Eaton, who received a master’s in economics from UT, said his interest in environmental issues emerged from courses in the Environmental Studies Program, particularly the exchange with Brazil. It was there, he said, “I saw amazing places and some really unique environments.” After graduating from W&L, he worked at the University for two years as project coordinator for environmental studies. In this post, he conducted W&L’s first greenhouse gas inventory, collecting and analyzing data to evaluate the environmental performance of the entire University. Though the campus already was engaged in composting and recycling, he said, “What really wasn’t there [was understanding] the impact of our consumption on the climate.”
Eaton is currently a Post-Masters Research Associate within the Bioenergy Resource and Engineering Systems Group of the Environmental Science Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville.