Marcie Day ’11, a double major in environmental studies and biology, is interning this summer at the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) in Washington, D.C., an organization whose mission is to achieve universal access to clean energy in the Latin American and Caribbean regions.
LAC-CORE participates and sponsors many functions in D.C., Latin America and the Caribbean: trade fairs, forums, “webinars,” and conferences that provide visibility in current renewable energy technologies specific to Latin American and Caribbean areas. LAC-CORE has recently supported partnerships with organizations in Haiti that promote sustainable agriculture, reforestation and renewable energy initiatives. These efforts aim to rebirth Haiti by achieving self sufficiency in food and energy production.
Day learned about LAC-CORE when she attended “Local Goes Global: Bringing Home a Perspective on Renewable Energy and Sustainability,” an event sponsored by the Finger Lakes Institute. There, she met a member of LAC-CORE’s Board of Advisees, connected with the Council, and learned about the potential internship opportunities the organization had to offer.
“My responsibilities include helping LAC-CORE with marketing and promotional outreach services that will help increase their membership and funding,” says Day. “This internship relates to so many of my studies and experiences at HWS.”
Day spent a semester abroad in Ecuador and Peru, studying some of the region’s most trying environmental issues and potential reusable energy resources, an experience that has prepared her for her work with LAC-CORE.
“I believe my interdisciplinary coursework at HWS in the Biology, Economics, Spanish, and Environmental Studies departments has prepared me for my internship this summer and will solidify my undergraduate experiences thus far,” she says.
Day has minors in Education and Latin American Studies. A certified Biology Adolescent Teacher, she is also active in Rotaract Club, HWS Leads and the Teen Garden Club of the Geneva Community Center. This summer, she also interned at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.