Emilia Kosonen
Knights for Animal Rights President
April 2018

Q: What does sustainability mean to you?
A: Sustainability means making the most effective use of our resources and ensuring that we leave the earth in good condition for future generations.

Q: How do you incorporate sustainability into your lifestyle?
A: The changes I have made that I think have the most impact are adopting a vegan lifestyle—which has been shown to contribute minimally to waste, water usage, and pollution—and commuting with my bike every day.

Q: What do you do at UCF to advance sustainability initiatives?
AP: My main focus has always been to tackle the devastating effects of factory farming. As President of Knights for Animal Rights, I help spread awareness about the environmental impact of animal products and encourage students to incorporate more sustainable and healthy alternatives into their diets. Last year, I was part of the group that brought Fleet Farming to UCF. Another major food-related initiative I am a part of is the creation of a UCF chapter of the Cellular Agriculture Society (CAS). The planet is running out of resources and there isn’t enough water, food, or space to farm animals on a large scale. Cellular agriculture provides a solution to this sustainability crisis, and my goal with this UCF chapter is to spread awareness about the benefits of cellular agriculture and get students involved in the movement.

Q: What would you like to see at UCF to make it a more sustainability-driven university?
A: It is crucial that UCF sets a positive example as a sustainability-driven university. Thanks to IDEAS for Us, we had the opportunity to begin a Fleet Farming program on campus. Now, we need to take the program to the next level. We need more vegan dining options on campus. We also should make an effort to have recycling available for all students in every off-campus apartment complex.

Q: What advice do you have for fellow students to live more sustainably?
A: Be mindful of what you consume and where it comes from. Think about the consequences of which foods you choose to spend your money on. Make an effort to stop eating animals.

Q: What is your vision for sustainability?
A: I hope that one day our university will be completely self-sustaining when it comes to food and renewable energy. We will grow produce across our campus and have on-site breweries for cellular agriculture products. Solar panels will be installed on top of every building. Public transportation will be accessible and convenient. Bike-ability will be a priority. The community around sustainability will blossom.