Grant Gibson: Academic Excellence and Dedication to Sustainability

05/03/10 by Staff Writer

Grant Gibson with Amory Lovins of Rocky Mountain Institute
Grant Gibson with speaker Amory Lovins

Catawba College senior Grant Gibson wasn’t expecting his name to be called when the Environmental Science Award was presented April 22. He was, after all, a major in Sustainable Business and Community Development. But sustainable business and development are very much a part of Catawba’s Environmental Science Program. And he clearly met the requirements for the award: demonstrated dedication, inspiration and academic achievement in the field.

He has doggedly researched the information necessary for LEED certification of the Center for the Environment facility, which was constructed before LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was in existence. The U.S. Green Building Council requires detailed documentation to prove eligibility for the “green” designation. Through his internship with the Center, he has made great strides toward that goal.

Gibson has appreciated Center Executive Director John Wear’s dedication to sustainability. “I have really enjoyed working with Dr. Wear,” he says. “He’s such a motivating figure because he really wants to effect change and educate people about living more sustainably.”

After graduation, Gibson will return to his home in Ontario, Canada, to pursue graduate studies in economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. The next step will be a doctorate and then, if all goes well, a position with the African Development Bank, which will allow him to put his knowledge of sustainable development and economics to good use and engage his passion for travel at the same time. “I’m not the Wall Street type,” he says.

Reflecting on his past semester, he says the Center has been a good place to work. But Ontario calls and advanced education is next on the agenda. He has a plan that involves sustainability in Africa.

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