Chad Carwein

Chad Carwein



Conservation Agriculture

critical area planting, heavy use area protection, water and sediment control area basins crop rotation, no-till drilling, strip cropping, cover cropping, terrace farming, contour farming filter strips, riparian buffers, wind barriers, grassed waterways, integrated pest management irrigation water management, temporary livestock fencing, prescribed and rotational grazing

Urban Agriculture

local food policy and farmer's markets edible landscaping and raised garden beds community gardens and Garden Tower Project

Natural Landscaping

invasive plant species removal native plant species identification organic and biological pest controls xeri-scaping and low-impact lawn care

Natural Resource Conservation

ecosystem services and ecological restoration wildlife preservation and natural habitat protection

Sustainable Development

waste management - reduce, reuse, recycle, reclaim, compost, vermicompost energy efficiency - consumption audits, reduction opportunities, equipment upgrades water conservation - leak detection, low-flow fixtures, rain barrel and rain garden installation green infrastructure - biofiltration, greenspace, green roofs, street trees, permeable surfaces

Environmental Management

water quality control and improvement  storm water best management practices quantifying levels of GHGs and CAPs emissions  creating emissions inventories and setting targets estimating effects of emissions reduction measures  predicting future emissions and tracking goal progress

Green Initiatives and Staff Engagement

  employee contests departmental challenges support from top to bottom organizational commitment long-range vision and objective stakeholder support and investment  

Conducting Onsite Demonstrations

Program Design and Implementation

Project Management and Evaluation

Statistics and Modeling

Research and Data Analysis

Event Planning and Information Tabling

Collaborative Partnership Development

Awareness and Advocacy Campaigns

Community-Based Social Marketing

Diffusion Of Innovations

Scientific and Technical Explanations

Press Relations and Media Correspondence

Fundraising and Donor Relations

Volunteer Recruitment and Supervision

Co-Production and Professional Ethics

Leadership and Team Building

Strategic Planning and Decision-Making

Administrative Support

multi-tasking problem-solving highly organized attention to detail scheduling meetings

Excellent Written Communication

creating brochures and fact sheets editing mass distributed publications grant proposals and donation requests drafting newsletters and press releases producing scientific and technical reports

Public Presentations

effective design methods targeted message delivery clear and concise information

Public Speaking

comfortable in front of large, diverse audiences

Promotional Marketing and Networking

Social Media Platforms

Skype  Twitter Blogger Google+ LinkedIn Facebook WordPress

Rain Barrel and Rain Garden Installation

Computer Proficiency

ESRI ArcGIS Adobe Acrobat CACP software SAS and SPSS software Sustainability Dashboards Tools Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Fostering Behavior Change

Public Education and Community Outreach

Leadership and Volunteer Activities

  • Indiana State Science Olympiad, Water Quality Competition, 2012                                        
    • monitored testing activities, prepped lab stations, and graded exams
  • Bloomington Volunteer Network, August 2010 - Present
    • participated in a community KaBOOM! playground build
    • removed bulk waste at the McDoel Switchyard cleanup event
  • SPEA Students Taking Active Roles Today, August 2010 - August 2012
    • volunteered in community activities for the annual START Orientation Service Day
  • SPEA Student Ambassadors Program, August 2010 - December 2012
    • trained in professional development, public speaking, networking and leadership
    • took prospective students to lunch or class and shared personal SPEA experiences
    • planned, promoted, and hosted annual recruitment events like SPEA Experience Days
  • UK Student Government Association, August 2008 - May 2009
    • appointed as Task Force Director by President of the student body
    • supervised a first year Leadership Development Program team
    • conducted surveying for the bicycle ridership study on campus
  • UK Dance Blue Marathon, March 2007 - March 2008
    • danced for 24 hours to raise funds in support of childhood cancer research

Reading List

  • Fostering Sustainable Behavior:  An Intro to Community-Based Social Marketing, Doug McKenzie-Mohr (2011)
  • The Great Disruption, Paul Gilding (2011)
  • The New Rules of Green Marketing, Jacquelyn Ottman (2011)
  • Eaarth:  Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Bill McKibben (2010)
  • Emerald Cities:  Urban Sustainability and Economic Development, Joan Fitzgerald (2010)
  • Switch:  How to change Things When Change Is Hard, Chip Heath and Dan Heath (2010)
  • Green to Gold, Daniel C. Etsy and Andrew Winston (2009)
  • Plan B 4.0:  Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Lester R. Brown (2009)
  • Return on Sustainability, Kevin Wilhelm (2009)
  • Starting Green:  An Ecopreneur's Toolkit for Starting a Green Business, Glenn Croston (2009)
  • Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen (2009)
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Thomas Friedman (2008)
  • Natural Capitalism:  Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, Paul Hawken (2008)
  • Nudge:  Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein (2008)
  • Blessed Unrest, Paul Hawken (2007)
  • The Creation:  An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, Edward O. Wilson (2007)
  • Resilience Thinking:  Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World, Walker, Salt and Reid (2006)
  • The Great Turning:  From Empire to Earth Community, David C. Korten (2006)
  • Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (2005)
  • The Tipping Point:  How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell (2005)
  • Toward Sustainable Communities:  Resources for Citizens and Their Governments, Mark Roseland (2005)
  • Cradle to Cradle:  Remaking the Way We Make Things, Michael Braugart and William McDonough (2002)
  • Worms Eat My Garbage:  How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System, Mary Appelhof (1997)
  • The Ecology of Commerce:  A Declaration of Sustainability, Paul Hawken (1994)
  • The End of Nature, Bill McKibben (1989)
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson (1962)
  • A Sand County Almanac:  And Sketches Here and There, Aldo Leopold (1949)


