Student Sustainability Workshop Leaders

This page last updated on 11/08/16

The Student Sustainability Workshops provide a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in helping to educate their peers about important environmental issues and solutions while enhancing their own leadership, public speaking and organizational skills.

The opportunity is open to all students who have successfully completed the program as Workshop Members and are willing to accept the responsibilities that go along with the position.  For more information about the Workshop Leader position and requirements please check out Info page.

Santa Monica College Workshop Leaders: Fall 2016:

Diego Johansen

Workshop #536

“Being a part of the workshops opened my eyes to many world issues and made me question what I was doing to help. My motivation to be a leader comes from being able to give students the information that they need in order to for them to do their part.”

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Nethercot

Workshop #536

"I look at environmental issues more critically and analytically now. I am more cautious about my actions and the potential impacts they can have.”

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Jihyun

Workshop #537

"Because I always have positive mind and open mind, I can help everybody. I want to be a helper for international students. Also I want to be a connection between leaders and members."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Carter

Workshop #537

"I always had a lot to share in our workshops last semester but I feel that by being in a leadership role, I can contribute more to shedding light on current environmental issues. I really want to encourage people to take this seriously because it changed my life and quite frankly, I enjoy responsibility. My mom always said, 'If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself"

Sedon Kang

Workshop #537

"I wanted to become a Workshop Leader in order to better inform people about environmental issues and to inspire people to make small changes in their lives that can make a big difference for the wellbeing of the environment."

 

Kendrick Belardo

Workshop #538

"Obtaining and maintaining clean water is the issue I am most concerned with. As our population is ever increasing, our clean water supply continues to dwindle. The importance of maintaining clean water is ever increasing"

Nabill Munshi

Workshop #538

"I am more aware of my actions and has led me to make many small changes. Though I have a long way to go, I believe that these small steps will be the stepping stones to greater sustainability from me."

 

Caroline Karimi

Workshop #539

"I am more mindful about my decisions about resources, food, education, transportation, health and wellbeing."

 

 

 

Lindsay Arends

Workshop #539

"I am passionate about wanting to protect the environment, so leading a weekly discussion about making our world a better place is important to me."

 

 

 

 

Angelica Barakat

Workshop #540

"I would like to create an exciting atmosphere where I can help facilitate and break down the myths and unknown facts of the environment in order to create a more well-rounded SMC sustainable community."

 

 

Michael Chong

Workshop #540

"Environmental issues are definitely something we need to work on collaboratively.  I would like to step up and change people's mindset and show them how incredibly a small act can make a big difference."

 

Creshawn Phillips

Workshop #541

"For some it is an awakening, for others it is a reminder that we have to move into action, and help others understand what is going in this world of ours"

 

 

Estefani Miranda-Funes

Workshop #541

"The sustainable workshop helped me changed my life completely. After watching a video clip and reading many articles I became a vegetarian and now I am hoping to become a vegan."

Daniel Duncan

Workshop #542

"I believe that we are at a tipping point of no return when it comes to our accountability as a whole. I fear that our grandchildren are in grave danger. We must act now."

 

Jazmin Hernandez

Workshop #542

"I consider myself to be an environmentalist. I have a goal to live a zero waste lifestyle by the end of my undergrad years."

 

 

 

Arian Alani

Workshop #543

"I have so much I'd love to discuss as a leader but also learn."

 

 

 

 

Mai Pham

Workshop #543

"My experience in the Student Sustainability Workshops was eye-opening in the many layers and facets of lives that our daily actions could influence. It made me more aware of the ways which our simple choices could have larger consequence in the long-term."

 

 

 

Zihan Mei

Workshop #544

"I want to spread the important information about how significant role we are in on changing, saving the environment, changing the world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rina Gabbay

Workshop #544

"I think most students are really intimidated and discouraged by all the negative news they hear about regarding the environment and climate change. I would like to help break down all the information and show them the things that they could do so that they will not only help the situation but also feel better about what they're doing and give them a greater sense of control."

 

Jayden Chen

Workshop #545

"I think human beings are only a part of nature, we don't have the right to dominate this world. To protect the environment is to protect ourselves"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcos Carvalho

Workshop #545

"I have been educated on a lot of aspects of the environment and how to truly live a sustainable and respectful lifestyle that can only benefit a person and the world around them."

 

Ranran Ni

Workshop #545

"I want to be a workshop leader because I want to let more people know how to protect our earth, I willing to contribute my power to help improvement of environment."

 

Ixchal Trujillo

Workshop #546

"I like presenting information with other people and share knowledge with students that are curious about finding solutions about what they can do to become friendlier to the environment"

Tara Huhn

Workshop #546

"We need to act now, however small or large and keep educating ourselves and others to hopefully get people more engaged and involved with their environment."

 

Hanna Gerin

Workshop #547

"For me the most devastating thing that is going on due to global warming and other factors are the extinction of animal species. That really breaks my heart."

Sanjana Deshmukh

Workshop #547

"I want to inspire others to take deliberate steps to change their habits and to inform them about ways in which they could help our environment."

 

Darlene Rueda

Workshop #548

“After the workshop, I tend to be more conscious about what I eat, dress, and buy. As the old saying explains; knowledge is power."

 

 

Shur Erdenekhuu

Workshop #548

"With my Botany degree, I plan to open a company that produces safer and more environmentally friendly options in holistic medicine and skincare.”

 

Betty Wang

Workshop #549

"I desire to make a change in the world. Although I am only one student out of billions of people living in the world today, I believe that I can make a change, and that all good deeds will create a butterfly effect"

Stacey Manoharan

Workshop #549

"Besides giving my time on the weekends volunteering with environmental causes, I want to take the next step as a workshop leader to pass on what i've learnt."

 

 

 

Santa Monica College Workshop Leaders: Spring 2016:

Adam Koh

Workshop #522

“Individual efforts may seem minimal in the fight against environmental issues, but I feel that in totality, it can significantly impact the problem positively provided that everyone makes the effort.”

