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jamie-jacquartAs the Assistant Director of Campus Sustainability and Residential Initiatives at UMass Dartmouth, Jamie works to help students learn about their own carbon footprint and how they can make better choices to reduce that. He also helps the university to reduce the amount of energy and water that’s used on campus.

“I try to make a better decision every day about how I can make a lesser impact,” said Jamie in a recent Standard TimesEarth Day feature about his own sustainability efforts – both at home and at work.

How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage?

I have been a member of the Dartmouth Youth Commission for the past six years, which directs the work of the Youth Advocate, who helps families and youth address challenges and issues that arise in their lives. I have also been active with the Dartmouth Pathways Committee which is working to improve bike and other pedestrian development throughout the town. Both of these give me the opportunity to make a positive impact on our community. Whether it is helping to ensure there are prevention programs for things like opiate abuse or safe routes for cyclists throughout town, both provide tangible ways I can make a difference.

What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership?

What I found most valuable about my LSC experience was that it gave me both a broad understanding of the issues facing our communities and it also put me in contact with others who were striving to make our communities a better place for everyone.

Describe your leadership in one word.

If I had to describe my leadership in one word: Inclusive

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