Braeden Branch discovered his love for the natural environment and outdoors at a young age. Spending his summers at his family’s farm house in the mountains of Pennsylvania while being raised in the suburbs of Virginia’s Hampton Roads, has given him the opportunity to experience two different environments and cultural identities. Living at the farm in the summers helped him understand the importance of sustainable agriculture and gave him a growing respect for the land. Growing up in the suburbs helped him understand the opposite side of the spectrum. At the farm he was taught how humans depend on and impact the land but in the suburbs he learned the role that culture and society plays on the environment.
Currently he is attending Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia to receive a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Through his studies he has found a new passion for sustainable development in urban communities and is working as an intern with the Environic Foundation International. While living in Richmond, Braeden has worked with multiple organizations that are involved with urban sustainability, such as the Environmental Coalition at VCU and Sustainable RVA. In the future he plans to expand his knowledge by obtaining a master’s degree in environmental studies at VCU and continuing to work with various groups and projects in the city.