Wilson Maruli

Workshop #522

"The issue of non-bio-degradable waste concerns me the most. With our population growing rapidly and the earth being finite, we need to find a way to reduce our consumption and find a more sustainable way to get rid of waste. If not there won;t be an Earth for our kids.”
 
 

Eder Hernandez

Workshop #523

“What I learned from the workshop is that global change happens at the grassroots level, and I’m very proud to be a part of the change in this community.”

Melinda Morales

Workshop #523

“In the workshop I learned to see the beauty in dirt, as odd as that sounds, and to value
the scarce resources available to us. It also encouraged me to preserve our resources for future generations to enjoy.”
 
 
 
 
 

Alexis Erskine

Workshop #524

“I want to spread awareness concerning the destruction and irreversible damage we are causing through our lifestyles.”

Marina Mihailova

Workshop #524

"Our daily decisions have a tremendous impact on the environment and people around us; therefore, I believe that in order to assure a safer and more stable future for our Planet we must do our best to educate the youth, especially young women, and to teach them a sustainable way of living so that they can lead by example.”

Mary Nguyen

Workshop #525

"The workshops gave me a more realistic look into the problems. I took every little thing I learned to heart and implemented as many alternatives as I could into my daily life."

Zoila Campos

Workshop #525

"What concerns me the most is how much we as a society ignore global warming.”

Estefani Miranda-Funes

Workshop #526

"The sustainable workshop helped me changed my life completely. After watching a video clip and reading many articles I became a vegetarian and now I am hoping to become a vegan."

Jazmine Aguirre

Workshop #526

“I really want to eventually become an environmental scientist and I feel this would be a great hands on experience on educating others on environmental issues and helping inspire others to do something to reduce their carbon footprints and join the environmental movement.”

Andrea Perez

Workshop #527

"I was aware of environmental issues before, but after this workshop I wanted to do something about it. I want to be involved.”

Chloe Chan

Workshop #527

"Even just a little change of behavioral pattern in each of us may mean a lot to the Earth.”

Denisse Villalvazo

Workshop #527

“The workshop has opened my eyes to new things such as green washing and now I'm more conscious about the products I buy.”

Aniqa Hossain

Workshop #528

“Becoming a workshop leader is a chance for me to continue committing to living my daily life in a sustainable manner.”

David Nissanoff

Workshop #528

"I now see the world in a new light, I am now more consciously aware of the food, how I travel and how I conduct myself.”

Forrest Law

Workshop #528

“I'd like to attend Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Eventually, I'd like to abide on a small self-sustaining farm and live a simple life with those around me.”

Caith Wright

Workshop #529

"I am concerned with the amount of consumerism in America and that most people are ignorant of the fact that conservation is detrimental for our society.”

Shur Erdenekhuu

Workshop #529

"With my Botany degree, I plan to open a company that produces safer and more environmentally friendly options in holistic medicine and skincare. I don't have all the time in the world but my dream is to work a side job as a plant breeder and yield a less temperamental strain of avocado.”

Valeria Soler

Workshop #529

"The environmental issue that concern me the most is the use of water. I feel like so much water is being wasted constantly and we need to learn how to conserve it.”

Casey Stevens

Workshop #530

"The destruction of the rain forest concerns me the most only cause I love trees and all the good air they give off."

Ekaphop Sae Jee

Workshop #530

"After attending the student sustainability workshop last fall, it has greatly impacted my perspective on my lifestyle. I began to be wary of my choices upon finding out that I needed 6 earths to

Darlene Rueda

Workshop #531

“After the workshop, I tend to be more conscious about what I eat, dress, and buy. As the old saying explains; knowledge is power."

Shivani Patel

Workshop #531

“I want people to enjoy coming to Sustainable Works and be genuinely excited to learn and share what they have learned!”

Barbara Langlois

Workshop #532

"The workshop was a good reminder of the little things I can do in my everyday life to minimize my impact on the environment.”

Leonor Herrera

Workshop #532

“The social issue that concerns me most is environmental justice as I do not find it fair for certain places in the world to receive contaminated resources or live in polluted areas because of their economic or social status.”

Diego

Workshop #533

“Being a part of the workshops opened my eyes to many world issues and made me question what I was doing to help. My motivation to be a leader comes from being able to give students the information that they need in order to for them to do their part.”

Marina Acosta

Workshop #533

The ocean is home for me, so when I see a Coke can in the water or hear about oil spills off the coast it really disturbs me. Everyone should see the need to take care of the earth”.

Julianna Zuccardi

Workshop #534

"I would like to pick up more local environmental jobs, like business greening and eventually complete my environmental studies degree at a 4 year university and along the way work on some environmental art projects.It makes me hopeful to see that there is a community program geared towards informing the public about these really all encompassing environmental issues."

Leo Martinez

Workshop #534

“Climate change terrifies me because it presents the biggest danger humanity has ever faced and instead of stepping up to the plate, humans have receded into the shadows and have refused to acknowledge any problems exist. After the workshop last semester, I am more aware of my actions that could be detrimental and of passive things I know now have a collective impact that I could never properly measure.”

Nicholas Escobar

Workshop #535

“I would like to do my best to help keep the planet going for as long as possible for the future generations.”

Graham Nethercot

Workshop #535

"I look at environmental issues more critically and analytically now. I am more cautious about my actions and the potential impacts they can have.”

Yvonne Tianle Zhu

Workshop #535

“I became a leader to share the knowledge I know about environmental issues and also to learn from other people.”

Santa Monica College Workshop Leaders: Fall 2015:

Brittany Taylor

Workshop #503

“A quote from Albert Einstein sits with me: ‘Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.’ This workshop is a great way to educate average folks who might not otherwise become aware of what is happening to our environment and how it will affect our life.”

Denisse Villalvazo

Workshop #503

“The workshop has opened my eyes to new things such as green washing and now I'm more conscious about the products I buy.”

Timur Katsnelson

Workshop #503

“I am most concerned with the mindset people have towards the environment. Our society's history has seen a gradual move away from the natural world so it is important that we come to realize how vital the environment is to us and how much more beneficial it would be to embrace it.”

Adrine Keosian

Workshop #504

“Since the workshop  I have begun to analyze more frequently how I use resources in my everyday life.”

