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Andrew Le, Muir College ‘14

Environmental Affairs Technical Assistant

As an undergraduate, you were a UC San Diego Sustainability Office intern. How have your responsibilities and views changed, now that you work with Environment, Health & Safety?

Going from an intern at the Sustainability Office to an EH&S staff member has been a true blessing. I am honored to give back to the campus that taught me so much. My responsibilities have definitely increased since I’m no longer a full time student, but I don’t think my views have changed. I believe that students are the heart and soul of this campus! Students have the freedom to present ideas and run with them, while staff and faculty provide support and the guidance needed. I have seen this collaboration first hand with the Solar Chill project. As a student, I witnessed the Solar Chill idea begin with my friends and Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW). With the help of staff, administration and faculty, that idea is finally becoming a reality! I hope to see and work with students on more campus projects like this one in the future.

What are your goals for the Environment, Health & Safety Office?

  • Provide technical support for the Environmental Affairs division and programs including storm water pollution prevention, hazardous waste management and air pollution management.
  • Assist UC San Diego to achieve climate neutrality by 2025.
  • Work with Green Labs to encourage sustainability within campus laboratories.
  • Collaborate with AQUAholics Anonymous to educate students, staff and faculty to be water wise.
  • Encourage more staff members to join the Staff Sustainability Network.

What are your motivations for being sustainable?

I think my biggest motivation for being sustainable is setting an example for others. With issues like climate change affecting our planet, it is important that everyone helps out. I know I’m only a small part of the equation, but if I can influence or inspire others to be more sustainable, I believe it is a step in the right direction.