My name is Shreya Jain. I'm from Oregon. I go to Portland State University where I am a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning candidate.
What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?
It's hard to narrow this down! I'm really interested in the interconnections between urban planning, renewable energy, and the environment. I think as we work on planning cities for the future, we need to make sure we are moving towards sustainable development in all aspects, from increasing public transportation, shifting to renewable energy, reducing our waste, and beyond. It's all connected, and I find that really fascinating and important.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
No projects right now, but I hope to be involved with research and various projects once I begin my Masters in the fall. I currently am working for 3Degrees, a renewable energy services company. I am involved with outreach and I connect customers with renewable energy and carbon offset options. Something I have recently been researching on my own is the impact of including all genders and identities in participatory urban planning. Different groups of people may use public transit and public spaces in different ways, and it is so important that their needs and experiences are being taken into consideration.
What are your plans for the next five years?
I plan on finishing my Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and then going on to become an urban planner. I hope to make the city where I end up working a more equitable and sustainable place to live!
What made you want to apply to SISE?
The SISE program combines so many interests of mine into one awesome program. Meeting and learning from people from all over the world who are passionate about the same topics as me sounded like a great time to me! The theme of urban renewal and the collaborative research project also made me interested in SISE.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?
I've never been to Chicago, so I'm exited to take the train everywhere and be a tourist (and try the pizza of course). I'm also exited to go on the field trips!
Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I like cats! And dogs! And elephants too!