Faculty Spotlight: Sean Hoyt
Assistant Professor Shawn Hewitt is a sustainability professional focused on addressing climate-related risks and identifying the impacts and opportunities they create for our communities. Based in New York City, Hoyte brings more than 15 years of experience in the energy and utilities sector, combining hands-on industry knowledge with technical expertise to design energy efficiency programs that maximize revenue. and promotes a fair clean energy economy.
For his diverse market knowledge and exemplary performance, Hoyt was named a 2022 Con Edison Award Winner for the Harlem YMCA Industry Achievement Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Manhattan College, where he graduated. The identity of your master’s degree in Sustainability management from Columbia University, where he continues to be an active member of the community. He is a board member of the Columbia Alumni Association, a member of the Sustainability Management Advisory Board, and vice chair of the School of Professional Studies Alumni Advisory Board, where he was a 2020 graduate recipient. Religion Excellence Award.
What initially led you to pursue the field of sustainability?
There is much to learn and the field of sustainability continues to evolve at a rapid pace. I wanted to pursue a career that would reward my curiosity while allowing me to have an immediate positive impact on protecting our planet.
What initially drew you to the sustainability management program?
I was looking for an interdisciplinary program that would equip me with the tools and resources to tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. The flexibility to choose courses that match my interests while learning from top industry experts and professors is what got me here.
What course are you teaching this fall and what are you most excited about?
This fall I will be teaching the Capstone Complex workshop. I am excited to work with clients and students to create meaningful solutions to real-world challenges that affect people and the environment.
What changes do you hope to see in the future in the field of sustainability?
I hope to see the field of sustainability push the boundaries of what is possible to ensure the well-being of present and future generations. Exploring bold and disruptive solutions that connect with existing natural resources and communities can set up a more sustainable ecosystem. Sustainability should no longer be seen as a nice-to-have for businesses – it’s a necessity.
What advice do you have for students looking for a career in sustainability?
As much as sustainability is a business case, it’s also a lifestyle – embrace it! Be prepared to explore fresh new ideas, make small changes to your lifestyle, connect with new talented people, and rely on the industry as a collective resource for comprehensive solutions. The opportunities in this field are endless, and this mission is more important now than ever.