Virginie Lavallee-Picard is an amazing person, senior at College of the Atlantic and majoring in Human Ecology, in addition to being a Davis scholarship recipient who has studied in multiple places.
She is avidly concentrating on international and environmental studies, specifically working in depth on the relationship between global politics and climate change. By being active in both the collegees local-organic farm and a key member of Sustain US, in addition to her internship with the Mesoamerican Permaculture Reference Center in Guatemala,
Virginie is focusing on sustainable agricultural practices and slow foods in conjunction with international policy. Through this she hopes that reducing food mileage can also reduce both green house gas emissions and the dependence on fossil fuels. As part of her dedication to the issue of climate change, Virginie traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, last winter as a youth representative in the 2nd Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, and the 12th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Here she met with delegates, examined the issues, and applied all she had learned through her studies leading up to this event.
Virginie is constantly finding new ways in which she can educate and enthuse others about climate change opportunities, from attending conferences on climate change, to filming documentary videos on the issue, to being an active part in COAAs mission to be carbon neutral by 2015. On top of all of this, she is a priceless asset as a person, one who will go out into the world and make a difference. Virginie is an inspiration to all around her as a shining example of what you can do if you put enough effort into it.