Elena Lozano '22 (she/her/hers)

Where do you call home?

Woodbury, MN

What are your major(s) and minor(s)?

Environmental Studies and Biology

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

My favorite outdoor activity is probably exploring and going for long hikes in new places or hammocking!

Why did you decide to major in Environmental Studies?

After high school, I wasn't sure what to major in yet, but I remember a moment in my biology class my senior year when we talked about global warming, and how I was one of the few people that was really passionate about it (in my class). After taking Intro to Environmental Studies my first semester at CSB, I realized how important caring for the environment and our planet is, and how much work still needs to be done to stop the climate crisis. I decided to stick with it, and since then have learned about a lot of the intersectional issues that surround climate and our environment, all of which is helping me grow into the passionate and driven student, activist, and scientist that I am striving to be today.

What environmental issue are you most passionate about?

I can't decide which I am most passionate about (can I say all of it?) but one thing that I am very passionate about is the use of non-renewable resources like oil and gas. From hydraulic fracking for oil and gas to surface mining for tar sands (crude oil), I feel that the devastating destruction of our mother earth should be something that everyone is passionate about. On a lighter note, I am also inspired by sustainability and small-scale actions that lead to large-scale change. For example, native prairie restoration and conservation techniques that I have seen implemented on our very own campus and around MN are so cool to see and be a part of!

What is your favorite Environmental Studies class and why?

Of the ones I have taken so far, one of my favorite Environmental Studies classes has been Intro to Environmental Studies, as it is the one that helped me decide I was in the right major. I also really enjoyed taking Global Climate Policy because it allowed us to learn about how different countries around the world are working together to fight the climate crisis. Also, through this class I was able to attend a global conference on climate change put together by the United Nations (COP 25) in Madrid, Spain, where I was able to conduct interviews and do research on climate migration.

What are you looking forward to as an Environmental Studies student?

I am looking forward to continuing to use the opportunities and connections CSB/SJU has given me to grow as a student, individual, and community member that cares for the environment. I am also looking forward to finding a career after college that allows me to put my skills and enthusiasm to the test in a position related to climate science!