Meet our Student and Recent Graduate Panelists
Executive Director - KEY Project / alum of UH West Oʻahu - Sustainable Community Food Systems
Rainbow Uliʻi is from Hauʻula & Waiāhole Oʻahu and developed her interest in sustainability through the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu Political Science and Sustainable Community Food Systems (SCFS) undergraduate programs. She then graduated with her Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UH Mānoa in May 2022. Rainbow supported food system change through her program by reviewing state-level food system plans in New Mexico and Michigan, and identifying similarities, differences, and steps for Hawaiʻi to take towards creating a state-level food system plan. This involved creating relationships with planners and food system advocates to tailor the educational pathway that would best fit her interest. Today, Rainbow serves her community as the Executive Director for the Kualoa-Heʻeia Ecumenical Youth (KEY) Project in Kahaluʻu, Oʻahu.
Undergraduate student at Northeastern University
Harrison Freiman is from Georgia, and is in his third year of a double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science at Northeastern University in Boston. When he started college, his interest was in law and direct action through studying criminal justice, but he has found more resonance in becoming a change agent for environmental justice by following his interests in environmental law, sustainability, and sustainable business practices. Harrison is also interested in the fast-growing sustainable fashion sector, and has launched an entrepreneurial start-up, WAISTED, with classmates. Through Northeastern’s co-op program, he completed a full time internship with Global Council for Science and the Environment, researching sustainability degree programs from the perspective of prospective students. He was recently appointed Co-Director of Northeastern's Sustainable Innovation Network (SIN). He enjoys the flexibility to follow his interests as they unfold.
Undergraduate student at Colorado Mountain College / Steamboat Springs
Bryce Schiff is from Michigan, and is completing a degree in Sustainability Studies with a Business minor at Colorado Mountain College, where he has participated in the college’s Sustainability Tracking and Ratings System (STARS) through coursework and a campus internship. He has a passion for bicycling and everything outdoors and sustainability, values that he attributes to his family and growing up running through forests instead of looking at screens. He finds Nature to be a place of solace and escape that stimulates his mind and creativity. He always felt drawn to the mountains of Colorado, but thought out-of-state tuition would be out of reach. When he found CMC’s affordable BA program in Sustainability Studies he introduced the concept to his family. His parents, who own a family engineering business, saw sustainability blossoming across all industries and agreed that this degree offered a good outlook. He’s grateful to study sustainability in a beautiful setting and an awesome school.
Undergraduate student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Autumn is from Florida, and her lifelong love for nature and animals helped her make the decision to major in Environmental Science to dedicate her career to the ecosystems that support life. After transferring to FAMU, she has been able to identify her skillset and passions within environmentalism through coursework, interning with The Environmental Learning Center and, serving as a campus event coordinator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She writes for The Environmental Magazine and is President of FAMU'S Sustainability Club. She is grateful and thankful to use these opportunities to enhance her abilities to help people think sustainably and ethically about our Earth.
2023 GreenBiz Emerging Leader / EDF Climate Corps Fellow at Warner Music Group / Alumni, Master of Sustainability Solutions, ASU
Lukas started his journey into sustainability with a focus on animal welfare and conservation. During his undergraduate program, he went to Thailand to research elephants for a summer and saw firsthand the impact of unsustainable practices on the environment and wildlife conservation as a whole. After graduating in March 2020, Lukas realized that he had to get to the root causes of climate change – exploitative capitalism. He ventured into corporate sustainability where he slowly but surely found his niche. Now Lukas is working with Warner Music Group on their Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) team, helping decarbonize their operations and supply chain globally. Although this venture is off the path of wildlife conservation, he is certain that any work to decarbonize the economy is a step in the right direction. As nature-based solutions become more prevalent in the industry, Lukas is looking to grow in that area and work more closely with what brought him to the sustainability space in the first place.