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Meet the EcoNauts

Colin Moynihan
HDH Sustainability Manager
Staff Photo: Colin

Colin joined HDH as Sustainability Manager in May 2017. An alumnus of UC San Diego and former EcoNaut, Colin brings a technical background of sustainability to HDH with a BS in Environmental Engineering, and research and project experience in energy and mechanical engineering. In addition to fostering a culture of sustainability among students and staff across campus, Colin’s responsibilities include supervising the EcoNauts, identifying areas for departmental improvements, serving on sustainability committees for new building developments, and acting as an HDH liaison to campus sustainability groups, efforts, and projects.

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Staff Photo: Christy

Coming from the very well-known small town of Sebastopol, California, Christy is an environmental systems third year pursuing a minor in education studies. As a second-year Econaut, she hopes to make a tangible increase in students’ awareness in sustainable living, and wants to contribute to a more sustainable-minded atmosphere on campus. Her interest in sustainability translates to her everyday life in which she daydreams of planting a garden and exploring the outdoors. Her hobbies include, but are not limited to, her endless search for more foster puppies and kittens, her pursuit of a perfect cup of coffee, and her quest to collect every color of Washi Tape.

Staff Photo: Dante

Dante is a third-year student and a third year Econaut. Always ahead of the curve, Dante joined the Econauts before she even started college, hoping to encourage others to live environmentally-conscious lives and to keep the earth beautiful for generations to come. On her commute from El Cajon, Dante listens to the freshest beats in the rap scene and rests up for her next 7-mile run in San Diego heat. Dante eventually wants to be a Forensic Scientist, but don’t let that fool you; Dante is as goofy as they come! Her favorite show is Jane the Virgin, she loves music video parodies and yo mama jokes, and she thrives on running!

Staff Photo: Shannon

Shannon is a third-year environmental policy student. She became an Econaut because she believes that sustainability is for everyone. Therefore, Shannon strives to spread ecological awareness and lifestyle changes within the entire UC San Diego population. In addition to her pursuit of a greener campus, Shannon aspires to visit every Disneyland park in the world, play hide and seek at IKEA, drink boba daily, and live in an eco-friendly smart home. Fun fact: Shannon’s spirit animal is a pug because her favorite pastimes include eating and sleeping!

Staff Photo: Roxy

Coming out of Los Angeles, Roxy made her way down to San Diego as a third year studying environmental systems: earth science. She has a love for sustainability that blossomed out of her successes in gardening, both in her home garden and on campus in Muir. As a first-year EcoNaut, she hopes to inspire all residents to carry reusables with them wherever they go, propelling UCSD to our Zero Waste goal. Beware though—Roxy’s passion can pack some serious heat, evident in her super spicy salsa made from her homegrown tomatoes. When she is not in the garden, you can find Roxy reaching new heights while climbing volcanoes or road tripping to find her new favorite coffeehouse or farmer’s market.

Staff Photo: Steven

Hailing from a town named after him, Steven rowed all the way down to sunny San Diego from Lake Stevens, Washington to join the EcoNaut team! When he’s not studying for his environmental systems: earth science major, Steven enjoys kayaking with orcas in La Jolla cove, climbing the biggest rocks, and traveling near and far to find grand vistas. A third-year EcoNaut, Steven wants to jumpstart his career in sustainability by gaining experience working on new campus initiatives and educating his peers about new opportunities. When he’s not saving the planet, catch Steven zooming around campus on his bike to find the perfect burrito.

Staff Photo: McKenna

To find our new EcoNaut McKenna, we took the road to El Dorado (Hills) where we found her in the warrior pose in front of a majestic waterfall. Going into her third year at UCSD, McKenna hopes to combine her studies in public health and passion for sustainability to become the world’s first-ever Planet Doctor! McKenna will cure the environment in her role as an EcoNaut by motivating residents to live more sustainable lifestyles. Fueled by countless cups of coffee and endless plates of sushi, McKenna uses her free time to take long hikes and practice photography. She dreams of one day dancing in the streets of Greece. Fun fact: on average, it takes 5 minutes for McKenna to get most jokes.

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