UNC Asheville alumna Anna Lange recently was
awarded an internship with the national environmental group Green
Corps. Lange was one of some 25 candidates selected from more than
2,000 applicants from across the nation for the organization's
highly competitive year-long environmental leadership training
The Green Corps program consists of eight weeks of classes taught by
leaders in the environmental sector. After training, students spread
out across the country, working on various campaigns ranging from
reducing waste in restaurants to protecting fish stocks near the
coast. The nonprofit, which was founded in 1992 as a graduate school
for environmental organizers, helps participants secure high-level
positions with the industry's leading companies.
Lange, 22, of Asheville, graduated from UNC Asheville in 2007 with a
degree in environmental policy and management. She said her time
spent at the University fully prepared her for this position.
"Environmental advocacy is what I did the majority of my time at UNC
Asheville," Lange said. "I worked on it 20, 25, even 30 hours a week
because I really enjoyed it and I really couldn't get enough. The
experience I had at UNC Asheville completely prepared me for this."
Lange also participated in numerous leadership activities while at
UNC Asheville. She first got her taste for environmental advocacy
working in student government as executive for sustainability
affairs before becoming vice president of the student body. Lange
was also instrumental in the establishment of the University's
Student Environmental Center, of which she served as director.
Lange received inspiration from a number or sources at the
University. She cited Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Dee Eggers as helping stoke her interest in environmental work,
while Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Bill Haggard provided key
motivation in applying for Green Corps.
"Anna is a strong, quiet and ethical leader who is intrinsically
motivated to make positive change in the world. I am confident that
she will," Haggard said.
The small size of the University provided Lange with a training
ground for making positive changes in the community and on a larger
"If you chose to really get involved, it's really easy to build your
own community and really feel a sense of place at UNC Asheville,"
Lange said. "To have access to the faculty and administration to be
able to throw ideas around is a quality that is unique to UNC
Asheville. They are truly here for the students."
Lange begins the Green Corps internship on August 1. She said that
while she will miss Asheville, she is excited about seeing the
country and experiencing new things.
"The people I am going to meet and the networks I am going to
establish are going to be absolutely priceless," she said.