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Selected Stories from Sustainability Studies Alumni


Hannah James

After graduation, Hannah is heading to Italy to teach English throughout the country. She is then moving to Spain where she has accepted a full time position with the Auxilliares de conversacion program. She will be a cultural ambassador and language instructor in Andalucia. Go Hannah!

Maria Martinez

Maria graduated from the University of Florida in Spring of 2014 with degrees in Political Science and Sustainability Studies. During her time at UF she was actively engaged with the College Democrats, the Office of Sustainability, and Gators Going Green where she planned the annual Student Sustainability Summit. She also worked with the County Commission, served as Sustainability Coordinator for the Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability (YELS) Program at UF and served as undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Thiele. Upon graduation, Maria moved to Washington D.C. and worked briefly for the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council before settling into  her current job with the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. She plans to attend graduate school in the coming years before heading back to her native Florida.

Jennifer Winter

Jennifer Winter graduated from UF in Spring 2013 with degrees in Sustainability Studies and Political Science. During her time at UF, Jennifer was a marketing and communications intern for We Are Neutral and was also involved with I.D.E.A.S. for UF, where she helped work on obtaining a green fee on campus. After graduating, she moved back to St. Petersburg and spent her summer interning with the Sierra Club on the Greenlight Pinellas campaign, which involved getting a mass transit system on the ballot. Currently, she is the first and only sustainability coordinator for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and she is working on obtaining a grant that would supply the campus with  a 100-kilowatt system of solar power. Other projects include creating a sustainability website for the university and helping students with projects ranging from butterfly gardens to creating new clubs. In the future, she would like to go back to school to get a master’s degree and an LEED certification.

Justin Fisch

Justin graduated with a major in Sustainability Studies from UF in Spring 2012. Coupled with his degrees in Political Science and Geography, he put his interdisciplinary education to work with National Geographic in the summer of 2012, writing and editing content for the Nat Geo Education Blog.  He currently finds himself in Montréal, Québec, where he studies at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. His UF Sustainability education has quickly paid off in law school, landing him a Associate Editorship with the McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy.  He is volunteering his time as a Pro Bono law student with Eau Secours!, a Québec NGO working to protect the province's water resources.

Jenna Bobsein

Jenna decided to pursue majors in both Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Studies as it provided her the opportunity to take interdisciplinary courses beyond those offered in the more traditional engineering curriculum. She believes strongly that doing so has given her a more holistic understanding of complex environmental problems and has better prepared her to try to solve them. Jenna is currently working at the South Florida Water Management District and hopes to have a long and fulfilling career making the world a more sustainable place!

Natalie Lyons

imageNatalie became interested in Florida’s water issues while taking classes at UF for a minor in Sustainability Studies. During the capstone course she served as an intern for Florida’s Eden, a non-profit organization that recognizes water as the singular key environmental treasure of North Florida and its over 1000 natural springs. She credits that internship for the introduction that led to her being elected as an officer to the board of directors for Silver Springs Alliance, Inc. and the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, Inc. She is pursuing her M.A. in Leadership and Management, with an expected date of graduation in fall 2014.

Stefan Bird

After studying Construction Management and Sustainability at the University of Florida, Stefan Bird continued his involvement with the US Green Building Council and became active with the South Florida Chapter in November 2011 after starting an estimating job with Moss & Associates in Fort Lauderdale. Stefan was immediately drawn to the Emerging Professional Committee (EP) and has since been selected as a Regional Recruitment Chair for EPs for South Florida and the Caribbean. In many ways, the EP Committee’s activities remind him of his time volunteering with Gators for a Sustainable Campus at UF. EP Committees across the country provide a point of entry for emerging professionals of all disciplines into the sustainability movement to develop resources and networks to support their personal evolution into dynamic, visionary leaders who are dedicated to the creation of a sustainable future.
 If you are interested in continuing to be involved with sustainability activities in your community, there are Emerging Professionals Committees nationwide with ample leadership and engagement opportunities available. Please contact Stefan Bird at usgbcepsf@gmail.com or visit https://new.usgbc.org/community/chapters/emerging-professionals


Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis graduated from UF in 2012 with a BA in Sustainability Studies and a BS in Accounting. While at Florida, Jonathan interned with the consulting firm Carbon Solutions, serving as a research assistant to the Gainesville-based firm that specializes in carbon accounting and management. Prior to studying abroad in Argentina, Jonathan sat on the board of UF Hillel, served as an editor for the Fisher School of Accounting Newspaper, and participated in the United Way’s Alternative Spring Break. Jonathan is now a Fellow at Dasra, a strategic philanthropy NGO based in Mumbai, India. By combining rigorous research, organizational consulting and capacity building, and a more strategic approach to giving, Dasra serves to bridge the work of philanthropists and social entrepreneurs in order to create large scale social change. Jonathan is presently conducting research and analysis on non-profits throughout India and is creating case studies of the organizations that have been in Dasra’s portfolio for over a year, highlighting their achievements in India’s social sector. Jonathan is excited to fuse his degrees by building a career that fosters sustainable economic development, true corporate responsibility, and a global commitment to social justice.


Loren Parra

Loren graduated from UF in December 2012, with a Dual Degree in Sustainability Studies and Political Science. Shortly after, she moved to Tallahassee, FL and was a full-time staff intern for Miami Representative Rodriguez, Deputy Whip to the Democratic Party, throughout the 2013 legislative session. She currently finds herself back in South Florida and is now working for The Everglades Foundation, a policy and science driven organization pioneering Everglades restoration. Loren is forever grateful to her Sustainability Studies degree, as it has helped her find her niche within the Florida political sphere. She is heavily involved in the Broward Young Democrats and Broward County Gator Club. 

Alice Stankovitch 

After studying English and Sustainability at the University of Florida, Alice Stankovitch has headed for Latin America, ready to make her impact on the world. A deep respect and appreciation for tropical ecosystems, combined with a desire to spread environmental awareness, has led her to team up with Kalu Yala, a company "set in a Panamanian rainforest valley where entrepreneurs and tropical cowboys are busy building the ultimate sustainable lifestyle." From trailblazing to crop rotation, from river clean-ups to classroom demonstrations, Alice has contributed to fostering sustainable communities that are not only environmentally and economically viable, but ethically and spiritually fulfilling as well.

 For more information on Kalu Yala, visit KaluYala.com, or check out Alice’s personal blogs for a taste of what life is like in the jungle:

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