NJHEPS Launching its First Student Leadership Group
NJHEPS is pleased to announce its’ recently created Student Leadership Organization. This new initiative is an opportunity for interested students from our member institutions to apply their talents and ideas to incorporate sustainability to a wide range of academic and career disciplines. The organization will initially focus on building student programs that provide awareness, offer internships placements and student workshops, and opportunities for students to share their campus research and initiatives in sustainability.
Daniela Shebitz, NJHEPS Vice President of Student Relations and Program Director, Associate Professor of Environmental Biology, Kean University, has taken the lead in bringing our student leaders and participants together at the annual meeting to first launch this initiative. “The entire executive board of NJHEPS was inspired by the shared passion and enthusiasm for environmental sustainability that brought students from throughout New Jersey together at our annual meeting. What has emerged from that initial meeting is the start of a long-term exchange of knowledge, ideas, and opportunities that will inevitably have a great influence on the students, our colleges and universities, and on the state as a whole”.
Stephano Castro, B.S. Sustainability Science, Founder and President, Montclair State University Environmental Club is one of our first student leaders. “At least five colleges and universities with an environmental group of students will host regional events and projects that touch upon a broad range of sustainability topics such as GMO’s, fracking, water privatization, alternative energy, green economies, permaculture, environmental education, sustainable architecture and neighborhood planning to name a few. Students from Kean, Montclair, Princeton, Ramapo, and Union, Essex, and Morris County Colleges have all expressed interest in such an interdisciplinary team, now it’s just up to us to get together and strategize on how to help New Jersey become more sustainable!”
Stephano, along with the new student team are looking for volunteers to make this student-driven organization a strong and sustainable force. Stephano sums it up with his wise words “In a world where if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem, it is more important than ever for all students to become sustainably literate and proactively work towards environmental and sociological solutions- the future of our grandchildren is depending on it."
If you are interested in becoming a member of the NJHEPS student group or would like to support the group in any way, please send an email to Kristie Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch asap!