Kaley Moffitt, BSC Associate
Current degree program: Business Sustainability
Hometown: Holly Springs
Areas of Interest in Sustainability: alternative energy
Why is sustainability important to you? Why do you think it should be important to other students?
Sustainability is important to me because the fact of the matter is that our nonrenewable resources are decreasing at a rate faster than most people would care to admit. I feel as though many lack the sense of urgency associated with integrating sustainability into areas such as businesses, homes, and schools. If we work together to accomplish these goals our efforts will be multiplied, allowing us to leave this planet for future generations to enjoy as we currently do.
What first sparked your interest in sustainability? What made you realize that you wanted to incorporate sustainability into your education and future career?
My interest for sustainability is sparked by my love for the outdoors. I grew up camping, hiking and spending endless hours exploring the woods behind my house. I would say that the thing that specifically sparked my interest in sustainability would be my trip to Yosemite National Park. There I saw beautiful waterfalls and the Redwoods of Sequoia that had been there for hundreds of years. Seeing those beautiful sights and knowing that our actions today will decide if those sights will be there for future generations made me want to make more sustainable decisions in my everyday life.
What sustainability challenge would you most like to solve?
Being born in southern California I have grown up spending a lot of my time at the beach whether it be playing beach volleyball, surfing or just hanging out. So, if I could solve a major environmental issue it would be the problem of pollution in our oceans because I have witnessed it first hand at many beaches. The majority of the ocean’s pollution comes from land sources, specifically plastic. This pollution is harming wildlife and ecosystems all over and I would love to be a part of implementing sustainable practices to help put an end to this problem.
What is your dream career, and how would you like to make sustainability a part of your day-to-day work?
I have a passion for marketing. I am not quite sure about where specifically I want to work but my dream job would be working for a company that I am passionate about, that makes coming to work everyday new and enjoyable. I would hope that the company I work for shares the same values on sustainability as I and would practice sustainability in the office accordingly. I believe that I could could make sustainability a part of my personal day-to-day work not only through actions such as recycling and saving energy but also through informing others and advocating such topics in the work force.
What leader(s) do you admire for their commitment to improving sustainability or championing positive change?
I admire Rose Marcario, CEO of the B-corp Patagonia. Because of Marcario’s work, Patagonia is committed to socially and environmentally responsible practices. Patagonia’s Footprint Council stays on top of these rigorous sustainability goals. Marcario has helped in the creation of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, which is devoted to “producing no unnecessary environmental harm” and donated over 70 million dollars in cash to thousands of community based groups working to create positive change for the planet in their own backyards.
What’s your advice for fellow students who might be interested in sustainability, but don’t know where to start? (This could include books, talks to listen to, events / clubs to attend, etc.)
I would first encourage these students to do research on their own- to look at familiar organizations (such as Patagonia) and schools who are practicing sustainability and see what they are doing, what kind of changes they are implementing. I would then encourage these students to get involved- join clubs and organizations on campus that are practicing sustainability, be part of the change. I am still learning myself and have always found it best to learn from others’ experiences. I would also suggest checking out the Business Sustainability Collaborative website and the Net Impact club.