Emma Struss graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington and is concerned about how transit choices impact climate change, especially when the Twin Cities will grow by one million residents in the next 30 years. That’s what brought her to apply for the North Star Chapter’s Green Transportation Internship, where she served from November 2012 until April 2013. Emma explains, “People don’t think about the consequences of driving cars because it’s such a habit,” which is why she bikes to work.
Emma has been working on various projects through the North Star Chapter to communicate transit issues to our state legislatures and our local community. Emma has been involved in the Chapter’s Land Use and Transportation Committee and the Transit for a Stronger Economy Campaign, helping at informational fairs and making phone calls to educate citizens and to get the community engaged in transit solutions. On one of her latest projects, Emma created a light rail car out of cardboard and paint to wear at the capitol at a rally for House and Senate bills to dedicate funding for regional transit systems.
She said the most exciting part of her experience with the Sierra Club has been meeting people of all ages that care about the environment. She looks forward to the monthly Land Use and Transportation meetings to engage with others who care about the transit issues surrounding climate change.
Emma recently started a new position with the Center for Energy and Environment as a Community Outreach Specialist, and plans to stay involved in the North Star Chapter.
When asked what she enjoys most about Minnesota’s environment, Emma explained that she loves the four distinct seasons because of the different outdoor activities that are special to each one; she especially loves to ski in the winter!
Profile by Olivia Cashman, Development and Communications Intern for the Sierra Club North Star Chapter.
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