I teach because I am passionate about training leaders that can inspire and facilitate positive social change. We live in a world dominated by “wicked problems”, environmental issues that require navigating a field of scientific uncertainty, conflicting values and unequitable access to resources and a meaningful quality of life. My goal is to motivate others to think critically and holistically about the barriers and solutions we must consider when pursuing a sustainable and resilient society. As a teacher, I strive to inspire others to understand the theories and research that exists in the field of environmental studies and to transfer that knowledge into leveraging social change. I want my students to feel passionate about their learning and empowered to create change. My aim is for people to understand the ‘why’ but more importantly, the ‘how to’ in order to be affective in making change. This will allow students to take the knowledge they learn and apply it to real word situations. Because of this, my teaching methods tend to involve hands on projects. By exposing students to recent research, they gain the opportunity to apply what they learned to real-world projects.