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Kristin Arakawa is a third year ecology and evolution major and is planning to double major with environmental studies. Previous internships at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and her current position at the Research Experience Education Facility (REEF) have sparked her interest in ocean education. Although Kristin only recently became interested in environmental policy and sustainability practices, she is excited to be a part of the PACES team and eager to make a difference in UCSB’s campaign to attain zero waste by 2020. In the future, she hopes to find a career that will allow her to combine her interests in the oceans, wildlife conservation, and sustainability policy. Kristin is also, an active member of alpha Kappa Delta Phi and loves playing on the Women’s Ultimate club team.

Jasmin Avina is a fourth year Sociology Major and Earth Science minor. This year, Jasmin participated in the travel study program with New York University / UCLA, where she collaborated with guest lecturers, evaluated green development landmarks and conducted sustainability and adaptable reuse research within New York City. Years prior to transferring to UCSB, Jasmin worked in education management for Opportunities for Learning and Options for Youth Public Charter Schools in the Los Angeles area, which serve at-risk youth in the Los Angeles area. Currently on campus, Jasmin works at the UCSB Department of Earth Science as a Student Administrative Assistant. Through her recent internship with the PACES team, she is enthusiastic to contribute to UCSB’s sustainability goals. After graduation, she will continue to be an environmental advocate and promote community uplift by finding a career linking her interests in renewable energy, environmental policy, sustainability and green building practices.

Gloria Campos has a passion for working with youth and building community power. As a third year Black Studies and Environmental Studies double major with an emphasis in Environmental Justice, she has experienced the lack of intersectional focus and understanding of the issues affecting communities most affected by environmental issues. She hopes to continue learning from her experiences working with youth and community organizations and actively make an effort to draw bridges and build awareness alongside people who continue to live in areas with environmental hazards and lack adequate access to healthy and sustainable livelihoods.

Claire Dooley is a second year master’s student specializing in Energy & Climate at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.  She holds a bachelor’s of science in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly and previously worked as a consultant implementing California utility energy efficiency programs. With a technical background and passion for protecting our environment, Claire’s career focus is the application of policy and market-based solutions to increase adoption of emerging clean energy technologies. Claire’s recent internship and research experience includes: an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps Fellowship with Apple’s Global Energy Team, a Graduate Student Research position with UCSB’s Institute for Energy Efficiency, and research on the Electric Vehicle charging market. Claire is an avid runner and all-around outdoor enthusiast.


Brian Malfavon is a third year at the University of California, Santa Barbara working to achieve his Bachelors of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. His passion to help the environment was instilled from his concern over human habits and mankind’s natural resource problem. Recently, his interest in sustainable policies brought him to PACES eager to improve sustainable habits on campus. Currently he works at De La Guerra Dining Commons and plans to study abroad in Costa Rica or Germany to learn about the different sustainable practices and measures undertaken in different regions. He hopes to pursue a career regarding sustainable policies, where his actions will embrace the voice of the environment and the people.

Elizabeth McBride is a fourth year working on her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. She is also pursuing a minor in Spatial Thinking through the Geography department. Elizabeth spent the past year abroad at the University of Copenhagen, where she had the opportunity to learn about environmental issues from an international standpoint. She studied topics such as landscape and restoration ecology, climate science, and motivating environmental behavior change. She is a PACES intern this year, working with departments on campus to reduce their environmental impact. Now that she is back in California for her last year as an undergraduate, she is looking forward to learning more about sustainable practices in the workplace.

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Noelle Ocen-Odoge is a third year double major in Biology and Environmental studies B.S. She has worked with Coal Oil point Reserve and Goleta Valley for local ecological restoration projects.Noelle has also done work with Cheadle Center for Ecological Biodiversity for the Herbarium.She is interning in Dr. Mazer’s, Dr. Lambert’s, and Dr. D’Antonia’s laboratories during the of summer 2013 doing plant research. She is also interested in pursuing a career in evolutionary plant genetic research or working for an environmental non-profit organization.


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Kristyn Payne is a second year Environmental Studies (B.S.) major. She is currently an event coordinator intern for the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference that will take place this June at San Diego State University. As well as working in the Sustainability Office, Kristyn sits on the Board of Directors for a local urban forestry non-profit Goleta Valley Beautiful. Here she participates with general planning, science nights at local elementaries, volunteer organizing, and various other activities. This year she will also be participating in the organizing team for this year’s California Student Sustainabilty Coalition Convergence hosted by UCSB this Spring.


Arriana Rabago is a third year UCSB student pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies and Chemistry. She is a Laboratory Sustainability Coordinator for the LabRATS program on campus which aims at assisting research labs in adopting sustainable habits. Arriana is also engaged in UCSB’s Zero Waste Committee as a co-chair of the student organization that strives towards helping the university achieve its goal of zero waste by 2020. Outside of her sustainability efforts, Arriana is an athlete for the UCSB Cheer Team. In each of her endeavors, she is driven by her mission to see a positive change in the world.


Nancy Yang is a third year Global Studies major, who intends to apply for the Professional Writing minor her senior year. She has spent the past year working at the Isla Vista Food Cooperative as an Administrative Intern, which piqued her interest in learning more about locally sourced produce, sustainable food systems, and student outreach. Through her internship under UCSB sustainability, she hopes to promote a campus-wide sense of food mindfulness and self-care. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, volunteering at the local dog shelter DAWG, and cooking for friends and family.


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Nancy Yu is a third year Geography major with an emphasis in Geographic Information Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has taught Kung Fu at a martial arts school in the summer and helped her students keep up with their schoolwork. She has previously worked for the University’s Annual Fund to contribute to and support student programs and organizations. This year Nancy is interning for the Geography Department’s Interactive Campus Map as a Data Collection Intern. She hopes to one day work in disaster relief and planning.


Travis Zane is a second year Psychology major planning to double major in Communications or Sociology. After leading a delegation of students in completing a sustainable community service project for the community of Leon, Nicaragua during the summer of his junior year at Davis Senior High School he found a passion for traveling abroad, planning events, and managing business operations for group oriented projects. As a freshman he served as president of the Anacapa Residence Hall and member of the Residence Halls Association Coordinating Board in which he organized budgets, planned university events, and advised students. For the summer he is interning at home in Davis, Ca for Asian Resources Inc. as a program and operations intern, helping local clients find employment in the Sacramento area. After experiencing work in and out of the office he hopes to pursue an MBA degree at New York University or abroad outside of the United States. Upon returning to Santa Barbara for Fall 2014 he hopes to further his involvement in today’s sustainability efforts and gain hands-on experience in business development.