Lydia Whitbeck – Intern for 2017

Lydia was born and raised in Michigan and will be starting her junior year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is majoring in Environmental Science, and focusing her studies on energy systems science and sustainability. Along with her passion for the environment, she is passionate about other cultures and languages, which brings in her minor in Near Eastern Language and Culture. At Michigan, Lydia is involved in Central Student Government helping to create sustainability initiatives around campus, specifically focused on clean eating, recycling, and creating a more sustainable campus. She is also involved in Students Helping Honduras as their fundraising chair. Students Helping Honduras is an organization working to end gang violence and poverty through education in Honduran villages. When not studying, Lydia enjoys running, playing IM sports, or trying out new restaurants in Ann Arbor. In addition to working with Green Michigan, Lydia works as a research assistant in a geology lab at the University of Michigan mapping the chemical composition of apatite samples from deposits across the world. Following graduation in 2019, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree.