February 17, 2014
Local high school and college students are encouraged to learn about the expanding and increasingly important field of environmental sustainability at the 4th Annual Ecopreneurship Panel and Career Fair Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Drury University.
The free event begins with a career fair from 4-6 p.m. at the Trustee Science Center. Students can visit with representatives from more than a dozen not-for-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies about volunteer, internship and job opportunities, and explore various ways that an environmental education can lead to various careers.
Appetizers from Metro Farmer restaurant and pizza will be provided starting at 5:30 p.m. Wendy Anderson, Environmental Science Professor at Drury, will offer opening remarks at 6 p.m., followed by panel presentations and a discussion with Barbara Lucks and Daniela Liscio. Lucks is the Sustainability Officer for the City of Springfield. Liscio is a former attorney who changed careers and began a nutritional consulting business called Eat for Sport.
Co-sponsored by the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and the Environmental Sciences Department at Drury, the annual event spotlights the nexus of a several trends in the job market and global community.
“Most of the innovations needed to solve our most pressing environmental problems will emerge from people with the interdisciplinary skill sets,” Anderson says. “Environmental education at Drury is deeply interdisciplinary and committed to community engagement. We ensure that our students develop critical thinking skills based on broad understandings of ethics, economics, management, politics, laws, psychology, and the natural sciences.”
Employers are increasingly adding positions that focus on sustainability to their staffs, says Kelley Still, Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.
“Yet even with the increased corporate opportunities, some students will find it necessary to start their own businesses to have the impact they desire,” Still says. “That’s the reason we hold this joint venture between Environmental Sciences and the Edward Jones Center. We want to empower them to choose that path.”
For more information, contact: Kelley Still, Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, at (417) 873-7458 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Wendy Anderson, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, at (417) 873-7445 or email@example.com.