By Seo-Hee Hong
Hannah Kasak-Gliboff, Class of 2021, graduated with a BA in social research and public policy and a minor in the environment, and now works at Solarize Indiana, a nonprofit that does outreach on solar energy across the state of Indiana. Kasak-Gliboff also volunteers at Creation Care Partners, a nonprofit that works on environmental stewardship from the faith perspective.
As a freshman, Kasak-Gliboff was initially interested in studying public health. Yet during her study away in Ghana and China, she realized that environmental issues are inextricably connected to public health. “I felt like the climate was really the most important thing you could do for human rights,” she said.
During her academic career, Kasak-Gliboff wanted to find the right angle in understanding climate action. Therefore, she took environment-related courses in her senior year from NYU New York, which helped her gain an understanding of the complexity and different perspectives that exist when identifying the solution to climate change.
I think that starting out at the community level is a good place to get a strong foundation on how you talk about the environment and how to make it matter to people.
Kasak-Gliboff highlights the multi-decade impact of the work she is currently doing with Solarize Indiana, not only with encouraging more people to install solar panels, but in understanding the people who do not believe in climate change. “I think that starting out at the community level is a good place to get a strong foundation on how you talk about the environment and how to make it matter to people”.