Working with people and helping others while you’re doing it is a large part of environmental studies. Students are finding ways to make things better.
Leslie Tintle “fell in love” with environmental studies after taking Lafayette’s Introduction to the Environment course, EVST 100. Tintle is a double major in environmental studies and art and is also minoring in geology. Tintle was drawn to the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program due to the wide array of course options that are available and the program’s focus on current issues. “The program focuses on what’s happening now in the world, and there are so many different avenues that you can take with the program,” she explained.
While at Lafayette, Leslie has had a few unique volunteer and internship experiences. Tintle served as the student coordinator for Green Move Out on campus. In this role, Tintle worked with residence life to set up donation locations outside of residence halls during the final two weeks of the spring semester. The Green Move Out team then catalogued everything that was donated and distributed the items to local organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Leslie got involved with Green Move Out through Professor Kira Lawrence. Tintle added, “The project reduces waste and helps out the community.”
Leslie also interned at the Nurture Nature Center. As an environmental studies and art major, the center was a great fit for Tintle because the center tends to combine science and art to address local issues. “It was a neat experience to combine both majors in one place,” Tintle said. For example, the center has an exhibit called “Science on a Sphere” which is a 6-foot suspended globe that displays breath-taking visualizations of earth and space. They also host art shows for the community and have an urban recycling garden.
Yet another unique experience Tintle has had was working at LaFarm, Lafayette’s community garden and working farm. At LaFarm, Leslie enjoyed seed cataloging along with other projects. Tintle had a particular interest in farming due to food allergies, and felt that the experience taught her a greater appreciation for what people like Sarah Edmonds, LaFarm Manager, do.
Overall, Leslie has really enjoyed being a part of the Environmental Studies Program. She would advise future students to fully immerse themselves in the program by joining clubs and getting involved on campus.