very spring, the Masters of Sustainability Program acknowledges the academic accomplishments of two students who have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average. The awardees from the 2016 cohort are Lauren Newton and Laura LoSciuto.
“I am proud of these two graduates who excelled in our program in many respects,” Dan Fogel, Director of the Masters in Sustainability Program, said. “Their achievements extended well beyond the academic programs to include extra projects and event participation during the academic year.”
On top of their high achievement in the classroom, both Newton and LoSciuto have secured jobs within the sustainability sector — one working with a nonprofit and the other working with a Fortune 500 company.
Newton joined the Masters in Sustainability Program as an environmental professional looking to transition from an international environmental nonprofit to a career in corporate sustainability. Newton’s transition became a reality as she recently accepted a job opportunity as the Responsible Sourcing Analyst for Clorox and Burt’s Bees. “Not only did the program help me gain the skills and credentials I need to build a successful career in sustainability, but it also introduced me to lifelong friends and a network with similar core values and interests,” Newton said. During her time with the program, Newton crafted an independent study to obtain LEED credentials, traveled to industry conferences and participating in extracurricular consulting projects.
LoSciuto credits the Masters in Sustainability Program for allowing her to switch from a career in market research and management consulting to a career in sustainability. More specifically, she credits the breadth of the program for allowing an exploratory, interdisciplinary view of sustainability.
“The Master of Arts in Sustainability provided me with a strong foundational knowledge of different areas of sustainability, from renewable energy to supply chain sourcing to waste management,” LoSciuto said. “It also allowed me to work with external clients, including VF Corporation and Hanesbrands, to get hands-on experience in the sustainability field.”
Currently, LoSciuto works for a Boston nonprofit, A Better City, where she is responsible for managing and expanding the organization’s private sector greenhouse gas emissions reduction program.
Both Newton and LoSciuto’s names are to appear on the honor plaque located in Worrell Hall to celebrate their academic accomplishments. “Laura and Lauren will be future leaders in the important area of work we label sustainability,” Fogel said.