My name's Patricia Boccard. I'm from New Jersey. I go to Seton Hall University where I am a Bachelors in Diplomacy and International Relations candidate.
What got you interested in sustainability?
Last summer I became interested in understanding how our consumption affects the environment. I read Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edwards Humes and books/articles about minimizing waste in our daily lives. Since then, I have become interested in how to achieve, monitor, and improve sustainable development goals in local, national, and global contexts.
What sustainability, energy, and mobility issues are important to you?
I think there are so many dimensions regarding effectively implementing more sustainable energy and mobility policies. I think it is critical that research and policy complement each other, and I personally find myself wanting to work in policy. I am interested in developing and supporting policies that help transition society to more sustainable transportation routes and methods.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
I just completed a study abroad program at the American University in Dubai. While there, I took three Middle Eastern Studies courses, which provided great context for my experiences with Dubai’s culture, economy, and infrastructure. I attended United Nations Global Compact Network UAE 2nd Annual Conference and conducted my own personal research on the development of Dubai’s metro system.
What are your plans for the next five years?
In the fall, I will complete my last undergraduate semester participating in my university’s Washington D.C. Abroad program. After graduation, I hope to transition to living and working in D.C. for the next year or so before attending graduate school.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
When I learned about SISE, I was immediately drawn to its intensive and collaborative nature. As someone about to enter the “real world,” I believe that SISE offers me a unique opportunity to expand my knowledge of sustainability and meet others in the field.
What are you most looking forward to doing in the city?
I love museums, so I am looking forward to checking it out a few while I’m there!
Do you like cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I love cats! My family currently owns two cats (one of which I plan to take with me once I officially transition to DC)!