Emily Bishop graduated in December 2017 with a BSBA in Sustainability: Economics and Management and in Marketing as well as a minor in Environmental Studies. She started her sustainability career as an intern for Chartwells, then quickly was promoted to Lead Marketing Coordinator for Xavier University, where she led a team of interns to conduct internal marketing and communications. In this role, she advocated for a culture of sustainability in faculty, staff, and students by conducting waste diversion programs and environmental events. During her last semester, she worked for Scott Burns as a Sustainability Consultant and focused on her work with Cintas. After graduation, she accepted a position as "Global Sustainability Supply Chain Specialist" at Cushman and Wakefield. She works solely on the Mastercard account and manages Mastercard's Scope 3 emissions. Whether it's engaging with suppliers to reduce their emissions or diverting waste in European locations, her role requires the knowledge, skills, and certainly passion that the Sustainability program at Xavier University taught her.
Matthew Thompson-Wilda graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Sustainability and Society and a Business minor. While at Xavier, he's participated in Cooking Club as its Founder and Co-President, on the Manresa Orientation Team as a Group Leader, and as an active member of the Economics Association. He also interned with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. Matt has had some great experiences with coursework while here at Xavier. Projects he found especially valuable included working with a team of fellow students to develop a partnership between Taking Root, a Cincinnati-based reforestation initiative, and the Flying Pig Marathon, giving marathon runners an opportunity to offset their carbon emissions associated with running the race (Economics, Environment and Policy).
Mark Anliker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and The Public, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Sustainability and Society. While at Xavier he's held important positions in the Mock Trial Law Team, the Undergraduate Law Review, the Sustainability Gallery, and the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Fraternity. He has held several volunteer positions and internships including work with Education Matters and Community Matters, Center for the Study of the American Dream, Office of Mayor John Cranley, and the City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability. Mark is currently employed full time by Ohio Citizen Action, a nonprofit group in Cincinnati that focuses on bringing about political change through the votes and signatures of local citizens.
Adam Przybyslawski graduated with a double major: Economics, Sustainability, and Society (ECOS) and Economics. At Xavier Adam worked as a resident assistant and as a research assistant where he worked with a consultant to make sure XU buildings were using energy efficiently and he helped create an energy efficiency awareness campaign. He was a co-leader on an alternative break that focused on Native American injustices and he served as Sustainability Club treasurer.
Adam would like to share the following about his experiences with the Sustainability Program:
"The Xavier University ECOS program is amazing program here at Xavier. I first came into Xavier undecided, and was debating between majoring in economics or biology and then I heard about ECOS and thought it was the perfect combination of the two. I am so glad I joined the program, it does a great job of discussing the three pillars of sustainability, and how sustainability can only truly work if it makes economic sense, if it's good for the environment and leaves a positive impact on society. I think all the classes in this program are interesting, I loved all the one credit hour classes where a professional working in the field of sustainability would teach a class based on their expertise. The classes also do a great job about educating us on the topics of social sustainability which aligns with Xavier's Jesuit ideals of being men and women with and for others."
Rebecca Woodul graduated in May with an Economics, Sustainability and Society (ECOS) degree. She also has a Business and Peace double minor. Rebecca is now working as Marketing Director with CraftForce, a job search platform connecting employees and employers in the skilled trades.
Rebecca is a co-founder of the Xavier Urban Farm. She developed many great skills through this experience. Some of her duties included: developing a project plan, budgets, and core processes for the farm, creating a network of famers, vendors and other in the community, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations, and recruiting student and community volunteers. She believes her experience with the farm helped her to more rationally envision how she might impact and relate with the world positively, while taking advantage of a challenging avenue for developing such skills as project management and leadership.
CJ Eliasen graduated with an Economics, Sustainability and Society (ECOS) degree. He has also started working on his MA in Private Interest and Public Good.
While at Xavier, CJ has worked as a research assistant to Nancy Bertaux. He has also worked at Whole Foods Market as a Green Mission Team Leader. He got lots of day to day experience in store operations and got the opportunity to collaborate with store leadership to develop sustainability initiatives. His projects included implementing a new recycling infrastructure, aiding in attainment of composting, and attaining utility information to inform energy saving modalities within the store.