Audrey Alderman, a student sitting in a room with children's artwork on display

Feb. 22, 2019

Audrey Alderman ’19 wants children to understand the effect they can have on our environment.

“Every little thing you do matters,” said Alderman, a senior from Jacksonville, NC. She is pursuing a major in biology and a minor in chemistry.

Alderman, president of the UNCW chapter of TriBeta National Biological Honor Society, created a sustainability art project with New Hanover County elementary schoolchildren.  

For the project, Alderman gathered drawings that demonstrate what the children imagine the world will look like in 40 years. She will display their artwork during a campus showcase on March 1 in the Azalea Coast Room, Fisher University Union. The 1-4 p.m. show is free and open to the public.

Next to the children’s artwork, Alderman will display digitally edited drawings to indicate what the world may actually look like in 40 years, according to scientific projections. By helping children visualize the potential impact of pollution, Alderman hopes to inspire the idea that “every little thing” they do to support the environment matters. At the event, children will also receive environmentally friendly goodie bags with information to help them become more aware about sustainability.

Alderman credits her upbringing with sparking her passion for saving the planet, one step at a time. “My mom is a biology professor, and she drilled it in me that the environment matters,” she said.

After graduation in May, Alderman hopes to work as an environmental researcher.


- Logan Matthews '19