Student Spotlight: Ariel LeBarron

spotlight Ariel LeBarron

Ariel LeBarron is a School of Sustainability Student Ambassador. She participates in networking opportunities meeting experts and professionals in the sustainability field. She also coordinates events for fellow students with the other Student Ambassadors. LeBarron chose the policy and governance in sustainable systems challenge area. After graduation, she hopes to live in Germany to learn about the country’s culture and sustainability policies.

1. Why did you choose the policy and governance challenge area in the School of Sustainability?

I chose the policy and governance track because it best fits my interests within the realm of sustainability. Focusing on policy and trying to implement change seems like a great to make a difference in this world.

2. What is your favorite part about being a Student Ambassador?

I love being able to recruit and meet incoming students. As a freshman, I found it vital to get another student’s opinion and thoughts on sustainability and with the Student Ambassadors I am able to do that.

3. What is the global sustainability challenge that concerns you the most and why? How are you working towards the solution in the School of Sustainability?

Food, composting, and waste are some specific sustainability challenge concerns that I have because they are so important to our existence. I am interning with the Sierra Club and learning the ways the legislature works so I can get a better understanding of lawmaking for the future.

4. What is your favorite memory from your time in the School of Sustainability?

Living in the residential community is probably my favorite memory because I was able to meet so many awesome people. Being a part of that community to discuss and share my experiences with like-minded people has been vital to my college experience.

5. Who are your “sustainable” role models?

John Muir, my uncle, and Claudio Sanchez. John Muir, for obvious reasons: being a leader in environmental preservation and helping to establish our state parks. He was an awesome man and I would loved to have meet him. And my uncle because he has been a support system and someone that has always encouraged me to work hard and desire to be the best I can be. Without his support or any of the support from my family members, I do not think I would be where I am today. Also, Claudio Sanchez is an inspiration to me because of the music and stories he creates. Being able to accomplish his dream and live to share it with everyone motivates me to achieve my goals.

6.  What are your future plans?

I want to travel and live in Germany for at least a year to fully understand and immerse myself in the culture as well as their sustainable ways. Afterwards, I want to come back here and try to make a difference however I can.

7. Some say sustainability is all about “saving the world.” If you could be a superhero, which one would you be and why?

I would be Batman because of his stealthy ways. He is a true hero because he does not need recognition or notoriety for his deeds but helps “save the world” in many different ways, both as Batman and Bruce Wayne. And because he does his own stunts!