Joseph Haggerty

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Joseph Haggerty
Project Lead

Joseph is a third-year majoring in International Relations and Environmental Policy and Planning. He considers sustainability important because “humans have been influencing our environments for tens of thousands of years, however the impact humanity has had in the past few centuries is unprecedented. Imperialism, industrialization, and rapid population growth have all had enormous impacts on the health of our planet and have led us to the Sixth Mass Extinction.” He believes that “advocacy and action pertaining to sustainability are vital towards the remediation of impacts which have already occurred and to preventing more damage to our environment.” According to Joseph, “to combat climate change is to combat the very structural systems which allowed for the destruction of the environment in the first place.” He is particularly interested in environmental justice and how “the growth of unhindered capitalism has left marginalized communities at risk for the majority of negative externalities resulting from the ongoing climate crisis.” At the Office of Sustainability, Joseph has been working on various initiatives with campus partners to connect student concerns with university administration. His main initiatives have been centered on creating a sustainability general education requirement, divesting UIowa dollars from funding fossil fuel industries, providing student organizations with trainings and funding for their sustainability projects, and ingraining DEI in all aspects of sustainability education. His work has led to tangible and vital changes in the structuring and values of the University. Outside of the office, Joseph is the Director of Sustainability for USG and serves on the Sustainability Presidential Charter Committee, in which he advocates for sustainable initiatives throughout campus. 

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