A Bit about me.

My name is August.

I grew up in a small town in New England’s Quiet Corner, where family farms dot the landscape and homemade ice cream is never more than a short drive down the road. In hindsight, I’d say I was a bit spoiled.

I currently live in North Carolina where I am a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Duke University. My research allows me to work closely with the Center for WaSH Aid. More specifically, I focus my energy on thermodynamics (not my best pun, I know). But in all seriousness, the Center awards its time to bringing sustainable sanitation solutions to those that are still living without proper access to what you and I take for granted on a daily basis: sewered toilets. And it’s still a very real issue for many people living in developing countries and even for some communities in the United States.

Sanitation talk aside, my non-academic endeavors include traveling, photography, all things food, snowboarding, music that champions good vibes, hiking, cars, and most recently, this blog.

As you can tell from my hobbies list, I don’t always do that great of a job at being environmentally friendly. But I believe that being green isn’t an all or nothing ordeal; meaning that I can find ways to reduce my ecological footprint while still indulging in my favorite pastimes.

I’ve been wanting to write this blog for a long time now, and always put it off using the excuse: what I don’t do, someone else will. But that’s simply not true. Sure, there are other blogs out there for green living and conservation, but by not writing my own, I’ve failed to personally drive forward an increasingly important conversation about climate change. So that’s why I’m here, I’m going green, and in the process, hoping you do too.

 
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