 
Tasfiya Islam

Workshop #504

“The workshop has greatly impacted my perspective on the world.  I thought that I was doing enough until I participated in this workshop, which led me to make drastic changes to my life.”

 
Alexis Erskine

Workshop #505

“I want to spread awareness concerning the destruction and irreversible damage we are causing through our lifestyles.”

 
Shivani Patel

Workshop #505

“I want people to enjoy coming to Sustainable Works and be genuinely excited to learn and share what they have learned!”

 
Darlene Rueda

Workshop #506

“After the workshop, I tend to be more conscious about what I eat, dress, and buy. As the old saying explains; knowledge is power."

 
Nicholas Escobar

Workshop #506

“I would like to do my best to help keep the planet going for as long as possible for the future generations.”

 
Yvonne Tianle Zhu

Workshop #506

“I became a leader to share the knowledge I know about environmental issues and also to learn from other people.”

 
Diego Johansen

Workshop #507

“Being a part of the workshops opened my eyes to many world issues and made me question what I was doing to help. My motivation to be a leader comes from being able to give students the information that they need in order to for them to do their part.”

 
Olivia Barone

Workshop #507

“I definitely think about the things that I do every day that impact the environment. With every purchase I make I think about the source of the materials used to make it, and who exactly I'm supporting when I spend my money on it.”

 
Anthony Galura

Workshop #508

“The sustainability workshop was very impacting on my perspective on the world and my daily life. It helped frame many concepts that I had learned about within my previous environmental classes and put them in a more immediate local context."

 
Rachael Yura

Workshop #508

“I am much more aware and careful about how I use resources. I greatly enjoy going through the workshop process and I would like to expose others to it.”

 
Allison Wolff

Workshop #509

“Through the workshop I was able to discover new ways to live a more sustainable life, while also connecting with others that have the same passion about the environment as me.”

 
Jennifer O'Brien

Workshop #509

“The workshop has caused me to become even more aware of my personal impacts on the world. My experience has caused me to question and alter my daily actions and lifestyle.”

 
Farha Billah

Workshop #510

“I fell in love with the workshops. I want to teach my peers to lead a sustainable life and teach myself as well.”

 
Julia Badrya

Workshop #510

“The workshop helped me become more aware of my actions and how they effect this Earth. I'm constantly checking my use of water, electricity, recycling and much more!”

 
Caroline Karimi

Workshop #511

"I am more mindful about my decisions about resources, food, education, transportation, health and wellbeing."

 
Federico Brooks

Workshop #511

“Although a lot of the material is very present in my everyday life, the workshop reminds me of things that I’m not necessarily applying.”

 
Mary Nguyen

Workshop #512

"The workshops gave me a more realistic look into the problems. I took every little thing I learned to heart and implemented as many alternatives as I could into my daily life."

 
Yuzi Zhou

Workshop #512

“I want to help our world and the first thing I need to do is to let more people know about environmental issues.”

 
Emily Dekhtyar

Workshop #513

“I want to inspire others the way my Leaders inspired me. The more we educate people, the better the world that we live in becomes.”

 
Romy Bohbot

Workshop #513

The Workshops opened my eyes to problems I had never thought about. What shocked me the most was discovering how menial individual actions could have such a big impact on the environment.  I learned so many simple ways to make a difference and I would love to inspire others to do the same.”

 
Lina Chen

Workshop #514

“I believe that a lot of people want to protect our environment, but they don't know how. The workshop let me learn what I can do to make our world better.”

 
Monica Rodriguez

Workshop #514

“I wants to spread the word of sustainable living and really motivate students to seek out information and revaluate the impact of their decisions.”

 
Irving Angeles

Workshop #515

"The lack of rain that southern California has received over the past years really concerns me since it has forced the governor to declare a drought."

 
Sara Ross

Workshop #515

“Being a Leader means I could become part of the movement towards a greener future.”

 
Eder Hernandez

Workshop #516

“What I learned from the workshop is that global change happens at the grassroots level, and I’m very proud to be a part of the change in this community.”

 
Philippa Jeansson

Workshop #516

“I learned a lot and I have applied workshop suggestions to my daily life”

 
Adam Koh

Workshop #517

“Individual efforts may seem minimal in the fight against environmental issues, but I feel that in totality, it can significantly impact the problem positively provided that everyone makes the effort.”

 
Jae Rainer Quito

Workshop #517

“After taking the workshop, my view on the world has changed drastically. Although I have limited power and knowledge, I wish to make a change as much as I can.”

 
Diego Gudiel

Workshop #518

“The workshop changed how I do things in my daily life. I now understand why and how I can reduce my environmental footprint.”

 
Diego Johansen

Workshop #518

“Being a part of the workshops opened my eyes to many world issues and made me question what I was doing to help. My motivation to be a leader comes from being able to give students the information that they need in order to for them to do their part.”

 
Kar Ashimyan

Workshop #519

“I am always learning. I like to grow and share the knowledge I gain”

 
Rina Gabbay

Workshop #519

"I think most students are really intimidated and discouraged by all the negative news they hear about regarding the environment and climate change. I would like to help break down all the information and show them the things that they could do so that they will not only help the situation but also feel better about what they're doing and give them a greater sense of control."

 
Aniqa Hossain

Workshop #520

“Becoming a workshop leader is a chance for me to continue committing to living my daily life in a sustainable manner.”
 
Erick Rodriguez

Workshop #520

“I do believe that my passion and love for the planet will transfer to my workshop participants”

 
Jazmine Aguirre

Workshop #521

“I really want to eventually become an environmental scientist and I feel this would be a great hands on experience on educating others on environmental issues and helping inspire others to do something to reduce their carbon footprints and join the environmental movement.”

 
Laura McDermott

Workshop #521

“I want to help other people think about how they can live sustainable lives and how easy and fun it can be. I want to inspire positive change in the world.”

 

Santa Monica College Workshop Leaders: Spring 2015:

 
Aniqa Hossain
 
“becoming a workshop leader is a chance for me to continue committing to living my daily life in a 
sustainable manner.”

