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  • BW Baldwin Wallace College

Alumni Spotlights

Todd Alexander

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  1. Class Year

    2008

  2. Degree

    Bachelor of Arts

  3. Major

    Sustainability

  4. Minor

    Environmental Studies

  5. Hometown

    Hudson, OH

  6. Biography

    Played on the Varsity Mens soccer team for four years, captaining the team for two. Was a member of the Environmental Awareness Committee during junior and senior years. Was a member of the faculty/student Sustainability Committee during junior and senior years. Led fundraising efforts for the College's food composting Earth Tub and Wind Turbine.

    Interned with the City of Cleveland's Sustainability Program in 2007 while a junior at Baldwin Wallace, and also acted as a Course Assistant for Baldwin Wallace's Green Business course as a Senior.

    Currently self employed, and developing two companies focused on sustainable food production: Tunnel Vision Hoops LLC, and Central Roots LLC. Tunnel Vision Hoops designs, fabricates, and installs High Tunnel Hoop House systems (low cost greenhouse structures) that allow food production to occur even in the coldest months of the winter. Tunnel Vision Hoops was formed in June of 2010 and has built hoop houses for Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Gray Fox Farm, and more.

    Central Roots is market garden with two locations within the City of Cleveland; with a 3/4 acre vegetable farm and 1/2 acre fruit farm Central Roots looks to produce healthy produce for the Cleveland community through on-site sales, restaurant sales, and cottage food production.

Questions and answers

What is your favorite thing about BW?

What I liked best about BW is that I was able to participate in real-world projects while a student; this gave me a lot of experience in budgeting, fundraising, and more that prepared me for what I would be doing after graduation.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

My advice for current or prospective students is that you shouldn't waste a moment of your life pursuing something you aren't fully passionate about - when college is over and you are in the working world, 8 am to 5 pm makes up the majority of your life...do all that you can to make sure you end up working on something that is enlivening and meaningful to you. I would also say that there are few things more important than being kind. Simple things like saying "hello" to strangers is something that is often over looked. Little things like this make the world a better place to live and work in.

How did BW help you prepare for life after college?

BW prepared me for life after college by giving me an opportunity to improve my public speaking, fundraising, and financial analysis skills so that I was ready to take on more work immediately upon graduation. I also feel that my time at BW gave me an opportunity to explore my passions and find what it really was that I wanted to do with my life.

What would you have changed about your undergraduate experience?

I wouldn't change anything about my undergraduate experience.