By Bryan Hay

Climate change has been identified as one of the most critical issues of our time. Addressing it requires smart, passionate people from a variety of industries and perspectives to motivate individuals and organizations to tackle the effects of climate change by adopting sustainable practices.

Lafayette alumni never shrink away from challenges and opportunities. Here’s a look at a group of four of them who have their hands and minds around the issue. They’re applying their ingenuity and multidisciplinary talents to address and mitigate the effects of climate change and taking the kind of bold approaches that may have been unthinkable not long ago. 

Sometimes an epiphany in the discovery of a single compelling fact can change a career trajectory and lead to a lifetime of seeking positive change.

Monika Serrano-Riedlinger ’04

Monika Serrano-Riedlinger had been working for Turner Construction Co., headquartered in New York, one of the largest construction contractors in the United States, for about a decade, learning the ins and outs of the industry, when she was awakened to the fact that 40% of greenhouse gases come from the construction and operation of buildings. Read more >>

Teevrat Garg ’10

Teevrat Garg researches the design and efficacy of environmental and energy policies in low- and middle-income countries to help reduce the damages of climate change among the poorest and most vulnerable segments of society. Read more >>

Dan Carreno ’04

Dan Carreno spent 13 successful years working for a respected asset manager on Wall Street, falling into what he describes as the “giant whirlpool of the New York financial industry.” Read more >>

Matt Kamine ’07 and Justin Kamine ’11

After five years of planning, entrepreneurial brothers Justin Kamine and Matt Kamine are one step closer to achieving their goal of significantly reducing food waste in the United States, starting with something as simple as feeding chickens.  Read more >>