Thoughts on Parks

This summer I have had the amazing opportunity to volunteer in Grand Teton National Park. One of the most rewarding parts of working in a national park is seeing first time visitors experience and appreciate the beauty of the park. Visitors will run up to us to show us pictures of wildlife they saw on…

Sustainable Summer Fun

Summer! A time for soaking up the sun, enjoying the outdoors, and haphazardly consuming without considering the impact of your actions on the planet– until now! It is important to consider the ways that your summer fun impacts the world around us; summer 2021 has already been our hottest on record, and despite the fact…

Sustainability and the City

A look into sustainability initiatives in NYC New York City: a glimmering metropolis of skyscrapers, street vendors, and style. The Big Apple is globally recognized as a city constantly looking to the future, making it a hub for eco-activists and sustainability experts. Some aspects of New York infrastructure are already the city’s massive public transportation…

Undergraduate Research Day 2021

On April 9th, I was able to participate in Undergraduate Research Day (URD) here at the University of Oklahoma. While URD had to be virtual this year, it was still incredibly exciting and rewarding to present on my own research for the first time. It was also a great space to get experience presenting on…

An Overview of MAPS

MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) is a very unique capital improvement project system that Oklahoma City has been using since 1993. The first MAPS was approved by voters in 1993, putting a one-cent sales tax in place. When the tax expired in 1999, it had collected over $309 million (as well as $54 million accrued in…