MY GENERATION: Jack on Perugia Italy

W here did you study abroad, live, or have lived that you would like to share for the Sustainability Project? :

“Studied abroad in Perugia, Italy”

What do you think was the most exciting or interesting thing about Perugia, Italy? :

“Perugia itself is a college town and one of the most regarded international Italian Schools is located there. Foreigners from all over the country come to learn Italian from this school.

The night life was pretty exciting and vibrant in the center of town. The masses would come to relax, chat and have a drink on the steps, and hangout infront of the church and government building.”

Was there anything related to environmental awareness or sustainability worth sharing? :

“I noticed while I was in Perugia that Italians live a life of constant frugality! When it comes to electricity and water at least, because electricity is highly priced and they have always had to value their commodities due to an imbalance of high consumptions from oligarchs and politicians. Perugia especially is a city that is small enough that hardly anybody  uses a vehicle. There are however trams and elevators in the city to help the citizens easily travel between the establishments where they run errands and their homes. If someone needed to travel to another Italian city most likely they would take a train rather than drive a car.”

Is there one thing that you do in your daily life that can be attributed to sustainability? :

“I don’t think there is any one thing I do in my daily life that can be attributed to sustainability. Mostly, I believe growing up in the northwest has given me the opportunity to view sustainability with such familiarity-the ‘duh’ factor. Recycling is a no-brainer, right? …This country is so big and so diverse and people don’t realize that just east of California, in Arizona, there is a possibility, any chosen stranger you ask has no interest in recycling.”

Why do you think Sustainability or environmental awareness is so important to our generation?

“I don’t think it is a generational thing. I think we have just been the generation to fall into the mix as the scientific timeline pushes forward in making its recent discoveries-if that makes sense. In other words, our generation is crossing paths with scientific discoveries regarding sustainability.”

What degree, have you received or are currently seeking, or what field of work are you looking to jump into? :

“Almost have my B.A. in International Studies.”

If you could travel to one place in the world where would it be, and why? :

“Back to Amsterdam because it is my favorite city in the world!”

If you could be one animal in the world what would it be? :

“I would be an elephant, because I am envious of their memories and would like to have better control of my nose.”

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