In recent years, the population’s focus has been to “Go Green,” and find ways to become more environmentally friendly. Pace has joined that initiative and with help from its diligent students, has made great strides in this effort. Robyn Mery is one of those students who has led the charge in making an impact on the environment’s behalf.
This Environmental Studies major is currently a Faculty Assistant to Professor Angelo Spillo and his “Think Globally, Act Locally” environmental class. The course is designed to educate students as well as have them implement community service projects with an environmental focus. Robyn is assigned the task of assisting each group with contacting local organizations and inspiring intellectual thought.
Robyn’s environmental efforts inside and outside the classroom have earned her recognition within the Pace community. Just recently Robyn was the recipient of the Green Pace and Aldo Leopold Awards. These honors are given to a student for their dedication to promoting and educating others about sustainable practices around campus.
The environment is not the only beneficiary of Robyn’s constant need to make a difference, as she is the Philanthropy Chair for her sorority, Nu Zeta Phi. Robyn is in charge of organizing community service events for her chapter. Some of her very successful initiatives include gift wrapping for underprivileged children in Ossining and “Small Steps to a Big Cure,” an annual breast cancer walk. The walk is open to the Pace community, as well as the Briarcliff and Pleasantville communities.
Community service is a theme of Robyn’s life as her favorite part about being in the Honors College is the events that are focused around civic engagement. Not only do these events allow Robyn to continue to make a difference, but she appreciates how they keep her involved in the Honors College and the campus.
Despite all that she has done for others, Robyn is still able to maintain a superb GPA. In fact, she considers her ability to achieve exemplary marks while earning her prestigious awards to be her greatest accomplishment here at Pace.
Along with continuing her environmental and community service efforts, Robyn plans to study Environmental Law, hopefully at Pace.