I’m heading to Portland!
In just under two weeks, I will be hopping on a train headed West. I’m headed on a Concordia High-Impact Leadership Trip to Portland, Oregon, for a fun-filled week of sustainable living learning
Pioneered by 2012 graduate Nathaniel Cook, these trips are designed to get students off campus and directly involved with the planning and execution of meaningful and impactful trips. Nathaniel turned a good idea for a Spring Break trip into reality last year as 15 students (including myself) travelled down to the rural mountains of Eastern Kentucky, exploring issues related to the environment and controversial mountaintop removal mining techniques, as well as campus sustainability solutions at Berea College (a place worth Googling).
The trip was one of the best experiences I’ve had at Concordia. We learned about the urgency for alternative energy, seeing the effects of resource mining in one of the poorest parts of the country, as well as the importance of simply bearing witness and telling stories. The places we visited, and the people we met will be a part of us long after our short week in the South.
For Portland, the trip’s aim is a little different, but equally important. In this case, the purpose of the trip is to showcase all of the good things people are doing for the environment and to perhaps learn something to take back to campus.
I couldn’t be more excited, and I look forward to spreading the news upon return.