Student Profile: Olivia Howard '15

olivia howard
Posted on October 6, 2014

Major: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

GreenLeader group affiliation: GreenLeader Coordinator & Co-President of Greening Princeton

How do you define sustainability?: To me, sustainability means resisting the urge to think myopically, and rather, acting to preserve the long-term health of ourselves, our surrounding communities, and our planet. 

Why did you decide to get involved in Greening Princeton?: I was highly involved in my environmental club in high school, so I knew from the get-go that I wanted to be part of the sustainability movement at Princeton. When I first walked into the Activities Fair my freshman year, I bee-lined to Greening Princeton's tent and immediately became an active member. In my three years with Greening Princeton-- serving as member, Secretary, and finally Co-President-- I have consistently wanted to implement mixed recycling because of the shockingly low recycling participation rate on campus.

How has your leadership role shaped your experience at Princeton?: Being involved in several different sustainability movements-- especially through my role as GreenLeader coordinator-- has allowed me to work with a wide array of other students with very different ways of thinking, which has helped me to grow as both a team member and a leader.