• <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/4247-blazing-her-own-hiking-trail">Blazing her own (hiking) trail</a></h4><p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="/academics/geology/">Environmental geology</a> and <a href="/academics/biology/">biology</a> double major Emmalynn May’23 worked with the Montana Conservation Corps, mentoring students, maintaining hiking trails, and paving her own way for a career of protecting state and national parks.</span></p></p><p><a href="/live/news/4247-blazing-her-own-hiking-trail" style="font-size: 1.05em;">Read More →</a></p></div></div><div class="hero-header-image" style="background-image: url(/live/image/gid/12/height/670/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/10196_IMG_7233.rev.1665089734.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="">Senior Emmalynn May led cohorts of teens in park trail maintenance excursions in mountainous Montana this past summer.</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. 


Your Mentors

Matt Tedesco
Matthew Tedesco

Matt was involved in the creation of Beloit’s current Environmental Studies program, and because climate change is plausibly the most important challenge in the history of humanity, he believes deeply in the importance of sustainability as a focus for students both at Beloit and beyond.

Get Involved

Contact channel coordinator Matthew:


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, working with the communities they visit.

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.

So much to learn outside of class

So much to learn outside of class

Phidor Kong ’23 is taking every opportunity to hone her communication and analytical skills by taking challenging courses, by serving as a research assistant, and creating policy alternatives as an intern for a Cambodian think tank.


STEM+ Advising Event Spring 2023

Course-based advising for students planning their Fall 2023 course schedules.

Beloit faculty and students at the Art Institute, February 25, 2023

Students participate in the Art Institute Chicago’s Partner Fest

Faculty and students learned about careers in the arts, curating, sustainability, and more at the Art Institute Chicago’s University Partner Fest.


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