Monthly Archives: July 2009

Catching up

So the last few months have been a total whirlwind. I barely remember seventh and eighth blocks. I ended up getting the flu which had me out of commission for the last several weeks of school. Block Plan plus sickness do not mix well. But I somehow managed to rally and pull through it (and clearly that did not include any blog postings).

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Arriving at Reagan National Airport. Don't worry; we bought carbon offsets for our flight to and from D.C.

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Discussing agricultural offsets with Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack

Eighth block I took a class called Global Environmental Economics. For the first two weeks, we learned about climate change economic models and municipal and state responses to climate change. Then, we spent our last week in Washington, D.C. studying the political process of pushing climate change legislation through Congress (i.e. the Waxman-Markey Bill). During the first week of class, our professor made a promise to us. He said that by the end of the three and a half weeks, we would know more about climate change than any undergraduate class in the nation. Initially, I thought he was exaggerating, but upon completion of the class, I really do believe that I now know more than any other undergraduate student at any other school.

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Our first day of classes in D.C. beginning at the World Wildlife Fund

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On the mall in front of the White House

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Enjoying a night off at the State Capital in Annapolis with my classmate, Alli

It was amazing how many connections CC has to the climate change world. We were able to meet with several alums at the World Wildlife Fund, who were instrumental in coordinating the case study. We spoke with several other prominent NGOs, such as the Environmental Defense Fund, the Pew Center, and United States Climate Action Partnership. We also met with top politicians like Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CC alumna) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (CC parent), who were able to squeeze us in between meetings with the President and security briefings on Afghanistan.

It was a truly amazing class. I had no idea what I was signing up for during preregistration, but it is classes like these that truly define the CC experience. Uninterested in climate change issues, I registered for the class to fulfill a major requirement. Upon completion, I found that the experience instilled in me a passion for the environment I never knew that I had and aided me with myriad connections in the climate change field.

Since then, I have been keeping pretty busy with my internship at the El Pomar Foundation…which I will save for another posting.