Cecelia Bolon


My name is Cecelia. I’m from Massachusetts. I go to Northeastern University where I am a BA candidate in Environmental Studies.

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

I am most interested in issues of environmental justice. Who has access to renewable energy? Who lives in areas with the cleanest air and water? Who is in charge and making decisions around these issues? Too often, socio-economic status decides the answers to these questions. I live in Boston where there is staggering inequality, and addressing the intersection between environmental and social justice issues is where my passions lie.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

I currently work full time at MIT's Environmental Solutions Initiative, where I have been collaborating on a number of climate change communication projects. I have especially enjoyed working on our podcast, TILclimate (Today I Learned: Climate), where we demystify climate science and solutions with experts from the Institute. It's been fun and challenging to break down their technical jargon and complex concepts into short episodes that are both engaging and educational. Listen on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. :)

What are your plans for the next five years?

I plan to graduate with my BA in 2021, and after that, who knows?! I am interested in environmental justice/environmental sociology and climate change communications, so I am looking for a career that will allow me to bridge those interests.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

I applied to SISE because I was excited at the prospect of working in interdisciplinary teams to address sustainability and energy challenges at the local level.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

Exploring new cities is one of my all-time favorite things to do, and I have never been to Chicago before, so getting to know the city will be exciting for me. I am also looking forward to getting to know the other SISE fellows.

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

I am definitely more of a dog person, but I am certainly willing to get to know a cat or two in Chicago.