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Service Meets Sustainability

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Environmental studies student Haylei Pert ’17 is out to help save the planet, one new policy, law, and environmentally conscious community at a time.

Pace University students are hardworking and ambitious. This fact is no surprise to the many reading this. Some students just go above and beyond this description. “I am actually considering the 3 plus 3 program which I would skip senior year and go straight into my legal studies”, Haylei Pert says with a serious earnestness. “I hope to work for the federal government, or do something on my own. Kind of just focusing on sustainable policies, and sustainable living as a whole.”

Haylei is currently working with a group of concerned citizens in Westchester County that are working to create a Geographical Inventory System, or as the committee calls it shorthand, the GIS. “They are looking specifically at their resources, and creating…an inventory of the resources in their jurisdiction.” She describes this complex project with a passion and urgency because she knows how important the inventory is. There are a lot of environmental variables in Westchester County: This inventory would help inform better environmental policy. Vital resources need to be protected, but we need to know what resources we have to protect in the first place.” This committee ties back to Haylei’s studies at Pace. “I am researching policy and the relationship to open space and green space…where we are really looking in the future in terms of land conservation, and if we are going to have parks in the future.”

Read more about Pert's experiences and advice for students in the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) Student Service Spotlight.