Sustainability

Matthew Goodrich
Class of 2015

Posted January 14, 2013

Major(s)/Minor: History and Environmental Studies

Hometown: Brookfield, Connecticut

Leadership on campus: Bowdoin Climate Action, Eco Rep

Environmental Mission: I aim to turn environmental activism into a viable solution for students who feel like their futures are endangered by fossil fuel companies.  Instead of waiting for the clean energy revolution, I want to go find it.

What piqued your interest in environmental studies and sustainability? Climate change is a fact of life and it should not be.  After years of exposure to such environmental literature as The Omnivore's Dilemma, Silent Spring, The End of Nature, and An Inconvenient Truth, I knew I had to reclaim my future.  Living on a farm at the Chewonki Semester School taught me to live deliberately.  My work with Greenpeace taught me that living deliberately is not enough.

How have you been involved in sustainability efforts on campus? I was an Eco Rep for Moore Hall during my first year, and remain Reed House's liaison to the Sustainability Office.  I also started an initiative to push the College to commit to shutting down the natural gas heating plant in the effort to become totally carbon free and run on 100% clean energy, as well as divesting our endowment from the fossil fuel industry whose actions are so contrary to our goals as a college.

What course or professor helped you to connect with sustainability on campus? Not on campus, but the Greenpeace Semester program in DC took my awareness of environmental issues to a new level and enabled me to become the sustainable activist I am today.

What is your favorite natural hideaway on campus? The bridge behind Farley.  I like bridges.

How do you think you will remain involved in sustainability efforts after graduation? I hope to be on the forefront of environmental activism with Greenpeace and 350.org, fighting for a sustainable future for all of us.

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