Program Coordinator, Global Sustainability Resource Center
Rachel Pennington is a recent University of California, Irvine graduate serving as the Coordinator of the Global Sustainability Resource Center (GSRC). Rachel manages the Energize Colleges internship program, where she supports a community of interns interested in pursuing career pathways in sustainable energy. Rachel also works with UCI staff, students, and faculty to forward environmental justice and sustainability practices and programs across campus and in the greater UCI community. During her undergraduate time on campus, she studied environmental science, while interning for UCI’s Center for Environmental Biology, where she gained experience in sustainability education and outreach. This continued through her work as an education specialist at Crystal Cove Alliance, a non-profit focusing on ecological and historical conservation in Southern California’s Crystal Cove State Park. Rachel’s personal sustainability interests include renewable energy, environmental justice, food security, and the human rights of sustainability. Rachel believes that every person has a niche to fill in the pursuit of a sustainable future, and intends to equip students with the resources needed to successfully pursue rewarding careers in clean energy, environmental equity, and sustainability.