Environmental sustainability, in addition to overlapping with most traditional industries, is increasingly a career path in its own right. Come to the Sustainability roundtable to learn about varied careers in environmental protection, energy, environmental law and policy, sustainable design and technology, and related fields. You will be able to speak with professionals who work in the EPA, nonprofit advocacy, environmental policy, and science and technology. Alumni will elaborate on the place of sustainability within their industry and its effect on operational practices.
Matt Bizjack, SB'13, MS'16 (UIUC)
Project Geologist, SCST, Inc.
Mr. Bizjack graduated from the College in 2013 with a degree in Geophysical Sciences and a minor in Environmental Studies. After graduating and working at Argonne National Lab, he attended University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a Master's in Geology. Mr. Bizjack currently works in the environmental consulting field, conducting environmental sampling, project management, and oversight for Superfund projects in the Midwest. He lives in the McKinley Park neighborhood in Chicago and enjoys biking, homebrewing, and cooking. (Table 102)
Julia Friedman, AB'05, MCRP'11 (Rutgers)
Senior Policy Manager, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Ms. Friedman graduated from the College in 2005 with a degree in Environmental Studies. She was in the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity, tutored young children, and performed in a show with Knock 'Em Dead productions. She continued her studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and received a Masters in City and Regional Planning in 2011. Her professional career has been squarely in the field of energy policy having worked at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the National Association of State Energy Officials, and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Last year, Ms. Friedman took on the role of vice president of the UChicago Arts Alumni Affinity group and has written and produced three shows at the Second City Training Center. (Table 103)
Mary Logan, AB'78, MS 85 UIC School of Public Health
Remedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
Ms. Logan graduated from the College in 1978 with a degree in Biology. While in the College, she was involved with athletics; lettering in track and field and field hockey, and was co-founder of the women's soccer club. She also worked on campus at research laboratories. Since getting a MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from the University of Illinois School of Public Health in 1985, Ms. Logan works at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is a project manager for some of the largest and most complex Superfund site cleanups. She is married to a UChicago alum and they have three sons. She continues to enjoy the University community, especially tailgating at homecoming and catching up with fellow alums at reunion weekends. (Table 102)
Sarah Moskowitz, AB'00, AM'06
Outreach Director, Citizens Utility Board
Ms. Moskowitz is the director of outreach at the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), an Illinois consumer advocacy group that focuses on electric, natural gas, and telecom issues. She graduated from the College in 2000 with a degree in Anthropology, and immediately started work in CUB's consumer advocacy department. She returned to The University of Chicago in 2004 to earn her AM at the School of Social Service Administration, and now manages CUB's statewide education and organizing efforts. These efforts include a variety of activities, including energy efficiency program management, media campaigns, and face-to-face consumer engagement on energy sustainability issues. (Table 103)