Indiana Sustainability Development Program



Expanding careers in sustainability

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Every sector has sustainability as a goal.

Sustainability is an economic, social and environmental consideration across all employment sectors. Corporate, nonprofit and governmental entities are all interested in creating a sustainable future, and this area of expertise is in high demand nationwide. It involves risk management and profitability, community and civic engagement, public health and resource preservation. Sustainability professionals come from a wide variety of backgrounds and educational training and Indiana University is preparing some of the most capable future managers ready to take on the state's sustainability challenges. Sustainability jobs are good jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports environmental scientists and specialists earn a median salary of $68,910. A 2014 McKinsey Global Survey found 43 percent of executives say their companies seek to align sustainability with their overall business goals. 


According to an EDF Climate Corp report.


As reported by GreenBiz.

Our aim is to:

  1. Develop a statewide network of sustainability professionals in the corporate, nonprofit,
    government and higher education sectors.
  2. Learn how to best prepare students for sustainability careers by listening to industryprofessionals.
  3. Train and place interns in sustainability-focused positions through partnership development and an intensive bootcamp.
  4. Build the state of Indiana’s sustainability workforce capacity by retaining skilled talent through employment and internship opportunities.
Meet the 2018 externs

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[Scenes from 2018 ISDP Boot Camp]

Read more about the 2018 class of Indiana Sustainability Development Program externs.

Congratulations to our successful applicants and partners. 

  • David Cullmer, City of Lafayette Parks and Recreation


    David Cullmer is a graduate student at Indiana University, Bloomington. He will work with the City of Lafayette parks department to develop a systemwide recycling program, develop educational children's programming related to recycling, and cultivate recycling ownership within the department.

     (See the full job description)

  • Andrew Martin, City of Bloomington


    Andrew Martin is a graduate student at Indiana University, Bloomington. He will work with the City of Bloomington's assistant director of sustainability on various projects.

     (See the full job description)

  • Derek Duran, City of Huntingburg


    Derek Duran is a graduate student at Indiana University, Bloomington. He will assist the city of Huntingburg evaluate its refuse collection services to identify the most cost-effective and sustainable way to manage recycling and trash.

     (See the full job description)

  • Owen Henriksen, Indiana Sports Corp


    Indiana University, Bloomington graduate student Owen Henriksen will help Indiana Sports Corp develop sustainability plans for three major events.

     (See the full job description)

  • Gifty Adusei, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful


    IUPUI graduate student Gifty Adusei will work with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to develop a re-engagement strategy for its Stewardship and Community Engagement programs.

     (See the full job description)

  • Autumn James, Uplands PEAK Sanctuary


    IUPUI undergraduate student Autumn James will work with Uplands PEAK Sanctuary, a farm animal rescue, as it settled into a new property near Bloomington. James will help assess current practices for sustainability. 

     (See the full job description)

  • Justin Lazaro, Earth Charter Indiana


    IUPUI undergraduate student Justin Lazaro will work with Earth Charter Indiana's Resilient Indiana program by creating an online toolkit to share with cities and engaging with city staff and mayoral offices to further the program's goals.

     (See the full job description)

  • Emily Carrico, Bloomington Food Policy Council


    Indiana University, Bloomington undergraduate student Emily Carrico will help the Bloomington Food Policy Council advocate for sustainable and affordable food by conducting research into innovative policies, writing policy briefings and engaging with local producers and decision makers.

     (See the full job description)

  • Lauren Juarez, Center for Sustainable Living


    Indiana University, Bloomington undergraduate Lauren Juarez will work with the Center for Sustainable Living to make Bloomington more sustainabile by connecting with project coordinators, city and Monroe County officials and community leaders through research, volunteer management, finance or program development.

     (See the full job description)

  • Christopher Bauters, City of Kokomo


    Indiana University, Bloomington undergraduate student Christopher Bauters will conduct a spatial analysis of the City of Kokomo's recent initiatives. Help the city better understand how its urban planning efforts have increased the community's sustainability.

     (See the full job description)

  • Josie Taylor, Indianapolis City Market

    Indiana University, Bloomington undergraduate Josie Taylor will work to convince the merchants at Indianapolis City Market to go Styrofoam-free, increase awareness and participation in recycling, and educate farmers and producers about sustainability.

