What’s the point?
Our marvelous and complex environment that continually sustains human life (without ever asking for anything in return!) is being decimated at an alarming rate. This poses life-threatening problems for future generations as well as the future of our earth’s friendly plants and animals.
This is a deeply concerning matter, and for the most part Think Green Live Clean believes humanity cares. This is a great start! We at Think Green Live Clean know that small changes can make big differences.
We also understand that most people don’t have the time to research and read paragraph after paragraph of ‘green’ reforms. That’s why we have designed our website for the ‘average Joe or Jill’. Minimal reading for maximum understanding!
In addition, Think Green Live Clean recognizes that many people are skeptical of change. We’re here to help people greatly reduce their impacts on our Earth while maintaining a comfortable or even better lifestyle. You don’t have to sheer your own sheep and hand wash your clothes in the neighborhood stream to make a difference.
Who’s Behind Think Green Live Clean?
Wyatt Taubman, Founder
Wyatt is a twenty-three year old surfer from the island of Kauai in Hawaii who is passionately concerned with the welfare of our beautiful Earth. With a recently acquired Environmental Studies Degree and Economics Minor from the University of San Diego, Wyatt hopes to show people that you don’t have to be Einstein to make a difference.
Jessica Matsumoto, Graphic Design
Jessica was born and raised on the island of Maui in Hawaii. She grew up with a deep appreciation of and respect for the ocean and the island’s natural surroundings. With a recent degree in Visual Arts from the University of San Diego, Jessica presently lives in San Diego and works as a graphic designer and artist. Maintaining her love and respect for the environment, she works to reduce a designer’s impact on the environment by using sustainable materials and supporting environmentally friendly products
Devon Fisher, Media Relations / Contributing Writer
Growing up on the island of Kauai and being surrounded by its pristine beauty has made Devon passionate about preserving our natural environment. Devon is enthusiastic about the progress towards sustainability that has been made so far, but knows that there is still much to be done and is confident that together we will be successful in the endeavor. Devon is currently working towards her Masters in International Studies at the University of San Francisco, while also committing to a greener planet, a greener life, and a greener future.
Trent Hodges, Contributing Writer
Born in Southern California and raised in Boise, Idaho Trent has a deep appreciation for the natural world. He loves to surf, travel, and be outdoors. As a recent graduate from the University of San Diego, he believes that education, awareness, and lifestyle choices at the individual level are the most powerful tools in providing for a sustainable future.
Stewart Cezar, Contributing Writer
Stewart has spent a sizeable portion of his life in Northeast Brazil where is father is from but currently resides in California. The disparity in culture between the U.S. and Brazil has helped Stewart see many of the ways in which our environment is wasted or taken for granted. Stewart hopes that necessity will breed invention and that people will become more conscientious about the effect we have on our planet. He hopes to eventually attend law school and concentrate on an International or Environmental field of study.
Austin Parker, Contributing Writer
Raised in Southern California, Austin knows what it’s like to live in an immensely beautiful yet heavily impacted environment. He believes that small personal choices can lead to large changes and a more sustainable existence. As a recent graduate from the University of San Diego, he is focused on coastal environmental conservation and plans to serve in the Peace Corps this spring.
Simona Capisani, Contributing Writer
As a surfer Simona has worked to preserve our ocean and coastal environment and as a recent graduate from the University of San Diego she has promoted education as a fundamental source for sustainable living. Her work as the President of the Environmental Club at USD has been an effort to cultivate individual choices that will benefit the world and its global community.
Zack Wrzeszcz, Contributing Writer
Zack is a senior at the University of San Diego, pursuing a degree in environmental studies and international business. Born in North Carolina and raised in Mukilteo, Washington, he enjoys biking, skiing, and traveling the world. After college, he plans to continue his passion for teaching with TFA and sees a future in environmental litigation.
Wyatt Harrison, Contributing Writer
Born and raised in Ocean City, Maryland, Wyatt is a 22 year old recent graduate of the University of San Diego. Being a surfer his entire life, he realizes the urgency of green initiatives in helping to preserve this beautiful planet. Majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Sociology, he hopes to ultimately find a career in sustainable development. Wyatt hopes to travel a good bit this year and visit other forward thinking cities around the world.
Eric Waldstein, Contributing Writer
Eric, a recent graduate from University of San Diego, has been surfing and exploring the beautiful coasts of México and California for the last 4 years. He thinks it is going to take a positive attitude and a combination of grassroots and national movements to restore our planet to the condition it is worthy of. Currently Eric teaches first grade in an urban elementary school in Washington, D.C. and continues to search for new ways to support the environmental movement.
Kelley Spink, Contributing Writer
Growing up in central California where the natural environment was readily forgotten, Kelley has grown to appreciate not only the importance of conserving the environment around us, but spreading the word to others. She believes that knowledge combined with passion create a powerful force for change- it’s simply a matter of getting the knowledge out there. As a recent graduate from the University of San Diego, Kelley plans to attend law school for International Law with a future goal of working for an influential organization such as the United Nations.
