As a low residency Masters of Sustainable Design program student at Boston Architectural College, I am actively looking for ways to bridge the gap between my academic studies to real world applications. Working as the current Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Southern Maine Dining Services and earning an undergraduate degree in Sustainability has provided me a strong foundation in food services, production, and related environmental issues. My professional background includes an internship with GO Logic in Belfast, Maine who was the 2011 LEED for Homes Award Recipient. Additional experience includes invitational participation at the Clinton Global Initiative Conference on climate change, enrollment in the LEED Core Concepts course, and visiting the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, UK. In my personal life I am equally committed to practicing a sustainable approach to living. As a lifelong resident of Maine, I aspire to live and work in Maine upon graduation. My passion for sustainability drives my professional interest to work for organizations where I can make a difference without compromising the quality or aesthetics of the environment. As my graduate education progresses I am naturally finding a niche within food systems; specifically I am interested in integrating food systems within urban environments. I have extensive experience working with the public including: prospective college students and their families, faculty, staff, student groups, and external college partners (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, CGI, Maine Chewonki Camps, Vendors, Farmers, Local Business). I am knowledgeable about current and pressing environmental issues and approaches to address them. I am able to successfully organize and manage multiple projects independently. I have superior computer skills; typing 90+ wpm, efficient with Microsoft Office, internet blogging sites (Word Press, Wiki Spaces, Google, Blogspot), and social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube). Graduate courses I have completed include: LEED 201: Core Concepts and Strategies, Design Research Methods, Sustainability in Nature, Neighborhood, and City, Learning from Sustainable Design through History, Zero Energy Home, Graduate Research & Writing, Energy and the Built Environment, Materials, Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality, and Sustainable Communities: Land use and transportation. Additionally, I am a student member of the United States Green Building Council and AASHE. I am capable of learning and applying new tasks and concepts quickly and am proficient in my written and verbal communication skills.