We are simply thrilled to introduce you to G.A.L.A.’s newest member of the team – Isabelle Barnard! Isabelle will be serving as an intern with G.A.L.A. this summer through Stanford University. She has wasted little time diving both feet first into all that is G.A.L.A. – constructing raised beds for Sustain-A-Raisers, becoming an expert pedal-powered smoothie maker, marching in the 4th of July parade, blogging, and getting down and dirty with data entry in the office. So, we wanted to introduce you . .
Isabelle hails from South Londonderry, Vermont, where she has spent seven years falling in love with the woods, rivers, and mountains of New England. This summer, she is thrilled to be back out east after spending her freshman year at Stanford University.
In third grade, Isabelle’s class conducted an experiment in which theypoured a mixture of water and acid (“acid rain”) on potted plants for several weeks. She watched in horror as the plant she was trying to care for wilted and died. When the experiment was over, she brought the plant home and tried to revive it, but she couldn’t. For the first time, environmentalism felt real to her– she realized that her actions, intentional or not, could harm the world around her. She became a vegetarian the following year, and since then she has been an avid recycler, composter, and locavore.
Isabelle is continually amazed by the power of conversations and personal relationships to shape people’s attitudes and decisions. In college, she uses her background in teaching and communication to educate her community about environmental issues. She teaches classes on energy conservation at local schools, guides other students to live more sustainably by serving as a Green Living Coordinator, helps organize and run the annual water and energy-saving competitions on campus, and is currently working to implement a Meatless Mondays program in one of the dining halls.
Isabelle plans to major in Earth Systems and to minor in Comparative Literature. This summer, Isabelle is excited to learn more about the nuts and bolts of nonprofit work, to get acquainted with local farms, businesses, and community organizations, and to tap into the amazing energy of the G.A.L.A. community. She’ll be working the smoothie booth at the Farmers’ Market every Thursday, so come say hi!