“Our version of forced family fun was to go hiking or to tromp up and down a muddy river. I realized it wasn’t enough to just care about the environment. I wanted to do something.”
Leah Johnson BSx’19 spent much of her childhood exploring the natural landscape around the Twin Cities suburb where she grew up. She quickly decided that she wanted to make the environment part of her career. Now entering her senior year as a biochemistry and environmental studies major, Leah is a fearless doer who complements her environmental ethics with concrete action. She moved up the ranks of the ASM Sustainability Committee quickly, serving most recently as chair. She also cofounded CLEAN (Campus Leaders for Environmental Action Now), a group of student leaders who want UW–Madison to commit to using solely renewable energy by 2030.