We engage in sustainability initiatives with community partners around the world, employing these initiatives as a platform to foster cross-cultural engagement, understanding, and knowledge exchange.
We're taking a long-term approach.
We believe a community's development should proceed in harmony with its culture and environment. We facilitate projects that will contribute to long-term human well-being, always letting our community partners take the lead to ensure appropriate approaches.
We're using regenerative processes.
We believe that long-term economic stability is not possible if natural support systems are degraded along the way. It must come from a positive process of restoration and regeneration of the natural resource base that forms the foundation of a community’s economy.
We're bringing people together.
We believe there's a lot we can learn from each other! Our opportunities for cross-cultural engagement will allow participants from diverse communities to visit and interact, sharing their unique ideas, knowledge, and skills for building sustainability at a global scale.
Megan is the founder and chair of STRIVE. She has long been passionate about sustainability education and global engagement. She has lived, worked, and studied in places as diverse as Germany, India, Guatemala, Mali, and Haiti and is excited to share what she has learned from these experiences! She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Ball State University in International Studies with a focus on International Resource Management and earned her Masters of Environmental Science from Taylor University. Megan has taught environmental management and various topics in sustainability to students from Kindergarten to Masters programs, and currently works with the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University and manages an urban homestead supply outlet to promote urban agriculture and sustainable practices in Indianapolis.
Tom serves as the director of the Trenchless Technologies program at Louisiana Tech University. However, you'd often be hard-pressed to find Tom in Louisiana! He also serves as an adjunct professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China and in his 'spare time,' Tom travels the world sharing his engineering prowess through workshops and conferences, and advising governments and utility providers. Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and MBA at the Univerity of Alabama, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Purdue University.
Josh serves as STRIVE's board secretary. He is a professor in Ball State University's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management and focuses on sustainable food, forestry, and human dimensions of resource management. Josh served with the United States Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea, and has led students on trips through parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East with Youth International. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and completed both his Master of Science and Ph.D. programs at Pennsylvania State University's School of Forest Resources with theses focused on watershed education and decision making among forest landowners.
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