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November 2016
Three Strategies for Engaging Next Generation Leaders
Plisko Sustainable Solutions is an advocate of educating and cultivating next generation leaders by creating and participating in diverse opportunities. This month, learn how Joan provides her skill set to a growing community of environmental and sustainability students and professionals by:
  1. Participating in an Environmental Careers Panel
  2. Hiring a College Research Intern
  3. Moderating a National Webinar
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Strategy: Environmental Careers Panel
On November 3rd, Joan Plisko took part in an Careers in the Environmental Sector Panel at the Career Center at University of Maryland College Park. Along with representatives from Booz Allen Hamilton, Baltimore National Aquarium, Delaware Department of Agriculture, Pepco, and The Nature Conservancy, Joan spoke with students regarding her professional journey and lessons learned along the way. Joan highlighted the need to expect and accept uncertainty as part of the learning and growth process.

The panel discussed informational interviews, networking, and mentoring as examples of how college students can engage the current workforce. Joan’s final words to the group were this: "Think not about what you want to be when you graduate but what change and/or contribution you want to make to the world." Joan is available and eager to speak on panels or as a featured presenter on career development or other topics related to environmental health and sustainability. 
Integration: PSS Hires Research Intern

Plisko Sustainable Solutions (PSS) is pleased to introduce the newest member of the PSS team: Lindsay Edwards!

Lindsay joined PSS as a research intern in September 2016 and will work with the PSS team while she completes her Bachelor of Science in Ecological Technology Design at the University of Maryland College Park. Lindsay has a passion for the environment, which began at a young age.

Lindsay's favorite past time is travelling so she can see the many beautiful places in the world that we live in. This past summer Lindsay made her way to Italy, Georgia, Connecticut, and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia which is shown in the picture to the left, above. To the left, below, Lindsay and Joan connect at the College Park Careers in the Environmental Sector Panel (described above).

Please welcome Lindsay to the team!

Results: Partnerships and Tools to Eliminate Unwanted Pests
Integrated Pest Management: Partnerships and Tools to Implement a Model Program

On October 18th Joan Plisko moderated the Practice Green Health webinar on integrated pest management (IPM), featuring Charlotte Wallace, Community Health Nurse of Anne Arundel Medical Center and Matt Wallach of the Maryland Pesticide Education Network.

IPM is an important component of an institution's sustainability program as it serves to protect the health of vulnerable populations and staff from the dangers of pests and toxic pesticides.

The webinar included a conversation about common pests such as mice, ants, bed bugs, and roaches, and featured examples of how to conduct pest population monitoring, site inspections, education, and implementing structural, mechanical, cultural, and biological controls.

Overall, IPM strategies identify and eliminate the conditions that enable the pest to survive. That means don't eat at your desk, clean up after yourself, and make sure doors and windows aren't left open for pests to enter your workplace.

About Plisko Sustainable Solutions
Joan Plisko, PhD, President
Plisko Sustainable Solutions
Plisko Sustainable Solutions (PSS) can help your company develop innovative strategies, optimize operations, and appraise performance related to environmental health, exposure assessment, and sustainability programs. The PSS team will provide expertise and guidance as you improve your company's economic, environmental, and social performance.