In addition to the prestige, Alex will receive a cash prize of $ 3,000 and a true introduction to the world of professional environmental activism. The Earth Island Institute was founded in 1982 by activist David Brower to support environmental protection projects and the next generation of leaders in the field. Beginning in 2000, Earth Island founded the New Leaders Initiative and began giving Brower Youth Awards to young activists to encourage their growth and prepare them with scholarships, micro-grants, media training, mentoring, professional skills building, networking events, community partnerships and access to resources and connections to lead and support effective campaigns and projects.
“Alex’s drive and passion has enabled him to achieve remarkable things in a short period of time,” says Joanna Huxster, assistant professor of environmental studies, Ph.D., mentor to Alex. “She has already had tangible impacts on environmental and climate justice and on reducing waste and plastic production, while continuing to be an incredible scholar and active participant in campus life. She is truly amazing and deserves all the recognition she has deserved for her accomplishments and more. I see a bright future ahead of her that will make the world a better place for all of us. “
Alex said she is really excited for the next step in the Brower process, the various training and networking opportunities that are available to the winners. Besides participating in organizations on campus, as a Bevan Fellow and Eastman Leader, she is sure her final year will be filled with other ways to make an impact.
“This is ultimately what I want to do. I’m pretty sure I’ll be working somewhere in the nonprofit world, ”says Alex. “As long as I can work to mitigate the damage to marginalized communities, I think I will be very happy.”