CSU Sustainability Fair offers career options to students

Hannah Ditzenberger

Max Roberts, an employee at Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, handles birds of prey on a daily basis and said he does more than just clean cages.

“You can get hands-on medical experience with injections, catching and releasing,” Roberts said. “You can also get education about how to handle raptors on your wrist.”

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He served as a representative for the non-profit organization at the Sustainable Futures Fair in the Lory Student Center Ballroom Monday. The event, hosted by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, featured local and international companies.

Jacob Kimiecik, a junior environmental economics major, helped to organize the fair.

“We have a culture around sustainability here,” Kimiecik said. “There are a lot of students that want to get jobs around here. We’re lucky enough to live in a place like Fort Collins where there are green companies.”

Before the fair, there was an hour-long panel featuring company representatives who discussed what sustainability looks like in their workplace.

David White, a representative from Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, said that his company wants to tell students how they can impact the community with a career at PVREA.

“Students have been very interested in this cooperative model and the opportunities available to them,” White said. “We have an opening for an energy efficiency specialist, which is working with our members to learn more efficient ways to use energy.”

While PVREA sought interns and employees, Kimberly Stein with Sustainable Living Association came to campus to seek volunteers for her organization’s annual Sustainable Living Fair. She also said she hopes to educate students on how to live sustainably. 

“We hope that CSU students will go back to wherever they came from and give a little bit of what they learned from us into their communities,” Stein said. “It’s a spillover effect.”

Collegian Diversity Beat Reporter Hannah Ditzenberger can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter at @h_ditzenberger.