Laurel Kruke graduated from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability in May 2015 with a Masters of Arts in Sustainability. Her thesis research studied high school students’ knowledge and beliefs about climate change, and how they make behavioral decisions about energy, transportation, diet, and water choices. While in graduate school, Laurel held a one-year research assistantship with Decision Center for a Desert City, where she assisted with literature review and data analysis for a study about cross-cultural perceptions of climate change uncertainty and skepticism. During her second year, Laurel was Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools graduate fellow. She worked with a high school in the Tempe Union High School District on campus sustainability initiatives. As part of this program, she helped plan school-wide activities for No Impact Week and Earth Day, and worked with teachers to develop and teach lessons and units about sustainability and related topics.
Prior to graduate school, Laurel worked as a Workplace Strategist for Gensler, a global architecture firm. While at Gensler, she worked with clients to understand their business processes, and recommended workplace solutions to enhance productivity and more effectively use real estate. She also analyzed headcount and space needs, and prepared programming reports for clients that included higher education institutions, large financial corporations, and product design companies.
Laurel has been a member of the US Green Building Council since 2008, and has been involved on committees and in leadership positions. While in Boston, MA, she served as the Emerging Professionals Committee Co-Chair from 2012-2013. Since moving to Arizona in 2013, she has served as the USGBC Students Regional Chair for AZ, and is involved with the USGBC Green Schools Committee. Laurel is also on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Green Chamber, and is chair of the Membership Committee.