Gloria LiYouth Council Member
Gloria Li is a Honors freshman at the University of Florida majoring in Biology and minoring in Philosophy and Natural Resources Ethics & Policy. In high school, she transformed her love of the ocean into environmental advocacy, forming and leading a marine conservation club as well as working with local nonprofits COAST and Kids' FUN to found a community recycling initiative called The Bottle Project. Through funding from Youth Service America/Disney's Friends for Change Grant and the OneSpark Innovation Festival, she organized recycled art education workshops for local elementary/middle schools as well as an educational outreach service trip to Uvita, Costa Rica in 2014. Gloria also directed a short film about plastic recycling in Jacksonville, Florida, which won the 2015 From The Bow Seat Gold Film award.
Gloria is currently working to create a branch of the U.S. Green Building Council at UF, a club focused on sustainable architecture and energy efficiency in buildings (in high school, she worked with USGBC's Green Carpet Film Series in Jacksonville). She is a member of the Speech and Debate Team at her school and is active in multiple political discussion forums on campus. She is also an International Scholar and plans to serve in the Peace Corps before pursuing a law degree, as she hopes to work in global environmental policy in the future. In her free time, Gloria likes to paint, sing, write, and enjoy other forms of art— all with a focus on nature as her primary source of inspiration.