Urban Forest Initiative intern Rachel Cook


In August 2016, we welcomed aboard a new member to the Urban Forest Initiative – Rachel Cook. Rachel is a University of Kentucky undergraduate student double majoring in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Natural Resources and Environmental Science. She was selected as part of the UK Student Sustainability Internship Program, and her part-time position will be directly funded by the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment – thanks TFISE! Working with Rachel will be a great opportunity, due to her inate interest in all things trees, and love of getting others involved.


Below is a short interview with UFI intern - Rachel Cook:


How do the goals and objectives of Urban Forest Initiative align with your interests?

My goal in life is to inspire people to be more contentious of the world around them and how they utilize it. I’m not sure what I want to be doing after school, but I know I want that at the heart of it. The Urban Forest Initiative works to engage Lexington community members and educate them about their urban forest. I think their work is amazing and exactly the type of environmental outreach I want to be involved in career-wise.


What excites you about working with UFI as part of this internship?

I’m excited to work with students and community members. I think getting more people interested, aware, and involved with sustainability efforts both on and off campus is such rewarding task. I already enjoy making connections with other groups here on campus that want to work with UFI. I also would love to increase my own knowledge of urban forests.


How do you feel about trees?

When asked a fun fact about myself, I always say “I really love trees.” I have been trying to learn all my tree species since 4th grade when I created my first leaf collection for 4H. My love for trees started my passion for environmental science and continue to shape my career path.