Carissa T. Lord '98
Strive for Accountability
August 14, 2013
Bi-State Stormwater Coordinator for the Blackstone and Ten Mile River Watersheds, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (Photo by Jim Allen)
What I love most about what I do: One of the benefits of my job is being able to take lessons learned across state lines to demographically similar communities. Knowledge sharing is a key to regional stormwater management.
How Dickinson prepared me for what I do: The environmental studies program laid the groundwork for my academic studies in coastal policy and my work in the environmental field.
My favorite professor: Professor Cyril Dwiggins and his ethics classes allowed me to think beyond the policy and theories I was using in the labs. I liked being challenged.
My favorite organization at Dickinson: The sisterhood of Kappa Alpha Theta was a great way for me to come into myself and learn from strong role models.
My favorite place on campus: There was great people-watching from the cushies in the HUB! And during the quiet times, you could find a comfy seat to do homework late-night.
What accomplishment I'm most proud of today: I am proud of my strong network of environmental professionals in Rhode Island. Knowing the key players in the environmental field is very important in the smallest state.
What "strive for accountability" means to me: Many times people think it's someone else's problem to solve. If you want cleaner beaches and oceans, then go out and get involved. Attend public meetings, talk to interest groups. "Be the change you want to see in the world."
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