevenson, pictured on the left of the middle row, and the other Green University finalists

Natalie Stevenson, a senior studying in the College of Arts and Sciences  who is working on her senior thesis with Robin Morgan, professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was one of 14-finalists chosen to take part in the Project Green 3-day Green University Eco Summit sponsored by Teens Turning Green in Marin County, California. The finalists were flown into San Francisco and the aim of the summit, according to the Teens Turning Green website, was to have the finalists learn from eco leaders and work together with mentors to create platforms for social action.

Project Green was a 30-day event where participants were sent daily challenges by e-mail throughout the month of October with different themes, all aimed at transitioning high school and college students from conventional to conscious living to get them committed to sustaining a healthy and just planet. The 30-day event culminated with Green University, where participants shared their experiences about the 30-days.

Stevenson said she heard about Project Green from an e-mail sent out by the University of Delaware Students for the Environment club. “I completed challenges throughout the month of October and because I earned enough points, I was invited to apply for Green University,” said Stevenson.

Stevenson, an environmental science and biological sciences double major, not only had to complete the 30-day challenge but also had to put together an essay and a video submission before being interviewed and finally being selected as a finalist for Green University.

She said that her favorite part about the summit was “meeting so many incredible people. Not just leaders in the environmental community like the CEO of Whole Foods, but the other challenge finalists were inspirational as well.”

Stevenson added that she “loved meeting the Teens Turning Green Team. Judi Shills, executive director and founder of Teens Turning Green, and everyone were amazing and put so much work into getting us together.”

As to why undergraduates should participate in these summits, Stevenson stressed that it connects “like minded people, and helps you forge life-long connections. There was a very inspirational atmosphere that carried through the summit. I learned even more about how to continue my transformation from conventional to conscious.”

Article by Adam Thomas

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