C of I student an environmental difference-maker
College of Idaho junior and native Idahoan Christina Stucker is no ordinary environmental studies major. In her time at the C of I, Stucker has proven herself to be a strong and active leader in the field of sustainable food and agriculture – and she has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
“I’m really lucky to know what I want to do,” Stucker said. “I feel like I can make a difference because I’m from here – I know the land and the people.”
Stucker keeps busy through her involvement with the Sustainability Council, The Environmental Resource and Recreation Association (TERRA) and her role as a campus sustainability steward. A common thread through these endeavors is Stucker’s passion to educate and encourage her fellow students to employ more ecologically mindful practices – largely by being a tangible example of what that looks like.
As a sustainability steward, Stucker lives in the environmentally friendly “Eco House” near campus. On the half-acre of land surrounding the home, plans are under way for 14 raised-bed gardens to be installed this spring, including a commemorative plot for C of I founding President Dr. William Judson Boone. The stewards currently raise crops in a campus garden, and the produce is sold to campus food service provider Bon Appétit and at the Caldwell Farmer’s Market. Some food also is given away to students, or to faculty who donate to the garden.
C of I biology professor Dr. Don Mansfield has been a big source of encouragement and direction for Stucker. When Mansfield was notified of a recent C2C (Campus to Congress) Fellowship Conference at New York’s Bard College, he knew the experience would be a perfect fit for Stucker.
“I was the only representative from Idaho,” Stucker said. “Not only did I give a short presentation on the state’s Comprehensive Water Plan, but I also was able to work on presenting my story and networking with other leaders in this growing movement.”
Stucker’s upcoming plans include an April 4 presentation with fellow TERRA members to discuss their activity at the recent Real Food Challenge conference. The C of I brought the largest group to the conference and came home with ideas on how to make campus more sustainable. The presentation – set for 6 p.m. in Simplot South Dining Room – is open to the campus community.
In preparation for graduation, Stucker also will be working this summer as an intern for the Boise non-profit organization Create Common Good (CCG). The founder of CCG, Neva Geisler, is a 1994 C of I graduate, and Stucker hopes to use the internship to prepare for the graduate programs she already is looking into.
“One of Christina’s great qualities is her humility,” Mansfield said. “She understands her relationship to the environment, she’s incredibly passionate, and is clearly going to do great work in the world.”
For more information on how you can get involved in sustainability on campus, contact Christina at Christina.Stucker@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu.