Expanding careers in sustainability
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.
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Our aim is to:
- Develop a statewide network of sustainability professionals in the corporate, nonprofit,
government and higher education sectors.
- Learn how to best prepare students for sustainability careers by listening to industryprofessionals.
- Train and place interns in sustainability-focused positions through partnership development and an intensive bootcamp.
- Build the state of Indiana’s sustainability workforce capacity by retaining skilled talent through employment and internship opportunities.
Meet the 2018 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.
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.
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.
Owen Henriksen, Indiana Sports Corp
Indiana University, Bloomington graduate student Owen Henriksen will help Indiana Sports Corp develop sustainability plans for three major events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Madison Feldhake, Cummins
Indiana University, Bloomington undergraduate student Madison Feldhake will support the Environmental Strategy and Compliance team at Cummins through communications and analysis.
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.
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.
Interested in becoming a partner?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join our professional network at isdn.groupsite.com.
Meet the 2017 externs
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 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.
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.
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.
Hoosier Environmental Council
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.
Indiana Forest Alliance
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.
Center for Sustainable Living
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.
Bloomington Food Policy Council
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.
City of Bloomington
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
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.
City of Indianapolis
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.
Examples of extern work
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.
Kristen Billings worked with Prosperity Indiana promoting its sustainability programs. Here's a link to a podcast she hosted.