Alyssa is a fourth year Environmental Sciences major with a minor in both Environmental Studies and Spanish. Even though her major is Environmental Sciences, the majority of the work she performs on campus and for her co-ops is in the field of Environmental Studies.
For her first co-op, Alyssa worked at Second Nature, a non-profit organization that works to further sustainability in higher education. During her time there, Alyssa worked with college and university presidents from across the country through Second Nature’s program, the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. She was also published in a report that analyzed college and university presidents’ responses to Second Nature’s survey on national policy priorities.
Currently, Alyssa is in her second co-op rotation at a non-profit organization called The Food Project. The Food Project’s mission is to bring together youth and adults from diverse backgrounds to work together and build a sustainable food system. At The Food Project, Alyssa works with volunteer groups, youth interns, and elementary school students who come to the urban farm plots to do farm work, learn about the food system, and discover ways that they can improve the food system through everyday choices.
On campus, Alyssa is most known for her work with Husky Energy Action Team (HEAT), a student group working towards sustainability and carbon neutrality at Northeastern. Alyssa is currently the Executive Director of HEAT, and in the past, she has worked on policy initiatives such as improving composting in the Dining Hall, expanding recycling and composting options on campus, organizing awareness events, and assisting in the creation of a sustainability minor.
Alyssa’s academic studies have taken her across the globe. In the summer of 2010, Alyssa traveled to Iceland for a geologic field seminar that included an inside look into Iceland’s renewable energy attempts, especially current issues surrounding hydropower and geothermal energy sources. Alyssa will next travel to Costa Rica to study at the International Center for Development Studies with a program that focuses on the Spanish language, sustainability, and social justice. While performing volunteer work, Alyssa has journeyed to Soddy Daisy, Tennessee to build trails for the Cumberland Trail Conference and Otavalo, Ecuador to construct a water filtration system alongside members of an indigenous community.
In the future, Alyssa hopes to combine her passion for working with youth and her interest in the environment to educate future generations about sustainability and human interactions with nature.