“We can make the best of today without sacrificing tomorrow.”
Akosua Addo’s journey at Xavier began like many others-undecided. "I didn’t think I wanted to be a business major." And the concept of sustainability consisted of sorting the recycling, not blazing a unique career path.
"I was one of those lucky students, who in their freshman year, met an awesome professor, Amit Sen, who developed my interest in economics and development." Next came Nancy Bertaux’s History of Economic Thought class that further focused her interests into a future profession she could be passionate about. "I developed a whole different perspective about what economics was all about. It was about developing a habit of thinking that revolves around people and our environment".
After graduation Addo took the theories of the classroom and introduced them to the realities of corporate America at Fifth Third Bank. "In our daily operations there is a strong focus on sustainability through energy conservation, various recycling programs and having sustainable solutions such as statement suppression to meet client needs. We constantly focus on how business can be done by using all our resources in an effective and sustainable manner."
And she’s just getting started. She’s pursuing her graduate degree in Human Resource Development and is on the committee of a local movement called the Economics of Compassion Initiative; a group dedicated to alternative sustainable economic systems that enhance communities. "For me, my sustainability classes at Xavier were ‘mind shifting’ experiences. I am better able to appreciate and add value to conversations and projects. It’s about creating solutions which deliver value to tomorrow as well as today."
Sustainability at Xavier
Deeply embedded in the Jesuit values that Xavier is built upon is the idea of serving others. For some, that means helping the homeless. For others that means the world of politics. For others still, it means protecting the innocent.
Sustainability: Economics & Management
Economics, Sustainability & Society
Sustainability isn't just about saving, but also creating new ways of thinking. Economics, Sustainability & Society examines values-based and ethical issues relating to social justice, economic distribution and natural resources. Other areas of study include sustainable economies , ecological and environmental problems, processes, and policies at local, national and global levels.
Land, Farming & Community
Ask any farmer—agriculture is science, art, enterprise and often a faith-based pursuit. Land, Farming & Community focuses on the necessity and benefits of small-scale, sustainable, and diversified food production in the context of a Jesuit education. The program offers students the opportunity to become stewards of healthy, productive soils, communities, and regions through study and practical experience with growing, processing and distributing food.
Become a change-agent for a more sustainable world. Environmental Science focuses on the impact of human systems on our natural environment and how in turn these natural systems affect the human environment. The program offers strong scientific foundations as well as understanding of the economic, political, and human social systems necessary to get policies and technologies implemented.