Brandon Hinds

Brandon Hinds
  • New York City, NY
  • Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Class of 2018

On a 90 degree summer day,  Brandon walked off the basketball court towards a nearby water fountain but was uncertain about drinking the water in the park. The question of water safety lingered in his mind which led him to spend hours researching water testing kits and testing water in his local parks. 

This concern for water quality initiated an environmental movement that continued for years. In 2016, Brandon joined the Alliance for Climate Education which addressed water preservation and protection at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. This experience empowered him to get more involved, leading a partnership with Cornell University in monitoring invasive fish species and their influences on oceanic ecosystems. He later advocated for environmental justice after learning about the Flint Michigan water crisis. Brandon was dedicated to testing water samples from all New York boroughs where he identify over 15 possible contaminants. 

Brandon's goal is to study Environmental Science in college and obtain a degree that will allow him to create an eco-friendlier world. 

Scholarships Awarded: 2018 Captain Planet Earth Day Awards