“She’s been going there for over a decade and is ahead of us all. Her research is right where society is heading.”
— Bryan Garcia ’00 M.E.M., Connecticut Green Bank
“She also makes space for her family, and the fact that she was able to do both things was a really great example for me,” she says. “And a really great example not only for young women but everyone.”
Another one of Chertow’s former advisees is Bryan Garcia, who earned a Master of Environmental Management degree from F&ES in 2000, with a focus on industrial ecology. Today he is president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank, an innovative organization that aims to bring investment to the clean energy space. She helped Garcia land his first job and continues to offer guidance.
“Marian has just been a lifetime mentor,” Garcia says. “Every time I have an important decision in life or my career, she’s the first person I call. She always helps me think about opportunities and challenges from different perspectives.”
Her work over the years has served as a guidepost for others in the field, says Garcia. “She’s been going there for over a decade and is ahead of us all,” he says. “Her research is right where society is heading.”
For Chertow, the work provides such a rewarding symbiosis of intriguing ideas and personalities that — to hear her talk — it doesn’t sound like work at all.
“One of the things I’ve loved about the industrial ecology program is how varied it is,” she says. “You can’t really understand it unless you understand the cultural and political factors in other countries. And when you work in depth with students, you get to the root of the issues that we are trying to manage. Not only have I gained valuable friendships, but I’ve gained a treasure trove of insight.”