Matthew Ramirez ’19, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Certificate(s): Environmental Studies

I researched environmental policy specifically focused on municipal stormwater ordinances in New Jersey. I compiled ordinances that examined whether and how local government had gone beyond the minimum state standards in drafting its own stormwater management regime with regard to several key factors. This work was supplemented by regular field excursions, such as helping advocate for cleanwater issues with legislators at the New Jersey State House. I also participated in working groups with a nearby town’s administration to strengthen a future version of their stormwater ordinance, and I attended planningboard hearings on the environmental impacts of proposed developments. This experience strengthened my desire to pursue a full-time career in environmental policy. It sharpened my skills in research and writing, while greatly enhancing my familiarity with the drafting and implementation of laws.