Tuesday, February 23, 2021
A Message from Carrie Black, Director, Energy Conservation and Sustainability
Have you met our fantastic Student Government Association (SGA) sustainability officers? Yes, you read that correctly. Each of the three campus regions has its own SGA sustainability officers, working to promote environmental sustainability efforts within their region, as well as the College. I am honored to be partnering with these student leaders. Let me introduce you to our the sustainability officer from the East Region, Kacia King.
Kacia King, a sophomore who will graduate in summer or fall 2021, is working toward an Associate in Arts in general studies with the hopes of continuing on to the University of Central Florida to earn a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, focusing on communication, sociology and leadership.
She is eager to work as a liaison between the East and Winter Park Campuses, SGA and the sustainability team.
“There are several things that drew me to this role of sustainability officer,” Kacia shared. “Some of that included my wanting to be a better advocate for students as well as the environment.”
Kacia has a history of volunteering, but during the pandemic, she feels she has not been able to help others.
“I care a great deal about the environment, as well as the people who live within it, and since it’s not feasible to volunteer in person right now, I was looking for other ways to get involved in my community to make a difference,” she said. “The more I learned about the position and what it entailed, I knew I had to try for it, and I just never looked back.”
Now she says she works with an amazing group of students and employees from diverse backgrounds, and she can see that they are making positive changes.
Considering our current limitations in accessing campus, Kacia is focused on understanding Valencia College’s existing sustainability initiatives to determine how to use the SGA platform to inform students about them.
“While I believe all of the sustainability initiatives we have are important and necessary, the one I am most excited about is raising awareness about sustainability and quality of life issues among our students, employees and the community at large,” she explained. “This gives us a platform to make a wider impact in our other goals including waste management and energy consumption along with all of the other goals. If people know why this is important, and what they can do, they are more willing to meet us partway there.”