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Current Members


Ysa Diaz
Environmental Studies – Biology 2014

Interests: Advocacy and the basics – reducing, reusing, recycling/composting

“I’m passionate on salvaging the mystical magic still left within the world. Nature is a treasure, and I hate to see it lose value. Not only fairies can feel the nature’s pain, yet I still turn to Crysta (from Ferngully:The Last Rainforest) to keep things in perspective; ‘Well, trees give life. They make the clouds, the rain, the air.'”


Jenni Doering
Environmental Humanities 2014

Interests: Simple and sustainable lifestyles; resisting the over-consumerism that many Americans are involved in; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; discovering the awesome power & beauty of nature

“The belief that nature and natural resources exist for the sole benefit of humans is, frankly, flawed and selfish, and eventually it’ll lead us to a dead end. We need to treat the earth gently, as though we are treading on holy ground. For once we have destroyed those natural lands, once we have impacted the climate so adversely, there really is no going back to the way things were before. We don’t get any do-overs in this game.”


Lisa Beneman

Politics-Environmental Studies 2013
Interests: Farming and gardening, sustainable meat production, youth education, alternative energy, and feminism to name a few.
 “I can’t imagine knowing what I do about about environmental issues and not taking action, so I am dedicated to educating youth, my peers, and anyone who will listen about climate change so that they will take action as well. I am obsessed with anything that has to do with farming and food and would love to talk with you about it! Recently I have become increasingly interested in the environmental movement on a global scale and how it intersects with other issues such as gender and class.” 


Teaghan Phillips 

Environmental Studies – Humanities major 2014

Interests: Exposing everyone to the beauty of nature through my own walk in the wild.

“Our crude civilization engenders a multitude of wants, and law-givers are ever at their wit’s end devising. The hall and the theater and the church have been invented, and compulsory education. Why not add compulsory recreation? Our forefathers forged chains of duty and habit, which bind us notwithstanding our boasted freedom, and we ourselves in desperation add link to link, groaning and making medicinal laws for relief. Yet few think of pure rest or of the healing power of Nature”
– John Muir, Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, p.41-42


Miriam Kolke

Biology 2013
Interests: Environmental education, ‘green’ lifestyles
“Nature is the best.”

Sara Kleinkopf

Environmental Studies – Sociology 2014

Interests: Environmental Justice, education, and the mountains!

“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”- Terry Tempest Williams


Natalie Jamerson 

Environmental Studies – Biology 2013

Interests: Living lightly by being a vegan (sometimes a freegan!), growing greens for the dining halls, composting internationally, and knitting.
Having the education and resources to make tangible change, no matter how small, is thrilling.  By finding my place in the intersection of activism and science, I hope to light a spark that motivates others to make choices that will their impact on the earth, and reverse it through restorative action.  
Claire Meints 
Environmental Studies-Politics 2014
Claire is a sophomore Politics-Environmental Studies major. She enjoys creating trainings for CCC and analyzing the direction of the group. She is particularly passionate about anti-oppression and ensuring that CCC is inclusive and therefore more effective. When not doing activism, she enjoys eating anything with pesto and over-analyzing science fiction. 
Danielle Broida
Environmental Humanities 2013
Interests: Permaculture, worms, compost, farming, gardening, and designing to reconnect humans to their environment in a holistic and sustainable way
“It is our collective responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live”
Dalai Lama

Our ever-fabulous Alumni

Maggie Massey 

Environmental Studies – Sociology Major 2012

Interests: Simple and sustainable living, Environmental Justice, Bicycles, Drinking Tea from Jars, and the Youth Climate Movement

Being a part of Campus Climate Challenge has empowered me to expand my activism and think deeply about the impact my life has on the larger, global community. I find hope and inspiration in my peers here at Whitman and am honored to be a part of such a strong,
dedicated group of individuals.

 Katie Radosevic

Environmental Studies – Biology 2012

Interests: Worms & vermiculture, preserving the seasons, environmental justice, empowering students & friends to be effective climateers

“Margaret Mead once encouraged me, encouraged all of us, to ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’ As I see the large group of humans making such a dramatic impact on our planet, I feel empowered as a small group to reverse anthropogenic climate change. In addition to loving the honeybees that pollenate my favorite fruits, and holding myself responsible to my fellow hominids and planet, I love interacting with others and discovering solutions that can help tackle extreme poverty and environmental degradation simultaneously, because it’s all so stressfully interconnected!”


Ari Frink
Environmental Studies – Politics 2011

Interests: Solving water issues related to climate change/ faith and climate change.

