ESS Student Wins Jefferson Awards for Public Service
Taylor Ganis ‘21 has won a Jefferson Award for Public Service, recognizing individuals for their public and volunteer service, and dedication to improving the quality of life in their communities. Taylor is a Dyson College student with a major in Environmental Studies on the Pleasantville Campus. Taylor has been an active volunteer in her community for the last decade, being awarded a Certificate of Appreciation in 2017 for outstanding volunteer service in Putnam County. She was a top fundraiser for The Alzheimer’s Association and for Relay for Life, and is a Peer Educator of Pace “FIRE” (Fighting Ignorance and Rape with Education). As a Pace student she completed two Civic Engagement and Public Value courses; Canines Assisting in Health and Animals in Society.
She currently focuses her volunteer efforts on environmental issues. She is president of the Pace NATURE club, an environmental advocate, a volunteer at the Wolf Center in North Salem, a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma (which is a national service sorority), a volunteer at Animal Nation farm sanctuary, and also supports research efforts at Rockefeller State Park Preserve- all with the aim to preserve and protect wildlife within our environment.
Environmental Studies student Brooklyn Flick ’24 shares her experience interning at Sustainable Westchester. “As I move forward in my college career, I have begun to desire a way to put into practice what I have been learning in my classes. Therefore, when the opportunity to work with a company called “Sustainable Westchester” in their Zero Waste division opened up, I knew it sounded exactly right; or Recycle Right as I was later told.”
The Environmental Studies and Science department is hosting a Fall Speaker Series on Environmental Science and Policy. Our kick-off event on September 29 is a virtual webinar by Dr. Susanne Moser about science-practice interaction and communication on climate change resilience.