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Grace Agnello

Grace Agnello, BSC Associate

Current Degree Program: Bachelor of Science Natural Resources Policy and Administration, Renewable Energy Assessment Minor
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Areas of Interest in Sustainability: Corporate sustainability, renewable energy, green building, and environmental policy

What does business sustainability mean to you? What do you think sustainability should mean to businesses?

Business sustainability ensures that corporations are held responsible for how they impact people and the planet. It also creates a strong company that is resilient to an ever-changing world. To a business, sustainability should be of utmost importance in order to maximize future earning potential and do the right thing for the environment.

What sustainability challenge would you most like to solve?

 I am interested in helping companies reach net-zero carbon emission goals through policy changes and the implementation of renewable energy technologies. 

Who do you admire for championing positive change through business?

I admire Kate Brandt, CSO at Google. Kate is successfully leading Google to net-zero emissions by 2030, which is an uphill battle, but one that many other companies will follow suit on because of her leadership and determination. 

Moving forward, how do you plan to use business as a force for good?

 I am committed to holding large corporations responsible for their impacts on the environment and nearby communities through proper reporting/measurement and the development of stringent sustainability goals. 

What do you think are some challenges with sustainable businesses or becoming a sustainable business?

 I believe that the biggest challenge with becoming a sustainable business is the cost associated with doing so. However, we have all of the tools and technology we need to become sustainable. We just need a less expensive way to allow companies to implement these practices. 

What’s your advice for fellow students who might be interested in sustainability, but don’t know where to start?

Get involved! Apply to internships through NC State and at local companies of your interest to gain experience in the field. If you have someone you look up to or want to learn more about what they do, feel free to reach out and request an informational interview! You can learn so much and create great connections through one short call.