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Student Spotlight: Christina Lampert

Christina Lampert is a current student in the Sustainability Management (SUMA) program (‘22) and the director of innovation and growth at HowGood, the world’s largest product sustainability database, which assesses the environmental and social impact of ingredients in products. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and did her undergraduate studies at Saint Joseph’s University, where she grew interested in sustainability as a business strategy. In her spare time, she manages her social channel called the Sustennial Network, a term she created and trademarked to celebrate the sustainable millennial lifestyle.

What drew you to apply to the SUMA program? 

I had been working in software sales for years where I became successful in developing a business case for change via technology. I thought to myself, “Now I want to make the business case for sustainability!” I felt that the SUMA program included every skill needed in order to do just that within an organization. 

What are some highlights from your time in SUMA? What are some of your favorite courses so far? 

Being in the SUMA program is truly the first time I’ve been surrounded by sustainability like-minded peers. I feel so inspired by my classmates and the professors. The energy of the program is unmatched and necessary to drive sustainable change in business. My favorite classes have been Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Life Cycle Assessment, and Solar Project Development.

What are some of your career aspirations? How has being a part of the Sustainability Management program affected those aspirations? 

The program has opened my eyes to how much environmental impact is derived from: 1) the raw materials that a corporation sources for their consumer goods, and 2) the way in which they are sourced. I aspire to provide companies with visibility into these ingredient impacts and enable impact reduction through the use of ingredient impact modeling technology. This is something I’m fortunate enough to be doing every day at HowGood. It’s safe to say that SUMA has allowed me to land my dream job!

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