Welcome to Brooklyn 2019

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Counting down the hours until we welcome our 2019 Brooklyn cohort. It is going to be an awesome two weeks and we hope you all are getting ready to have a super fun, interesting, and engaging time in the greatest city on earth (I”m biased)! We’ll be kayaking in the Hudson harbor, exploring NYC’s renowned arts, culture, and food, and learning about some of the city’s most pressing environmental issues through all sorts of hands-on experiences, such as visiting waste water treatment and recycling facilities; urban farms; and green infrastructure installations. We’re really looking forward to meeting you on Sunday!

Meet Cathy, Olivia, Demaceo and Paula, who will be joining me (Jeff, Sustainable Summer Founder and ED), to run our 2019 Brooklyn program. Tell us a little about yourselves guys:

Cathy

What is your greatest fear?
Heights

Which living person do you most admire?
My mom, because she adapts well to change, is always making new friends, and is always up for a challenge!

What is the quality you admire most in other humans?
Taking risks and being adventurous!

Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I had better rhythm to dance, but it doesn’t stop me from dancing!

Where would you most like to live?
Southern California or Southern Italy, having access to the beach

Who are your favorite writers?
Jane Austen, Paulo Coelho

Olivia

What are you most excited for this summer?
Really excited to get to know the students, hang out with them, and adventure! I’ve also never really spent a lot of time in this area so I’m really pumped to explore around a bit as well.

What is your most treasured possession?
Coffee cups (Gaudi cup from Barcelona) & little pieces of art from different parts of the world.

Which talent would you like to have?
To speak every language. I only have about 4500 more to go!

Where would you most like to live?
Somewhere with palm trees, lush vegetation, & go swimming at the end of the day.

What is the quality you most admire in other humans?
Being confident & humble.

Demaceo

What is my theme song?
Hakuna Matata!

What is your most treasured possession?
The experiences that I’ve gained throughout life.

What is the quality you most admire in other humans?
The willingness to persevere even when the odds are stacked against them.

When & Where was I happiest?
After graduating college I moved to San Bernardino, California. There I met people from all different walks of life &, in doing so, made lifelong friends while creating some of my most cherished memories.

What do you consider one of your greatest achievements?
In 2018, I reestablished a nature conservancy in the Bahamas & then went on to design coral reef propagation sites along the world’s 3rd largest barrier reef.

What animal do you most identify with?
Either a red panda or.. an octopus?

What are you most excited for this summer?
To get to know the students, hear about their experiences & interests, while building upon their existing knowledge during our time in Brooklyn!

Paula

What animal do you most identify with?
Dogs & penguins.

What do you most value in your friends?
Patience.

Which talent would you most like to have?
To be a music and math genius.

When and where were you happiest?
5 years ago at Chuveje waterfall. I just felt truly like myself, connected with everything and everyone around me and living completely in the present.

What is your most treasured possession?
My mind and my energy.

Whats the quality you most admire in other humans?
Forgiveness, for themselves and others.

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