Esperanza Alamillo

The workshop helped me acquire modern approaches to living a more sustainable life."

 
Farha Billah
 
“I fell in love with the workshops. I want to teach my peers to lead a sustainable life and teach myself as well.”
 
Logan Reich-Svenson
 
“The workshops have inspired me to be so much more mindful of my surroundings and the importance 
of every living species on earth.”
 
Philippa Jeansson 
 
“I learned a lot and I have applied workshop suggestions to my daily life”

Ryan Corry

"Every environmental and social justice issue is critical. If I was forced to pick one that disturbs me the most, it would be the 6th major extinction that humans are now creating."

 
Lester Huang
 
“I’ve learned that saving the environment is something we can do daily in numerous kind of ways”

Mark Biedlingmaier

Overconsumption and mindless wasting are my most passionate concerns. Too many people buy things they don't need and produce more waste than what is needed.

 
Monica Rodriguez
 
“I wants to spread the word of sustainable living and really motivate students to seek out information and revaluate the impact of their decisions.”
 
Darlene Rueda
 
“After the workshop, I tend to be more conscious about what I eat, dress, and buy. As the old saying 
explains; knowledge is power"
 
Roxana Mostafavi
 
“I am so thankful I live in a community where this workshop is accessible, and the city cares about saving 
our ecosystems”
 
Anthony Galura
 
“the sustainability workshop was very impacting on my perspective on the world and my daily life. It helped frame many concepts that I had learned about within my previous environmental classes and put 
them in a more immediate local context.”
 
Rachael Yura
 
“I am much more aware and careful about how I use resources. I greatly enjoy going through the workshop process and I would like to expose others to it.”

Hripsime "Rips" Karadjian

"I love this program because it lets students realize that a greener lifestyle is not hard to come by—we make it easier to accomplish."

 
Timur Katnelson
 
“I am most concerned with the mindset people have towards the environment. Our society's history has seen a gradual move away from the natural world so it is important that we come to realize how vital 
the environment is to us and how much more beneficial it would be to embrace it.”
 
Alexis Erskine
 
“I want to spread awareness concerning the destruction and irreversible damage we are causing through our lifestyles.”

Alexis Martinez

“Often, we as humans do not see issues that are critical because we are better off and more comfortable not knowing about it. I believe that is wrong, so awareness is my primary motivation for being to be a Workshop Leader.”

Kelsey Foster

"Helping others gain a better grasp of what it means to be sustainable and why it is important, is an integral part of inspiring a brighter, more sustainable future."

 
Olivia Barone
 
“I definitely think about the things that I do every day that impact the environment. With every purchase I make I think about the source of the materials used to make it, and who exactly I'm supporting when I spend my money on it.”
 
Alex Sonnenschein
 
“For our global culture to thrive we ought to acknowledge, respect and appreciate the diversity in 
nature and in human organization.”

Romeo Wong

"I learned a lot more about how our small daily changes can make a huge impact to the world and I am thankful to have this opportunity to share what I learned to my woskshop members."

 
Juan Felipe Uribe Gomez
 
“Everything matters. The little decisions in our everyday lives are what shapes the world we live in."
 
Joash Sigamoney
 
“I want to use education and environmental awareness to mend the bond between mankind and the environment.”
 
Brittany Taylor
 
“A quote from Albert Einstein sits with me: ‘Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.’ 
This workshop is a great way to educate average folks who might not otherwise become aware of what is happening to our environment and how it will affect our life.”

Irving Angeles

"The lack of rain that southern California has received over the past years really concerns me since it has forced the governor to declare a drought."

Haseena Muhammad

"My primary motivation for wanting to become a workshop leader was to help spread information about how we are destroying the Earth and to inform others on the efforts that can be taken to help sustain and maintain our planet for future generations to come."

 
Kar Ashimyan
 
“I am always learning. I like to grow and share the knowledge I gain”
 
Tristan Jumawan
 
"We need to treat each other equally as we are all humans"

Nangel Ugalde

"I have become a lot more aware, and eager to help others, including businesses, become aware and start implementing solutions on a daily and long term basis."

 
Rina Gabbay
 
"I think most students are really intimidated and discouraged by all the negative news they hear about regarding the environment and climate change. I would like to help break down all the information and 
show them the things that they could do so that they will not only help the situation but also feel better about what they're doing and give them a greater sense of control."
 
Nicolas "Esco" Escobar
 
“I would like to do my best to help keep the planet going for as long as possible for the future generations”

Mary Nguyen

"The workshops gave me a more realistic look into the problems. I took every little thing I learned to heart and implemented as many alternatives as I could into my daily life."

 
 
 
Chanel Wosoughkia
 
“Not enough people know the impacts their daily lived have on their planet and I want to help show 
these people that every little thing counts."
 
Moshe Molayem
 
“I want to help students become more aware of the environmental issues around us.”
 
Layli Hashemi
 
“I've eliminated many products that contain harmful chemicals due to what we teach in the workshop.”

Lensa Balcha

I think it is interesting to discuss what moral responsibilities we humans have towards each other, animals and our planet.

 
Christine Miyazato
 
"The workshop has definitely given me a newfound perspective of what it means to live sustainably. It has 
shown me that, beyond merely recycling and biking to school, there are so many more things we can do 
to help the environment"
 
Erick Rodriguez
 
“I do believe that my passion and love for the planet will transfer to my workshop participants”

 

Asuzena Rodas

In a way I was always a GO GREEN GIRL. But the workshop 'reconnected' me to  actively going green

 
Selina Seitz
 
“The workshop impacted my life in many ways. I have gone completely chemical free, I buy as little 
packaging as possible, and it is a goal in my life to live as sustainably as possible.”

Caroline Karemi

"I am more mindful about my decisions about resources, food, education, transportation, health and wellbeing."

 
Yue Shang
 
“I am more aware of what I can do to have a more sustainable lifestyle."
 

Andrea Cabrera

Intern

 

 

Cassandra Ramirez

Intern

"Thanks to the time I've invested in SustainableWorks (and the time they've invested back into me), I feel confident when I talk to my peers about environmental education. I can explain the science and help them remember what's important."

