Student Spotlight – Em Peterson

Background: Em Peterson grew up in Phoenix, MD and attended school at Lynchburg College in Virginia where she studied Environmental Science with an emphasis on Economics. After graduation, Em worked for the government, doing GIS research on landfill operations, waste-to-energy plants, and data point sourcing for the police department’s emergency routes.

Why she chose Duquesne: Em recognized Duquesne as having one of the most integrated sustainability programs, above and beyond elective choices.  She believed that the course offerings and being able to put her education into practice during the program through client engagements and team projects were critical to her decision and desire to obtain an MBA.

Career Interests: Green Building Industry, Energy Efficiency, Resource Renewal and Reuse, Companies focused on sustainability and natural systems.

Personal: Em enjoys cooking, health/fitness, and travel. In undergrad, she had the opportunity to travel abroad with St’ Andrew’s Sustainable Development program in Scotland.  There she took courses in areas of climate change, environmental management, business and corporate social responsibility, and sustainable technologies.

Her mantra: “I look forward to having a part in helping people find what happiness means to them within the intricacies of their own life, rather than searching for what life gives them. When in doubt, just shake your head and laugh.”


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