Ashley Young


My name is Ashley Elizabeth Young. I'm from Tampa, Florida. I go to the University of South Florida where I am a Global Sustainability – Business Concentration master’s candidate. 

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

When I consider issues related to all three of these subjects the one that bothers me the most is how long coal and oil industries have gotten away with negative externalities. They pollute our waters, air, and global climate, but still they turn over billions in annual profit. I hope to see communities demand fossil fuel industries to pay their true cost and demand an even faster switch to renewable energy.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

I’m in the closing phase of a recycling implementation project at my place of work. I’ve worked closely with the facilities department over the past year to have a program put in place. I’m looking forward to starting my last semester at USF this fall, which includes an internship. I’ve chosen one related to small farming and a photovoltaic installation project.

What are your plans for the next five years?

I cannot say I have a solid five-year plan at the moment. Next year I intend on volunteering as a Sterling Examiner, which can be a gateway into consulting. I hope to gain Project Management Certification and work as a Consultant/Project Manger in projects related to sustainability. I also want to travel more and will seek out opportunities that allow me to do so.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

SISE offers me an incredible opportunity to gain a lot of knowledge in the bootcamp setting and to put my skills to the test in the project portion. I also relish any opportunity to travel and try something new. I’m excited to visit the Windy City for the first time.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

Getting to know the locals and learning about a community that is different from my own. I hope that I can give something positive and along with my new SISE family of nerds I look forward to accomplishing tremendous goals.

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

I love cats! I do not have any of my own, but only because I travel too much and have backyard chickens as pets instead.