“This movement has the ability to change many facets of our lives for the better, and the time to act is now. We need to reduce our carbon emissions and we can do this by investing in green energy and conservation measures. Climate Change threatens the stability and security of water all across the world, and we need to work to both adapt and prevent the dramatic destruction of these sources.”


Gary Wang
Political Philosophy 2011
Interests: Climate Change and Intergenerational Ethics

“Climate change is the transcendental challenge of our generation.  We, as a species, need to fundamentally rethink the way we organize our way of life and our daily lives so that we can live sustainably and justly.  Institutions like schools, governments and corporations have to recognize the writing on the wall and take immediate action to start cutting carbon emissions in order to preserve our way of life.  That’s why I care, because I should.”


Bailey Arend

Bailey Arend

Chemistry 2010

Interests: Renewable energy, green jobs, sustainable food.

“I like efficiency in all its forms. Wasting the world’s resources is wasting people. We need the earth to be healthy and we need the people to be healthy in order to continue our civilization. There are many things that can be done to improve our lives and protect the environment simultaneously. Leadership needs to come from local, regional, national and international levels if progress is going to be made. I want to keep the oceans intact, the snow in the winter, the air and water clean and people healthy.”


Will Canine
Politics 2010

Interests: Grassroots organizing for social change.

“Climate Change is the most pressing issue facing  our world, and I’m committed to working with my peers and friends to stop it.  When we do, we  can continue to save the world from the other problems handed us by  previous generations.”

Abby Chapin

Abby Chapin
Environmental Politics Dec. 2009

Interests: The relationship between environmental and human rights.

“I care because this world and its people are beautiful and we are thusly obligated to recognize and preserve this beauty.”

Lisa Curtis

Lisa Curtis
Environmental Studies–Politics 2010

Interests:Ways of promoting clean technology in developing countries.

“I spent three months in Kenya helping to design a biodigester project to reduce reliance on the rainforest for fuel and improve the lives of women who previously spent hours collecting wood. Last semester, I worked at the United Nations Environment Programme office in D.C. where I helped launch the Kick the Carbon Habit Education Campaign. On campus, I’m involved in the majority of Whitman’s environmental groups and in constantly pushing students to get off-campus and find ways that environmental efforts can benefit lower-income people in Walla Walla. In my spare time, I love running, biking, blogging and dancing.”

Robin Lewis

Robin Lewis
Environmental Politics 2011

Interests: Sustainable Food Systems.

“We only have one earth so let’s take care of it.”


Elli Matkin
Environmental Studies – Sociology 2011
Interests: Environmental justice, green-collar jobs, a green economy (based on renewable energy and local, sustainable food)!

“I’m motivated by the aspiration to frame our present environmental crisis in a way that involves all parties and addresses all needs—not just a select privileged few. The movement to address global climate change cannot be solely an environmental movement, but a social and economical one as well. I’m sick of the nature versus human mentality. We are all interconnected and interdependent and we need to start acting accordingly. This goal requires a change in the way we treat our minority groups, where we get our energy, and how we grow our food. The time is now!”


Jesse Phillips
Environmental–Humanities 2009

Interests: Human-scale technology, food as keystone of global climate change, living simply.

“I cannot deny that I am part of a natural community, and that ecological limits are tied to human health.”

Camila Thorndike

Camila Thorndike Environmental–Humanities 2010

Interests: Climate change mitigation and adaptation, water resources, people.

“I love my fellow CCCers as much as this climate mess breaks my heart, which is (a la Savage Garden) truly, madly, and deeply.  From renewable energy initiatives on campus to water resource conservation through the OR and WA Water Trusts, I battle impending tipping points by creating win-win initiatives for people, nature, and wallets.  Lately, I’ve been looking into a career in environmental conflict resolution, inspired by a semester studying env.-political issues in the West. Stargazing, cycling, and enjoying home-cooked meals with friends make me happy.”


2 responses »

  1. Greetings Whitman CCC members,

    First, I wish I could write to you indvidually, but this will have to do.

    I have started an online job board to list clean energy jobs and internships for college students (undergrad and graduate). Please go to to learn more. It’s free (to you and employers).

    I am doing this because entry-level clean energy jobs are hard to find, and yet they offer tremendous opportunity. I believe we need to make it easier to find these jobs and the young professionals interested in them. That‘s what Dayaway hopes to do. Thanks.

    Btw, your site is really cool as are the initiatives you have going. And the pictures of Washington look awfully good as I look out my window in cold, leafless Chicago. Keep up the great work. You are making a difference.

    Mike Brownell
    Member/supporter of,,,,

  2. […] the Whitman to install a 21kW solar array on the roof of a campus building. During my semester as Co-President of the Whitman CCC, it was gratifying to organize for 15 students to go to Powershift ’09 in DC. The face-to-face […]

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