Erin Percifull

Associate Planner, Ecology and Environment Inc.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from UWF, Erin has dedicated her career to enhancing awareness about civic responsibility and environmental sustainability, both in New York City and now back in Pensacola.

What inspired you to pursue a career in environmental studies?

Growing up on the gulf coast of Florida, I have always been surrounded by and appreciated the beauty of the natural resources around me. I gravitated towards a degree in environmental studies and UWF was the perfect fit for me. My coursework gave me the tools to pursue a career that established my appreciation for environmental work and the link between nature and manmade environments. The degree I received from UWF prepared me well for my first role out of college in New York City, where I served as an AmeriCorps member, working on environmental issues in an urban setting.

What do you consider your greatest achievement to date?

Serving as an AmeriCorps member in New York City. I worked at the NYC Housing Authority, the largest and most complex municipal affordable housing agency in the nation. There, I helped establish Resident Green Committees, designed to provide education of climate change and empower residents to incorporate energy efficiency practices in their daily lives. The time I spent in public service coupled with my degree from UWF, assured me a place at Columbia University where I obtained a masters in public administration.

How do you see yourself making an impact on Pensacola today and into the future?

I am excited to be back in Pensacola where I can contribute to a city and community that gave me my start. Since moving back to Pensacola in October 2015, I’ve engaged in a host of civic organizations that are doing great things for the environment and the community. All communities, no matter size or location, have a role in conserving and enhancing the environment. I plan to continue to make an impact and reinforce environmental sustainability at the community level here.