 

Santa Monica College Workshop Leaders: Fall 2014:

Ana Michel Ramirez

"We need to change ourselves in order to change the world."

Esperanza Alamillo

The workshop helped me acquire modern approaches to living a more sustainable life."

Arya Adli

"Because of the wonderful
experience I had at my last Workshop, I decided to take action and actually grow my own fruits and vegetables!"

 

 

Hitomi Hoshino

"I thought it was impossible to achieve sustainable action without strict governmental laws. However, in Sustainable Works, I learned that little changes in each person could contribute something to other people and the world".

Mary Nguyen

The workshops gave me a more realistic look into the problems. I took every little thing I learned to heart and implemented as many alternatives as I could into my daily life. 

Romeo Wong

 I learned a lot more about how our small daily changes can make a huge impact to the world and I am thankful to have this opportunity to share what I learned to my woskshop members.

Christian Santiago

"If there were more organizations like Sustainable Works that provide Student greening programs for college students, students who are essentially the leaders of the future, I think the world would be a better place for future generations."

Lensa Balcha

I think it is interesting to discuss what moral responsibilities we humans have towards each other, animals and our planet.

Kaylyn Vo

I can help others understand more about the environment and make more conscious choices to help the Earth.

Ana Khatiashvili

Not only did it change my daily routine, but with my knowledge I was able to get my parents and friends involved.

 

Alexis Martinez

“Often, we as humans do not see issues that are critical because we are better off and more comfortable not knowing about it. I believe that is wrong, so awareness is my primary motivation for being to be a Workshop Leader.”

Richard Santana

Sustainable Works made me more appreciative of the planet and aware of how fragile it is becoming.

Nangel Ugalde

I have become a lot more aware, and eager to help others, including businesses, become aware and start implementing solutions on a daily and long term basis.

Rips Karadjian

I have a growing concern about large corporations that do not account for their environmental impact.

Cassandra Ramirez

Fall Intern

It’s one thing to understand sustainability and its importance, but convincing others is much different.  Sustainable Works has given me an opportunity to challenge my eco-ethos.

Irving Angeles

The lack of rain that southern California has received over the past years really concerns me since it has forced the governor to declare a drought.

Kelsey Foster

More people making an effort to lead environmentally cautious lifestyles is just as powerful as focusing on large-scale issues.

Kendrick Balardo

The workshops have shown me more ways to preserve and protect our environment through simple, cost efficient and effective actions. 

Yejin Jung

Because I attended the workshop, I know how to apply sustainable solutions in my life.

 

Jasmine Jordan

I thought I knew a lot before I took the workshop, but it has really opened my eyes to many things. 

 

 

Ryan Corry

"Every environmental and social justice issue is critical. If I was forced to pick one that disturbs me the most, it would be the 6th major extinction that humans are now creating."

Cheyenne Morrill

It is such a great program to get everyone together and open their minds to things that they don’t usually think about. 

Danli Zheng

Sustainable Works showed me a simple way to live green, healthy and happy.

Desiree Letendre

Sustainable works truly gave me insight on society’s environmental problems, and the knowledge to know how to fix them!

Michele Campanelli

We should be more aware of the sustainable habits we can participate in.

Kevin Milyavskiy

Sustainable Works has shown me that one must take responsibility for one's own habits that poorly affect the life of another, and that there is an obligation to others to do all that you can so that they have just as much opportunity as you

Tina Bae

[Sustainable Works] made me look at my everyday water use, electricity, and other daily life actions in a different perspective. 

Ali Wolfe

“Being a part of Sustainable Works proved that minor lifestyle adjustments do have an impact on the environment. The program has granted me the ability to notice when I'm being wasteful and how I can change to become resourceful."

Madison Browning

As we see lakes turn into puddles and the ice caps melt leaving animals helpless, it’s harder to understand why some people don't care.

Kristen McDonald

I actively educate my friends about problems with littering, specifically cigarette butts, because it is so simple to throw something in the trash. 

Raven Huston

Sustainable Works taught me that my decisions affect the world around me.

Brian Cervantes

Our largest responsibility right now is to focus on renewable energy and not to engage in this frantic chase of other unsustainable energy sources like tar sands and natural gas.

Mark Biedlingmaier

Overconsumption and mindless wasting are my most passionate concerns. Too many people buy things they don't need and produce more waste than what is needed.

 

Asuzena Rodas

In a way I was always a GO GREEN GIRL. But the workshop 'reconnected' me to  actively going green.

Caroline Karimi

I am more mindful about my decisions about resources, food, education, transportation, health and wellbeing.

Christy Daugherty

I see solutions to problems everywhere I go and try to be the change in the world that I would like to see.

       

 

 

Santa Monica College Workshop Leaders: Spring 2014:

Cheyenne Morill

"The sustainability workshops were great! I learned quite a bit of new information. It is such a great program to get everyone together and open there minds to things that they don’t usually think about."

Haseena Muhammad

"My primary motivation for wanting to become a workshop leader is to help spread information about how we are destroying the Earth and to inform others on the efforts that can be taken to help sustain and maintain our planet for future generations to come."

Irving Angeles

"Since taking the workshops I have become more aware on my wasteful habits and I have learned how to apply simple techniques to limit them. I also find myself encouraging other people to become more aware of our environment and how are resources are only limited."

Richard Santana

"The reason I want to be a workshop leader is so that I can inform others of the growing concerns affecting the environment, and notify them of the options they have to make positive impact on the environment."

Lensa Balcha

"The environmental and social issues that concern me the most is climate change. It concerns me the most because of the effects it has had on our planet and everything that lives on it."

Tina Jensen Kronqvist

"I will always stand up for what I believe in, and now that I have gained more knowledge about environmental issues, I am intent on working towards a more sustainable society and standing up for what is right and necessary."

Ana Khatiashvili

"The workshop has truly had an impact on my way of living. Not only did it change my daily routine towards being more environmentally friendly, but through my knowledge I was able to get my parents and friends involved."

Christian Santiago

"If there were more organizations like Sustainable Works that provide Student greening programs for college students, students who are essentially the leaders of the future, I think the world would be a better place for future generations."

