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Active environment: Art, outdoors come together for environmental studies student

Active environment: Art, outdoors come together for environmental studies student

Jarret Katz is a youthful Renaissance man—artist, athlete and environmental activist. During summer 2011, all of these interests came together for the University of Delaware junior in an internship at the University of Rhode Island energy center.

An environmental studies major in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Katz started out in biology. But after one semester, he felt that bio wasn’t a good fit for him, and he decided to explore other options.

“I came across a listing for environmental studies,” he says, “and it just clicked. I was raised to be an outdoor person—I grew up ten minutes from the beach, I’ve been skiing since I was three years old, and I love to hike. Protecting the environment for those kinds of activities is important to me.”