published 9TH December 2022
Written by Izzy Nobili
Freshman majoring in Environmental Studies and International Studies
In her first year at Hopkins and with the Office of Sustainability, freshman Izzy Nobili looks forward to engaging with sustainable efforts on and off campus, both within the Hopkins community and the Baltimore community at large. Throughout her time at Hopkins, she hopes to influence positive change in the realm of environmental concern, and to contribute to a more sustainable Hopkins.
Nobili will combine her passions for writing and sustainability as a Communications Intern for the Office. She will highlight individuals, efforts, projects, and news surrounding sustainability for the upcoming 2023 Annual Report. Several highlights will be featured in intermittent blog posts in order to inform the Hopkins community of noteworthy sustainable happenings on and around campus.
“In order to create a more environmentally conscious campus community, we need to create a more informed community,” says Nobili. “By providing students, faculty, and community members with resources to better understand the efforts underway at Hopkins, we are providing that essential source of information regarding all-things sustainability.”
For Nobili, this internship offers her not only an avenue to exercise her passions, but to connect with the community that surrounds sustainability at Hopkins. “It can be overwhelming to enter into a new community space, eager to make an impact, but unaware of how to effectively engage,” says Nobili. “I am grateful to be a part of the Office of Sustainability, because I hope to both contribute to their efforts and to connect with other sustainably-minded groups on campus throughout my time and duties.”
Nobili’s passion for sustainability stems from her childhood and upbringing on the shores of Cape Cod. Surrounded by the ocean’s majesty and by the unique habitats that persist on the Cape, Nobili learned to respect and appreciate the natural world.
“I have always felt a sense of responsibility when it comes to responding to the anthropogenic changes that are destroying many aspects of the environment,” says Nobili. “I am constantly inspired by the natural world around me, so I feel that it is, in many ways, a duty of mine and ours to repair the damages that have led to its degradation.
In contributing to the work of the Office of Sustainability and thus to sustainability at Hopkins overall, Nobili hopes to serve as a positive and effective source of change.