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Undergraduate Student

Catherine Jucka

Major: Packaging Systems and Design

Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

  • Minor: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Growth

Sustainability has always been a passion of mine since I learned the significant impact it can make on the biosphere. The very practice of sustainability can be implemented in multiple disciplines, anywhere from science to business models. Throughout my studies at Virginia Tech, I have been able to truly understand the importance of practicing sustainability and the role it plays in ensuring a stable environment for future generations to enjoy. The broad scope of sustainability made selecting a professional avenue to get involved with a challenge. However, with the guidance of the professors in my program along with several internship experiences, I have solidified my decision to get involved with sustainability from a policy standpoint.

During my undergraduate career, I have continued to stay informed and involved with sustainability initiatives at Virginia Tech through my contributions as president of the Society of Renewable Resources and vice-president of the Recreational Society. I also have been a member of the Packaging Systems and Design club. All of these roles have led to my current position as a student ambassador for the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

On the policy side, I have resided as a team captain for the student grassroots organization called Students on Capitol Hill. This opportunity allowed me to meet with policymakers and their staff members to understand what efforts they are promoting to encourage sustainable initiatives in their congressional districts.

When I graduate I hope to be a staff member for a Virginia Congressman, specifically Senator Mark Warner or Representative Donald Beyer. In my final year at Virginia Tech, I look forward to getting further involved with sustainability initiatives throughout the Hokie community!

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s List, fall 2012-spring 2015

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