     (See the full job description)

  • Alexis Davenport, Growing Places Indy


    IUPUI graduate student Alexis Davenport will spend her summer working outside and learning about urban agriculture with Growing Places Indy. 

     (See the full job description)

  • Hannah Crouch, Kheprw Institute


    Indiana University graduate student Hannah Crouch will assist Kheprw Institute in developing a new program aimed at engaging youth in learning about food production. She will be involved in marketing, community engagement, program design and web design.

     (See the full job description)

  • Steven Chybowski, City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability


    Indiana University graduate student Steven Chybowski will assist the City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainabilty in greenhouse gas inventorying, its Green Business Challenge, or SustainIndy Community Grants program.

     (See the full job description)

  • Erin Lasher, Indiana Recycling Coalition


    IUPUI undergraduate student Erin Lasher will take a deep dive into recycling in Indiana by working with the Indiana Recycling Coalition this summer. IRC seeks policy research assistance, online resource management and marketing support.

     (See the full job description)

  • Rebecca Berg, City of Jasper


    Indiana University, Bloomington undergraduate student Rebecca Berg will provide the City of Jasper with a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of methods to make the city's operations more sustainable. The intern will assist in updating the city's comprehensive plan.

     (See the full job description)

  • Chaise Cope, City of Columbus


    IUPUI graduate student Chaise Cope will assist the City of Columbus in identifying sustainability intiatives the city can undertake, assessing their environmental impact, and assisting in drafting an energy conservation policy.

     (See the full job description)

  • Raymond Rummel, People for Urban Progress


    Indiana University, Bloomington graduate student Raymond Rummel will help People for Urban Progess research its salvage and waste diversion efforts and design a system for tracking materials.

     (See the full job description)

  • Rachel Pak, Keramida


    Indiana University, Bloomington accelerated master's student Rachel Pak will work with Keramida's Sustainability Team to research and analyze data relating to air quality, water consumption, carbon footprint, ecological indicators, energy performance, emissions, effluents and noise/light pollution. 

     (See the full job description)

  • Sydnee Cseresznyes, US Green Building Council


    IUPUI graduate student Sydnee Cseresznyes will assist the US Green Building Council in member retention and outreach, market research and educational material development.

     (See the full job description)

  • Elliot McLaughlin, Great Lakes Research and Education Center


    IUPUI undergraduate student Elliot McLaughlin will help educate vistors to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore about native pollinators and support research into bee populations in the park.

     (See the full job description)

  • Madison Feldhake, Cummins


    Indiana University, Bloomington undergraduate student Madison Feldhake will support the Environmental Strategy and Compliance team at Cummins through communications and analysis. 

     (See the full job description)

  • Lindsey Hummel, City of Gary


    Indiana University, Bloomington graduate student Lindsey Hummel will work with the City of Gary's Department of Environmental Affairs and Green Urbanism by conducting a greenhouse gas emission inventory, assisting in development of the city's Sustainability and Resilient Action Plan, and other duties.

     (See the full job description)

  • Lydia Heldring, City of Indianapolis Mayor's Office


    Indiana University, Bloomington graduate student Lydia Heldring will work with City of Indianapolis Mayor's Office to assist with its streetlighting program. 

     (Click here for full job description)

Interested in becoming a partner?

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Applications to host sustainability interns in summer 2018 are now closed, but that doesn't mean we don't want to hear from you. If you would like to learn more about our program and be added to our list of contacts for next year, send us an email at You can also join our professional network at

Meet the 2017 externs

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ISDP is happy to introduce the first 15 externs in the program. Click on the drop downs below to learn more about the students making up this year's cohort.

  • City of Kokomo

    Rutu Patel

    Rutu Patel will work with the City of Kokomo to develop a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis examining city department operations and how sustainable practices can be implemented. Rutu holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Illinois and has worked in sustainability communication.

     (See the full job description)

  • Prosperity Indiana

    Kristen Billings

    Kristen Billings will assist Prosperity Indiana’s Director of Sustainability with outreach, solar programs, sustainability training curriculum development and cohort network facilitation for ISDP. Kristen has worked as the campus engagement intern with IU’s Office of Sustainability and as a peer writing tutor.

