November 2021 – Graduate student
Saxon Metzger – Osage Nation
School: Wilmington University
Degree: Master of Business Administration with Emphasis in Sustainability
Committee Member, Sustainability Committee of the City of Carbondale – Appointed by the City Manager of the City of Carbondale, Illinois, to the seven-member Sustainability Committee, which manages the city’s public and private efforts around environmental sustainability. Current projects include crafting the city’s 10-year Sustainability Plan in conjunction with several nonprofits and in collaboration with Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and creating Green Spot Award for awarding/educating local businesses around sustainability. Member of ICLEI and coordinated the process of working with a large cohort of cities around sustainability efforts on behalf of the city.
Food Manager, Dayemi Tariqat – Oversee the planning, production, and distribution of food resources for the Dayemi Tariqat, a nonprofit. Plan and manage food systems to balance nutritional needs and environmental impact within budget constraints. Use Quickbooks to manage cross-department budgets and engage in yearly and quarterly finance planning. Manage community and personal emergency response systems, 50 volunteers, and documentation efforts.
Volunteer, For Kids’ Sake – Participate in management teams for events, including the largest 5k race in the Tri-State area. Focus on supply chain optimization and group documentation and communication. Participate in direct donor outreach, event coordination, and directory/data entry editing. The group raises a quarter of a million dollars annually Bangladeshi orphans.
I grew up in Southern California and moved to Southern Illinois to complete my bachelor’s degree. I graduated last year with a degree in economics. While pursuing this education, I served as a volunteer for about seven years at For Kids’ Sake and the Dayemi Tariqat. For Kids’ Sake raises money for schools and orphanages in Bangladesh, whereas the Dayemi Tariqat is a nonprofit that educates and promotes sustainability and food security in Southern Illinois. While doing this work, I was offered a position on the City of Carbondale’s Sustainability Commission, where I’ve been able to promote sustainability in our region by working on a Sustainability Action Plan.
As of this point, I’m pursuing my MBA with an emphasis in sustainability full time while also working full time as the Program Director for Solarize Southern Illinois, another nonprofit that educates and promotes solar power in a six-county region in Southern Illinois. My goals are to be the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Carbondale.