Sustainability student dies after falling during hiking trip

During the weekend, Jared Maillet, a sustainability and urban planning senior, died while hiking the Welsh 3000s Challenge in Wales, U.K.

Maillet was part of an ASU exchange program for the semester at the University of Manchester, University spokeswoman Julie Newberg said in an email.

“ASU extends its sincere condolences to (Maillet’s) family and friends,” Newberg said.

Many friends knew the 21-year-old as a fun-loving guy who deeply cared about sustainable farming and food practices, said Shannon Jenkins, a women and gender studies junior.

“Jared was kind of crazy,” she said. “He was passionate about the things he cared about.”

Jenkins, Maillet’s close friend and roommate, said he wanted to learn about everything regarding sustainability.

Maillet and Jenkins grew fruits and vegetables together at the Escalante Community Center and would always try growing new things like corn, even if it were difficult, she said.

Jenkins said he would also dedicate time to helping the Valley of the Sunflowers — a vacant lot turned to sunflower field by the Phoenix Union Bioscience High School’s students in downtown Phoenix.

Maillet’s favorite class was Sustainable Food and Farms with Greg Peterson and he stood out in class as the smart guy, Jenkins said.

“Most people loved him,” she said. “He was such a great person.”

Counseling Services is making itself available to speak with Maillet’s friends, Newberg said.


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