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Austin Kana '09

Scientist. Sailor. Politician.

Majors: Environmental Studies and Public Policy
Minor: Math

Award Winning

With my academic record and essay on the effects of global warming on the coral reefs, I earned the Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowship. The award not only helped pay for two years of tuition, but it gave me a stipend and the opportunity to intern with the EPA.

Going Green

Through an independent study, I am working with Geneva public officials to make the municipal buildings and water and wastewater treatment facilities in the city more energy efficient. I've recently started working with the Geneva school district to come up with ways for local schools to cut down on energy usage.

On the Water

I've been sailing since I was nine. One of the reasons I chose HWS was the opportunity to continue sailing in college. Now I?m the captain of the sailing team, and I was one of only 20 students nationwide to be named to the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association All-Academic Team.

Energy Policy

During the summer between my junior and senior years, I interned with the EPA New England's office in Boston, Mass. While I was there, I worked with eight local communities developing conservation plans and making energy efficient improvements. As part of the Community Energy Challenge, the participating communities agreed to reduce their overall energy usage by 10 percent.



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