How to Change the World student webinar: Why every career (urgently) needs a sustainability lens


Tuesday March 5, 2024
6:00 pm - 6:50 pm
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The vast majority of corporate leaders now expect that all of their employees will need sustainability knowledge and skills within the next two decades. That’s because companies today are embracing ambitious sustainability targets like never before… but only 17% of those companies say their employees currently have the knowledge and skills needed to hit those targets. If you’re not learning how to apply the knowledge and skills of your degree to tackle real-world sustainability challenges, then you’re missing out on the biggest career opportunities of the next two decades!

In this interactive webinar for students, How to Change the World co-founders Alana Heath and (Queen’s alum) Jason Blackstock will frame why sustainability has rapidly become the ‘fourth foundational skill set’ for a successful career; and they’ll provide practical advice on how everyone – from accountants to artists to aerospace engineers – can rapidly develop a sustainability lens for their future career.

Register here for this interactive webinar focused on why every career (urgently) needs a sustainability lens!

This event is a part of Queen’s University’s participation in #SDGWeekCanada, a nation-wide commitment to mobilizing the #SDGs across campuses.

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How to Change the World envisions a world in which every person is empowered and supported to create positive, sustainable impact throughout their careers. Their programs provide practical, real-world experience that empowers you with the skills you need to build a greener, more equitable future. 

How to Change the World has partnered with Smith Engineering at Queen’s since 2020 to give students access to its experiential sustainability Courses and Bootcamps.

Read more about their story here

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Queen’s alum, Prof Jason Blackstock FRSA, is the founder and CEO of How to Change the World, and co-founder of We Make Change. Jason’s previous experience spans quantum physics research; Silicon Valley tech development; global policy advising and research on sustainability, technology & innovation; and higher education innovation & leadership. Since the mid-noughties he has taught, provided policy advice and led research from universities and think tanks such as Harvard, Oxford, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. From 2013-2018 Jason was the Founding Head of UCL STEaPP, and he continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor or Fellow at a number of top academic institutions, while also serving as director or advisory board member for numerous organisations.

Alana Heath is the co-founder of How to Change the World. Alana’s previous experience includes over a decade mobilising business as a force for good in sectors such as financial inclusion, energy access and sustainability. She has worked across the US, Europe, India and East Africa with social enterprises, nonprofits and impact investing funds such as Grassroots Capital Management, the Microfinance Information Exchange and SunFunder, and as a consultant on World Bank projects. In 2012 Alana co-founded Alta Solar, a non-profit introducing solar technology to villages in the Himalayan mountain range in Ladakh (northern India), and in 2016 she co-founded Ara Energy, a venture researching access to energy in East Africa partnership with Factore[e] Ventures.