Brian Person


My name is Brian Person. I am from California. I go to California State University San Marcos where I am a B.S. Sociology candidate.

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

I believe that all issues of sustainability are important in their own respects, but I am most fascinated by water usage and conservation. Water is an extremely powerful element that has the ability to cripple economies, displace societies and shape entire cultures. With that being said, water is also the ultimate giver and sustainer of life. Without this substance, life would not be possible. The trick is, being able to allocate water usage so that everyone/thing gets enough to sustain themselves. 

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

I am apart of a group that is attempting to make Cal State San Marcos and the surrounding cities (Escondido, San Marcos, Vista) more sustainable. We are achieving this by engaging and encouraging students, community members, and local government officials to create and maintain a Climate Action Agreement that will set the standards for sustainability. Climate change is a real threat that will impact us all.

What are your plans for the next five years?

I am currently looking at Graduate Programs( masters and Ph.D.), but I am torn between attending an Urban Planning program, or Environmental Sociology program. Either route will make me happy! After everything is said and done, the adventure is what I am looking forward to. 

What made you want to apply to SISE?

My boss sent me a link to the SISE site and after several days of visiting the website, I realized that SISE covered areas of study that interested me (Sustainability, Urban Planning, Sociology). After building up some courage and many pep talks, I decided to apply.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

I am most looking forward to 15+ hours of continuous daylight and Stand up paddle boarding on Lake Michigan. I have paddle boarded on various lakes in California, but none of them stack up to the size of Lake Michigan! 

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

Iā€™m not sure how I feel about cats because they are so deceptive! I used to own a cat named Old Lady Jenkins and she turned out to be a male (GASP).