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Making Sustainable Transitions

Written by Lauren Hesse
8/12/2010

Sean Vormwald '01, M.S. '07 and [now retired] anthropology professor Garry Thomas attened the UN Climate Conference in Kenya in 2006

Sean Vormwald found not one but two jobs that perfectly combine his two degrees from IC (B.A. ’01 in environmental studies and M.S ’07 in communications).

Vormwald founded his own company, Sustainable Transitions, which provides colleges and universities, businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities with the tools needed to be environmentally sustainable. And he’s also the director of sustainability at Onondaga Community College, where he oversees operations in solar energy, energy efficiency, and educational outreach.

Vormwald got his start with green initiatives as an undergraduate. He joined the Ithaca College Environmental Society (ICES), helping to create IC’s policy to use only paper made from at least 30 percent post-consumer materials and ensuring that IC became part of the observing board of the annual UN Climate Change Conference.

“We were learning all about the problems but also the solutions,” he says. “And that really sparked my interest in trying to make a difference on these issues.”



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