A passionate changemaker with over 15 years of service to people and planet, Avalon Jade is dedicated to empowering others to Conserve It Forward for a sustainable future. Avalon Jade was 7 years old when she first realized she could make positive, effective change, and help others do so, as well. Her efforts resulted in the creation of a non-profit organization. Encouraging the use of kindness and compassion to confront global issues, she has traveled the world to share her message and work alongside others. Having grown up in Tampa, Florida, Avalon is currently based in Tempe, Arizona, where she is a PhD student at Arizona State University. Her research focus is the intersection of religions, environment, and non-profit organizations. In addition to her roles as a graduate student and teaching assistant, Avalon is an instructor at Athena’s Advanced Academy, where she teaches cultural empathy courses she created for middle and high school students. Avalon serves as Book Reviews Coordinator for the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, and interns at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Religious Freedom. She believes that when we better understand each other’s foundational beliefs, we improve our connections and can more effectively collaborate to solve local and global challenges. Avalon plans to pursue a career in university education and continue advocating for the environment and intercultural respect.