Posts by Karrie Kressler

by Karrie Kressler | Posted Friday, July 26, 2013

My work breaks away from the traditional SCA roles. I’m not cutting tread on a beautiful backcountry trail, or providing much needed disaster relief. I do not interact with wild animals or fires.

by Karrie Kressler | Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I started seriously bicycling only recently when I moved to Pittsburgh, which is a heck of a place to start considering all of the hills here. It’s also surprising considering that while I was growing up I watched my role-model-dad bike to work every fair-weathered day.

by Karrie Kressler | Posted Friday, July 5, 2013

Most days I walk to work. It’s just a quick jog up Millvalle, and a right on Penn. Within fifteen minutes, I’m there.

Well, that’s only true if I manage to catch the first traffic light, and this morning I’m left waiting. I linger patiently with plenty of company though; my corner also serves as a popular bus stop for folks commuting to Oakland, and the Southside.

Karrie Kressler

SCA Green Cities Fellow, Pittsburgh

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  • Position Title
    SCA Green Cities Fellow, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Field Site Name
    Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP)
  • Hometown
    Bloomsburg, PA
  • School
    Earlham College
  • Major
    Mathematics, Physics
  • Dream Job
    Sign me up to be Google’s Street View Trekker. Job description: Hike scenic trails with a 40 lbs camera (equivalent to the Google Street-View Car Camera, but a bit smaller). Go here to learn more:
  • If I could pass a law…
    I would create a carbon tax
  • The person who inspires me post is…
    Rachel Carson, but Smokey the Bear and Captain Planet are tied for second.
  • If I were a shape-shifter, I’d turn into…
    an otter. They are so playful.
  • Most memorable outdoor moment
    Two years ago, I joined a trail crew cutting tread along the Continental Divide. For weeks we switch backed our way up the side of Park View Mountain. The work was satisfying and tangible, and each day I was able to break a new record for highest I had ever climbed. The day we summited the mountain, taking in the view from both our side and now the other, I felt elated! We were working at over 13,000 ft. I have climbed higher peaks since, but sharing that view with the good people on my crew has been hard to top.
  • Favorite Song
    “Helplessness Blues” by the Fleet Foxes
  • Motto
    “Hike your own hike”

What forces, events, or influences in your life inspired you to become a conservationist? Growing up I had always enjoyed the outdoors and animals. But it wasn’t until I was eight years old that it all came together for me. One day, driven by curiosity, my best friend and went to our local university to learn about endangered species. For hours, we sat in a study cubicle at the library, surrounded by books, sounding out large environmental words and trying to make sense of it all. That day, we found obvious connections between the animals that we loved and the state of the environment. In the same week, I developed an action plan to get the word out to my town. I set to work, first, printing posters from our MS-DOS computer. These told people who I was, what I believed and implored them to care about the environment. Then, my dad chaperoned me as I went door-to-door in our town explaining my plan and hanging up my signs. I remember one gas station attendant didn’t quite know what to think of me, but chuckled harmlessly as I found a prominent spot on his front window. I still have a few signs left, and so the work continues!

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