BS Urban Planning 2015
Genie graduated with a BS in Urban Ecology and a BS in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from the University of Utah in 2015. She then went on to pursue a master’s degree in Geography at California State University, Long Beach. Grounded in social-ecological resilience theory, her thesis examined the potential for utilizing ecosystem-based adaptation methods, such as green infrastructure, to reduce current environmental burdens and projected climate impacts in two coastal communities with disparate vulnerabilities in Long Beach, California. This work aimed to increase community engagement and education around the equity and justice implications of climate change adaptation to place-based challenges. Genie carried her passion for the intersection of environmental justice and climate policy to Washington, D.C., where she is currently pursuing a policy and coastal management fellowship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.