by Heather Burns
One of the most enjoyable elements of my job is working with students interested in learning more about the application of climate adaptation strategies and sustainability principles in business. With more and more colleges and universities developing sustainability programs, we're fortunate to have many young people reaching out to CT GreenScene and Burns & Hammond to get involved. Annie is one of those shining stars who not only thinks outside the box, but quickly integrates complex information into a solid framework for problem solving - and then delivers.
It's my pleasure to introduce her to our readers...and here's what Annie Weis says about how and why she found herself interested in making a difference.
"I came into freshman year at Skidmore thinking that I would be interested in being an Environmental Studies major after completing and AP Environmental Science class my senior year in high school. Sure enough, after taking the Environmental Studies intro class first semester, I was hooked. Something about pursuing this major puzzled me though; I don’t have a dying love for animals, I don’t particularly like camping, I kill every insect I come across in my house, and I don’t own Teva’s. So why is this path so appealing to me? It wasn’t until became interested in business my sophomore year that I really understood.
To me, life is about responsibility. I like to think of myself as a responsible person and as I got older it became apparent that all of my actions, in one way or another, had an effect on someone (or something) else. Environmental studies became a way for me to look at responsibility and how people were (or in most cases weren’t) being responsible. I decided to dive directly in to a career centered around being responsible and somehow convincing others to do the same.
The addition of business to my schooling was a significant turning point. I decided to go into businesses classes with an open mind and not let my environmental background impact my thinking, but sure enough, I couldn’t separate the two. I realized the realm of business had incredible potential for making environmental changes and finally came to the conclusion that I wanted to pursue the combination of these interests.
Burns & Hammond and the Boston GreenScene and CT GreenScene blogs have allowed me to begin to pursue these dreams. With many ongoing projects on the Burns & Hammond plate, I have been involved with countless interesting and important projects that have exposed me to a wide range of issues related to all elements of sustainability. This work has allowed me to gain valuable experience in the fields of environmental studies and business that I will undoubtedly shape my future and create a solid foundation for a lifelong career in this field."