Lindsay Edelman comes to the Bren School motivated to explore the relationship between natural resources and urbanization/human behavior. She is interested in learning about how the restoration of land and watersheds can resolve the damaging impacts of urbanization felt by native species and communities, yet still support the inevitable continuation of urban growth.
Her interests are inspired from education and seven years of work experience. Lindsay graduated in 2015 from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science and minor in Spanish Language. Her internship at the school’s Sustainability Office led to her to working at several municipalities. Most recently, she worked at East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) implementing local and state water conservation and sustainable landscape requirements to new developments in the Bay Area. Simultaneously, she volunteered at Skyline Gardens, a botanical survey/restoration project on EBMUD watershed land across from a large housing development that she reviewed. Seeing the contradictions of policy and grass root efforts, provided Lindsay perspective on how different stakeholders approach environmental stewardship. Applying this perspective to the water resources management and conservation planning specializations at Bren, Lindsay aspires to work in environmental planning for local communities.