     (See the full job description)

  • Sierra Club

    Lauren Travis

    Lauren Travis will produce a report on Indiana water quality and volunteer water monitoring for use by the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club by communicating and working with volunteers in the field. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and is currently working on data collection for a National Science Foundation research grant on Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act enforcement.

     (See the full job description)

  • Hoosier Environmental Council

    Kevin Goehring

    Kevin Goehring will assist the Hoosier Environmental Council with environmental issues and legal policy advocacy in the areas of water, land and air. Kevin has worked as a legal assistant and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

     (See the full job description)

  • Indiana Forest Alliance

    Sarah Johnson

    Sarah Johnson will assist the Indiana Forest Alliance tell the story of Indiana’s forests and their volunteers by making videos for use in promotional efforts aimed at protecting the state’s forests. Sarah is minoring in environmental and sustainability studies and has worked as the communications intern for Hilltop Garden and Nature Center.

     (See the full job description)

  • Center for Sustainable Living

    Jorge Paez

    Jorge Campana Paez will assist the Center for Sustainable Living with research into policy, volunteer management, distributed decision making, finance and program development. Jorge has worked as a research specialist with the City of Bloomington’s green team and provided cost-benefit analysis of bike sharing companies.

     (See the full job description)

  • Bloomington Food Policy Council

    Olivia Ranseen

    Olivia Ranseen will bolster the efforts of the Bloomington Food Policy Council to influence the city’s development of a new master plan to include policy solutions to food insecurity and access. Olivia has worked with the IU theatre department to identify new sustainability opportunities. 

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Bloomington

    Juan de Valle Coello

    Juan de Valle Coello will assist the City of Bloomington’s Office of Sustainability to develop its sustainability plan, conduct outreach for the Monroe County Energy Challenge, assist with contracting and do other research and evaluation. Juan is a high achieving Cox Research Scholar working on a project to measure vulnerability of the world’s delta regions.

     (See the full job description)

  • Ingredion

    Seth Grossman

    Seth Grossman will work with Ingredion’s Commodities department to train growers in using software, track growers’ sustainability efforts and educate growers on corporate sustainability policies. Seth has experience as a consultant and a peer tutor teaching software applications.

     (See the full job description)

  • Indiana Furniture

    Yash Mehta

    Yash Mehta will take inventory of Indiana Furniture’s sustainability efforts, identify cost-effective strategies to enhance those efforts and assist in ensuring the company is best telling its sustainability story to prospective clients. Yash holds a master’s degree in environmental science and has worked on environmental impact statements and management plans.

     (See the full job description)

  • Earth Charter

    Emma Knuttel

    Emma Knuttel will work with Earth Charter’s Resilient Cities Campaign by connecting with community leadership and identifying successes, opportunities and challenges. Emma has experience in communication and engagement and has written for the SPEA Abroad website.

     (See the full job description)

  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

    John Roberts

    John Roberts will help Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s GreenSpace director log and evaluate the condition of its various GreenSpace projects, as well as connect with community partners through outreach. John has a background in entomological and forestry research.

     (See the full job description)

  • City of Indianapolis

    Kyle Davis  David Cullmer

    Both Kyle Davis and David Cullmer will work with the City of Indianapolis’ sustainability department to inventory greenhouse gas emissions, draft recommendations on climate action plans, design an energy challenge for commercial buildings and organize sustainability events. Kyle has worked with Greening Cream and Crimson and studied environmental management techniques in South Africa. David holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and was the assistant rowing coach for Litchfield Hills Rowing Club.

    . (See the full job description)

Examples of extern work

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The 2017 cohort of Indiana Sustainability Development Program externs completed work in a variety of areas. Some focused on providing valuable research to expand an agency's reach, while others assisted businesses in making sustainability-related decisions. Below are a few deliverables our externs produced.

Indiana Forest Alliance

Sarah Johnson worked with Indiana Forest Alliance producing videos of forest users the nonprofit can use to help tell its story.

Extern Lauren Travis worked with the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club's Water Quality Monitoring Program.

Sierra Club work example

Kristen Billings worked with Prosperity Indiana promoting its sustainability programs. Here's a link to a podcast she hosted.

Resilient Diagram