  • Member, Indiana University Alumni Association, since 2012
  • Member, Helping Young Professionals Excel (hYPe) Program, since 2011
  • Wild Place Sponsor, Sierra Club Indiana Hoosier Chapter, since 2010
  • Member, University of Kentucky Alumni Association, since 2009
  • Member, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, since 2008
  • Member, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, since 2006 
  • Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, since 2006

Work History

Work History
Sep 2013 - Present

Sustainability Education & Outreach Specialist

UNC Greensboro

Office of Sustainability

  • Developed Version 2.0 of the Green Office Certification Program
  • Supervised student interns and served as advisor for UNCGreen
  • Completely redesigned and updated the Office of Sustainability website
  • Coordinated a UNCG Buy Green Expo with the Purchasing Department
  • Promoted RecycleMania with the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Assisted with data collection and reporting for UI GreenMetric and AASHE STARS
Aug 2012 - Dec 2012

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Professor Brown's Sustainable Communities (SPEA-V 515)

  • Taught sustainability concepts, graded class assignments, evaluated projects and presentations
  • Assisted student groups in a Walk Friendly Communities assessment for the City of Bloomington
May 2012 - Aug 2012

Graduate Student Intern

City of Bloomington Environmental Commission

Lawns for Life Public Education and Outreach Campaign

  • Researched the risks to human health and the environment associated with toxic lawn chemicals as well as more sustainable alternatives including organic lawn care practices and native plant species 
  • Leveraged community-based social marketing and the local press to foster human behavior change
  • Created natural landscaping brochures and fact sheets as well as communicated messages through social media, public presentations, and weekly information tabling to reduce lawn chemical usage

Bloomington Environmental Quality Indicators (BEQI) Report

  • Attended monthly meetings to record minutes and present updates on my research progress
  • Compiled research on the local data to create sustainability indicators for Green Infrastructure
  • Wrote Green Infrastructure section to develop baseline measures for future status comparisons
Aug 2010 - May 2012

SPEA Service Corps Fellow

Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District

Public Education and Community Outreach

  • Wrote grant proposals for financial awards, securing $3,200 in District funding
  • Updated the SWCD website and established a social media presence for the District
  • Worked with community groups to establish local partnerships and co-produce outcomes
  • Implemented first and second annual rain barrel sales program raising $2,500 in revenue
  • Hosted onsite demonstrations and distributed public information for the diffusion of innovations
  • Published e-newsletters, press releases, and promotional materials to offer financial and technical assistance for best management practices and to highlight natural resource conservation projects 
  • Supervised an urban agriculture and storm water management project at the Community Kitchen and recruited volunteers to remove invasive plant species, construct seven raised garden beds, plant two rain gardens, and install three rain barrels
Oct 2008 - May 2010

Undergraduate Student Intern

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

Department of Environmental Quality

  • Coordinated an internal composting pilot program, which has since been implemented citywide
  • Demonstrated leadership by holding Sub-Committee Chair positions on the Mission Green Team
  • Represented the department and promoted environmental program initiatives at community events 
  • Translated outreach materials to foster behavior change and engagement within Latino community
  • Wrote waste reduction and water conservation articles for newsletters sent to 120,000 local homes
  • Created emissions inventories and quantified effects of existing and proposed measures to predict future levels of emissions, set emissions reduction targets, and track progress toward meeting goals
  • Facilitated local government entry into Bluegrass PRIDE Waste Buster and Water Saver programs by performing waste audits at facilities, monitoring water intensive operations, collaborating with staff to standardize procedures, developing "go green" initiatives, and surveying barriers to implementation
  • Other activities included providing administrative support, evaluating grant proposals, managing conference exhibits, recruiting volunteers, and maintaining records for annual reports to the state


Aug 2010 - Dec 2012

Master of Public Affairs, Master of Science in Environmental Science

Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Concentrations:  Sustainability and Sustainable Development, Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management
  • Awards:  SPEA Service Corps Fellowship, SPEA Graduate Teaching Assistantship
  • Activities:  SPEAStudent Ambassadors Program, Students Taking Active Roles Today (START)
  • Related Coursework:  Statistics, Data Analysis and Modeling, Applied Math and Ecology, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Proposal Development and Grant Administration, Public Finance and Budgeting, Public Management Economics, Environmental Law and Management, Natural Resource Management and Policy, Environmental Risk Analysis, Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment, Human Behavior and Energy Consumption, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Sustainable Communities and Development
Aug 2005 - May 2009

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

University of Kentucky
  • Awards:  magna cum laude, Dean's List 2005-2008, Education Abroad Scholarship
  • Activities:  Student Government Association, Dance Blue Marathon, Psychology Research
  • Study Abroad:  University of Granada (Spain) Center of Modern Languages, summer 2008