Natasha Gerente

"Before I joined Sustainable Works I had no idea how much I could do to help and change the way we live. My goal is to pass on the knowledge."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Corry

"Every environmental and social justice issue is critical. If I was forced to pick one that disturbs me the most, it would be the 6th major extinction that humans are now creating."

Samuel Elias

“My primary motivation for becoming a leader is to be able to change others perspective and help them realize that as a human race we are capable of reason and critical thinking, yet we choose to hurt and damage the one thing keeping us alive: Planet Earth.”

 

Kerstin Kielgass

"I was very involved when I was in the workshop because I believed in it. I want to help others believe and make a difference in their daily lives."

Ynez Diaz

"Water issues around the globe concern me the most. I find that many people are unaware of the water crisis. A world without water is impossible to imagine for me, considering water is a necessity for life"

Andrea Gonzalez

"I want to be able to learn and teach others about these problems and especially solutions on how to be a better ambassador of the environment."

Crystal Bonilla

"I think raising consciousness is a vital vehicle in which to keep fellow students aware of how the littlest actions can results in a drastic impact for our environment."

Brian Cervantes

“I now feel a greater responsibility to the ecological issues around me. The workshop has led me to change my life style. I no longer just simply throw away trash I have my compost pile of my own now."

Cassandra Ramirez

"Sustainable Works has helped me be more proactive in finding ways to improve my ecological footprint. It's easy to complain all day about the state of the planet, but it's much harder to do something about it."

Alexis Martinez

“Often, we as humans do not see issues that are critical because we are better off and more comfortable not knowing about it. I believe that is wrong, so awareness is my primary motivation for being to be a Workshop Leader.”

 

Daisy Gomez

"I want to be a workshop leader so that I can share what I know, about something I am passionate for, with others who are interested in the subject and can benefit from the information."

 

Siamak Khakshoor

“Sustainable works taught me to be more conservative with my water bottles. I learned that this was an issue that was easily fixable as I now use an eco-friendly water bottle canister that I can reuse.”

 

Ali Wolf

“Being a part of Sustainable Works proved that minor lifestyle adjustments do have an impact on the environment. The program has granted me the ability to notice when I'm being wasteful and how I can change to become resourceful."

Kristen McDonald

"I want to help others learn about the decisions they make every day and inform people of alternative options that are in line with values they already hold."

Kat Kaba

“I want to help instill knowledge in others through Workshops. If knowledge is power and knowledge can be attained in a fun way, we have no excuse not to utilize it in everyday life.”

Anisha Tyagi

"My experience in the Sustainability Workshops has impacted my perspective on the world because I learned many things that we do daily that are harmful to the environment."

Jeanette Zhukov

"Sustainable Works has made me more aware as I proceed to educate my friends and family about sustainability."

Kevin Quiroz

"I am most concerned about the overpopulation of the world and as much as it seems like such an impossible thing to try and fix, it is still one of the biggest reasons why there are so many problems causing overconsumption and a high demand for basic needs."

Michelle Nguyen

“Since Sustainable Works, waste and chemical disposal have been a growing issue to me. Sustainable Works is exactly what I needed to expand my awareness and take actions. We need to educate our public and spread awareness on how to deal with the issue.”

 

Nova Cooper

"We must shift human culture, and attitudes to accomidate the reality of our environmental situation. I want to share my knowledge, and get young people excited about the possibilities!"

 

Srishty Amarnani

"This workshop is one of the biggest reasons I changed my major from health administration to environmental economics. I have always wanted to do something in the social sciences, but this workshop helped me rekindle my passion for the environment and sustainability. I realized that my main concern wasn't to save as many people as possible, but instead, to save the planet as a whole."

Stephanie Aguilar

"I want to inspire students the way I was inspired when I was attending the workshop to spread the word and educate others. The environment is something we need to be knowledgeable about, especially when it comes to resources."

Yuru Huang

"I think it is a wonderful and useful workshop. Although it is a small class, it can still change some people and save many lives. I am interested in environment protection and I really want to help the world."

 

 

 

 

Santa Monica College Workshop Leaders: Fall 2013

Brian

Workshop# 427

“I now feel a greater responsibility to the ecological issues around me. The workshop has led me to change my life style. I no longer just simply throw away trash I have my compost pile of my own now.”

Jing Jing

Workshop# 427

“I care about air pollution mainly because the air quality in China, my hometown is fairly poor due to the economic development process. I remember when I was little, I used to see all stars at night, but now they are all gone.”

Arvin

Workshop# 428

“Because of Sustainable Works, I try to conserve as much as we can. I've learned the impact of big business corporations on my lifestyle, and I've learned to circumvent that.”

Fabian

Workshop# 428

“The Sustainability Workshop made me into a much more aware person. After going through each chapter/section of the Sustainability textbook I quickly realized just how much things like water, waste, energy, transportation methods, and even food can impact the planet.”

Juan Felipe

Workshop# 429

“Sustainable Works impacted me very much. I am very aware that a group of passionate and dedicated people can make a change.”

 

Richard

Workshop# 429

"The reason I want to be a workshop leader is so that I can inform others of the growing concerns affecting the environment, and notify them of the options they have to make positive impact on the environment."

Cynthia

Workshop# 430

“I want to lead through education, provide facts and solutions that can change their attitudes, and ideally, their lifestyle. I want to motivate my peers to initiate a better understanding of the current dilemmas.”

Nova

Workshop# 430

"We must shift human culture, and attitudes to accomidate the reality of our environmental situation. I want to share my knowledge, and get young people excited about the possibilities!"

Korinna

Workshop #431

“The workshop was great and I met a lot of wonderful people. I changed a lot of my day to day activities and implemented a lot of the solutions! I now want to inspire students. I want to share the idea that our day to day lives really do make a difference.”

 

Natasha

Workshop #431

"Before I joined Sustainable Works I had no idea how much I could do to help and change the way we live. My goal is to pass on the knowledge."

Cassie

Workshop #432

“As a workshop leader, I would like to specifically raise awareness of the SEVERITY of environmental issues. I believe many are already conscious that the issues exist, but few understand the magnitude of the situation our Earth is in.”

