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Kate Morsink, Future Sustainability Advisor

Student Spotlight: Kate Morsink, Future Sustainability Advisor

by Frederique Fyhr
|December 2, 2022

Kate MosinkKate Morsink in her final semester of last semester MSc in Sustainability Management program, and is Director of Engagement for Women and Sustainable Development, a student body dedicated to empowering women leaders in sustainable development.

Last summer, Kate was selected by the Environmental Defense Fund for a Climate Corps Fellowship to develop a sustainable packaging roadmap for Wayfair. Kate’s final proposal focuses on eliminating Styrofoam and plastic from Wayfair’s supply chain and moving to 100% responsibly sourced paper and cardboard.

Before moving to New York in 2021 for the SUMA program, Kate lived and worked in Canada, where she studied at Queen’s University Smith School of Business. After graduation, she joined TEALEAVES, a premium tea company mainly working with leading hotel groups. There, she worked as a business development manager, traveled the world advising clients, and eventually created the company’s sustainability program. She changed their packaging and supply chain away from single-use plastics and linear practices.

Kate will complete the program in December, after which she plans to implement her sustainability management knowledge at Boston Consulting Group, where she will work as a consultant on their climate and sustainability team.

What attracted you to apply and choose the SUMA program?

My undergraduate degree was in business, so I would like to pursue a master’s program at the intersection of sustainability and business.I chose MSc in Sustainability Management The program has a strong reputation for the diversity of conversations and for being a platform where people can make an impact in society. By earning an MSc in Sustainability Management, I am building a strong foundation in climate change, environmental justice, politics and corporate sustainability through a business lens.

Can you share some highlights from your SUMA program?

I had an incredible time as a SUMA student and will be very sad to be graduating at the end of this semester. A highlight for me was joining the Women and Sustainability Council. Planning events and development opportunities for the Columbia community has been a wonderful experience, allowing me to meet more students and staff across the campus. This semester I lead the planning for the annual Uplift Summit on November 18th, what an amazing way to end the semester! I have also made lifelong friends through this program with whom I have had the pleasure of traveling the world this year. I look forward to many more adventures together.

What are your favorite courses or professors?

It’s so hard to choose! Some of the most popular courses are Danielle Azouley’s Circular Economy, Alison Miller’s Earth Institute Internship and Christoph Meinrenken’s Life Cycle Assessment.

You have recently received prestigious recognitions and awards.can you tell me about them?

This summer, I had the honor of serving as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow at Wayfair. I facilitated collaboration across multiple teams within the company to develop a comprehensive roadmap for sustainable packaging and received a Collaboration Award from The Climate Group for my work! This fall, I am honored to be selected by SUMA as an Earth Institute Fellow. Earlier this month, I was delighted to be selected from over 2,000 applicants for the Finduddannelse International Sustainability Scholarship!

What do you think is next for you?

After graduation, I will work as a sustainability consultant in New York. I look forward to working with companies to infuse sustainability into their core business strategies.

Do you have any advice for current or incoming students in a sustainability program?

The students in this program are really great and a lot of fun! I would encourage freshmen to make it a priority to get to know their peers and get involved in clubs or activities on campus so they can meet students from climate schools. Also, take advantage of cross-registration opportunities outside of SPS and across Climate Schools programs. I enjoy taking classes at SIPA and the Climate and Society Program because it allows me to meet more students.

The program knows you are an extraordinary student with a passion for sustainability. Where can we find you outside of school and internships?

I love music and currently sing in the Columbia Choir! I also love trying out vegan restaurants and playing tennis around New York.

This MSc in Sustainability Management Program Yes Offered by the Columbia Institute of Professional Studies in partnership with the Columbia Climate Institute.

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