Sustainability is the point of equilibrium between the environment, equity, and the economy; planet, people, profit. Unfortunately, the first two goals are often dwarfed by the third. We live in a world that values money over biodiversity, the one percent over the ninety-nine percent, and new commodities over new perspectives. Sustainability is about so much more than protecting and maintaining our natural ecosystems, it’s also about ensuring that every person on this wonderful planet - in this generation, as well as those to come - has the chance to live a life of dignity and opportunity. I believe that the first step toward reimagining the systems that perpetuate inequality is education. Education is truly the most powerful gift that we can give to ourselves and others in the fight against local and global injustices. This conviction has led me on the path to becoming a teacher in a very underserved community just north of the US-Mexico border. Through Teach for America, I will work to bring a new environmental science program to a high school that hasn’t yet been able to teach this subject. The curriculum will be largely hands on, with a focus on renewable energy, organizing within our own communities, the intersection between racial justice and environmental justice, and tangible methods to achieve sustainability in our own lives as well as on a larger scale. In order to become a more effective teacher and mentor, I still have some learner to do myself, and that’s where the Live like Ally Foundation comes in! Thanks to a generous grant from LLAF, this spring I will be traveling to Iceland to take part in the Green Program - an alternative education platform for sustainability. Through this program I will have the chance to tour Iceland’s leading hydroelectric and geothermal facilities, attend lectures by some of the industries leading experts in climate change and renewable energy, develop my own capstone project to bring back home, and receive an accreditation from Reykjavik University. Additionally, while abroad in Iceland I will be working alongside local farmers and engineers on several sustainable farms throughout the highlands. My goal is to learn as much as I can from this program and the people of Iceland in order to create the best possible curriculum and classroom for my students next fall! I want to say that it is such an honor to represent Ally as I go abroad and attempt to change the world in my own small way. To live like Ally means to live fearlessly, to live for others, and to never stop exploring and expanding possibilities for making the world a better place. It means being grateful for everything we are given, and knowing that it is our responsibility to give everything we have in return.