Theo Hooker, Economics Major/Class of 2018 has been named the Forbes "30 under 30" Honoree
(story credit: CC co-presidents blog from Mike Edmonds Dec. 2020)
Forbes has named Theo Hooker '18 to its "30 Under 30" list for his work in building Reforestation Hubs - public-private partnerships designed to rejuvenate American city environments and economies. Cambium Carbon partners, Hooker, Marissa Repka, and Ben Christensen, were recognized as members of the Forbes "30 Under 30" in the class of 2021 in the social impact category.
Cambium Carbon is a circular economy start-up reforesting America by enabling local wood economies. Through the Reforestation Hub model, he enterprise saves fallen city trees from landfills, turns them into their best use, and channels revenues into new tree-planting - all while creating local jobs, supporting local economies, and fighting climate change.
Hooker, who graduated from Colorado College with a degree in mathematical economics in 2018 says, "We started Cambium to help imagine a new business model that positively impacts local environments and communities while being financially sustainable as well. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the lack of resilience embedded in parts of our economy, and the Reforestation Hub model is an opportunity to build back better from the pandemic and create a more resilient future.
Forbes notes that, "in the 10 years since we created the first '30 Under 30' list, the world has changed dramatically, but one thing has not: our history of spotting young innovators on the verge of making it big."
While at CC, Hooker received a Watson Fellowship for his project "Feeding the Earth and Ourselves," which focused on the complexity of food systems. The project took him to India, Spain, Kenya, England, the Netherlands, and Fiji.
That was not the first major award Hooker received during his Colorado College career. Hooker, an Academic All-American, was a goal keeper for the CC men's soccer team and named Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), setting a program record for goalkeeping. He earned all-SCAC honors 4 times and was a two-time second-team selection including is freshman season when he was named the league's Newcomer of the Year.
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(Dec. 2020) Check out this story from Patrick Hatch of The Sydney Morning Herald highlighting CC alumna Jayne Hrdlicka (class of 1984 - Economics Major!) as the new CEO of Virgin Australia Airlines! Oh, and did we mention Hrdlicka is also the Chairwoman and Board President of Tennis Australia? Way to go!
Student Spotlight: Chris Pleasance ’21
Chris Pleasance ’21 is working for the nonprofit startup SOS Bend, whose mission is to help local businesses in Bend, Oregon weather the COVID-19 crisis.
Chris commented that, SOS Bend creates “an online platform to connect individuals with local businesses so that they can purchase store credit for future use. This gets money directly into the hands of struggling local business owners while enabling community members to make a difference from the safety of their homes.”
Chris worked on the video project below and has since taken on a full-time content marketing role with SOS Bend to promote their mission of supporting local business.