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Eric Shaphran

Bio
Eric Shaphran, a first-year master’s student, graduated from the University of Michigan (2014) with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Following graduation, he spent the next four years on Catalina Island at Camp Emerald Bay, a non-profit outdoor education camp. As the camp’s Ecology & Conservation Director, he created an environmental learning curriculum, organized conservation projects, established a community garden and composting system, and designed and implemented a camp-wide water savings and collection program with greywater and rainwater inputs. Eric gained valuable experience soliciting donations in order to fund his environmental initiatives. He recognized that at any scale, lack of monetary investment remains one of the biggest obstacles to realizing sustainable solutions for environmental problems. At the Bren School, Eric is interested in either the Corporate Environmental Management or the Economics and Politics of the Environment specialization. He hopes to delve into environmental economics and hone his skills of environmental persuasion in order to work collaboratively with companies and communities to reduce their environmental impact on a larger scale.

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