Gina Fiorile is a sophomore environmental studies major, Aiken Scholar, and a member of the Board of Directors at The University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Her interest in climate change began while helping to plan the annual Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, which has spread internationally and has been adopted as a model for environmental education within President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. She also helped create the first annual Vermont Youth Climate Summit held at the University of Vermont. Gina was a featured student in the PBS documentary- The Resilient Ones: A Generation Takes on Climate Change- that follows youth engagement in climate change mitigation efforts. She was awarded an Environmental Merit award from the Environmental Protection Agency and was recently honored at The White House as a Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy. Gina is also a member of the UVM Catholic Student Association in addition to representing the UVM Figure Skating Club at national intercollegiate competitions. In her efforts, she hopes to help lead fellow Christians to act on climate change.
Project Description: Currently I am coordinating with the parish at my University to bring a speaker to our church in Vermont next semester. The speaker will be discussing the importance of Christianity in the climate change movement and how we are being called to be stewards of the Earth through our faith.