My name is Christina Lundgren. I'm from Minnesota. I work at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment where I research how to strengthen the teaching of environmental justice.
What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?
People. Ecosystems. Stories. As a literature major, stories have always shaped the way I think. Whose stories are being told? By whom? And why? How do stories overlap, fit together, and create debate? When it comes to sustainability, energy and community, I see them all as interconnected. To me, these topics are part of the foundation of the word “environment.” Often, when we think of saving the “environment,” we think about nature. Yet, I like to think more broadly in a way that includes not only the natural environment, but also the built environment and the social environment.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
Currently, I am conducting qualitative research to map the teaching of environmental justice at the University of Minnesota, with the aim to strengthen its teaching. As many people are increasingly aware, environmental justice is the intersection of “environmentalism” and issues of racism and socio-economic injustices. I have interviewed 40+ faculty, am synthesizing their current teaching curriculum, and will present my findings at the end of August.
What are your plans for the next five years?
I’m learning my route as I go. I recently applied to the MN Green Corps to get experience in policy, education, and/or public health in relation to sustainability.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
After seeing SISE in my university’s Sustainability Education Newsletter, I reached out to SISE alum peers, Kerry Wang and Kevin Karner, and they highly recommended applying.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?
I look forward to learning from and meeting new people who are part of SISE and also Chicago’s communities. As Minneapolis and Chicago are both big midwestern cities, I am particularly interested in the similarities and differences on the intersections of environmental (in)justices. How do each city’s respective socioeconomics relate to public health, and the natural, built, and social environments?
Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
Cats are SO cute. However, I require antihistamines, or ideally hypoallergenic cats.