Hey There! My name is Maria Tarduno and I drove all the way from upstate New York to intern with USEE for the summer! Call me crazy, but when you see the views of the mountains that Salt Lake has to offer, I don’t think there’s anything to argue. I am going into my junior year at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where I plan to double major in environmental studies and dance and minor in economics. When you can’t find me out doing yoga, running, biking, or hiking, I’ll be in the kitchen cooking up a delicious healthy meal. My passion for environmental education was sparked during my semester abroad in Australia and New Zealand last fall. The opportunity to work on struggling conservation projects in these areas made me realize how hard it can be for one person to make a difference in the environment. However, I feel that education is a way to spread information to reach a greater audience and that is why I believe environmental education at all ages is so important. I am excited to work with USEE to promote environmental literacy and instill a higher quality of life to match Salt Lake’s breathtaking landscape.