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Environmental career panel to showcase different industries to students

Environmental career panel to showcase different industries to students

April 18
08:13 2014

Steven James // Staff Writer

Students interested in pursuing environmental careers after graduating have the chance to attend the Career Center’s “We Mean Green: Environmentally Friendly Careers” on April 22 in celebration of Earth Day.

This is the second year the Career Center is hosting the panel, located in Chestnut Hall 120. The panel is free, but students must RSVP here before Tuesday to reserve seats.

Representatives from several sustainability companies and organizations from Denton and surrounding areas will start presentations at 4:30 p.m., followed by student questions. The event is scheduled to end at 6 p.m., but students are still allowed to stay past that time if they like. After the question segment ends, students will then be allowed to mingle and network with the industries in attendance.

“The main reason why this is important is because we are trying to get students interested in the environment,” career advisor Sean McNamara said. “Many students come here with interests and say, ‘I don’t know how to turn that into a job,’ so we wanted to help them out.”

McNamara also said that with organizations like Keep Denton Beautiful attending, he has high expectations for the environmental career panel.

“Basically, we want students to come prepared,” he said. “Many different viewpoints will be offered, so we really want students to ask many questions.”

Several UNT departments, including geography, geology and environmental science, have produced alumni who are currently working as urban planners, public outreach experts and health geography researchers – to either help improve the environmental conditions of a community or to educate the public about environmental sustainability.

Geography professor and department chairperson Paul Hudak said sustainability jobs are currently in high demand. He will be representing the geography department at the career panel.

“There are lots of interests in green energy,” Hudak said. “Cities tend to not only look at the immediate needs, but the long-term needs as well.”

Many cities around the U.S. are concerned with the public health conditions facing their citizens. More cities are producing food locally to cut on transportation costs and make sure residents are eating healthier food. Cities are also trying to think of ways to give residents access to cleaner water.

“More people today are moving to urban areas,” Hudak said. “Getting students interested in environmental management can help clean up polluted resources.”

Arthur Lumzy, assistant director of the Career Center, said he has high hopes that more students at UNT will join the already large number of those on campus who are interested in environmental care and protection.

“The things these companies are doing are having positive environmental impacts,” Lumzy said. “It’s one thing to care about the environment, but it’s another thing to actually go out and practice that care that you have for the environment.”

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