Swanson has been involved with the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) since he declared a sustainability minor in his freshman year. He has always been interested in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) and applied to serve as the student clerk for the two teams as soon as spots were available.
Renewable energy and sustainable transportation solutions are two topics that Swanson is passionate about. He has helped conduct numerous independent studies on these subjects. Being able to apply his knowledge of transportation policy and energy to achieve the iCAP goals has been “a dream come true” for him.
The most fascinating part about working with SWATeams is the fact that students have the power to make an impact on the decisions regarding how the campus achieves its iCAP goals. As an undergraduate, Swanson “feels fortunate to contribute my skills to the SWATeams as well as to … learn from the faculty and staff who bring a wealth of knowledge to the table.”
Swanson hopes to help the teams kickstart various projects that had been delayed to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also wants to ensure that the teams can work diligently and efficiently to achieve iCAP objectives. His overall goals include encouraging the ambitions of the teams while continuing strong forward progress in attaining these objectives.
In his free time, Swanson enjoys reading books on science fiction, fantasy, and modern economic and environmental policies. He also loves watching football, baseball, and basketball with friends.
—Article by iSEE Communications Intern Kratika Tandon