Mike Gonzales

Sustainability Intern

Mike grew up in Lakeville, MN playing various outdoor sports. He was drawn to the beautiful mountains of Colorado after going on ski trips all over the Western US as a high schooler with his dad and younger brother. Once here, he developed a deep passion for sustainability. Over the winter while working for Vail Resorts, Mike helped expand the recycling and composting operations at their on-mountain dining facilities. He recently earned his bachelor’s degree in sustainability studies from Colorado Mountain College and was fortunate enough to attend the school’s inaugural study abroad program in Bhutan. Mike is continuing his education over the summer by learning permaculture design and Spanish. He enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, and climbing.

Mike is thrilled to begin his internship with Walking Mountains. He first began working with Walking Mountains last year volunteering at zero waste events. The relationship only strengthened after Walking Mountain’s founder Kim Langmaid took over as professor of sustainability studies at CMC and guided Mike through his capstone project this spring. He is most excited about the outreach and educational aspects of zero waste events. Talking to locals, tourists, and other volunteers about the need for proper waste diversion is a great way to spread knowledge and strengthen our ties to the Earth and our community.