Meet Chelsey Smith, our newest data intern. Chelsey was born and raised in Cape May County, NJ and has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory in VA. After performing professionally for a few years and watching Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, she decided she wanted to change her path and lifestyle and became passionate about pursuing a career in sustainability. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Sustainable Design at Philadelphia University. When she’s not at school or studying, she is usually either teaching Pilates, doing yoga, singing, or hanging with her husband and two kitties.
HOW DID YOU HEAR OF MILKCRATE?
I heard of MilkCrate from the director of PhilaU’s Sustainable Design program, professor Rob Fleming, who spoke very highly of it. Hearing about Morgan’s story from him inspired me and made me want to learn more.
WHAT DREW YOU TO WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
I became especially interested in getting involved after meeting Caitlin and Morgan on campus when they were there to kick of MilkCrate’s PhilaU pilot. I really enjoyed chatting with them and learning more about MilkCrate, as well as participating in the pilot and getting to know the app. I was also drawn in by how much PhilaU’s MilkCrate student ambassador, Maram, enjoys being a part of it.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE GREEN BUSINESSES OR ACTIVITIES?
After watching Cowspiracy, I immediately changed to a (mostly) vegan diet, so I love seeking out good vegan restaurants — luckily, they are really starting to pop up in Philly! Hip City Veg in center city is definitely one of my go-tos when I’m teaching. I am also subscribed to an awesome vegan meal delivery service, Purple Carrot, which I looove. I really enjoy thrifting/antiquing and repurposing materials and furniture. I have also working on my green thumb with indoor plants, and have plans to start an organic garden in my backyard this spring (fingers crossed).
WHAT IMPACT DO YOU SEE MILKCRATE HAVING ON ITS CLIENTS AND THE INDIVIDUAL?
I think MilkCrate is an awesome way for individuals and clients to not only keep track of their sustainable efforts, but also be inspired by others. Personally, I often find myself getting overwhelmed by how many “unsustainable” things are out there in the world; so by using MilkCrate, it is a great way to organize your sustainable actions and ideas, find new ones, and visualize your efforts and the positive impacts they are making. Every action, no matter small it may seem, collectively adds up to something greater in the end! Using MilkCrate can really help you see that.