“Sustainability is a natural fit for me, improving the world we’re all inhabiting.”

Amy Meyer, MCP '19, is co-director of the 2019 Sustainability Summit, interned at World Resources Institute through the Sustainability Initiative Internship Program and is on track to complete the Sustainability Certificate in 2019.

Amy Meyer misses the Rocky Mountains back home, but she’s found a home-away-from-home in Cambridge in the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan.

“Growing up in Colorado, nestled in the mountains, the environment has always been close to my heart,” says Amy. “Sustainability is a natural fit for me, improving the world we’re all inhabiting.”

Before MIT, Amy had fellowships at the Breakthrough Institute and Natural Capitalism Solutions. She spent three years as a consultant with Navigant’s Energy Practice, specializing in energy efficiency, program processes, and human behavior. She also worked as an impact analyst with Beneficial State Foundation, a non-profit community development financial institution. She came to MIT to examine sustainability systems more broadly. And so far, that’s exactly what she’s done.

In MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Amy is concentrating on environmental policy and planning, but she’s taken full advantage of the flexibility of her program to take a mix of courses at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and MIT Sloan. One of her favorites thus far is the Strategies for Sustainable Business Lab (S-Lab) course, where she worked on a project for the World Resources Institute (WRI) with a diverse team comprised of an MBA student, an undergraduate mechanical engineering major, and a PhD candidate studying climate physics and chemistry.

There’s a huge range of interests and research projects among the students and faculty at Sloan,” Amy says. “I’m often surprised to see how much a business school is doing on sustainability.

Amy’s S-Lab experience led directly to a summer internship at WRI, where she was listed as a contributing author on a working paper highlighting areas where business and government climate ambition intersect, demonstrating how this ambition can be mutually reinforcing. Amy also managed a WRI project to develop a how-to guide on responsible climate policy engagement for United Nations business members across the globe.

This internship was a great opportunity for me to work at a premier organization in the environmental nonprofit space,” Amy says, “making essential connections and gaining credibility as a professional in this space. 

The experience also inspired Amy’s choice of topic for her master’s thesis, examining food and beverage companies’ corporate political engagement around climate change policy.

Last year, Amy served on the planning team of MIT’s Sustainability Summit; this year she’s co-director of the annual event. In the long-term, Amy says she’ll probably return to her beloved mountains in Colorado, but in the short-term, she’s happy on the east coast, launching her career in sustainability.