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Student success spotlights

Student success spotlights

Student success spotlights

Master of Sustainability Leadership graduate uses skills at FedEx

May 18, 2018

portrait of man wearing a suitWhen Benjamin Fogg was brainstorming ways to bring sustainability practices to FedEx Ground, a company he began working for after completing his bachelor’s degree in Alabama, he discovered Arizona State University’s Online Master of Sustainability Leadership. Fogg applied to the program at the School of Sustainability, he said, because of its focus on innovation and leadership “paired with the broader, global context. Since FedEx Corporation operates all over the world, it felt like the perfect fit for my career.”

During his time as a master’s student, Fogg was promoted multiple times and moved to different states. “ASU Online allowed that mobility to happen while I continued my education,” he said.

Recently, Fogg was promoted to a Sustainability Specialist position at FedEx. His career goal, he said, is to “obtain a senior leadership position within the company that focuses on bringing sustainability to the forefront of what we’re doing.”

Navy technician graduates in engineering, sustainability

May 17, 2018

Man in U.S. Navy uniform standing with wifeSchool days for Carl Harris were not the routine experience they are for most college students.

Harris has been on active duty or reserve status for the U.S. Navy for the past 18 years, with multiple deployments throughout the Middle East. On top of that, Harris earned a bachelor’s degree this month through the online engineering management program in ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, with a minor in sustainability from ASU’s School of Sustainability.

“I am a big fan of the whole sustainability movement,” Harris said. “Sustainable technologies are going to be a big emerging market around the world. I would love to work in engineering management at a cutting-edge sustainable tech company.”

Meet the Disruptors: Disrupt/Create/Sustain

May 7, 2018

As the largest university in the country Arizona State University inevitably makes quite a bit of waste. Sure we have a Zero Waste initiative, and we recycle and compost, but there are often items, large and small, that get overlooked. Students are helping to fill the gaps.

In spring 2018 a one-credit course was created as a cross-disciplinary effort between the School of Sustainability (SOS), University Sustainability Practices (USP), and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) to bring students of different disciplines together to collaborate on a sustainability-focused art project. Students were charged with the task of developing a prototype of an outdoor common space for the Tempe campus. They focused on waste, recycling, and circular resources and were then released to complete the project with guidance from a team of staff from SOS, USP, and HIDA. The intention of the final installation was to engage campus visitors, students, staff, and faculty who move through common spaces at ASU. Groups were encouraged to consider innovative materials and construction processes for their installations.

Class time comprised of talks by artists, designers, and sustainability experts to give students an idea of the kinds of projects they could create, the specific issues they could focus on, and free time to work on their designs. Once student teams moved through development stages, they received approval to construct their proposed installation. Students were judged by ASU student peers, selected staff, and faculty. Funding and scholarship opportunities were also available for this group and were judged in a competition setting.

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Meet sustainability senior Julia Colbert

April 20, 2018

With its roots in a plant-based diet, Julia Colbert’s interest in sustainability began to grow. Colbert understood development does not need to come at the cost of our planet, and wanted to find a way to create harmony between humans and nature.

So she enrolled in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

During her time at ASU, Colbert took advantage of every learning opportunity. Through School of Sustainability study abroad programs, she traveled to foreign countries to learn new sustainable practices and solutions. She joined student organizations and accepted jobs at the ASU Sustainability Teacher’s Academy and Decision Center for a Desert City.

In the fall, Colbert will return to ASU to pursue a master's degree in sustainability.

She answered some questions about her experiences as a sustainability student.

Question: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

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Meet sustainability senior Yann Raymond

April 19, 2018

After moving to Tempe from Northwestern France, Yann Raymond enrolled with ASU’s School of Sustainability. His focus is international development, and he has an interest in food systems and supply chain.

At ASU, Raymond scored a job with Changemaker Central, an ASU student organization focused on innovation and enterprise development. During his three years at Changemaker, Raymond used the space as an innovation hub, an arena for dialogue and collaboration with like-minded students driven by change.

Following graduation, Raymond will work with the Town of Camp Verde, where he hopes to apply his food system, entrepreneurship and sustainable development knowledge to local businesses.

Yann answered a few questions about his experiences at ASU.

Question: What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you wanted to study sustainability?

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Meet sustainability senior Mackenzie McGuffie

April 19, 2018

On a family trip to Hawaii, Mackenzie McGuffie fell in love with nature and began to appreciate the biodiversity that connected her to nature.

So she changed her major to sustainability.

During her time at ASU, McGuffie joined green ASU clubs and got a job as a student worker for the School of Sustainability. McGuffie graduates in May and is now preparing for the accelerated master’s program, which she hopes to complete in 2019.

She answered some questions about her experiences at ASU.

Question: How did the School of Sustainability prepare you, personally and professionally?

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Meet sustainability senior Tara Hansen

April 19, 2018

Living near a nature preserve in Wisconsin, Tara Hansen spent much of her childhood in nature. Wanting future generations to experience the outdoors like she did, Hansen applied to ASU’s School of Sustainability.

During her time at ASU, Hansen became an ambassador for the School of Sustainability. She also tacked on a second major, in supply chain management, with a focus on mitigating the effects our food system has on the environment.

After graduation (and a brief vacation to Japan), Hansen will be working towards making a more sustainable sourcing process for Frito Lay.

She answered a few questions about her experiences at ASU.

Question: What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you wanted to study sustainability?

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Meet sustainability senior Sarah Collins

April 19, 2018

In elementary school, Sarah Collins first learned that fossil fuels are scarce resources we could eventually use up. This is some pretty deep stuff, even for a third grader. So it stuck, and that's why Collins came to ASU's School of Sustainability to earn her bachelor’s degree.

After she graduates next month, Collins hopes to join the Peace Corps to work on environmental issues in the Philippines. She is also planning to pursue a master’s degree in public policy.

Collins answered some questions about her time at ASU.

Question: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

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ASU's Doris Duke Scholars

April 13, 2018

Four ASU sophomores, including three in the School of Sustainability, will embark on an eight-week, two-summer journey to learn the ins and outs of sustainability research. As participants in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, they will spend eight weeks this summer with other students and faculty at one of four field locations learning how to conduct research.

Danielle Vermeer will be living and researching in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she will develop a model that can interpret different decisions and their outcomes in an interactive role playing simulation game. Elyse Kats will spend this summer at Northern Arizona University and various field locations throughout Arizona and Utah, like the Grand Canyon studying environmental conservation and policy, particularly water and land rights. Kelly Baker says she will work to bring together many different facets of activism and showcase that conservation does not only stand by the protection of land and ecosystems but also varying groups of people that have diverse backgrounds.

Next summer, these brilliant young minds will apply what they have learned to gain eight weeks of experience in an internship. In addition, they also will attend career development workshops each January and virtual mentoring meetings every month.