Elijah Black

The Sustainability Internship course through the entrepreneurship minor was a really informative crash course on the actual mechanisms of “being sustainable” and all of the cool stuff that is happening right now in the real world.

Elijah Black BA ?23

Pronouns

he/him

Degree and Class Year

BA ’23

Hometown

San Francisco and Pacifica, California

Major

Economics

Minor

Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation

Extracurriculars

Tiny House Club President, Bates Center Activities

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Close-knit, Active, Calm

How would you describe sustainability at L&C?

Sustainability is a core belief at Lewis & Clark and it’s pretty apparent in my day-to-day life. It is clearly something that people consider when discussing what the school is doing, what extracurricular activities are going on, or major world events. People have a really diverse understanding of sustainability based on different majors and backgrounds. There is a broad understanding of what sustainability actually means and what it looks like. There is a lot of excitement around it and people are really out here making things happen.

What’s your involvement with any sustainability initiatives on campus? What’s the best part of your experience?

My first experience was taking the Sustainability Internship course through the entrepreneurial leadership and innovation program. The instructor, Amy Dvorak, is L&C’s director of sustainability and super knowledgeable. She is a fantastic teacher, too. She makes the subject engaging and accessible. It was a really informative crash course on the actual mechanisms of “being sustainable” and all of the cool stuff that is happening right now in the real world. We got to hear from great speakers and it gave me a ton of good ideas about what kind of sustainability opportunities exist. I even got an interview with a green building company out of it. I also run the Tiny House Club on campus, where we are building a 16-foot tiny house that we are going to donate to a local nonprofit called Community Vision. Sustainability was a big reason for taking on this project and learning about alternative, more sustainable dwellings and lifestyles.

What should incoming students know about sustainability at L&C?

Students should definitely expect to learn a lot about sustainability. It is actively discussed on campus, and there are a ton of clubs and opportunities to get involved, including SEED, Garden Club, and Tiny House Club. People are really great about connecting with people who are interested, but don’t know where to start. You don’t need to come in knowing everything. I think sustainability is a reflection of L&C students’ desire to make the world a better place, so I would be optimistic, enjoy the ride, and see where it takes you.

How does sustainability prepare students for life after L&C?

Sustainability is a rapidly growing movement that is only becoming more relevant with climate change and increased awareness of individuals and businesses. There is a ton of opportunity in the sustainability world to start something and make a real difference. L&C prepares students to enter that world and gives them the tools they need to be successful. There are so many ways to build your resume, make connections to peers and professionals, and most importantly, participate in something real and cool.