• <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/5162-planning-the-urban-forest">Planning the urban forest</a></h4><p><p> Two Beloit College seniors, Emmalynn May’23 and Mikaila Davis’23, conducted research on campus resulting in an urban forest plan and campus tree map. Collaboration and mentorship led to projects that will be valuable for years to come.</p></p><p><a href="/live/news/5162-planning-the-urban-forest" style="font-size: 1.05em;">Read More →</a></p></div></div><div class="hero-header-image" style="background-image: url(/live/image/gid/125/height/670/src_region/0,416,2135,2553/10971_BeloitCollege__AlexGarcia_518.rev.1682449730.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=""><a href="/live/news/5162-planning-the-urban-forest">Two students. Two projects. Many trees.</a> </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, environmental justice, 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.

Tamara Ketabgian (“ke-TAHB-jin”)
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.

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
Jay Zambito

Jay mentors students interested in climate change and natural resources.

A summer program at MIT grows one Beloiter’s focus on civic-minded innovation

A summer program at MIT grows one Beloiter’s focus on civic-minded innovation

A summer internship for Mathematics and Political Science double major Vu Anh Le’25 showed him that science and technology are most impactful when aimed at improving society.

A student holds the freshly painted tote bag.

Bringing cheer and sustainability to campus

Two fall events brought students together for fun times and chats about sustainability.

Students checking out Paleozoic outcrops

The Geology department hits the road

Geology students and professors enjoy the great outdoors, drill cores, and a picnic lunch on their annual field trip.


This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read our Web Privacy Policy for more information.

Got it! ×