How did an education in the liberal arts impact your career choice?
I believe that the broad range of courses from science to math, history to religion helped to shape my worldview and gave me the skills to better analyze the projects I'm developing as an entrepreneur today. However, I believe that no matter what major I had decided to go with, I would have always chosen the path of an entrepreneur. I'm just happy that I turned out to be an 'eco-preneur' creating ways to promote environmental awareness and sustainable living.
What are your life goals?
To leave this planet in a better condition than when I arrived.
"Countless hours and sleepless nights went into the creation of that website but what I didn't know at the time was that it was just the beginning of what seems to be a lifelong path."
Please share with us how your website started while you were at USD.
In junior year I began work on an environmental awareness website for young adults. By the end of my senior year the most basic form of ThinkGreenLiveClean.com was completed. I received my internship credit for building it and also presented it for creative collaborations. Countless hours and sleepless nights went into the creation of that website but what I didn't know at the time was that it was just the beginning of what seems to be a lifelong path.
Most of my closest graduating friends got involved with the site as 'contributing writers' donating their time to spread environmental awareness to other like-minded individuals. Not long after I found myself giving presentations to environmental studies classes at USD and more and more students began jumping on board. It didn't take long before I was contacted by complete strangers interested in writing for ThinkGreenLiveClean.com. I was able to sign a great web designer onto the site and also pick up a gifted graphic designer both of whom are in their 20's. I also had the utmost support from my professors so that when USD students approached me for internship opportunities the answer was simply 'Where do I sign?'
Now ThinkGreenLiveClean.com has 19 total writers and 17 USD writers, two of which are receiving USD college credit for interning with ThinkGreenLiveClean.com, so the website has really come full circle. We just launched our first global contest called the 'Greenest Student College Challenge', which was mentioned in dozens of news blogs and University websites throughout the U.S. and Canada and we just printed our first bamboo shirts last week! And this was all accomplished with a minimal budget!
"Since our contest's 'Green Resolutions' can be viewed by anyone anywhere in the world, the 'Greenest Student College Challenge' is essentially a global college student brainstorming session with an iPad as an incentive."
What's so special about your environmental website?
This is simple: Inspiration! We try to inspire young adults with Optimism, Images and Awareness! Optimism inspires people… Images inspire people, at least when the right images are used… And awareness inspires people... ThinkGreenLiveClean.com combines these three basics into one outstanding environmental news website that inspires action. Also, I find the fact that ThinkGreenLiveClean.com is an environmental awareness website run by young adults to be pretty inspiring in itself.
Tell us about your 'Greenest Student College Challenge'?
Since our contest's 'Green Resolutions' can be viewed by anyone anywhere in the world, the 'Greenest Student College Challenge' is essentially a global college student brainstorming session with an iPad as an incentive. Students will be able to read what other students have written and will hopefully become inspired by all the great green ideas floating around. These students are going to have the ideas that will change the future so we want to let their ideas be heard now on a global level.
What's so special about the shirt you are wearing?
Well for one, this is literally the first ThinkGreenLiveClean shirt ever printed. It was printed last week as a sample and after a few simple printing adjustments many more will be printed this week in white, black, and blue. Secondly, the shirt is made of bamboo, which has many amazingly sustainable attributes and produces fabric that is silky soft. Thirdly, the art on the shirt was hand drawn by one of our ThinkGreenLiveClean artists. And lastly, every ThinkGreenLiveClean shirt plants an Ice Cream Bean Tree in the Brazilian Amazon in an effort to reforest the Amazon Rain Forest! So if you would like to support ThinkGreenLiveClean and wear a bamboo shirt that plants a tree in South America sign up for our newsletter as I will announce when we have shirts for sale very soon!
Which faculty inspired you?
As my advisor and the professor of my first class at USD, which just so happened to be an environmental studies class that I truly loved, Dr. John Yin inspired me to pursue my path as an environmentalist. Dr. Boudrias and Dr. Gray also had a great positive influence on me but all my professors including Dr. Talley, Dr. Reyns, and Dr. Kaufman inspired me in some way or another.
"Every Think Green Live Clean shirt plants an Ice Cream Bean Tree in the Brazilian Amazon in an effort to reforest the Amazon Rain Forest!"
Where was your favorite place to study on campus?
The 'Harry Potter' room in the Copley library was an awesome place to study… However, being a science major, a good portion of my college life was spent hunched over a computer in the GIS lab in a sleep deprived stressed out state of mind. That's one room I will happily never set foot in again.
Whom do you admire most in real life?
Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, for doing business for the right reasons and showing the rest of the world that it's profitable and my Mom for all the selfless and amazing work she has done to better our planet.
What is your favorite wave to surf in San Diego?
Black's at low tide with offshore winds.