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The Washington Oregon Cascadia Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is a platform for inspiring change, facilitating action, and promoting collaboration related to sustainability and social justice within the region's higher education institutions. As a regional conference, WOHESC promotes a local focus, with dialogue specifically addressing issues in the Cascadia region. Solutions will be tailored for implementation and action in our unique political, social, economic, and environmental climate.

Our Program Committee is actively working to recruit diverse leadership perspectives to participate, attend and provide input on our conference program. We continue to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through conference thematic elements, speakers, partners and attendees and aim to center BIPOC voices in all the work that we do as a conference. We have an open call to BIPOC and diverse voices to advise and/or provide input. If you are interested in being involved in our Program Committee please email info@wohesc.org with more information about yourself and how you would like to be involved.

WOHESC Program Committee

Claudia Frere-Anderson | Director, University of Washington Sustainability  

Claudia Frere-Anderson

Kathleen Klaniecki | Sustainability Coordinator, Central Washington University

Kathleen Klaniecki

Lindsey MacDonald | Sustainable Communities Partnership Coordinator, Western Washington University

Lindsey MacDonald

Adam Maurer | Sustainability Coordinator, Seattle Colleges

Adam Maurer

Jenny McNamara | Sustainability Director, Portland State University  

Jenny McNamara

Briar Schoon | Sustainability Manager, Portland Community College  

Briar Schoon

Victoria Smith | Director of Regional and International Engagement, UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI), University of British Columbia

Jim Simon

Sarah Stoeckl, PhD | Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Oregon   

Sarah Stoeckl

Brandon Trelstad | Sustainability Officer, Oregon State University  

Brandon Trelstad

Ericka Dickey-Nelson | Founder & President, Social Enterprises, Inc.

Ericka Dickey-Nelson

Sierra Winegarner | Program Director, Social Enterprises, Inc.

Sierra Winegarner

"The event amplifies sustainability in our region by bringing together all the pieces of the sustainability puzzle-students, staff, faculty, and community-and allowing them to work and think collaboratively in a way that fosters real and lasting change upon returning to our home institutions."

- Jim Simon | Director of Sustainability, Gonzaga University