Hi everybody! My name is Hanna Petroski, and I'm an Environmental Policy/Communications intern at Save the Harbor this summer.
I grew up in a landlocked state, so it might seem strange that I came all the way to Boston for the summer to join an organization devoted to beaches. However, I spent my last summer on a beach, counting sea turtle nests. Somewhere between tripping over driftwood in the early mornings, dipping my toes in the surf during hot afternoons, and tracking turtles across the sand under the stars, I fell in love with the ocean. I knew I wanted to spend this summer as close to the sea as possible. Working on the beach, in every sense of the phrase, is a dream come true.
I was drawn to Save the Harbor / Save the Bay for their holistic approach to conservation. As much as I love turtles, they aren't the only creatures to use the ocean. The harbor and beaches need to work for people too, and I'm excited to be part of an organization that has had so much success with cleaning up the water for both swimmers and marine ecosystems.
In my three years studying environmental studies at the University of Chicago, I've focused my studies on ecology and human-environment interactions. I hope I can use this knowledge to effectively work on conserving the beautiful regions along the coastline here. I also hope to learn more about some of the behind-the-scenes work of environmental conservation, and to take this knowledge with me for my final year of undergrad and whatever comes after.
It's nice to meet you all, and I hope to see you at our events!