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By October 19, 2019 No Comments

The Greenovate Boston team is happy to welcome Alisha 一心 Pegan, the 2017-18 Renew Boston Fellow, to join our energy efficiency efforts across the city.

As a lifelong sustainability enthusiast, I am energized to join the Greenovate Boston team to promote energy efficiency initiatives for residents in Boston. Over the next year, I will host workshops, increase the team’s online presence, and encourage everyone I meet to sign up for a Home Energy Audit.

In May, I finished my undergraduate education at Wellesley College for Environmental Studies and Olin College for Sustainable Design Engineering; but, my journey into sustainability really began as a child after my family moved to a Buddhist monastery in Northern California called the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The nuns, monks, and lay people there respected and cherished every thing. I learned quickly to finish every grain of rice on my plate, to aid the earthworms crawling on the sidewalk, and to repurpose my yogurt containers into planters. When I read about solar passive lighting in middle school, I was awestruck and inspired to work in this field.

Since then, I have had the great privilege to travel and learn about many different aspects of sustainability. I lived in Copenhagen, Denmark for several months to study sustainable urban infrastructure, and fell in love with bikes and wienerbrød. In 2015, I worked in Hangzhou, China to compose reports on popular sustainable urban strategies for Chinese government officials. Last year, my professor brought me to Sabana Grande, Nicaragua to learn from a community of solar activists and researchers. Most recently, I was in Clarksdale, Mississippi working on a youth-led makerspace to deepen my understanding of community development and social sustainability.

I am so excited to join Boston’s climate action efforts, and look forward to applying my systems-thinking, design, and data analysis skills during my fellowship. I hope to learn a great deal about how Boston and other cities around the world are designing and developing sustainable systems for their communities.

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