Humboldt State University

People on the Ground: Student Profiles

Beckie Menten

"Everything I do is related to greenhouse gas emissions in one shape or form," says Humboldt State master's student Beckie Menten.

Menten is a former CCAT (Campus Center for Appropriate Technology) co-director and is currently studying climate change policy through the Energy, Environment, and Society graduate program. In 2008 she was awarded a prestigious Switzer Environmental Fellowship worth $15,000.

Growing up in Boise, Idaho, Menten says Arcata has been a place, "where I am able to live up to my ideals, it is possible here with access to organics and local produce, and it's easy to get around without a car. I hope to take the Arcata ideology and commitment to sustainability with me wherever I go."

As the current Energy Program Specialist with the City of Arcata, she says she would like to increase her level of involvement at the city, state, federal and international levels.

"Eventually, I would like to work at the United Nations," she says.

Menten feels her education at HSU has given her "hands-on, realistic opportunities with real-world technologies, experiences we all need to have. There is a unique and outstanding ability for students at HSU to engage with professors and faculty who really care."

"There are especially opportunities in terms of environmental issues, things that HSU has done for years, places like CCAT and Schatz," Menten says. "But, I would like to see the University put effort into renewable energy procurement and waste diversion, we have the power to do it."

Like anyone, Menten says she has a few not-so-environmental vices. Coffee, chocolate, avocados and alcohol, she says, all have to travel the entire world for her enjoyment.

"That just ain't right! The carbon footprint of my food is something I try to take seriously. Alcohol is hard to do locally, but the local wines and beers are fabulous!"