Frankie Victoria, Contributing Writer
As a student at the University of San Diego and a native of Santa Barbara, California, Frankie gets to interact with the things she loves most: her family, friends, the arts, and nature! She hopes that anything and everything she does makes a difference in a person’s life and wants to make a career of it. What that career is still eludes Frankie, but she enjoys school and making music in the meantime.
Kaelin McAtee, Contributing Writer
Kaelin is a student at the University of San Diego. She enjoys the outdoors as much as possible whether it be snowboarding in California or rock climbing back home in Virginia. She believes that little changes can make a big difference when it comes to preserving our environment and hopes to spread this idea to others.
Katie Paul, Contributing Writer
Katie Paul is passionate about all things “keeping-it-local”. Majoring in Global Studies, doing development work in rural Senegal, and traveling around the world has only reinforced her belief that the biggest solution to global problems lies not in international policy, but in local solutions. Working at Malama Kaua`i, a sustainability based non-profit for the past two years, she now runs her own local-produce distribution company on Kaua`i to support farmers, open spaces, the local economy, and our beautiful earth.
Matt Haney, Contributing Writer
Matt is a twenty-four year old Australian who currently resides in Los Angeles. He has a passion for sustainability and the preservation of the natural environment. He studied in Australia at Bond University where he completed a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Urban Development & Sustainability. Matt loves to surf, travel and enjoy all of earth’s wonders.
Brett Lyall, Contributing Writer
Brett is an environmental studies major at the University of San Diego. Growing up on the east coast, he spent most of his time sailing and playing hockey. His decision to move out west has provided him with tremendous opportunities. Brett hopes to study environmental law and take part in making our planet more sustainable for the future.
Tyler Sears, Contributing Writer
Born in Singapore and raised in the mountains of Western Massachusetts, Tyler is passionate about the conservation and preservation of the worlds remaining parks and wildlife. His experiences in the Berkshire mountains and California’s Red Wood forests have solidified the value and importance of old growth forests. A recent graduate of The University of San Diego, Tyler hopes to find forest related conservation based field work.
Kirby Brooks, Contributing Writer
Born and raised in Southern California, Kirby Brooks is a twenty-four-year old graduate from the University of San Diego. When not working as a Web Content Writer in Carlsbad or taking creative writing graduate classes at UCSD, she spends as much time outdoors as possible and is dedicated to passing on the best version of this Earth that she can to the next generation.
Maria Sotero, Contributing Writer
Maria loves to write- especially about the environment. She lives in her hometown of Sacramento and works at the New America Foundation, a nonprofit think tank. Traveling makes her come alive but yoga’s the next best thing. She earned her BA in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego and dreams of ‘getting smart’ at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
Nica Nordyke, Contributing Writer
Nica was born and raised in Manoa, Oahu. She’s been an avid beach goer since birth and loves anything that requires being out in the sun. Her favorite pastimes are surfing, running and hiking. She is currently studying to earn a degree in environmental studies at the University of San Diego. She became interested in the subject through her favorite high school teacher Mr. Johnson, who instilled in her a passion about the environment and environmental studies that still runs today. One day she hopes to be as good a teacher as he and to positively instill environmental awareness within others.
Jeremiah Brenner, Contributing Writer
Jeremiah was born in Jacksonville, Florida and moved to Ontario, Canada when he was 13 years old. After completing an Honours BA in Arts and Business with a Major in Honours Sociology from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Jeremiah decided to further his education by obtaining a Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainability (M.E.S) from the University of Western Ontario. Having grown up near the ocean and the Great Lakes of Ontario, Jeremiah has always been passionate about preserving these amazing resources for the enjoyment of future generations.
Samuel Mclaughlin, Contributing Writer
Raised in the concrete jungles of Baltimore, ironically, Sam grew up speaking for the trees. He would sharpen his activist skills working for Greenpeace San Diego after graduating from Franklin and Marshall College. A strong believer in the power of environmental action, Sam just finished a cross-country bike trip to raise awareness for the non-profit 4Walls International. He’s currently working in Tijuana to help teach families how to build super sustainable homes out of found and local materials (mostly tires and cans). Sam knows that even a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Ian Gaudreau, Contributing Writer
Ian was born and raised in Massachusetts, but is currently a sophomore studying Environmental Conservation at the University of New Hampshire. Since he hails from New England, Ian is an avid skier, but also loves hiking and going to the ocean. He loves learning about the world, whether it is about species diversity or exploring uncharted ecological niches. Ian’s main interest is finding out ways that the world can live more sustainably, because if everyone works on changing their bad habits, we can make Earth a wicked cool place to live.