Avora Maitland-Collins

Resource SpecializationSustainable Agriculture
Region SpecializationLatin America
HometownBritish Columbia, Canada

I chose to focus on sustainable agriculture because shifting towards a sustainable food system is one of the most impactful things we can do to mitigate the risks of climate change and restore biodiversity. Specifically, I am interested in how agroforestry systems can be implemented to restore biodiversity and carbon sequestration in the Amazon, and how farmers can be supported economically and socially to make these transitions. I am also interested in environmental education focusing on the benefits of plant-rich diets, reducing food waste, and supporting community-based initiatives to improve food security.

For my international experience, I am planning on participating in one of the Forestry Field School programs in either Chile or Ecuador.

Summer 2025

As someone who has so many different interests – from sustainability to music to learning languages, I appreciate that I am able to design my degree around what I am passionate about. I also love exploring new places and learning about different cultures. Currently, I am learning Spanish and I can’t wait to travel to Latin America as a part of my degree. Finally, I feel very grateful to be part of such a supportive community of GRS’ers who all have such diverse interests.


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