2010 Scholar

Benjamin K. Wessel
Middlebury College

Benjamin K. Wessel
Ben is a junior at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. Growing up in Washington, DC he has always been fascinated by politics, and feels that strong legislation and real advocacy efforts from the grassroots, particularly young people, will be a main factor in solving the climate crisis. His passion for activism, policy, and adventure has taken him from a WWF-sponsored "Voyage for the Future" in the Norwegian arctic, to the UN Climate Change Negotiations in Poland and Copenhagen, to the halls of Congress with 1Sky and the Energy Action Coalition. Besides geeking out on climate policy, Ben likes to cook, snowboard, and root for the New York Yankees.

How can you describe a weekend of student leaders from across the U.S. with an intense passion to change the world? The Orientation was a phenomenal experience to meet and build connections that I'm sure will last a lifetime.

Emily Bacha, 2009 Udall Scholar


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