About the Bloggers

Each blogger from Green Grounds has their own day of the week to post. Our bloggers post either once every two weeks or once every four weeks depending on their preference.

Andromeda on the Rocks by Cristian Fattinnazi

Meigan McManus
Class of 2016
Environmental Science major, Global Sustainability minor
I’ve always been interested in how people can make their lives more sustainable in different areas in their lives, from food to transportation. Even the littlest change can make a huge difference! While I love sharing my ideas and philosophies on tweaks one can make to make their lives more sustainable, I never want to pressure or force anyone. The best way to go about sharing these concepts is bringing to light how fun or awesome they are. There are so many ways to go about making changes, each with their own way of meeting specific needs and I love learning about these new techniques and technologies.

Gabriella Freckmann
Class of 2018
Environmental Science major/Spanish minor
I love spending time outdoors and experiencing nature. I am passionate about sustainability because I want to live in a beautiful, healthy and balanced environment!
Allyson D’Esopo
Class of 2019
I am passionate about sustainability because I enjoy spending time outdoors. We only have one planet, so it is our job to keep it healthy and looking beautiful.


Jacob Smith
Class of 2018
Biology Major and Environmental Science
My passion for sustainability came from taking a minute to just visualize the world that we live in. I realized that it is important to take care of an entity that flourishes with life and beauty. I want to conserve this world for our future generations, so that they can enjoy it like we are doing now.


Lauren Butler

Class of 2019

Up until last year, I never really knew why people would live sustainability or even what living sustainably means. If someone asked me to define sustainability, I probably would have said, “It’s something about global warming and trees or something, right?” I took a class called Environmental Systems and Societies last year as part of my IB Diploma in high school. I learned all about the problems our society faces related to the environment, all the way from overpopulation to climate change. I now know each individual can create a small change, so I try my best to make a difference every day. I’m passionate about sustainability because we can make a difference if we work together. If we get a group of people to each create a small change, we can turn those small changes into a big change!

Chelsea Granados
Class of 2017
Biology Major with a Specialization in Environmental and Biological Conservation, Global Sustainability Minor
The earth is such an amazing place, and I feel it is our responsibility to take care of it. Luckily, there are so many ways we can include little acts of sustainability into our daily lifestyle

Patricia Garvey
Class of 2016

Environmental Science major and Government major

For a very long time now, it has been my life’s mission to leave this world better than the way that I found it. Sustainability is, as I see it, the simplest and most significant way to accomplish this goal. In a world of growing technology and isolation, it is becoming ever easier to forget our dependence on the environment and our impact on the health of the environment. Humanity owes everything to the environment: our past, our present, and, most importantly, our future. As populations continue to increase, sustainability will have an even greater impact on the world we leave our children. I want to be a part of this movement towards sustainability, and I hope that you do too.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead


Libby Milo

Class of 2018

Major in Environmental Science

I am passionate about sustainability because I LOVE nature and I would like to preserve the beauty in nature for future generations.


Amanda Demmerle 

Class of 2017
Environmental Science and Environmental Thought and Practice Double Major and Global Sustainability Minor
So often we are told what we can’t do, or we are waiting around for something big to happen, some sweeping legislation that will solve all our problems. What I love about sustainability is that it is all about the things we can do right now. Whether its recycling, biking instead of driving, or growing things in the backyard, there is something we can do to live more sustainably, and that doesn’t hinge on what anyone else is doing. But the best thing about sustainability, I have come to find out, is that is is infectious! If you talk about it and practice it enough, your friends will notice and start to live more sustainably too.


Nicki Powell

Class of 2017

Environmental Science major and Statistics major
For me, being environmentally responsible is as habitual as brushing my teeth every morning. I think that in order to keep our species healthy we need to keep our planet healthy, and thus I am always excited to come across cool sustainable ideas that I can put to use! Even hearing about the sustainable efforts of others is something to pay attention to, and often inspires me to want to do more. I hope that this blog will help you find a way to make sustainability a bigger part of your life, or at least help you discover a yummy new recipe. 🙂
Laurel Abowd
Class of 2016
Environmental Science major and Public Policy major
Adopting sustainability is a creative solution to protecting the things I have grown to love: springtime Pavilion gardens, gorgeous Grounds sunsets, and long runs through the Virginia countryside.


Hannah Piester

Class of 2019

While I am still technically undecided, I am a prospective Environmental Thought and Practice and Commerce double major! I am passionate about sustainability because I believe that by pursuing a more sustainable existence, we will in effect be treating the multitude of global issues in a more holistic way. I want to be part of the first generation that attempts to clean up the mess humans have created rather than pass it on for someone else to deal with.


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