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 MS3 Class of 2012 

 

SPOTLIGHT

 

 Mariia Berezina

 Mariia Berezina

Mariia's Sustainability Statement:

Michelle Caparoula

Michelle Caparoula

Michelle studied pre-law at Slippery Rock University and graduated 2006. She is
interested in corporate sustainability, community development, local economy, and green jobs.

Michelle's Sustainability Statement: "We are the one we've been waiting for" -Mahatma Gandhi

 Cory Gallagher

 

 

Cory Gallagher

Cory was born and raised in Rochester, Pennsylvania. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Biology. The Sustainable Systems program aligns with his desire to explore solutions for the constantly changing environmental issues that we face in the world today. Cory is an avid outdoorsman and as such, is passionate about how our resources are used. He enjoys many activities that gravitate towards nature and one of his favorite places is the Allegheny National Forest region.

Cory's Sustainability Statement: Sustainability is the active and conscious pursuit of maintaining growth without the destruction of the triple bottom line (equity, economy, and environment). Economic development and equity must be preserved to push positive progress and to maintain its driving force within human nature. However, the advances of the prior stated subsets must not come through the further degradation of natural resources or the environment. Each subunit must be allowed to cooperate to preserve life as it is today in the present as well as looking towards life of all species in the future. These practices are shown in the techniques of organic farming. This is due to the creation of new jobs and revenue to be spent in local as well as larger economies. It also prevents exhaustion of native soil nutrients and prevents the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Farming can now be a sustainable implement to aid in the future advancement of the people as well as the planet and its inhabitants.

 Matt Hunter

 

Matt Hunter

Matt is originally from Indiana Pa and he studied at The University of South Carolina. He received his degree in Geography with a minor in Anthropology.

Matt's Sustainability Statement: Sustainability to me is ensuring that all living species are able to live in an environment that will be able to sustain itself in the present as well as the future.

 

Jason Jamieson

Jason received his BA in Criminal Justice in May 2011 and has been on the track team at Slippery Rock University for the past four years.

Jason's Sustainability Statement:  Sustainable development is progress which encourages renewable resource practices as well as nonrenewable resource conservation to ensure the healthy status of global economics, environment, and equity today and on into the future.  As such sustainable development requires total involvement from the global community as well as innovative planning and leadership on the part of governments worldwide.

 Jerod Jazenski

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerod Jazenski

Jerod is originally from Erie, PA.  His undergraduate is from the US Coast Guard Academy, majoring in Government (Public Policy focus). He is a former Coast Guard Officer, having served aboard US Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell in Alameda, CA, and conducting primarily law enforcement and search and rescue missions.  Boutwell's operating areas were the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea.  Jerod has also served in intelligence analysis in Washington DC as well as logistics in Mobile, Alabama. He is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys backpacking, skiing, and whitewater recreation.  His major interest within the MS3 program is the sustainability of various forms of outdoor recreation. Jerod is also interested in GIS and open space planning tools.

Jerod's Sustainability Statement: Sustainability seeks sound economics, preservation of the environment, and assurance of social equity.  Sustainability can be achieved when people learn to value the land for more than what can simply be extracted from it, and appreciate it for its inherent worth.

 Laura Karosic

Laura Karosic

Laura got her B.A. in Psychology at West Chester Univeristy in 2007. After graduation she moved to Berkeley, California, where she  enrolled in environmental courses that helped shape her professional goals. Her interest in the MS3 program lies in natural resource management, ecosystem restoration, and GIS/GPS. She loves being outdoors, cooking and eating, and being her with dog, Timber.

Laura's Sustainability Statement: Sustainability integrates economic growth, ecological conservation and restoration, and equitable opportunities for all beings. It is a continuous process that, through learning and innovation, strikes the sensitive balance between progress and conservation for present and future generations.     

    

 

Sara Knapp

Sara is from Cranberry, Pennsylvania and attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate degree. She has a B.S.Ed in English.  She loves to do anything outdoors, particularly kayaking, hiking, biking, and snowboarding.

