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Career Centre

Career Conversations:
Discovering Green Careers

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 pm
140 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies building

In partnership with the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Registration on the Career Centre's online system is required for all panel events (you must sign up for an account on the system before you will be able to register for any events).

About the Event

Interested in a career working in the environment or sustainability? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles within this field?

Connect with professionals and get the inside scoop on what it's really like to work in this field. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Participating Panelists

James Calderone
Manager, Homestarts Inc.
York Alumnus: MES Land-Use Planning and Housing, 2013

I am an Environmental Studies graduate who enjoys going to work every day (well, most days). My time is spent trying to reduce the chaos of multi-residential development and fan the flames of positive synergy. The job is varied, rewarding and very much in line with my earlier studies. I have a background in finance and economics and am a big fan of Chris Hadfield.


Michael Charendoff
Project Coordinator, Don River Watershed, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
York Alumnus: MES Organizational Sustainability Strategy, 2011
York Alumnus: Graduate Diplomas in Business and Environment and Environmental & Sustainability Education, 2011
BA International Development Studies, McGill University, 2007

Following my undergraduate degree, I worked as a face-to-face fundraiser for several organizations, lived and worked at an environmental education centre on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, and interned with the Indonesian Green Building Council, Environmental Defence, and Xerox. Following these, and other work-related activities, I took a five-month Stewardship Coordinator contract with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), which then lead to my current job as Project Coordinator for the Don River watershed with TRCA.


Lauralyn Johnston
Planner, City of Toronto
York Alumna: BES Environmental Studies
, 1999
MES Environmental Studies
, 2009

I am a land use planner. For me, this is an intersection between the environmental, social and economic realities that we inhabit that have the position to generate or undermine sustainability. I believe in equity, diversity and beauty in everyday life.

Right now, my position allows me to enable city-building by mitigating some of the undesirable effects of intensification on populations that have less agency through the implementation of municipal planning policies.


Christina Sgro
Senior Specialist, Active Transportation and Community Planning, York Region
York Alumna: BA Communication Studies & Health and Society, 2008

MES Environmental Studies/Planning, 2012

Environmental preservation and planning were always interests of mine, and having a chance to play some part in our physical landscape, in a very real sense? Well, it doesn't get much better than that. I want to see healthy communities becoming the norm, rather than simply remaining exceptions. I want to help make spaces and places functional and attractive, to show the public that through a collective vision, we can achieve a great reality together. How often do we get a chance to do what we love, to affect the ways people see and experience the physical reality of their everyday? That's a great honour. This is why I do what I do.


Sophia Sestito
Environmental Project Coordinator, EllisDon
York Alumna: BES Environmental Politics
, 2007

I've always had a passion for the natural environment. Growing up my family always turned off the lights if no one was in the room, composted everything which we would later use as fertilizer for our garden. We even separated the paper labels on cans so that we could properly recycle. Being eco-friendly became second nature. I never had an interest in making a career out of protecting the environment; my dream was to be a psychologist but, after taking a politics class that spoke about environmental degradation in 1st year I knew that I wanted a career that would allow me to harmonize business with environmental stewardship. I contribute each day to aiding in the protection of the environmental and education of staff, while contributing to growing profit margins at the same time.

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