Dana Drugman '12

Worldwatch Institute, Washington, D.C.
Major: Environmental Studies, Minor: English

I spent the summer working in the Worldwatch office in Washington D.C. Each year Worldwatch releases a report called “State of the World,” which examines a particular global sustainability issue. The 2011 report, State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, highlights innovations in sustainable agriculture that are working to help alleviate hunger and poverty. To help promote this report and continue the conversation about efforts to help solve the global food crisis, Worldwatch launched a project called Nourishing the Planet (NtP). I worked directly with the NtP team as a research intern. My internship involved researching and writing about sustainable agriculture innovations and assisting with a media outreach campaign. I wrote several blog pieces for the NtP website. I also drafted several series of op-ed pieces on topics such as urban agriculture, food waste, and the importance of eating locally grown foods. The op-eds were targeted specifically for various newspapers across the nation. Some of them have even been published! Getting these clips and writing experience will prove useful as I hope to pursue a career in environmental journalism.