Sara's Sustainability Statement: I believe that sustainability is a combination of preservation and innovation.  I think our society needs innovative ideas to develop more efficient, cleaner energies for its citizens and to find better ways to sustain the Earth and its resources.  Poverty, waste, pollution, and reliance on fossil fuels can all be eliminated with advances in science and with cooperation from all peoples.  I want America to be the forerunner for the world in renewable energy use, and to increase its’ economic prosperity, national security, and the overall health of its people and environment.  Preserving the resources that make up our natural world is just as crucial as technological breakthroughs in energy efficiency, and we need both conservation efforts and new initiatives in energy for our country to sustain future generations.

 

 Leslie Montgomery

Leslie Montgomery

Leslie is originally from Baltimore, MD but has been living in Pittsburgh for about 4 years now. She has a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Winthrop University in South Carolina. She loves being outside in the fresh air, traveling to visit friends and family, and going on hiking and biking adventures with her husband.

Leslie's Sustainability Statement: To me, the word sustainability encompasses my goal to conserve and preserve natural resources and reduce my impact on the planet so that future generations are able to experience the same appreciation for nature and quality of life that I have.  Everyone should have the opportunity to learn the importance, methods, and benefits of using resources more wisely.

 

 Bradley Pillen

 

 

Bradley Pillen

Brad originally hails from the great state if Michigan.  In 2009, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in Earth science, environmental studies, and secondary education. He has spent the past few years working for outdoor-based environmental education programs in Colorado, South Carolina, California, and Maine.  His primary interest area in the MS3 program is sustainability education.  Brad also enjoys biking, playing music, Frisbee, and juggling.

Bradley's Sustainability Statement: Sustainability is a practice of living that encourages positive human impact.  It requires the renewable use of environmental resources, creating stable economic practices, and enabling equity amongst the population to ensure the future success of the human population and planet.

 

 Zach Pittman

Zach Pittman

Zach grew up in Blairsville, Pa, about 45 minutes east of Pittsburgh. His undergraduate degree was in Safety Sciences. Some of his interests are music, video games, and sports. Zach has also started to work with Dr. Burkhart and a business official on a wetland delineation project for spring 2012.

Zach's Sustainability Statement: Sustainability is the means to continue living in a prosperous manner, but also having considerations for the environment, and other generations. As human beings we require resources to live and thrive, but we can acquire these resources in a more responsible manner. Ecosystems do not need to be destroyed in order to utilize their resources. We as a society should take better care of our natural resources like water, timber, and air. Failure to do this will leave society unable to provide the most basic of human essentials like clean water and air. We must stop polluting and destroying ecosystem that provide these natural resources, or civilization will face possible collapse. 

 

 Cheryl Speir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Speir

Although born in Virginia, Cheryl spent most of her childhood in Bedford, PA before moving to the Pittsburgh area to attend undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and a master’s degree in Information Science, Cheryl worked in the Information Technology field, primarily in healthcare, holding jobs ranging from software consulting to project management. Last year she decided to make a career change to a field more in line with her passion for the environment and the outdoors and enrolled in the MS3 program. Cheryl's primary interest is on protecting our natural resources, and in particular freshwater ecosystems and open space natural areas. She spend most of her free time in the outdoors searching out wildflowers, kayaking, hiking, and skiing. She loves sharing the outdoors with others and also works part-time for Venture Outdoors, planning and leading outdoors activities. Cheryl's other interests include swing and contra dancing, listening to bluegrass, folk and classical music, and cooking and preserving fresh foods.

Cheryl's Sustainability Statement: Sustainability is an environment that allows every living thing to prosper and express its own uniqueness without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to do the same. Our natural landscapes and freshwater ecosystems are key components of this environment and protecting the health of these ecosystems in the presence of increased population and energy demand will be crucial. To effectively protect these ecosystems will require educating and motivating concerned citizens, involving numerous regulatory agencies, and negotiating and communicating with business leaders. It will also require creative ideas along with dedication and hard work. I believe this work is of critical importance to our lives and the future of our children.