My name is Niki, I have a passion for the environment and conserving its resources by making fundamental changes in my own life and society in general.
I am an environmental enthusiast and an ambassador for a zero-waste lifestyle. I grew up living in both Southern California with my dad and the Appalachian region with my mom. I spent most summers in the warm San Diego climate and we did water related activities such as surfing, snorkeling, swimming, or hiking. During the school year I resided in the thick, humid forest of Virginia where we played in the James River, camped, and adventured through local forest patches. No, matter where I was, nature always played a key role in my development.
When I was a pre-teen, I became infatuated with recycling and conservation. I would be trash checking every day after school and reminding everyone in my household what can and can’t be recycled. I remember even begging my uncle to buy a different kind of beer that didn’t come in a green bottle because where we lived, green glass was not recyclable.
After high school, I moved back to San Diego permanently and went to college. I did a study abroad program in Costa Rica where I completed my AA in Spanish at the Universidad de Costa Rica. Afterwards, I completed my degree at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) where I majored in Environmental Systems and Policy. As a student at UCSD, I managed one of our campus gardens where I learned to compost, use green techniques for pest control and sustainable gardening in general.
Afterwards, I went on to work for a local environmental non-profit organization that I had been interning for throughout college. My position focused on recycling policies and programs within Southern California as well as community cleanups, environmental outreach, and education.
I recently made the move from San Diego, CA all the way to Melbourne, FL because I wanted to get away from the big city, become a homeowner, and be closer to my family. I am exploring all the Space Coast has to offer and experiencing firsthand how to live sustainably here.
The zero-waste journey is never an easy one! I want to try and make it more appealing and easier to manage for others by paving a path in my community. I want to showcase all that Brevard has to offer in the way of zero-waste and I also want to show my own personal tips and life-hacks! I hope my blog helps you become more sustainable in your own life and find importance in resource conservation and awareness. You can make a bigger change than you think, I promise!