Intern Profile: Jason Sather

Hello Everyone, My name is Jason Sather, and I am one of the new interns here at Nourish the Planet in Loveland, CO.  I graduated from Prescott College in 2012 with a B.A. in Sustainable Community Development with an emphasis in Ecopsycology and a strong breadth in Earth Sciences. Now 34 years old, I have spent much of my adult life working in the construction industry with experience as a professional plumber and carpenter, among others.  I like to tell people I build things and fix things.  With what I have learned in extensive undergraduate studies encompassing topics like agroecology, earth system science, adventure education, psychology, and sustainability I like to think that I can help fix some of the problems we face as human participants in this more-than-human world while building new systems that help us make sense of our place in it. It wasn’t until my first collegiate environmental science class in the late nineties that I was introduced to the effects my life had on the world around me.  The ideas that were introduced there created a chain of events that have widened my perspective of the world, and led me here to Nourish the Planet.  Along the way I have learned much about our world and the human effects on it.  Sustainability has become for me much more than a goal, it is a way of life. For me sustainability is about responsibility and some sacrifice.  It is our responsibility as humans being the most impactful species on the planet to be humans doing the most to be sure that our actions and effects do...

Intern Profile: Adam Smith

Hi, my name is Adam Smith. I grew up in a small town in Michigan, graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2011 with a BA in physics and math and recently moved to Boulder after a stint working on sail boats (I’m a licensed captain). Beyond sustainability and aquaponics, I play a lot of ultimate Frisbee, home brew, and enjoy getting outside, obviously. When did you first become interested in sustainability? I first got turned on to some of the bigger ideas of sustainability working on my senior project in high school which involved building a biodiesel reactor and designing passive solar buildings for our campus. I really caught the bug and have been trying to learn more ever since. What are the most interesting/important things that you’ve learned since being an intern at Nourish the Planet? It’s been great to see the procedures in place for monitoring the various systems. My past experiences with aquaculture and hydroponics have been very hodgepodge, seeing a steady-state system is great. How do you incorporate sustainability into your life? My biggest commitment to sustainability is that I try not to consume excessively. I like to live frugally and make or reuse things rather than buying them new. What do you want to see change in the world in the next 10 years? I think the biggest improvement would be if people start to rethink our transportation system. It’s bigger than driving better cars or even biking though, you have to also look at how cities are laid out and really redesign the whole built environment. It’s one of the big areas where change...