Satya Austin-Opper

Satya Austin-Opper BA '22



Degree and Class Year

BA ’22


Asheville, North Carolina


Environmental Studies


Political Economy


Sustainability and Climate Programs intern, College Outdoors trip leader

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

Beautiful, Friendly, Outdoorsy

How would you describe sustainability at L&C?

Our green campus is one thing that attracts students to Lewis & Clark, and the institution has made some steps toward a more sustainable campus, like our LEED-certified academic buildings. There is, however, a lot more work that needs to be done before we can claim that we are living and learning sustainably. Sustainability on campus is an ongoing process, but we have been taking steps in the right direction.

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

I have had internships with the sustainability office on campus for the past three years. Each year I have had a different position, which has given me the opportunity to evolve my interests and impact on campus. My experience working with sustainability has given me a lot of agency in making the changes that I want to see on campus. I have really felt like my perspective matters and that I have been able to influence decisions.

What should incoming students know about sustainability at LC?

There are a lot of opportunities to get involved and make the changes that you want to see on campus. If you have ideas on how to better the campus, there is a lot of support to help create those initiatives. Don’t hesitate to seek out resources and mentors on campus.

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

Thanks to the sustainability office, I feel like I have been able to use my time at L&C to develop my professional skill set and hone my interests. As an environmental studies student, it has been nice to couple my academic interests with professional experience in the field that I am passionate about.