Erin Williams

My name is Erin Williams and I am senior majoring in English and Sustainability at the University of New Hampshire. I am originally from Shaftsbury, VT which is a small, rural town in the southwest corner of the state that borders NY and MA. I am expecting to graduate in May 2021. Following graduation I am open to a variety of career paths; my only requirement is that I am furthering the sustainability field. My current goals are to one day work on creating environmental policy, so I am looking at working with state or federal agencies, or nonprofit organizations. 


Myself outside the EPA
A photo of myself taken during the Spring 2020 semester, during which I participated in The Washington Center program and interned at the EPA in the Office of Public Affairs.


Growing up in rural Vermont, I always loved being outside. As I got older, that love grew into a deep appreciation for the natural world. I always loved reading books that had vivid descriptions of wildlife or outdoor settings. Additionally, as I grew into a young adult, I became increasingly concerned with the injustices I started to identify in the world. When I got to college, I realized that I could combine my passions to make tangible change in the field of sustainability. 

In my time at UNH, I've been an active member of my professional, agriculture-based sorority Sigma Alpha. I've completed service projects engaging the local community with agriculture and attended professional development events that have prepared me for my future endeavors. An alumna of the chapter encouraged me to apply to The Washington Center (TWC) academic internship program, something that I didn't know about until I became a member. Another member recommended that I take EcoGastronomy as an elective, and I did which introduced me to the various dual majors at UNH and ultimately led me to the SDM.

During the Spring 2020 semester, I went to Washington, D.C. through TWC where I had the opportunity to intern at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Public Affairs. TWC is the major highlight of my time at UNH because it was such a uniwue experience and deeply informed my completion of the SDM. The internship was able to count toward my elective credit in the SDM, as was one of the courses I took while there, during which I researched and drafted a policy brief that addressed a water issue in my hometown. 

In my free time, I can be found reading or writing, refining my Spotify "Discover Weekly", going for coffee somewhere local, and spending time outside. I am a cat person and a self-designated floor person. Thanks for taking time to read my page!

Check out my additional pages:

Here is a link to my SUST 401 reflection.

Here is a link to my SUST 501 reflection.

Here is a link to my SUST 750 reflection.

Here is a link to my EcoGastronomy reflection.

Here is a link to my Environmental Pollution and Protection reflection.