Convincing Lisle businesses to "go green" provides valuable experience for intern

Convincing Lisle businesses to "go green" provides valuable experience for intern
July 8, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

782010_mattbrownwebjpgBenedictine University introduced a new major last fall – Business with Science Applications – that provides students with the theoretical and practical background to tap into the growth of technology-based businesses such as biotechnology, informatics, pharmaceuticals and environment.

This summer, Benedictine junior Matt Brown is helping Lisle businesses tap into a variety of options to become more environmentally-friendly.

Brown, a Business with Science Applications major, is serving as an intern in the Village of Lisle’s Department of Economic Development. He is assisting with the village’s “Green by Choice” program which provides local businesses with the tools to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and encourages the sale and production of environmentally-safe products.

“This is really a great partnership between the University and the village,” said Catherine Schuster, director of Economic Development for the Village of Lisle. “This is an opportunity most students would not have.”

Brown has been visiting “Green by Choice” participating businesses to discuss the program with owners and operators. He also enrolls new businesses, conducts “green” audits, assists with recycling-related events, researches green initiatives and is assisting with the design of the “green” section of the Village’s website.

“Matt brings a lot to the table,” Schuster said. “It’s like having another staff member. Having Matt has allowed us to expand the program, and when he meets with business people and talks to them about the program, he really re-energizes them about the benefits of going ‘green.’”

Brown is a 2008 graduate of Victor Andrew High School in Tinley Park. Ill., where he was a member of the National Honor Society and helped tutor special education students. He is a member of the Benedictine University’s football team and earned an Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazardous Waste Certification in January 2010.

“I was looking for something to do this summer, either get a job or attend summer classes,” Brown said. “I spoke with my advisor (Deborah Hockman, Ph.D.) and a couple of other people in the College of Business, and since part of my major’s requirements is performing an internship, this worked out perfectly for me.”

Brown said that initially he was a little nervous when approaching businesses about enlisting in the Village of Lisle’s “Green by Choice” program.

“I did not have a lot of experience talking to business people face-to-face, but I received a lot of help from everybody at the village,” he said.

Now, after he has helped spread the word about the program, businesses are calling him looking to join.

“It is so rewarding when you get somebody to join the program,” Brown said. “By promising to become more environmentally sound, they are helping the village, they are helping the residents and they are helping the environment.”

Brown initially intended to major in Biology at Benedictine, but his interest in science and business directed him toward the Business with Science Applications program.

“I have always enjoyed science, and I have always seen business as something I am pretty good in,” he said. “The program is perfect for me.”

Business with Science Applications majors acquire a broad base of knowledge through the University’s core courses. They learn the fundamentals of the economic system, principles of accounting and mathematics, and general knowledge in sociology, political science, psychology and ethics. Additionally, students learn the fundamentals of science (biology, chemistry and physics).

The Business with Science Applications program is designed to prepare students for careers in such fields as product development and management, quality and process improvement, technical sales and marketing, account management, business analysis, project team management and supply chain management.

“Business with Science Applications majors receive a thorough exposure to business and science principles and how they are applied to technology-based businesses important to growing our national and global economy,” Hockman said.

Students are also prepared to pursue graduate studies in patent law for technology products, to seek a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), or to earn a certificate in Project Management.

For more information about the Bachelor of Business Administration in Business with Science Applications program at Benedictine University, please contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 or visit the Web site at www.ben.edu.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.