N. Jenise Young worked to find ways to make Texas Southern University a more energy efficient campus with Dr. Glenn S. Johnson, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs and Interim Director of the Mickey Leland Center for Environment, Justice and Sustainability. Young did this while identifying bottom line savings for the Public Affairs Building, Jesse H. Jones School of Business and the Ernest S. Sterling Student Center. Young was also tasked with the assignment of identifying opportunities to launch campus and community-wide sustainability initiatives under the supervision of Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of the School of the Public Affairs.
Q: What is an interesting fact about you?
A: I really love to cook and would love to open a food truck one day.
Q: Why did you apply to be an EDF Climate Corps fellow?
A: My focus in school is environmental policy and when I found out about the fellowship I thought it was a good introduction to what I may encounter in the field.
Q: What is one thing you’ve learned this summer?
A: I wonder how much I’m going to learn after these ten weeks because I’ve learned so much already. Thus far I’ve learned that if you have a big goal that requires you to do work with others, the better your listening skills, the better you’ll do. I’ve learned it’s important to honor what they’ve already done and then try to expound upon that.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
A: It was from the president of the university, Dr. John M. Rudley. He told me to think outside of the box while thinking about the things I want to say what I was a part of. He added that traditionally only certain Historically Black Colleges and Universities are recognized for their projects. His advice was to try and recognize the ones that are not traditionally acknowledged and give them a platform to have their voices heard and to be rewarded for their work.
Q: What has been the best part about working at Texas Southern University?
A: Dr. Glenn S. Johnson, my supervisor and Dr. Robert D. Bullard, my mentor. They are always supportive and ready to troubleshoot any issues that may interfere with climate justice. Feeling that sense of loyal support and encouragement and knowing that I'm not my own.
Q: What is the mark you want to leave on the world?
A: The mark that I would like to leave on this world would be influencing a generation of young people to live more sustainably, in addition to helping develop sustainability policies to protect vulnerable and low-wealth populations from the negative effects of climate change.