From an early age I have loved to explore everything around me in my home state of Oregon as well as gain a deeper understanding of this beautiful world we inhabit. My travels have reinforced my view that we are all connected, and that everyone must live as stewards of the environment to support a flourishing Earth. This passion to protect the environment led me to obtain my Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. Recently, I earned my Master of Science in Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Unity College. My studies deepened my knowledge about building resiliency amidst the climate crisis through sustainable development and mitigation strategies as well as the importance of working collectively to support the environment.
We are excited to have created Branching Together as a platform for resources and products to help each person on their journey to becoming better stewards of the environment and each other. It is the responsibility of everyone to take care of our earth.
I grew up going on hikes and cross-country skiing in my hometown of Buffalo, New York. Being in nature gave me a deep appreciation for and connection with the world around and the people in it as I recognized each person's collaborative role within the environment. I obtained a BS in Business from NCU in Oregon with the goal of improving our world through ethical and sustainable business practices. I then went on to earn a Sustainable MBA at Unity College in order to learn how to practice business that prioritizes social and environmental justice. Business is a unique and important platform for creating positive change in our world, especially now as more people are recognizing its massive effect on the environment.
Branching Together is our expression of a passion to protect the environment while living consciously and compassionately. Caring for the earth and for others is a duty and a privilege of all world citizens, and it is our goal to walk alongside individuals on their sustainability journeys.
We are Susie and Cheyenne, and our friendship began when we met in 2011 at Cottey College, a women's college in Missouri, where we earned our associates' degrees before moving to Oregon together to obtain our bachelors' degrees. Soon after graduating, we decided to translate our passion for the environment into action to promote stewardship of the earth by creating Branching Together, which began as a cross country environmental justice trip to spread awareness about environmental concerns. Along our journey, we were able to speak with many people across the U.S. about practices of sustainable living to address the growing environmental issues. This experience led us to further develop Branching Together while earning our masters’ degrees to provide resources and products to help people improve their relationship with the earth. All of our products are created with sustainability in mind. We hope that our products and resources serve as a guide to all for living sustainably. We are excited to continue developing Branching Together and to help people on their journeys to becoming stewards of the earth!