My Name is Winnie Mulamba. She is from Kenya. I go to The University of South Florida where I am an M.S. Global Sustainability candidate.
What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?
I believe equality that covers all aspects of the society is key to happy, healthy and productive communities. Sustainable development empowers communities and creates self-sufficient systems that promote equality. It is therefore important to educate and engage communities on the strengths and opportunities presented by renewable energy, waste management and sustainable food production among other sustainable practices.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
I am in the preliminary stages of developing a comprehensive strategic plan for the government of Haiti, this is a long-term project and I am excited to be a part of it as it will strengthen my career focus. Also, I recently joined the board of Temple Terrace Farm 2 School; a non-profit organization based in Tampa that focuses on improving food systems & nutrition in schools. I am tasked with grant writing and food policy analysis.
What are your plans for the next five years?
Upon finishing my degree, I plan to get myself a job with a consulting firm in the sustainability field. With a huge focus on the Food-Energy-Water-Waste Focus. I also intend to enroll into a doctoral program in Social Policy and economic development.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
The diversity of the program, as well as the hands-on experience gained on community projects, really attracted me to the program. More so, the program provides a great opportunity for me to build my professional network and learn what other people are doing to push the sustainability agenda.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?
It will be my first time in Chicago. Besides immersing myself into the program and working with other SISE fellows, I look forward to exploring the city, the people, and its culture.
Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I am allergic to cats but I bring with me activeness, friendliness, outgoingness, and curiosity of cats. :)