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My name is Matthew Megill and I’m originally from Norwalk, CA. I graduated from high school in 2006 and had no idea what type of career I wanted to pursue. At the age of 20, I completed a wildland fire academy, but was unable to pursue a career as a firefighter because I have collapsing arches in my feet and suffer from knee pain. I have always been interested in physical fitness though. So, I then worked as a personal trainer at Bally Total Fitness. I enjoyed working with my clients but became disinterested, largely due to some of the business practices that I witnessed. I then began to study at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in pursuit of an associate’s degree in solar P.V. panels and weatherization. At the time, I was not at all passionate about conservation, renewable energy, or anything related. I was mainly interested in solar power as a possible business opportunity.

After my first semester, I participated in my first summer internship, which is where I met Professor Marcela Oliva. She introduced me to environmentalism and another concept known as biomimicry. Biomimicry especially interested me and I began to do more research. I became enamored with this concept very quickly and changed my course from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s. Two years and many internships later I am studying at Humboldt State University in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in environmental resource engineering. I am also working for the Office of Sustainability to help create and implement a climate action plan, which will reduce the GHG emissions associate with the school.