Sustainability Networking for Students

By Michaela Lemen, University of Utah student

There is no doubt that the University of Utah promotes entrepreneurism and innovation. This week, innovation appears on campus in the form of Utah Purpose Economy Conference (UP3C) by P3 Utah. New for this year’s conference is the Student Sustainability Career Pathway Event on Sept. 16, 2 – 4:00 p.m. at the University Guest House. The event is free, but students are asked to RSVP to P3 Utah Director Steve Klass.


This year is the sixth for UP3C, P3 Utah’s annual sustainable business conference. The UP3C conference provides entrepreneurs with the skills they need to succeed: workshops on a range of topics, panels with rising champions of the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit), and networking with other passionate business professionals.

According to P3 Utah, the Student Sustainability Career Pathway Event will be the first career pathways event of its kind in Utah. This event brings students together with some of the greatest local leaders in social and environmental sustainability.

Lisa Curt, the assistant director of the Salt Lake City Library (Main Branch), Sharon Brand, recruitment manager from Union Pacific, Tyler Poulson, Sustainability Manager for SLCGreen, and Shawn Peterson, Founding Director of the Green Urban Lunch Box are just some of the leaders who will be presenting at the Sustainability Career Pathway Event. Those who will attend the event will have the unique opportunity to network with the panelists after a formal question and answer period.

Steve Klass at the UP3C Conference

Mitch Rall, a University of Utah student, who has been working behind the scenes on the event, is looking forward to the event. “As someone on the verge of applying for full-time employment, I’m excited about the opportunity to network with sustainability professionals in a relaxed setting. I hope to get a feel for what people are doing and what they have to offer.”

Make the most of this opportunity, sign up today or attend the whole conference for free by joining the volunteer team.

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