Homies! My name is Lauren and I’m a sophomore here at Penn State. I enrolled in this class because I have heard good things about it and because sustainability has recently become an interest of mine. Also, I find that when math is less theoretical and is applicable to my life I better grasp it and am far more interested.
Near my home in New York is the living place of the Lenape Native Americans. In the 60’s Ford Motor Company dumped tons and tons of lead paint near the water shed that is the Lenape’s main source of water. As a result of this many of these people have gotten cancer and other illnesses including a man named Chuck Stead. Stead, a friend of my brothers and a teacher from my school led the fight that got Ford to clean the area in the last year as well as make some amends to the community affected. My brother was heavily involved in tis fight and learning about it through him and Chuck Stead, and seeing in a friend the horrible repercussions of Fords actions sparked my interest in a healthier and cleaner environment. I am TAing an environmental science class and that, along with this class are growing my understanding of the issues at hand and ways of helping to solve them.
Here’s a link to an article better explaining the Ford Motor Company situation http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/29/business/yourmoney/29spill.html