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Environmental Specialists You Missed on Earth Day

Cherita Young promotes sustainability as a core value.


Cherita Young

Based upon what Young does, reads, and listens to on podcasts, it is clear that she wants to keep air pollution from getting worse.

The Air Quality Engineer works for the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District, located in Bakersfield, Kern County, 111 miles north of Los Angeles. The county, which produces much of California’s onshore oil, has a “serious” air pollution problem.

Young processes permits-to-operate applications for organizations that want to install or modify equipment that emit air pollutants. She also liaises between permit holders and public regulators.

She earned her BS in Chemical Engineering, with a Green Engineering minor from San Jose State University, and is currently enrolled in an MS in Environmental Engineering degree program at Cal State University, Fullerton, and a Certificate in Sustainable Management program at the University of the Pacific.


Apps: Mint, Yelp, Nike Training.

Book: Green Giants: How Smart Companies Turn Sustainability into Billion-Dollar Businesses by E. Freya Williams, and Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.

Podcasts: Sense & Sustainability: Fresh Perspectives on Sustainable Development, The Black Guy Who Tips: A Free Comedy Talk Show.

Movies: Love and Basketball, and Creed

Musical artist/group/song of the moment: Bryson Tiller

Web sites: TravelNoire.com, buzzfeed.com, youtube.com

Dream job? “To become the Vice President of Sustainability for a large company that promotes sustainability as one of its core values.”

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