Claire has a passion for community and a strong drive to improve environmental issues. She has a background in environmental research and education, and believes anything is possible with teamwork and old-fashioned elbow grease. She is looking forward to helping make a difference in the recycling community, and draws inspiration from many conservation leaders such as Aldo Leopold:
“The practice of conservation must spring from a conviction of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right only when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the community, and the community includes the soil, waters, fauna, and flora, as well as people.“
Claire is originally from South Carolina where she got her masters degree at Clemson University in Wildlife Biology. Her partner is a Science Coordinator for the Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative here in Fairbanks. They moved to here in March of 2017 and are loving living in the Interior.
Originally from rural Minnesota, Sarah moved to Alaska in 2000 to chase her dream of living where everything is bigger, brighter, colder, darker, more free and less crowded. She noticed right away, as most newcomers to Fairbanks do, that the recycling options were limited to nonexistent. Finding ways to recycle in Alaska is not easy and working with Green Star to expand and advocate for recycling seemed like a good way to contribute to the state and its environment.
Sarah grew up out in the country, reusing and making due with what the family had, and is passionate about working toward getting back to that culture. The more we reduce and reuse the less we have to recycle and if you have a conversation with Sarah that will certainly come up at some point. She gets inspiration from the wild, wonderful nature that Alaska has to offer and believes that working to keep it that way is an important mission. Whenever she’s not recycling electronics or spreading the word about recycling at a Green Star booth, Sarah is out in the woods or by a river collecting sticks, bark, berries and rocks and enjoying our natural world.
Warehouse and Materials Management Specialist