I fell in love with Florida while studying at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. I was hired for my first job working with animals in Gulf Breeze, was honored with the Emerging Leader of the Year Award in Navarre, held my first board position helping wildlife in Destin and volunteered for the first time testing water samples on the rare coastal dune lakes in Walton County.
While living in Florida, I realized there was no way to protect animals without protecting people and the natural environment we call home. When I moved from Florida in my late 20s to pursue a graduate degree in environmental policy, I knew Florida’s beautiful beaches and resilient people would always hold a place in my heart.
Recently, I took the new hybrid on the road to Florida to visit the beautiful emerald coast and talk with friends about clean energy and energy efficiency.
Read my guest column in the Northwest Florida Daily News: Florida can do better in the race for clean energy.
Photos from the journey:
Grayton Beach Coastal Dune Lake outfall
Sunrise and moment of peace
My secret place
Pensacola, University of West Florida