Christine Dobbin

Rice University, Houston, TX

What five words best describe your PGC experience?

enriching, engaging, enlightening, entertaining, enabling

What was most memorable from your PGC experience?

We all agreed that the most memorable part of this was the formation of our team. Meredith and I were chatting about our ideas for a post-consumer composting project after Environmental Club at the beginning of October. We talked for a while about it and then got side-tracked by plastic-free project ideas. Travis and Amy joined our conversation, Travis, because he had experience working with the Rice administrators on environmental projects and, Amy, because she was interested in learning more about the solutions for environmental problems in our world.
We soon ended up talking about Project Green Challenge after Travis had brought it up to us. It did not take long for us to decide on joining and forming a team.

This was a very exciting time for us all because we discovered other people that were equally enthusiastic about environmental activism as we each were individually.

What have you learned about yourself over the past 30 days?

Over the last 30 days, we have learned that it is possible to have an impact as one person or a small group. However, the caveat was that we had to recognize the need to focus on making a larger impact on fewer topics rather than smaller impacts on more diverse topics. These were important for us to recognize because they are key in making a sustainable and significant impact.