Emma Pautz is a rising Junior at Barrington High School in Barrington, Rhode Island. She has been an intern for ocean, climate, and ecosystems (OCE) research internship since June 2023 at Brown University. Emma has been passionate about environmentalism for several years. She initially started her environmental work in middle school when she met with her principal to ask that the school take steps to be more environmentally conscious. Since then, she has demonstrated a continued passion for environmentalism. She founded the Barrington Environmental Establishment, a non-profit organization dedicated to enlightening her community about climate change and inspiring collective action. Emma has also started composting at her middle school and high school, assisted in organizing the Rhode Island College Compost Conference where she also presented, and worked with her town to create a compost drop-off location in her community. As the Vice President of her school's Environmental Club, Emma annually hosts the Environmental Week. In two years, she was also able to sell 859 saplings in order to offset the community's carbon emissions. Emma serves on her school district's Environmental Stewardship Committee and the Barrington Land Conservation Trust’s student stewardship team. In addition, since January 2023, she has interned for The Tree-Plenish, a nonprofit organization that hosts saplings sales. She also holds an intern position at Clean Ocean Access and serves as a peace fellow for the Advocacy Project, roles she took on in May 2023. Outside of environmentalism, Emma is a member of math team and participates in cross country and track. Since a young age, Emma has known that she wants to dedicate her life to mitigating climate change and its effects. Her goal is to create solutions in her community. She is looking forward to learning more about the earth’s systems and conducting research with OCE.