Jerimiah Koll

What are your majors? Economics, environmental studies, and statistics

Expected graduation: December 2021

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? Some of my best childhood memories come from field trips to a nearby national forest, while ideas of how the forest has been preserved and changed by human presence came much later, I’ve always felt a connection to the area. Once I entered high school I spent a lot of time talking about environmental issues and it led me to want to work in environmental policy. I knew that climate change was going to be the major issue of our day and I wanted to help solve it. I started to do some research in the topic and learned about community based solutions, to me they made the most sense, if a community is threated by climate change they should have the final word into how it’s fought.

What would you say (or do you say) to other students about CESP and the Nelson Institute? The CESP program has been a wonderful opportunity to truly integrate environmental studies ideas with other disciplines, in most other classes there is little discussion about community problem solving, getting the discussion about it helps foster a deeper understanding of these issues.

Something few people know about you: Every time people ask how tall I am I’ll say I’m an inch taller until people call me out about it.