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A Passion for Economic Efficiency and Environmental Responsibility

By Emily Coleman | Editorial, Sustainable Living

Born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, most of my fondest memories center themselves around enjoying the beautiful nature that lives there. I’ve always felt a kind of artistic grand design in nature that sparked a sense of curiosity and discovery. Every aspect had its own perfect purpose and niche in which that nothing could take its place. This concept became a passion and inspiration of mine- the idea of a controlled chaos of nature.

Peace Valley Park in the Fall; Bucks County, PA. Photo by Emily Coleman

Peace Valley Park in the Fall; Bucks County, PA. Photo by Emily Coleman

I decided that my passions and inquisitive nature needed to serve a higher purpose. I had too many interests; be it art, economics, science, politics, writing, history, what have you; to settle for just one. Now, I firmly believe in the art of compromise. This country is increasingly divided and compromise between divided groups is vital. That being said, each side in itself is also vitally important. I believe in the free market system that America prides itself in and I believe in Theodore Roosevelt’s dream of natural conservation and preservation. So, why can’t we have both? We have come so far both intellectually and technologically that achieving both goals is absolutely possible.

I attended the University of Delaware originally to get my degree in Animal & Food Sciences with a concentration in Animal Behavior. It was my dream to work with animals and help those who cannot help themselves- both animals and humans alike. However, this program was very farm/production based, which was not something I wanted to do. From it, I discovered I really felt passionate about the environmental impact and management of the farmland. This led me to receive my degrees in Natural Resource Management and Agriculture & Natural Resources with minors in Wildlife Conservation and Resource Economics.

“There’s a growing need to teach companies that it’s not only okay to reach…profit, but also completely possible to do so while remaining environmentally responsible.”

This education gave me a well-rounded skill set in economics, a variety of sciences and policy. With this, I’m able to solve complex practical problems of land-use, environmental impact, and apply their solutions. This gives a similar feeling of accomplishment by also helping those who cannot help themselves. Who are they? Future generations.

As a recent graduate, I cannot foresee much into the near future or what it will hold. What I do know is the compromise between profitable business owners and environmentalists. There’s a bright future in both sectors coming together to build something better and long lasting. What’s important is to think long-term, sustainable solutions. There’s a growing need to teach companies that it’s not only okay to reach economic efficiency and profit, but also completely possible to do so while remaining environmentally responsible. That’s what I’m set out to do and so I shall.

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I am a University of Delaware grad with degrees in Natural Resource Management and Agriculture & Natural Resources. I have a huge passion for the environment, wildlife, land use, economics, and business. I see myself going out into the world to help businesses be profitable while also being environmentally conscious. Look out for articles from me!