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Alex Vick, a recently graduated senior from Whitney Young High School in Chicago, spent three periods each school day of his senior year interning for Illinois Green Alliance! During the course of the school year, Alex worked on a variety of different projects, including learning about Carbon Drawdown strategies, creating career profiles about jobs in the green building industry, planning an Energy Challenge for his classmates (which unfortunately he never got to implement because of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home orders), and writing a case study highlighting the exciting net-zero characteristics of Stevenson High School’s new addition, among other things. 

Alex will be attending Boston University next year, where he plans to study Environmental Analysis and Policy, and minor in Urban Studies. He says his favorite project was the career profiles because he enjoyed designing the infographic and talking to all of the great green professionals. He also enjoyed attending the Drawdown Summit and listening to Paul Hawken and many others speak on different aspects of sustainability. 

“One of the things I learned while I was an intern, no matter what project I was working on, was what it took to be a professional and all the hard work needed to make a change. I’m very glad I was able to be a part of the Illinois Green team, and I won’t soon forget the lessons I learned and the memories I made.” 

We are grateful to Alex and all his hard work this school year, and wish him the best in college and beyond!