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by Katherine Richards


Energy Conservation Corps

Like most students, Quintuon had no idea what he wanted to do after school. Unlike most students Quintuon decided to make the proactive decision to delve into the weatherization field.

Quintuon discovered the Sustainability Institute through his local pastor, and after leaving Publix he knew he wanted something different. When he imagined his future, Quintuon had no idea that he would be helping the community. Even less so did he ever think he would learn skills such as caulking, duct door building, or weatherization, terms that were once foreign to him and now fluent. The Sustainability Institute has impacted Quintuon in many ways, but most importantly it has given him the opportunity to be the one making an impact. Not only does he experience the rewarding feeling of knowing he’s making a difference, he’s learning responsibility and initiative and discovering new passions. One of Quintuon’s favorite parts of working with the Energy Conservation Corps is the people that he’s met and the friendships that he’s made. Being able to share an experience can be just as valuable as the experience itself. As Quintuon has found a passion in this field, coming back for a second term to continue to immerse himself in it is a very promising option for his next step. At the end of the day the Sustainability Institute is about more than just weatherization and retrofitting, it’s about helping people. Like the many that came before him, Quintuon has found fulfillment in a pure joy that sustains humanity, helping others. And on top of it, he’s picked up a few new tricks of the weatherization trade.

About krichards
Katherine Westmoreland Richards holds a dual-degree for International Business and Management and published an acclaimed research thesis on energy in the Netherlands. Katherine's passion for energy continued as she worked in Ecuador to help create sustainable business solutions for a reserve in the rainforest. Katherine now works on development at The Sustainability Institute and uses her experience and passion to continue to develop a sustainable Charleston.