Environmental sustainability is an important consideration for many industries today. Come to the Sustainability roundtables to learn about varied careers in environmental protection, energy, environmental law and policy, sustainable design and technology, and related fields. You can speak with professionals who work in the EPA, consulting firms, nonprofit advocacy, grassroots organizing, academic research, or science and technology. Alumni will elaborate on the place of sustainability within industry and its effect on operational practices.
David Eubanks, AB'90
Principal Consultant, Eubanks Environmental
Mr. Eubanks has worked as a distinguished environmentalist, ecologist and native plant designer for 30 years. He works one-on-one with clients to use native wildflowers, trees, shrubs and grasses that bring life and beauty to landscapes. In 1997, Eubanks founded a consulting practice working with all sectors focused on native landscape design and erosion control using bioengineered plant solutions. Eubanks' experience includes serving as the consulting Aquatic Curator to launch the Aquatic Initiative for the Chicago Botanic Garden to improve and stabilize water quality and natural shorelines. He has led ecosystem projects across 500 acres of property. Prior to 1997, Mr. Eubanks served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Environment, as the first Greenway Planner for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and as Policy Manager for Openlands, a highly effective civic organization operating in the Chicago region.
Allison Hannon, AB'05, MBA'13, AB'05
Midwest Sales Manager, GE Renewable Energy
Ms. Hannon is the Midwest Sales Manager for GE Renewable Energy. She focuses on maximizing the value of GE Renewable Energy's clients - onshore wind developers. Prior to her work at GE Renewable Energy, Ms. Hannon worked in market development for Current, Powered by GE, co-founded Root3 Technologies and was a corporate engagement manager for The Climate Group in New York, Chicago and Beijing. Her previous work experience includes research for the US Department of Energy at Argonne National Laboratory's Environmental Research Division and environmental engineering for URS Corporation. Ms. Hannon earned her MBA from UChicago, AM from Columbia University's climate and society program and her AB with honors in environmental studies from the University of Chicago where she headed up the Environmental Concerns Org, GAIA and the Environmental Students Center and volunteered through the University Community Service Center.
Eric Hanss, AB'11
Principal Pedestrian Planner, Active Transportation Alliance
Mr. Hanss graduated from the College in 2011 with a degree in geographical studies with a focus on the processes and outcomes of urbanization in North American cities. Since graduation he has enjoyed the opportunity to work at the intersection of systems-level health research and project-based interventions in the built environment. In his current role, Mr. Hanss works as a consultant to the Chicago Department of Transportation where he manages the implementation of plans, policies, and data-driven infrastructure projects to build the walkable, human scale-neighborhoods that Chicagoans need to thrive. Mr. Hanss was a DJ, Music Director, and Program Manager at WHPK 88.5FM - "The Pride of the South Side" - and maintains a commitment to community-based institutions run by and for the good of the public.
Juliana Pino, AB'08, MPP'15 (University of Michigan), MS'15 (University of Michigan)
Policy Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Ms. Pino (AB'08 east asian languages and civilizations) is the Policy Director at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, where she analyzes, researches, and advocates for environmental justice in local, state, and federal environmental policy. Ms. Pino focuses on advancing energy democracy and community self-determination in regulatory and policy arenas; creating just transition with meaningful collaborative and participatory governance of shared environmental resources; and centering frontline community leaders as generators of transformative policy ideas and governance models. Ms. Pino has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Illinois Environmental Council. She is also a graduate of the University of Michigan (MS, Environmental Policy and Planning, Environmental Justice; MPP, Public Policy Analysis). Ms. Pino has previously contributed to the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Great Lakes Commission, and the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce, among others.