With over 3,400 acres of parkland, 137 kilometres of hiking trails, and more than 120 waterfalls, Hamilton has a diverse and unique natural environment. Hamilton is becoming increasingly known for its environmental features; however, it wasn't that long ago when the city was known as the industrial armpit of Canada. The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System hopes to link the city’s greenspaces.Read More
Growing up in Mexico, Liz Enriquez had always been interested in environmental initiatives, especially the worldwide issue of waste reduction and sustainable practices. “I've dedicated myself to improving local communities, volunteering for environmental causes, and expanding my knowledge of environmental issues and solutions, while visiting and studying in domestic and internationally sites.”
Melissa Gallina is an enterprising person, who is passionate about the environment and issues of sustainability. She also has an incredible knack for identifying gaps and developing solutions to fill them. Melissa started her post-secondary career at McMaster University where she took on an internship with their Office of Sustainability. Here, she implemented the Sustainable Printing Initiative, a project aimed at reducing the need for desktop printers used by students, faculty members, and staff throughout the university.
While completing her undergraduate studies in Earth and Environmental Sciences at McMaster University, Melissa Gallina developed a passionate and dedicated interest in the human aspect of environmental issues. Always a scientist at heart, her interest in sustainability perfectly meshed science with its relevance to society. What emerged from this synergy was a simple, yet powerful idea to advance sustainable practices at McMaster. Thanks to Melissa's tireless work and dedication to launch the Graduate-Undergraduate Collaborative Environmental Learning (GUCEL) Program, this idea has since blossomed into a wide array of initiatives that actively enrich the educational experience for students at all levels of study at the university.Read More
We've got two more stories to share with you. These eco-awesome people, Josh Gordon and Mary Koziol, are a great example of passion in human form.
Up next on our Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 list are Sabah Ahmed and Andrew Chong.
The Starfish is proud to present its first three Top 25 finalists, all hailing from McMaster University - Chrissie Fandrich, Stephanie Sullivan, and Vlad Melnic.