 

Dora

Workshop #432

“My own experience in the student sustainability workshop has impacted me in realizing the domino effect of education. I was able to learn more about sustaining this earth, and now I am able to pass this information on, and hopefully the cycle will continue.”

 

Eliav

Workshop #433

“The Workshop made me far more aware of the damage I do by neglecting to think about every action I take environmentally. I'm far more conscious with the choices I make and try to make them even more environmentally friendly!”

Mayra

Workshop #433

“I try to apply as many solutions as possible to become a greener person. I also started to encourage my family and coworkers to be more environmentally conscious and live a greener life.”

 

Korinna

Workshop #434

“The workshop was great and I met a lot of wonderful people. I changed a lot of my day to day activities and implemented a lot of the solutions! I now want to inspire students. I want to share the idea that our day to day lives really do make a difference.”

Stephanie

Workshop #434

"I want to inspire students the way I was inspired when I was attending the workshop to spread the word and educate others. The environment is something we need to be knowledgeable about, especially when it comes to resources."

Amir

Workshop #435

“Development of urban areas has already diminished a lot of the world's natural habitats, which means many animals are losing their homes. I hope that we can go in the opposite direction now and increase horticulture and bring back the forests and habitats.”

Luis C.

Workshop #435

“My biggest concern is people’s decisions when it comes to consuming products and being unable to have a sustainable clean environment. I want to focus on how people can make the right decisions.”

Daisy

Workshop #436

"I want to be a workshop leader so that I can share what I know, about something I am passionate for, with others who are interested in the subject and can benefit from the information."

 


 

Aliya "Kat"

Workshop #436

“I want to help instill knowledge in others through Workshops. If knowledge is power and knowledge can be attained in a fun way, we have no excuse not to utilize it in everyday life.”

Alex

Workshop# 437

“The biggest environmental issue that I think America needs to tackle is the mass consumption in this country and how it is more than most nations. We need to drastically change our attitude about waste and using sustainable and reusable products.”

 

 

Alison

Workshop# 437

“Being a part of Sustainable Works proved that minor lifestyle adjustments do have an impact on the environment. The program has granted me the ability to notice when I'm being wasteful and how I can change to become resourceful.”

Alexis

Workshop# 438

“Often, we as humans do not see issues that are critical because we are better off and more comfortable not knowing about it. I believe that is wrong, so awareness is my primary motivation for being to be a Workshop Leader.”

Samuel

Workshop# 438

“My primary motivation for becoming a leader is to be able to change others perspective and help them realize that as a human race we are capable of reason and critical thinking, yet we choose to hurt and damage the one thing keeping us alive: Planet Earth.”

Crystal

Workshop# 439

"I think raising consciousness is a vital vehicle in which to keep fellow students aware of how the littlest actions can results in a drastic impact for our environment."

Jeanette

Workshop# 439

"Sustainable Works has made me more aware as I proceed to educate my friends and family about sustainability."

Bijan

Workshop# 440

I want to be a workshop leader so that I can share what I know, about something I am passionate for, with others who are interested in the subject and can benefit from the information."

Tania

Workshop# 440

“The solutions provided in my experience with Sustainable Works gave me hope that individuals can make a difference in small ways that reap huge benefits.”

Michelle

Workshop# 441

“Since Sustainable Works, waste and chemical disposal have been a growing issue to me. Sustainable Works is exactly what I needed to expand my awareness and take actions. We need to educate our public and spread awareness on how to deal with the issue.”

Ruswin

Workshop# 441

“I feel that it is vital for other people to know about the importance of sustainability, and since this workshop is providing such a platform I should take full advantage of it.”

Lexi

Workshop# 442

“Because of the workshop I got inspired to join Heal the Bay and work with them on monthly Beach Clean Ups. It also allowed me to cherish nature and the beauty of this Earth.”

Ynez

Workshop# 442

"Water issues around the globe concern me the most. I find that many people are unaware of the water crisis. A world without water is impossible to imagine for me, considering water is a necessity for life."

Ronita

Workshop# 443

"I feel that, similar to how I was influenced, I can influence others to make changes in their lives and leave the workshop with not only gaining extra credit, but also learning something and making changes in their lives."

Siamak

Workshop# 443

“Sustainable works taught me to be more conservative with my water bottles. I learned that this was an issue that was easily fixable as I now use an eco-friendly water bottle canister that I can reuse.”

Christian

Workshop# 444

"If there were more organizations like Sustainable Works that provide Student greening programs for college students, students who are essentially the leaders of the future, I think the world would be a better place for future generations."

 

Pablo

Workshop# 445

“I want to pass on what I have learned about sustainability. I believe the more people learn about environmental issues, the more likely we are to change our way of life.”

Rodney

Workshop# 445

"Santa Monica college is a big part of the movement  in raising Sustainability awareness in the United States. The concept is fairly new, and in my opinion very important. I appreciated the passion in the Workshop leaders while they taught. I would like the opportunity to participate in this."

   

 

 

 

Santa Monica College Workshop Leaders: Spring 2013

 

Natasha
Workshop #409
Mon. 11:00 -12:30

"Before I joined Sustainable Works I had no idea how much I could do to help and to change the way we live. I became vegetarian and I now recycle."

Maria
Workshop #409
Mon. 11:00 -12:30

"Sustainble Works has helped me get more educated and get active in changing my lifestyle and urging my friends to do so as well."

Ronita
Workshop #410
Mon. 1:00 - 2:30

"I feel that, similar to how I was influenced, I can influence others to make changes in their lives and leave the workshop with not only gaining extra credit, but also learning something and making changes in their lives."

Sarit
Workshop #410
Mon. 1:00 - 2:30

"I have had a love for nature since childhood and it pains me to see how humans are degrading the earth. I hope that I may spread my knowledge of living sustainably to as many students as possible so that our society gradually improves its treatment of the environment."


Rodney
Workshop #411
Mon. 3:00 - 4:30

"Santa Monica college is a big part of the movement  in raising Sustainability awareness in the United States. The concept is fairly new, and in my opinion very important. I appreciated the passion in the Workshop leaders while they taught. I would like the opportunity to participate in this."


