Fall Policy Intern

 Hello, my name is Kennedy Flavin. I am beyond excited to have the Fall Policy Intern position at Save Our Canyons this Fall. I am a native Utahan who grew up in the middle of the Wasatch Mountains, right by the ski resorts. I am so fortunate to have been able to grow up surrounded by the beauty of the Wasatch Mountains. I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, and camping in the beautiful backyard we have here in Utah. Although I’m still working on mastering my mountain biking skills, I enjoy the intermediate trails up in the Wasatch Mountains! I am deaf and communicate by using American Sign Language, and teaching my friends how to learn my language is one of my favorite activities to do.

I’ve only begun to become passionate about preserving the public lands and the native plant/animal species, especially in Utah. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Utah with double majors in both Political Science and Environmental & Sustainability Studies with a minor in Earth Sciences. I will graduate next year with the hopes of attending grad school to pursue a Masters in Environmental Policy. During my current college career, I have only become extremely motivated by the environmental injustice that we face including public lands, the minority communities, and public goods such as water and air today. I learned that the best way to encourage positive change for the environment is best done through policies that are created by our government. My favorite policy that was passed would be the Clean Air Act of 1970 by President Richard Nixon. If it wasn’t for the act, we wouldn’t be able to breathe in the Salt Lake Valley. I am looking forward to encouraging government officials to create decisions that will help the public lands instead of deteriorating them. I am so thrilled to learn and help others to learn about the Environmental policies in Utah, especially the ones that impact the Wasatch Mountains.