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Meet our new GCAP Interns for 2014

By Sustainability Interns | December 9, 2014

Eileen Lek – Recycling Intern

I am a second year Environmental Science Major and an avid enthusiast of everything related to the environment. Currently, I am interested in the environmental health aspect of public health but I am also open to other possible career options. In addition to this internship, I am also the Treasurer for QAAPI and most likely, you can find me performing at the events hosted by the Asian Pacific Student Programs (APSP). As the GCAP Recycling Intern working under the Office of Sustainability, I have had the opportunity of collaborating with multiple campus departments to develop sustainability programs and more recently, to coordinate volunteers for our tree plantings. I have also been able to work alongside the other interns in planning for major campus-wide events, such as RecycleMania and Earth Week. Through these activities, my hope is to engage and empower students in creating the change that they want to see on this campus.


Memphis Huff – Events Leader

I am a senior Mechanical Engineering student with a minor in Computer Science. I am involved in Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, NSBE, and Katipunan. My goals aside from graduating are to become more involved within each of my respective organizations and help them become more recognized on campus. My first year working with the Office of Sustainability involved a lot of hands-on projects such as waste/water audits. This year I have the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and work within a team with varying skill sets.


Priya Gandhi – Waste Leader

I am a third year Political Science Major. I have been involved with Mock Trial on campus, as well as Lobby Corp and the Judicial Branch for ASUCR. I hope to become an environmental lawyer with a focus on public health issues. Last Quarter I was a GCAP Recycling Intern, now I am a Waste Leader. I am thrilled to be back and working for the Office of Sustainability. The difference Sustainability can make on student behavior changes is impressive. The projects I work on include collecting data from waste audits to greening events; my work is fun but also very helpful in making our campus more sustainable. My goal is to continue with different waste initiatives to make UCR a greener campus this year.


Alannah Ivy LeBlanc – R’Garden Intern

I am a third-year student studying Foreign Languages and Literature; my concentrations are in French, German, and Arabic. I have a deep passion for the welfare of people and Mama Earth. I love working as an intern in the R’Garden. Nothing has brought me more fulfillment than digging my fingers in the dirt behind Lot 30 and taking care of new life. I am particularly interested in developing social enterprises geared to suit a coalition of humanitarianism and environmentalism.


Tracey Walters – R’Garden Team Leader

I am a senior Psychology Major. I am truly grateful for all the experiences and skills working for the Office of Sustainability have gifted me. My various roles include co-president of Sustainable UCR, member of the GCAP committee (helped pass the referendum last year), R’Garden Team Leader, and Research Assistant in Dr. Tuppett Yates’ Adversity and Adaptation Lab in the Psychology Department. In my final year I hope to achieve amazing things, such as, help make a farmers market and food pantry a reality for the students on campus – I want to engage and empower students to know they have a right to these resources. In the garden, my biggest goal is to succeed in building an aquaponics greenhouse – to spread knowledge about modern organic agriculture systems.
I couldn’t have enjoyed my experience in the Office of Sustainability any more than I do now – mostly due to the hands on assignments in the garden. I enjoy working hard on my projects, whether it’s prepping the beds for the community plots or collecting cabbage loopers. I feel like a kid, playing gardener outside. But playing aside, I’ve learned critical concepts surrounding food systems and food security. I hope to do what I can to help work towards solutions.


Nick Mammone – R’Garden Team Member

I am a second year Biology Major. My experience working for the Office of Sustainability has been exciting. I enjoy contributing to the preservation of our environment and work in a place as unique as the R’Garden. The projects I work on vary from day to day and the satisfaction that comes along with benefiting UCR and the community truly makes being a GCAP intern quite rewarding.



Xavier Hernandez – LEED Intern

I am a second year Mechanical Engineering Major. I am a member of the Zeta Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity. My main goal is to be part of the most sustainable city in the world. Working as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Intern has been an enjoyable experience. My job is to assist with the LEED certification progress for Glen Mor 2. I am learning about the different components associated with designing and building a green building. The Office of Sustainability is very important to UCR and the work I am doing is worthwhile.


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