Adding to the Family


Greening Forward just got a little bigger. Philip Gandy,Samantha Holmes, and Hasib Muhammad are the latest additions to our family, and we really look forward to working with them. This feature will provide a profile of each of them, with informative and fun questions.


Philip Gandy, Development Intern

Philip is armed with both an Associate’s degree in Communications from Georgia Perimeter College Clarkson and a Bachelor’s degreein English from Georgia State University. He will be starting an internship with the non-profit organization Child First USA next month. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music and playing the cello as a beginner.


Hasib Muhammad, Program Manager

Hasib is a rising sophomore at North Gwinnett High School in Buford, Georgia where he keeps himself busy with AP classes and extracurricular activities. Born in Singapore to Bangladeshi parents, he moved to the US at a young age. His hobbies include reading, writing, playing basketball, and he even finds time to help children with reading difficulties.


Samantha Holmes, Youth Council Member

Samantha was born in Georgia but now calls Connecticut home. It is clear that the environment is something close to her heart, having recently become the president of her school’s environmental club.  Samantha enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and doodling in a notepad that she keeps handy.


Now you know who they are, but we thought it would be nice for you to get to know them a little better with a few questions:


Q. What made you decide to join Greening Forward?


Philip: I decided to join Greening Forward because I was looking for more experience in the writing field.

Hasib: I loved the fact that this organization was lead by youth! The youth have a voice, and the environment is benefiting due to our efforts.

Samantha: While researching projects for environmental clubs, I stumbled across Greening Forward’s website. I found an entire network of environmental clubs and have begun communicating with other groups. The rest is history.


Q. When you think of green, what’s the first thing to come to mind? Why?


Philip: When I first heard or saw green, I immediately thought “environment.” Green is synonymous with environment to some extent.

Hasib: Kermit the Frog because it’s not easy being green.

Samantha: Not to sound cliché, but in my opinion being green is a lifestyle. It requires you to be conscious and proactive. When you’re in a green state of mind, you look closer and see the issues that hurt the environment.


Q. If you could be any animal in the world, what would you want to be? Why?


Philip: I would probably be a panda bear. Panda bears are big, but they are also gentle and strong. They can even be vulnerable at times.

Hasib: I want to be a lion, so I can reign over Narnia.

Samantha: Every time someone asks me this question I change my answer. At the moment, I have been experiencing nostalgia by watching my favorite childhood movie, The Lion King. Thus, I would love to roam the African Savanna as a lion (preferably one who can spontaneously break out in song).


Q. Where in the world would you like to visit that you haven’t already been to?


Philip: I would like to visit London. London seems to be a great place and to explore its history.

Hasib: Italy because of its rolling hills and architecture.

Samantha: I want to travel to Jamaica because my grandmother grew up there. I would love to meet my distant family while lazing on the beach and listening to reggae. The United Kingdom also has grabbed my attention. It’s probably due to the fact that I have been a fan of Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, and many other stories that take place in England.


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