#FlaglerSpotlight on student Megan Wright
Apr 17, 2019
by Jayda Barnes, '20
Megan Wright, ’20, is a coastal environmental science major making a huge environmental impact at Flagler.
As president of Sustain Club, Wright organized an Earth Day Celebration with help from local businesses. The event will take place on the West Lawn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19. She has also helped organize and host a Trashion Show, featuring fashion made of trash and recyclables to raise awareness of western society’s mass-consumption of goods. The Trashion Show is a co-curricular event for students and takes place from 7 - 8 p.m. in Kenan 300.
In addition to her position in Sustain Club, Wright is also involved in several other clubs. She is a project manager for Enactus, a delegate for Model UN and a student representative for the Faculty Senate Sustainability Committee. During Comm Week this year, she organized a Climate Change panel to educate her fellow students.
Wright also attended the Future of Florida Summit with three other Flagler students Feb. 1-3 at the University of Florida in Gainseville, Fla. With this year’s theme of “Technology & Public Policy,” the summit split students into groups and challenged them to draft public policy pilot projects that used advances in technology to help state and local governments work smarter on behalf of citizens. Wright’s group placed third for their presentation on tightening voter registration. Other Flagler student conference-goers included Amanda Sheppard, whose team placed first for their presentation on proposing technology to better measure algal blooms, Jillyan Corrales, whose team placed second for their presentation on data consolidation to allow policy makers to better implement accurate, interdisciplinary action and Beth Lloyd, whose group presented on increasing public transport measures to better reduce food insecurity.
“Technology and public policy play an integral role in implementing laws and social norms that guarantee safety and efficiency, especially in a city such as St. Augustine that sees more tourists than residents,” said Wright of the conference.
Through interdisciplinary involvement, Wright has been able to develop new skills of advocacy for the environment. She is continuing to build her legacy of improving the planet through events such as the Earth Day Celebration.