SARC Members

Kimika Padilla

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Kimika is a third-year student who is double-majoring in Public Policy and Urban & Environmental Studies. She will serve as the SARC Student Coordinator in 2018-2019. Kimika is passionate about sustainability and renewable energy, and also works for the Energy Policy Institute and chairs the Committee on Campus Sustainability. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, working out, and dancing!

Maddy Bol

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Madeleine Bol is a third year from Santa Cruz, California. She is double majoring in Environmental Studies and Public Policy. On campus, she is on the varsity volleyball team, a member of the RSO Phoenix Sustainability Initiative and an intern at the Energy Policy Institute of Chicago (EPIC). Over the summer, Madeleine worked for the Program on the Global Environment as a Communications Intern where she started a research project on Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal. In her free time, she enjoys running on the lake trail, yoga, and exploring new restaurants in the city with friends. After finishing her undergraduate studies, she plans on attending law school to pursue a career in Environmental Law.   

Perrin Davidson

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Perrin is a second-year Physics and Geophysical Sciences double major from Freeport, Maine – home of the L.L. Bean Boot. Growing up on a small farm in rural Maine, Perrin has always had a close connection to the environment. From clearing trees for milling to build his family’s barns to raising countless animals from horses to pigs, being constantly surrounded by nature and the outdoors has always made Perrin want to fix the interaction between people and the environment. In his free time, Perrin enjoys playing lacrosse on the club team, composing music for string and new music ensembles, and, most importantly, playing the banjo.

Zarek Drozda

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Zarek is a third-year undergraduate student studying Economics and Political Science with a focus on international relations. He helps direct the Paul Douglas Institute, a student-run public policy think tank based at the University of Chicago, and Campus Catalyst, a program in the College that pairs students with local nonprofits to help with strategic and organizational development. Zarek is especially passionate about environmental economics and its implications for international relations. In Summer 2018, Zarek lead a project with the Paul Douglas Institute evaluating the potential for Chicago to be powered by 100% renewable energy in collaboration with Sierra Club, and looks forward to future research endeavors to better understand global energy and environmental policy through an economic lens.

Ted Falkenhayn

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Ted is a second year undergraduate prospectively majoring in Economics and Environmental and Urban Studies. He grew up in Glenview, Illinois, and is interested in understanding how both policy and business incentives can align to create sustainable environmental outcomes. Last summer, he spent time researching how pollutants can cause detrimental, chronic health effects to at-risk populations. On campus, Ted is a member of the Varsity Track and Field team. He is excited to work with SARC this year and continue spreading sustainable initiatives to UChicago and the surrounding community.

Sofia Garrick

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Sofia Garrick is a third-year from Los Angeles, California. She is double majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies. Growing up in California meant she was constantly in the ocean - swimming with the fish and looking for sharks. Unfortunately, there is often more diversity in the types of plastic she sees floating in the ocean than the types of fish. Sofia hopes to dedicate her life to finding business solutions to help make the private sector more sustainable. On campus, she is currently studying shark fin morphology and human impact research on the oceans. This past summer she helped produce a podcast on business solutions to environmental problems called Planet Innovation - check it out on iTunes!

Julia Hess-Fong

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Julia Hess-Fong is a third-year student majoring in Environmental and Urban Studies. She currently holds the position of Arts Director on the board of Blacklight Magazine and works for the Tang Center for Herbal Medicine Research. In 2017, she participated in the Women in Green Youth Leadership Program Scholarship and Mentorship. She is from Los Angeles, CA.

Sam Joyce

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Sam is a third-year Environmental & Urban Studies major. An alum of the Calumet Quarter, he also occasionally writes about Chicago’s natural places for the South Side Weekly.

Ally Myszynski

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Ally is a third year Environmental and Urban Studies and Public Policy double major. She has always viewed herself pursuing a career centered around climate science and its intersection with the law. This past summer she became interested in urban sustainability while working at the Midwest Pesticide Action Center in Chicago. She looks forward to the upcoming school year.

Cynthia Long

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Cynthia Long is a third year majoring in Public Policy Studies and minoring in Statistics. At UChicago, she is involved with Moneythink, the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic at the Law School, and EPIC. She has interned for the Policing Project at NYU Law, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers. In her free time, you can find her baking, crafting, or talking about being from Texas.

Yuna Song

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Yuna is a fourth-year Environmental Studies and Visual Arts double major. Yuna is (hopefully) writing her thesis on the humanitarian or environmental impact of the fast fashion industry. Yuna works on campus as a barista at Ex Libris Cafe, and off campus as a Policy Intern for the Mayor's Office at City Hall. Yuna loves thrifting, indoor gardening, and embroidering flowers on her clothes.