Michelle Geldin graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2019 with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Geography. Her undergraduate course, “Waste Management,” sparked an interest in sustainable materials systems, prompting Michelle’s leadership position with Associated Students Recycling coordinating the sorting of recyclables, compostables, and electronic waste on campus. Additionally, Michelle helped oversee the Foodcycling organization on campus, reducing food insecurity by channeling rescued food to students. Upon graduating, Michelle served as a CivicSpark fellow at the County of Santa Barbara’s Sustainability Division. In two years, she produced ten greenhouse gas emissions inventories for the County’s Climate Action Plan update and One Climate Initiative, helped establish the Santa Barbara County Regional Climate Collaborative to streamline stakeholder engagement in the climate planning process , and created a pilot program for organics composting within County buildings. Anticipating to specialize in Pollution Prevention and Remediation at Bren, Michelle is eager to apply her experiences as she pursues a career mitigating organic waste in our food systems.