Alana Wase

Class of 2006
Major/Minor: Environmental Studies, French Studies

Alana Wase, a 2006 graduate of Washington College, who double majored in French Studies and Environmental Studies is enrolled at the Francis King Carey School of Law (University of Maryland) seeking a Juris Doctorate. 

Alana is specializing in environmental law and has a particular interest in energy law.  This school year she will participate in the Environmental Law Clinic, working on several environmental suits, most notably the Clean Water Act case targeting Perdue and pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.  Alana is a member of the Maryland Law Review and the Maryland Environmental Law Society.  In the 2012 summer she interned at the Maryland Public Service Commission, the State agency responsible for regulating Maryland’s utilities and implementing state laws on energy efficiency and renewable energy (EmPower Maryland and the Maryland Renewable Portfolio Standard).

Prior to attending law school, Alana worked for three and a half years at the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest and largest environmental organization.  At the Sierra Club she focused primarily on statewide energy campaigns.  Her favorite accomplishment was working to help pass the Global Warming Solutions Act, requiring Maryland to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020. 

Alana got her start in the environmental field while attending Washington College as President of the Student Environmental Alliance.  She led the student group in mobilizing the community to protect Unicorn Lake, a nearby tributary of the Chesapeake Bay which was in danger due to a proposal to build a landfill in close proximity to the pristine water source.  After a three year effort, the area was permanently protected via legislation. 

After graduation and before working for the Sierra Club, Alana spent a year teaching English in the north of France at the Université D’Artois.

Undergrad Highlights

Majors: Environmental Studies, French Studies

Cater Society Of Junior Fellows Research

In June of 2005, I was able to go abroad to Tanzania through Washington College’s summer course and Cater Society of Junior Fellows grant money to get a much closer look at the environmental, social, and economic issues that the country is facing.

The trip included visiting local villages and discussing with different Masaai tribes, (transitional and traditional), visiting two health clinics (traditional medicine and a western clinic), and several schools both public and private. We also spent a week on a safari first hand seeing the tourism industry and the environmental concerns that are associated with ecotourism and game hunting. While there I focused my study on the state of the education system in Tanzania.

The country has extremely high rates of student enrollment as their public school system has very few fees, however after looking closer, it was very apparent that this did not represent the quality of the education. Instead, the education system, from its lack of funding is overloaded with students, deprived of resources such as books, desks, chalkboards, and even teachers. This was an amazing experience for me to begin to understand how the majority of the world lives.