Stephanie Luu graduated cum laude in 2022 from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) with two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Environmental Science and Policy and a second in Urban Studies. She minored in Global Sustainability and specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While in undergrad, Stephanie conducted research that mapped disproportionate access to sustainable energy fueling stations (electric, hydrogen fuel, natural gas) against access to traditional gasoline stations across Los Angeles County to investigate inequities present. Stephanie's research used Census data to help characterize counties by race, income, and population density and her final report was presented to the School of Social Ecology. Through her work, she realized the importance with defining power and space and how that contributes to inequities in BIPOC communities.
Stephanie is pursuing a Masters in Environmental Science and Management at the Bren School and hopes to specialize in Conservation Planning. She strives to utilize GIS to track endangered species populations across the United States to account for future and recent geographical change in their various habitats. Stephanie also aspires to work on restoration projects to protect more critically endangered species using technical modeling applications. She also seeks to gain professional corporate experience in advancing sustainable real estate while working with housing builders for more sustainable alternative options that can become the new industry standard. Going forward, Stephanie aims to popularize collaborative approaches in nurturing stakeholder engagements to create a climate resilient and climate-secure future for all communities equitably.