Jeremy is a passionate environmental activist and organizational leader. In high school, Jeremy founded the Student Environmental Outreach Coalition (SEOC), a program to help educate students about environmental issues and to provide environmentally oriented community volunteer activities for students throughout Nashville. To effectively address numerous environmental issues, SEOC hosted a variety of professional guest speakers, visited with Tennessee legislators and created environmental community outreach programs and community service opportunities. Within two years, SEOC grew into one of the largest student environmental groups in the State with over 80 members.
Jeremy’s environmental work led to his appointment by the mayor to serve as the youth liaison to the board of the Nashville Metro Public Works Department, his work with the Tennessee Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation as Director of Organizational Development, and his position on the board of the Metro Nashville Earth Day Festival. At the age of 16, Jeremy became the youngest person elected to the MTG Board of Directors of the Sierra Club, a position in which he served for two years. Jeremy also focused on a number of other service organizations and critical issues, including his involvement as director of school campaigns to raise thousands of dollars for tsunami and hurricane victims and the founding of a new student-led initiative called LIFE, a peer counseling program that trained 30 students and set up counseling facilities within the course of a year.
In his first year at Vanderbilt, Jeremy became active in a number of environmental and residential life organizations on campus. Jeremy served as Interhall dorm president of Reinke Hall, was an active member of Sierra Club and SPEAR, served as SGA Environmental Affairs co-chair, and was active on the Freshman Board of Hillel. During the summer of 2007, Jeremy served his Ingram Scholar project at Conservation International in Washington, D.C., working integrally with climate change legislation. Jeremy researched and dissected new legislation, attended Senate hearings of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and met with Congressional staff members and environmental leaders to discuss tactics and the necessary provisions for carbon sequestration and other biodiversity measures in environmental legislation. During his sophomore year as an Ingram Scholar, Jeremy plans to continue his environmental activism both nationally and in the Nashville community by creating new environmental programs that will reach out to youth and work with businesses. Jeremy is also working on campus with Vanderbilt Dining and other institutions to reduce excess waste, while feeding the community. Additionally, Jeremy is currently working with the VU Chaplain’s office and Chabad Rabbinic representatives to establish a new religious organization on campus, called Vanderbilt Chabad. Jeremy is excited about his sophomore year and looks forward to working with his fellow Ingram Scholars to create positive social change at Vanderbilt and in the Nashville community.