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The Future is Bright! The 2019 Student Sustainability Award Winners

Graduate Student Award - Neha Kumari

Neha Kumari (Smeal MBA 2019) tirelessly supported the Smeal Sustainability initiative in raising awareness about the role that sustainability plays in modern business. From serving as an active member of the Net Impact Graduate Chapter to coordinating the Impact Speaker series. Neha has proven her dedication to sustainability both inside and outside higher education. Upon graduation, Neha will be working at Crane Payment Innovations based outside of Philadelphia and has a longer term vision for working on digitally-enabled solutions to social and environmental challenges.

Undergraduate Award Winners - Michael Lewis and Will Swart (Photo: Swart is on the right and Lewis in the middle)

This year, two officers of Penn State Net Impact share the Undergraduate Sustainability Award.

Michael Lewis served as VP of Finance for Penn State Net Impact. Michael is a junior in supply chain and information systems and grew up helping his father in their family owned business, Shoe Fly Stores. There, he currently serves as a salesperson in the Altoona store, but has worked in the office and the warehouse before. Michael is involved with Students Consulting for Non Profits (SCNO). Since forming in 2011, the Penn State SCNO chapter has completed over 50 client engagements within State College including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Centre Wildlife Care and Special Olympics. Michael also interns with Abba Java Coffee House in downtown State College as the inventory manager.

Will Swart served as president of Penn State Net Impact. Will is a senior in supply chain management with minors in information systems management and history. He is excited about showing students that sustainability and social responsibility are affecting the day to day operations of companies all around the world. Will is excited to make supply chains more sustainable while providing more value to customers. Will was also part of the Penn State student team that traveled to the 2019 NFL Draft to serve with the NFL Environment Program.

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