I initially thought a summer internship would be pretty easy, boy was I wrong! Luckily I am not taking any other summer courses so I can concentrate on doing the best I can for Indiana Living Green. I am starting to settle in to my duties although they change from day-to-day. The exciting thing is that every day is different and I am writing about new and innovative things happening in Indiana pertaining to sustainability.
I am not quite sure yet how I am contributing to system condition #1, reducing or eliminating substances from the earth’s crust. (Editor’s note: The Natural Step, a leading international non profit organization in research and dialogue about sustainable development, has designed a proven, science based model with four system conditions which provide guidance for individuals or organizations wanting to move towards sustainability. The Center for a Sustainable Future utilizes this model on our approach to education, research, and civic engagement. More on system conditions HERE)
The few things I thought of may be that I am working strictly online with little travel necessary to complete my work so I am not using any fossil fuels. Second, I am contributing to an online site that does not require delivery of materials for information, also reducing the amount of fossil fuels being used. I am also writing about ways to contribute to system condition #1 so others may be aware and be able to reduce or eliminate substances extracted from the earth’s crust. This is just my small way of contributing to the sustainability effort and hopefully will inspire others to do the same.
I did not expect to have as much responsibility as I do but am up for the challenge. I am enjoying the freedom of working from home but wish the office was closer (it’s in Indy) so I could work with other interns as well. I am glad that the interns in this area and my self are able to meet and discuss our experiences. The work load, at first, seemed overwhelming but as I got some projects done and turned in, things are seemingly more manageable. I am very grate full for this experience and hope to continue to learn more about sustainability and how I can become a champion for others.