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Opportunities for sustainability studies at Clark

Clark University has a long tradition of involvement with social, economic and environmental sustainability issues, and undergraduates, graduate students and faculty work together to understand the issues and find solutions.

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Undergraduate helping to power up community with solar nonprofit

Krissy Truesdale ’19 lives each day to make the world a cleaner, greener and friendlier place. Truesdale, a Traina Scholar who’s planning to major in global environmental studies, started Solar for Our Superheroes as a high school student. Now at Clark, she’s making it shine!

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I want to study green business, and the interdisciplinary approach of Clark’s global environmental studies major that will enable me to acquire the expertise I’ll need by helping me understand how climate change is affecting people, cultures and economics.

Clark Institutes and Initiatives Involved in Sustainability Research

The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise seeks to improve, through the successful mobilization of use-inspired research, the effectiveness of government and other institutions in addressing social concerns, including environmental sustainability and global change.

The George Perkins Marsh Institute conducts collaborative and interdisciplinary research on human-environment relationships within a wide range of research themes such as risks and hazards, the human dimensions of global environmental change, resource and environmental policy, industrialization and globalization, and the development and application of Geographic Information Science across multiple disciplines. Several centers are housed within the institute including:

IDCE prepares activists, practitioners, scholars and change agents to think critically, act collectively and engage responsibly through a range of program and research offerings: International Development & Social Change; Environmental Science & Policy; Community Development & Planning; Geographic Information Science; and dual-degree programs with the Graduate School of Management (ES&P/MBA, CDP/MBA)

The Human-Environment Regional Observatory-Central Massachusetts (HERO-CM) research program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to analyze the causes and consequences of global environmental changes at local scales in faculty-led research projects. This program permits students to conduct research in interdisciplinary and inter-institutional projects.

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Green Careers

Green jobs involves careers that focus primarily on the environment and clean energy and technology.  Learn more about these Green Job opportunities and view some of our alumni careers in sustainability or search their career paths with the ‘Return on Education Never Stops‘ which includes their stories, videos and news.

Stephen Ambagis (GISDE/MA ’02) is currently working for the US Geological Survey Biological Research Division based in Hawaii. He is responsible for updating the image analysis and vegetation mapping program, as well as leading research in using object-based image analysis to map vegetation in the state using very high resolution satellite and aerial imagery. He has also started a cooperative study with Dr. Greg Asner of the Carnegie Institute, using their cutting edge combination hyperspectral and LIDAR imagining platform to asses its ability to map vegetation at the individual species level.

Maatsi Angwafo (ES & #038; P/BA’05 MA ’06) works for the Department of Energy, with the Office of Compliance, under the Office of Environmental Management. Their mission is to clean up contaminated sites and dispose of radioactive waste left behind as a byproduct of nuclear weapons production, nuclear powered naval vessels, and commercial nuclear energy production.

Denise Child (Geography and ETS/MA ’92) works at the Massachusetts DEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup as a branch chief in the Audits program. She audits hazardous waste disposal sites to make sure that the assessment and cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater is being conducted as required by law, and where cleanup is not being done properly or is lacking, she helps to conduct enforcement.

Howard Geller (BA ’77 Physics and Science, Technology and Society) became the first executive director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). After twenty years of accomplishments at ACEEE, including contributions to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992, he left ACEEE to found and direct the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) in 2001.

David Greene (ES & #038; P/MA ’05) is a sustainability engineer with the Austin, Texas Water Utility where he is currently initiating a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for the utility as part of the City of Austin’s goal of being carbon-neutral by 2020.

Nicholas Haan (Ph.D. ’02 Geography) is Executive Director of T-Ana International, which provides technical services for humanitarian and development field data collection, management, and analysis systems.

Natalie Howlett (ES & #038; P/MA ’06) works for the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, serving as the renewable energy project coordinator. Her work has focused on the Commonwealth Solar program as well as on wind and biomass projects.

William McConnell (Ph.D. ’01 Geography) is Associate Director at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability and Associate Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

Jackalyne Pfannenstiel (BA ’69 Economics) is serving a five-year term as one of five members of the California Energy Commission. She was named Chairman of the Commission in June 2006. Ms. Pfannenstiel has been an energy policy and strategy advisor from 2001 to 2004. Previously, she was vice president for planning and strategy with PG&E Corporation. She joined PG&E in 1980 and held positions in the areas of rates, regulation, and planning. Her earlier work was with the California Public Utilities Commission where she served as a senior economist from 1978 until 1980. Before moving to California, Ms. Pfannenstiel was an economist with the Connecticut Public Utilities Commission.

Melanie Sands (ES & #038; P/MA ’07) is currently a grassroots community organizer for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. She helps connect and organize multiple stakeholders around conservation issues in southeast Alaska, primarily in the Tongass National Forest. Based in Juneau, she works with communities on Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan.

Maureen Shenberger (ES & #038; P/MA ’06) is currently a contractor through the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation with the City of Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Pedestrian program. She is currently supporting existing projects as well as developing and launching the initial Safe Routes for Seniors program, which addresses pedestrian safety from both education and outreach, as well as planning and design.

Kate Walton (BA—Psychology ’00 IDSC/MA ’02) works for Essex County Greenbelt Association in Essex, Mass. as the assistant director of land stewardship and GIS manager. Greenbelt is a member-supported nonprofit land trust that works with local communities and landowners to acquire and protect ecological areas, farmland and scenic vistas. Her job consists of managing the GIS program, monitoring conservation easements, coordinating volunteers, and writing as well as implementing management plans for reservations.

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