Tony Bush is graduating!! He has worked at the Center for the past three years, with his main focus on IU South Bend’s Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report. As he moves into the “real world,” here are some things you should know about Tony.
•What is something you learned while working at the Center?
While working at the Center for a Sustainable Future I have learned that we are all a work in progress, and sustainability is a much bigger issue than any one individual or group can solve by themselves. It is ok to be unsure and nervous about ideas that you may have, or projects you work on aimed at moving yourself, and your community forward to a more sustainable future. It is important that you be humble, trust in yourself, and rely on others to help you grow and accomplish your goals no matter how small or large they seem.
•What do you want others to know about sustainability and/or sustainability work?
Sustainability is more than a career choice; it is a life choice. We can choose to ignore the global challenges we face today leaving them to our children to solve, or we can choose to be sustainability champions working toward building a more sustainable local and global community together. Whatever your interests and passions are there is always a more sustainable path forward if you choose to take it.
- How do you hope to use what you have done and learned post-graduation?
One of the first things we learn as sustainability students at IU South Bend is that Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meeting their own needs. Since then I have learned and grown more each day as I pursued my bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Sustainability Studies, and my Master of Liberal Studies degree with a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership. As I move forward wherever my future takes me I hope to use what I have learned at IU South Bend to continue growing as a sustainability champion leading by example, encouraging, and teaching others how they can be more sustainable in their personal lives and careers.