• <div class="hero-story-wrapper container mb-2"><div class="hero-story col-lg-3 offset-lg-3 px-3 pb-2"><h4><a href="/live/news/3712-career-ready-after-learning-in-and-outside-the">A career in environmental protection takes off</a></h4><p> Miami native Marcos Arroyo’16 used his experiences at Beloit to secure meaningful work after graduation.  A class visit from a Beloit alum led to a long-lasting connection to his field. </p><p><a href="/live/news/3712-career-ready-after-learning-in-and-outside-the" style="font-size: 1.05em;">Read More →</a></p></div></div><div class="hero-header-image" style="background-image: url(/live/image/gid/65/height/670/src_region/176,483,924,1232/9316_Marcos_Arroyo16_collecting_water_samples_surveying_vegetation_and_using_a_sonde_to_measure_water_quality.rev.1645221176.jpg); background-size:cover; background-position:center; min-height:400px;"><div class="" style="position:static;"><span class="lw_image_caption lw_align_right px-3" style="">Marcos Arroyo’16 collecting water samples, surveying vegetation, and using a sonde to measure water quality.</span></div></div>

Protecting the environment takes work at every level

What is your dream career?

Become an advocate, consultant, educator, engineer, lawyer, or policymaker tackling real-world sustainability challenges such as food security, clean energy, climate change, sustainable development, and access to clean water.

Keep your focus local like Stan Riggs’60, a coastal geologist and evangelist for science education who’s been advocating for coastal conservation in North Carolina for nearly 60 years.

Or, perhaps, seek solutions with global impact like Aaron Nesser’11, whose work on sustainable materials for durable products such as sneakers is bringing eco-options to a notoriously polluting industry. 

Chart your own path

Find coursework to match your interests. Get involved with one of Beloit’s numerous environmental groups to effect change on campus. Gain experience through your job or internship to build your resume and explore different fields. 

Your new professional network

Along the way, Beloit faculty, staff, and alumni are your guides and mentors. They open doors. Share opportunities. Help you make decisions. 

Sustainability

Your Mentors

Tamara Ketabgian (“ke-TAHB-jin”; she/her/hers)
Tamara Ketabgian

Tamara and her students explore storytelling’s power to transform both our current world worlds of the future - by reading and writing science fiction and climate fiction, engaging with environmental humanities, or creating narratives about data, knowledge, and modernity.

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Alicia Bailey
Alicia Bailey

Alicia works with students in the scene shop to help bring shows to life. Students not only learn practical skills necessary for technical theatre, but also how to be more sustainable in the work they’re doing.

Joseph Derosier
Joseph P. Derosier

Joseph Derosier and his students examine literature, film, and other forms of media to understand how our world has been imagined and realized, and how we ourselves participate in how these worlds are perpetuated, altered, and reimagined.

Susan Furukawa
Susan Westhafer Furukawa

Susan Furukawa works with students to understand how the narratives people create are subject to cultural, historical, and sociopolitical influences. Furukawa-sensei and her students examine the ways in which language and stories are often used to curate our understanding of the environment and the world.

Yaffa Grossman
Yaffa L. Grossman

Yaffa mentors students in biology, environmental studies, and sustainability.

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Haley Lott

As a librarian, Haley works with students to align the library with sustainability and justice goals.

Sue Swanson
Susan Swanson

Sue mentors students interested in water resources management and campus sustainability efforts.

Pablo Toral
Pablo Toral

Pablo Toral takes students into the field to learn sustainability from the ground up.

Shelbi Wilkin
Shelbi Wilkin

Shelbi mentors students in theatre design and technology specializing in costume design, cultural representation onstage, fashion history, and sustainable fashion practices.

Jay Zambito
James Zambito

Jay mentors students interested in climate change and natural resources.

Making a World of Difference
WORK EXPERIENCE

Making a World of Difference

Stella Barrett has taken a passion for environmental education and turned it into a local internship opportunity.
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Layna Thompson ’22 with boyfriend Zach (left) and brother Ross (right.)

Leading sustainability and social justice initiatives at Best Buy

Layna Thompson’21 monitors industry trends and changes, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new environmental disclosure regulations and the evolving criteria of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

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Maura Hanley, with friends Emily Fulcher, Ocean Clevette, Amy Ward.

Working for the Ice Age Trail Alliance

Her environmental studies capstone project was critical to Maura Hanley’22 getting the position with the Ice Age Trail Alliance. She said, “The interviewers were really impressed with my knowledge and research I’ve done regarding environmental justice and Indigenous rights, which they view as an important asset for this position.”

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