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(NC)—When Cori Craw­ford en­tered the Univer­sity of Water­loo’s En­vi­ron­ment and Busi­ness pro­gram three years ago, she kept an open mind about where her stud­ies would take her. Craw­ford knew that she ul­ti­mately wanted a ca­reer where she could com­bine her en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit with her de­sire to keep the en­vi­ron­ment healthy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Af­ter wrapping up her sec­ond co-op term at CleanFarms, one a Canada’s lead­ing agri­cul­tural stew­ard­ship or­ga­ni­za­tions, Craw­ford was pleas­antly sur­prised to learn how eas­ily her two in­ter­ests mar­ried in the world of agri­cul­ture. She worked

on a va­ri­ety of projects that fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing waste man­age­ment so­lu­tions for com­mon on-farm plas­tics like bale wrap, twine, and plas­tic con­tain­ers.

What re­ally im­pressed her was how ded­i­cated ev­ery­one she in­ter­acted with was to pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and to build­ing pro­grams and busi­nesses that were not only eco­nom­i­cally vi­able, but prof­itable.

“At school I learned all about the con­cept of sus­tain­able busi­ness prac­tices, but I felt that it was of­ten overused in the busi­ness world”, Craw­ford pointed out. “At CleanFarms I learned that farm­ers em­brace sus­tain­able prac­tices ev­ery day and that there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­trepreneurs who are pas­sion­ate about the en­vi­ron­ment and who want to build long last­ing busi­nesses.”

Craw­ford rec­om­mends that any young per­son who shares her in­ter­ests take a se­ri­ous look at the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try. She says she’s very glad she did.

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