Ameya Baxi

What is your major? Environmental sciences (focus in geospatial sciences) with certificates in data science, engineering for energy sustainability, and environmental studies

Expected graduation: May 2024

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? Growing up in large metropolises, there was often a disconnect between community and the environment, with the environment often viewed as existing outside of the city. Participating in the Earth Partnership Indigenous Arts and Sciences FIG taught me that for many nations and cultures, people and nature are interconnected and caring for one’s community extends to the environment. This changed my perspective on how deeply intertwined the environment and community are and made me realize that solutions to environmental issues need to consider the social impact, too. I have since been inspired to use my environmental sciences education to work towards change that simultaneously benefits human and non-human components of our world.