Richard
Workshop #411
Mon. 3:00 - 4:30

"The reason I want to be a workshop leader is so that I can inform others of the growing concerns affecting the environment, and notify them of the options they have to make positive impact on the environment."

 


Chris
Workshop # 412
Mon. 5:30 - 7:00

"We have to change if we expect anyone else to follow so I do small things that in turn lead to big movements."


Jihu
Workshop # 412
Tue. 5:30 - 7:00

"After joining Sustainability Workshop, there was a big change in my life. One day, I began explaining about environmental issues to my friends and I noticed myself enjoying those changes in my life and felt more passionate when people around me agreed that some of our daily habits should be changed to take care of our environment."


Shannon
Workshop # 413
Tue. 9:30 - 11:00

"I am very concerned about the plastic waste our world creates and I am dedicated to educating others on waste options and alternatives."


Stephanie
Workshop # 414
Tue. 11:00 - 12:30

"I want to inspire students the way I was inspired when I was attending the workshop to spread the word and educate others. The environment is something we need to be knowledgeable about, especially when it comes to resources."


John
Workshop # 414
Tue. 11:00 - 12:30

"Does planet Earth have to hit rock bottom ecologically for everyone to change the way they treat their environment? No, we can change now."


Alexandra
Workshop # 415
Tue. 11:15 - 12:45

"I want to explain the importance of each person's contribution in the protection of the environment. I wan't to inspire people to make major and minor changes in their daily lives which will impact the whole planet and will make their own lives happier."


Daisy
Workshop # 415
Tue. 11:15 - 12:45

"I want to be a workshop leader so that I can share what I know, about something I am passionate for, with others who are interested in the subject and can benefit from the information."


Ryan
Workshop # 416
Tue. 1:00 - 2:30

"I always had a lot to share in our workshops last semester but I feel that by being in a leadership role, I can contribute more to shedding light on current environmental issues. I really want to encourage people to take this seriously because it changed my life and quite frankly, I enjoy responsibility. My mom always said, 'If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself'".

 


Crystal
Workshop # 416
Tue.1:00 - 2:30

"I think raising consciousness is a vital vehicle in which to keep fellow students aware of how the littlest actions can results in a drastic impact for our environment."


Catherine
Workshop # 417
Tue. 3:45 - 5:15

"I'd like to reach out to people and try to make them interested in making a change in their lives. Also, this is a great opportunity for me to break out of my shell."

 


Brenda 
Workshop # 417
Tue. 3:45 - 5:15

"The social issue that concerns me the most is recycling! I have a thing for recycling and I recycle everything that I can."


Bijan

Workshop # 418
Wed. 9:30 - 11:00

"I want to be a workshop leader so that I can share what I know, about something I am passionate for, with others who are interested in the subject and can benefit from the information."

 


Skya
Workshop # 418
Wed. 9:30 - 11:00

"My experience in the Student Sustainability Workshop has helped me gain more knowledge in which I can to share to my family more often."


Genesis
Workshop # 419
Wed. 11:00 - 12:30

"The Student Sustainability Workshop was a constant reminder to me on how certain things I do everyday can and will affect the environment."

 


Ynez
Workshop # 419
Wed. 11:00 - 12:30

"Water issues around the globe concern me the most. I find that many people are unaware of the water crisis. A world without water is impossible to imagine for me, considering water is a necessity for life."


Andree
Workshop # 420            Wed. 1:00 - 2:30

"You cannot change what you don’t acknowledge. Knowledge is power. And that change starts with me."


Natalie

Workshop # 420
Wed. 1:00 - 2:30

"I still practice the solutions I implemented during each lesson, such as unplugging electronics when not in use, using reusable bags, carpooling, etc."


Konul
Workshop # 421
Wed. 3:00 - 4:30

"I really want to start educating people in my country when I go back, regarding the issues facing the world and our country as well. This makes me want to learn more and more about sustainability."

Christian
Workshop # 408
Wed. 3:00 - 4:30

"If there were more organizations like Sustainable Works that provide Student greening programs for college students, students who are essentially the leaders of the future, I think the world would be a better place for future generations."

 

Rodney

Workshop # 422

Wed. 5:00 - 6:30

"Santa Monica college is a big part of the movement  in raising Sustainability awareness in the United States. The concept is fairly new, and in my opinion very important. I appreciated the passion in the Workshop leaders while they taught. I would like the opportunity to participate in this."

AJ

Workshop #422

Wed. 5:00 - 6:30

"I want to help facilitate the spread and action of sustainable lifestyle and practice for all people, for all time."

Jesse

Workshop #423

Thur. 9:30 - 11:00

"I am dedicated to leading by example and trying to find out any way I can help spread the message of being more sustainable."

Hanjingjing

Workshop # 423

Thur. 9:30 - 11:00

“I care about air pollution mainly because the air quality in China, my hometown is fairly poor due to the economic development process. I remember when I was little, I used to see all stars at night, but now they are all gone.”

Alex H

Workshop # 424

Thur. 11:15 - 12:45

“The biggest environmental issue that I think America needs to tackle is the mass consumption in this country and how it is more than most nations. We need to drastically change our attitude about waste and using sustainable and reusable products.”

Chaoyi

Workshop # 424

Thur. 11:15 - 12:45

“I am much more cautious now when consuming resources such as water, electricity and foods! Moreover, the feeling of doing something for the greater good is exhilarating!”

Joseph

Workshop # 425

1:00 - 2:30

"Change is possible. The students involved make small changes that lead to greater, more significant changes."


Kayla

Workshop # 426

Thur. 3:00 - 4:30

"Through Sustainable Works, I want to help show people that living sustainably is not about sacrifices, but living a compassionate lifestyle for the betterment of all people and living beings."

Amir

Workshop # 426

Thur. 3:00 - 4:30

“Development of urban areas has already diminished a lot of the world's natural habitats, which means many animals are losing their homes. I hope that we can go in the opposite direction now and increase horticulture and bring back the forests and habitats.”

   

 

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