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2015 Winter Magazine

Nathaniel Wight ’99 is sharing his passion for environmental sustainability with students in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the nation. His students learn about economics and the environment and how they relate to the building trades such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, heating, ventilation, pre-engineering and more. For his efforts, Wight earned the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. For more information To see videos of Michael Lindblad and Tim Love go to: youtube.com/linfieldcollege/videos Learn more about Nathaniel Wight’s work at: www.mrwight.wordpress.com Winter 2015 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 1 at BDCA, which will be a showcase of cutting-edge renewable energy systems. He was also recognized with The City Gardens Club of New York’s Melville Award for environmental education and was selected as Alliance for Climate Education’s New York City Teacher of the Year. At Linfield, Wight was involved in recycling efforts across campus and was inspired by an environmental problem-solving class, which allowed him to experience the ecological community, talk to urban planners and identify solutions to environmental problems, all while gaining experience outside of the classroom. An applied physics major, he said Professor Joelle Murray made physics fun and exciting by communicating difficult concepts in an engaging way. “She provided me with a strong foundation in physics allowing me to critically evaluate the science behind sustainable technologies,” Wight said. “Professor Murray’s teaching style definitely influenced me as a teacher and has helped me break down difficult concepts to students, while also giving me the skills needed to help students evaluate the physics behind sustainable technologies.” After graduating, Wight served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, where he focused on sustainable community development through identifying solutions to soil erosion. He later received his master’s in education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a subsequent master’s in environmental engineering through Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering. – Mardi Mileham, Alyssa Townsend ’15


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