Sustainable Purchasing Intern Selected as First IU Student Member of National Procurement Organization
Madoka Yoshino, Sustainability Intern for the Office of Procurement Services, is the first IU student to become a student member of the National Association for Educational Procurement (NAEP). Yoshino is working on developing Indiana University's Sustainable Procurement guide and website to reflect a campus-wide effort towards sustainability by supporting the use of local, organic, and environmentally friendly products.
“Together, we may have the power to utilize ‘sustainable’ or ‘green’ products at comparable prices without compromising on their product qualities,” said Yoshino. “This will not only reinforce connections and joint efforts among institutions through NAEP, but also lead to achieving our goal on moving towards a sustainable campus.”
Yoshino is a Fulbright Grantee from Japan pursuing Master of Public Affairs and Master of Science in Environmental Science degrees at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her study concentrations are Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management and Water Resources. She received her Master of Agriculture (2007) and Bachelor of Agriculture (2005) from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. She conducted research in Malaysia and Japan analyzing trace organic pollutants in the waters for her thesis. She has been active in environmental, water, and intercultural volunteer works and internships for the past eight years. In 2008, Yoshino participated in a summer internship at the United Nations Headquarters.
In addition to her current role as a Purchasing intern, she also works as a student assistant for Japanese materials at the Indiana University Libraries East Asian Collection. She researches and recommends books and periodicals to be acquired; updates collection's website for improved accessibility; and assists patrons on utilizing the collection. Aside from her study on environmental management at SPEA, she enjoys singing with the International Vocal Ensemble of Indiana University Jacob School of Music.