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The Harvard Law School Green Living Program is heading into its seventh year (2011-2012) as a peer-to-peer initiative which promotes sustainable living in the Harvard Law School residence halls and elsewhere on campus. Five Green Living Representatives ("Reps") connect with fellow students about energy and water conservation, recycling, and waste reduction through activities and information sharing, and also take on independent projects designed to help students reduce their environmental impacts. The program is supported by HLS Facilities Management and is coordinated through the Office for Sustainability.
Visit http://green.harvard.edu/hls/green-living for more information about becoming involved with the program. If you have any questions, please contact the HLS Sustainability Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Green Living Energy page for more specific information about reducing the energy intensity of residential life.
Rep for: Holmes and Ames
Amrit Dhir is a 2L from Los Angeles who, when not thinking about the Green Living Program, is usually thinking about missing sunny, smiling California. He received his BA from Emory University in 2006 and, just in case anyone has any doubts, he proves it on an almost daily basis by parading his enviable collection of Emory t-shirts which he insists he wears for reasons other than the fact that they still fit, were free, and haven't yet fallen apart... entirely. Amrit received his MA from Maastricht University [Netherlands] in 2008 and spent the next two years living, volunteering, and working in India, a cumulation of experiences that has inspired and transformed his approach to and understanding of living simply and greenly. As a Green Living Rep, he looks forward most to sharing those simple tips and practices that everyone can employ to contribute to a more sustainable and responsible living community.
Dave Joch is originally from the unparalleled, beautiful state of New York. He spent about half his pre-college life in the suburbs and half on a small farm west of Albany, riding horses and chasing llamas. After finishing undergrad at CUNY Brooklyn College, he wandered around for a while, eventually settling for two years in a small village in Eastern Africa while serving as an Environment and Agribusiness volunteer in Peace Corps Malawi. After finishing HLS he plans to return to New York City, where he hopes he can combine his respect for the environment with his love of modern living to create a more sustainable city. He is extremely excited to involve 1Ls in the Section Cup competition and looks forward to taking some of the sustainable-living skills he learned in Malawi and making them work on Harvard's campus.
Rep for: Hastings
Mark Johnson is originally from Norfolk, VA and attended Columbia University where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. After graduating, Mark flew off to the Pacific to join the Hawaii Corps of Teach For America. While there he attending the University of Hawaii, earning his M.Ed. in Teaching. He first became interested in environmental issues while teaching in Hawaii - serving underprivileged communities, he saw how those in poverty often are the ones to first feel the negative effects of poorly managed environmental affairs. Working with Green Living, he hopes to educate and excite his peers about the very real and visible environmental problems we face globally. He is excited about the opportunity to empower his peers to live with sustainability in mind - helping them realize the contributions they can make to better the world in their daily lives.
Alexa Shasteen is a 1L from Lincoln, Nebraska who graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009. Sorry folks, but she doesn’t know anything about Husker football and has never met Warren Buffet! Alexa worked as a Legislative Aide in the Nebraska state legislature and on several political campaigns before coming to Harvard. Alexa has a longstanding personal commitment to environmental issues, and is thrilled to be learning more about environmental law and advocacy at HLS. For Alexa, sustainability means having less and doing more—using our free time and money to enjoy life’s experiences, not just amass possessions. As a Green Living Rep, she hopes to join in a dialogue with others about how sustainability can be cheaper, easier, and more fun than polluting alternatives. Her favorite thing about everyday green living is trips to the farmers market to check out the local, organic produce!
Rep for: North Hall and HLS Apartments (1637 Mass Ave, Baker, Carriage)
Laura Wolf is a 2L hailing originally from North Jersey¬—yes, they distinguish between North, Central, and South—who spent two years living among the hills of San Francisco before coming back to school last year. In her time between undergrad and law school she read lots of short stories, learned about good beer, and went to far too many concerts to recollect. (She’s now wondering, why would she ever give that up?!) She first became interested in environmental issues when she lived in San Francisco. She had no idea there was a whole other world out there, where an entire city would ban the use of plastic bags (though just go to Chinatown for some exceptions to that), where you can buy a friend a Baggu (reusable bag) for her birthday and elicit genuine excitement, and where composting is taken as seriously as finding good beer to drink. To Laura, sustainability means taking sincere steps towards reducing your waste and consumption, each and every day. So when you go for a walk, you take your water bottle instead of going out and buying some plastic, when you decide to go to the supermarket, you walk or take public transportation instead of driving, and so on. It's the small steps, but if we take them every single day, we can really make an impact.
Rep for:Dane, Shaw and Ames 1
Katy Yang is a 3L from Houston who luckily stumbled upon the best of just about everything Texas has to offer* when she went to college in Austin at the University of Texas…which is actually kind of ironic because she spent a lot of time figuring out how to travel abroad as much as possible (3 continents in 3 years isn’t bad, right?) and then left the state immediately to go to law school. As a Dorm Green Living Rep, she is excited about working with her fellow residents to live more sustainably while having fun, saving money and making the Gropius experience even better: look out for new green initiatives (and baked goods) coming to a dorm near you!
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