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Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

            This past winter I found a copy of Let My People Go Surfing in my brother’s pile of “to read” books. Being the competitive little sister that I am, I decided I had to read it before he got there first. I had read about Yvon Chouinard before and always loved Patagonia, but it wasn’t until reading this book that I learned about 1% for the Planet. I had seen the logo before, but never really knew what the organization was all about. After reading Let My People Go Surfing, I started noticing the logo even more and realized what a large network this organization truly has. Interested in the intersection of business and the environment, I felt that interning at 1% for the Planet would offer me a lens with which to see how businesses can incorporate an environmental focus into their mission, as I believe this will influence a wider sphere of sustainable action. I’m really excited to explore this interest of mine this summer and see if it’s something I’d like to pursue in the future.

I’ve learned so much already just in the three weeks that I’ve been here and have come across some really interesting member companies and nonprofits. Some of my favorite 1% for the Planet members are Patagonia, Jack Johnson, Bronwen, Steve’s Ice Cream (Coffee and Donuts flavored ice cream!!), Steel Cow Gallery, Plak That, and Hug on a Rug. Some of my favorite nonprofits in the 1% FTP network are the Snow Leopard Trust, The Nature Conservancy, 350.org, and the Rainforest Alliance.

Being a conscious consumer already, this internship has opened my eyes to the many companies that are changing the way we buy and nonprofits that are doing amazing things for the environment.  About to graduate and face the real world, I realize I’ve reached the point in my life where I’m making decisions entirely on my own. Without dining halls, I’ll need to choose which foods I want to buy at the grocery store. Without dorm furniture, I’ll need to decide how I furnish my first apartment. And without free concerts on campus, I’ll need to decide which bands I spend my money on to see live. Seeing the 1% FTP logo helps me sort through the thousands of companies out there and find the ones that are aligned with my values. While I can’t speak for all college students, I know many of my friends would agree that having the 1% FTP stamp of approval is incredibly helpful in making these choices.

Outside of 1% for the Planet, I’m really excited this summer to explore Vermont – whether that’s hiking, biking, floating down a river, or touring a brewery. I always feel like I’m missing the best season in Vermont when I go home after the school year, so I can’t wait to be here this summer!

Thanks 1% for the Planet for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer brings!

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