Jay Carter and Suzanne Perdeaux's work for the environment sets them apart from the rest. That's why they're #16 and #15 on our list.

#16 – JAY CARTER.

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Jay Carter was the Sustainability Coordinator at the McMaster Office of Sustainability from May 2010 to September of last year.  Through advocacy and determination, Carter has gone above and beyond his job expectations to engage those around him to develop a culture of sustainability on and off campus.  His passion, commitment, and organization make him an integral part of the Sustainability team.  With a goal of obtaining a career that is embedded in sustainable development, Carter has been preparing his mindset and list of experiences since his first year at McMaster University. Now that he has graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography & Environmental Studies, Carter is more than prepared to tackle environmental, social, and financial issues at a local and regional level. 

In addition, Jay Carter is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the City of Hamilton’s Waste Management Division, engaging with students of all ages to promote and encourage composting and recycling programs. Carter also aids in the support of other City of Hamilton programs through Forestry (Free Street Tree Program, elementary school presentations), Parks (Adopt-a-Park, Neighbourhood Clean Team, and Team Up To Clean Up), and other programs through Waste and Horticulture - all with a goal to make Hamilton "clean and green".

In 2010, Jay Carter served as the event coordinator for “Clean Air Commute”.  It was during this time that he engaged the McMaster community to commute sustainably for one whole week.  Not only was he responsible for organizing an event launch, the hard work of his team members resulted in more than 600 McMaster community members commuting sustainably and thus reducing more than seven tonnes of pollutants.  

In September, Carter is off to the University of Waterloo, where he will begin his Masters in Environmental Studies. His research committee contributes a great mix of ecology and sustainability policy, and he hopes to study conservation and how to manage growth within the city. 

On behalf of The Starfish team, we would like to congratulate Jay Carter for landing in at #16 on the Top 25 Under 25 list!

#15 – SUZANNE PERDEAUX.

Photo from Suzanne Perdeaux.

With her impressive background on ecological concepts and strong ability to think outside the box on conservation issues, Suzanne Perdeaux has outstanding potential to excel within the field of wildlife ecology.

Within her eclectic composite of global research, she has been invoved with studying plant diversity in Hawaii, glacial boundary changes in Alaska, and captive breeding of Panda Bears in China.

While working for Natural Resources Canada, she engaged in the ‘Communities’ group of the Office of Energy Efficiency where she was able to learn more about new technologies in alternative energies.  She was also a part of their “Green Team”, which was a volunteer group that designed campaign posters and events to encourage co-workers to reduce their environmental impact while in the workplace.  

Although the globe has a left her with a permanent imprint of inspiration, Perdeaux is always looking to get more involved with her local community.  Participating with the Region of York, she has planted 30-40 trees in East Gwilliambury. She says that “it feels really good to give back!”

In addition, Perdeaux is also a researcher and event volunteer for the York Region Environmental Alliance Organization, where she has gained experience conducting online research on sustainable living and helping to plan community events such as the Windfall Ecology Festival. 

In the near future, Suzanne hopes to complete her Masters degree and teach for “Wildlands Studies”, a program run by California State University.  With her upbeat personality, and dedication to ecological sciences, we have no doubt that all her academic dreams will come true! Congratualations Suzanne on being on the Top 25 Under 25 list for 2012!