Hello everyone from the Energy Challenge Community. My name is Diane and I am a new intern for the SouthCoast Energy Challenge. I am from the local area of New Bedford, MA. I have been living here for most of my life and there’s no other place I would rather be. I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth majoring in Computer Science. So I guess I would call myself a bit of a computer nerd.
In my free time I enjoy camping, riding my bike, hiking, and being outdoors. I like to take walks around Fort Tabor and the surrounding beaches with my friends. For me, nothing is more relaxing then hearing and seeing the waves crashing onto the shoreline. I also enjoy listening to music and I appreciate anyone who can play an instrument because it is something I wish I personally could do.
When asked the question, “why do I care about the Energy Challenge and the environment,” I would reply, “why wouldn’t I?!” I believe the Energy Challenge is a good way to raise awareness about energy consumption and alternate uses of energy. For example, my parents this past year installed solar panels on their roof as a way to generate electricity from the sun and also cut the cost of their electric bill dramatically. Who wouldn’t want to save money? I care about the environment because it is a big part of our lives whether we realize it or not. It’s the glue that holds us together. Without it we wouldn’t be able to see the beauty in the changing of the seasons, for us New Englanders, and see the magnificence of the world we live in.
I’d like to thank you all for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this community where I can learn what I can do to help reduce my own energy consumption and, in turn, educate others as well.