Katherine Denney

  • Sustainability
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • May 09, 2020
Full time Food Government/Nonprofit Land Use Business Development Entry Level

Personal Summary

As a graduate of Sustainability Sciences at Furman University, corporate and industrial sustainability have been the focus of my studies and multiple projects during the last four years. I have varied experience within realm of sustainability through gathering, managing, and presenting data that empowers change within communities and companies. For example, the independent project I completed for the World Trails Network, a certified non-profit organization dedicated to empowering community conservation initiatives in the Bellbird Biological Corridor of Costa Rica, involved creating and dispersing a survey, partnering with local stakeholders, gathering and recording data from interviews and survey responses, and translating this data into graphs for poster presentations which resulted in my senior thesis.  I presented this data to the World Trails Network, the ICC conference in Athens, Georgia, and the Furman Board of Faculty.

Sustainability positions require the capacity to be adaptable, organized, and responsive to the ever-changing multifaceted issues that face our industries, our country, and our world. I am a diligent, detail-oriented individual with teamwork experience.  I am a systems thinker with enjoys pursuing wholistic solutions to our current issues.

Work Experience

Farm Apprentice
Apr 2020 - May 2020 Wild Hope Farms

Wild Hope Farm is a sustainable farm in Chester, SC, using organic practices and permaculture design to grow fresh produce, flowers, and pasture raised laying hens. We are currently growing on 12 acres of certified organic production. The 220 acre property consists of greenhouses, walking trails, a 10-acre pond, and diversified natural areas. Our produce is sold through a 350 person farm share, to local chefs, wholesale to food distributors, at the Uptown Market in Charlotte, and at the Matthews Farmers Market. With an expanding CSA program and busy market booth, the Matthews Farmers Market is a significant sales channel for the farm. The farmers market assistant is responsible for all aspects of running our booth at the farmers market and CSA drop-off from late April through November. Responsibilities include : Lead the planning, preparing and packing for the Farmers Market on Fridays, record keeping of market sales, and Monday morning recap to team of market sales

Researcher
Aug 2019 - May 2020 Furman University

Analysis of Community Impacts and Perceptions of the Sendero Pacífico in the Bellbird Biological Corridor, Costa Rica: Created a Qualtrics survey and interviewed community members to gather data on the social impacts of a cross country hiking trail in Costa Rica. Organized, analyzed, and presented data for the Integrative Conservation Conference at the University of Georgia and a final report.

The Agronomy Landscape of Hemp in South Carolina : Implemented Qualtrics survey regarding hemp farming practices, challenges, land management, and harvests.

How Fungus and Herbivory Rates Are Impacted by Proximity to Forest Edge on a Costa Rican Coffee Farm : Conducted a short term ecological research project analyzing small scale sustainable coffee farms with regard to supply chain governance, market dynamics, and ecological and social impacts.

Executive Board Member
Aug 2016 - May 2020 Heller Service Corps

Developed a registry connecting the Furman student body with over 60 philanthropic agencies to streamline and enhance volunteer efforts and volunteered with the FRAZEE dream center as an afterschool kindergarten mentor.

President
Aug 2018 - May 2020 Furman University Outdoor Club

Managed an average annual budget in excess of $20,000 and organized unique activities for our club of over 700 students

Team Member
Aug 2018 - Dec 2018 Happy Hearts Revitalization Project

Created a project packet for weatherizing the New Washington Heights community center, including a line-item budget, conducting community workshops, identifying funding sources and key stakeholders, and creating a implementation framework.

Intern
May 2019 - Aug 2019 World Trails Network

The World Trails Network is an internationally representative body of the world’s leading trails and trail destinations. It is a globally active network of diverse, high quality, environmentally sustainable trails that work in communities for sustainable development and outdoor recreation. As in intern, I lived in San Luis Costa Rica, assisted with daily operations of trail maintenance/design, community participatory planning, rural tourism in Costa Rica, and assisted in community reforestation initiatives.  

Education

B.S. of Sustainability Science
Aug 2016 - May 2020 Furman University