Laura Clise is a social entrepreneur and corporate sustainability leader. She is the founder and CEO of Intentionalist, an online platform and guide that connects consumers to the people and stories behind the diverse local businesses that shape our communities. Laura previously led sustainability and corporate responsibility at Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek. Prior to Plum Creek, she led sustainable development, supplier diversity, external communications, and corporate citizenship at AREVA Inc., preceded by work for the U.N. Global Compact, Intel Corporation, and Business for Social Responsibility. She began her career in brand management at General Mills and subsequently worked for McMaster-Carr Supply Company, where she led the international sales operations department. ▼
Laura received a BA from Carleton College and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is a 2013 Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow, and serves on the Athlete Ally Board of Directors, the IslandWood Board of Directors, the Net Impact Advisory Council, and as Vice-Chair of the Green Sports Alliance Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is a recipient of a Human Rights Campaign Award for Exceptional Individual Achievement, a National Diversity Council LGBT Leadership Award, and was recognized by Seattle Sounders FC as their 2017 MLS Community MVP.
Dean Lisa J. Graumlich, Mary Laird Wood Professor, is the inaugural dean of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. As dean, she leads a College with unparalleled depth and breadth in environmental systems: from the forests to the seas and from the depths of the earth to the edges of the solar system. As a scholar, Graumlich pioneered the use of tree-ring data to understand long-term trends in climate, focusing on the mountains of western North America. Graumlich has served as a faculty member at University of California-Los Angeles, the director of the University of Arizona's Institute for the Study of Planet Earth and Montana State University's Mountain Research Center, as well as executive director of their Big Sky Institute. She received her B.S. in Botany and M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. ▼
She was named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 1999 and was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2004. In 2017, she was elected to the American Geophysical Union's Board of Directors.
Steve Abercrombie is a consultant and educator with a focus on technology and sustainability in building design, construction and operations. Steve has over a decade of experience working on projects worldwide including commercial office, retail, hospitality, and multifamily. Steve is a member of the faculty in South Seattle College's Sustainable Building Science Technology program where he teaches technically-focused classes. Steve is the Co-Principal Investigator on an NSF grant focusing on incorporating hands-on Building Tune-Ups into college curriculum. As the owner of Connected Buildings, Steve provides technical advisory and quality assurance for a number of green projects with a focus on digital technology and smart building applications. When not immersed in sustainability he is often hiking, mountain biking, or skiing with his family in the mountains of western Washington.
Brendan Adamczyk is a community organizer and junior at the University of Oregon, currently majoring in environmental studies. He is the chair of the Student Sustainability Network, a support group for student leaders in organizations that support human equity, environmental vitality, and economic well-being at the University of Oregon. He is also co-director of the Climate Justice League, a student organization that seeks to empower students to organize in their communities and be leaders in the climate justice movement through direct-action campaigns.
Ashley Arhin is a recent WWU graduate; earning an interdisciplinary degree that contextualizes how Black communities experience connections to land and place in the United States. Additionally she has a minor in Education and Social Justice (ESJ). Her interests include exploring relations between Indigenous and Black communities when it comes to land, food sovereignty, and cultural/self determination. Currently she's spending time in her best friends 6th grade classroom co-teaching BLM, helping develop course content for a new ESJ course, and catching up with family. A goal she has for her time at this conference is to engage in tough yet honest conversations around the work to be done in the environmental/sustainability fields when it comes to centering equity and amplifying voices from frontline communities and those of color.
Jeanne serves as the Committee Chair of the Campus Sustainability Fund at the University of Washington. She is completing an MBA at the Foster School of Business. She has held roles at the National Building Museum, the Green Building Certification Institute (now Green Business Certification Inc.), and the U.S. Green Building Council. While at the U.S. Green Building Council, she advised a diverse range of project teams on the implementation of the LEED rating system on their building and neighborhood projects. She is now a Sustainability Manager at Jones Lang LaSalle, helping corporate clients improve the performance of their built environment.
As Member Services Coordinator, Johanna ensures that SPLC's members are receiving everything they need to access all the great member benefits offered by SPLC and that their needs are being heard and addressed within the Council's program development and delivery. Prior to joining SPLC, Johanna coordinated the State of Minnesota's Sustainable Procurement Program for 10 years, assisting the state with making purchases that demonstrated the highest level of environmental, social, and economic responsibility. During her time with the State, she led the development of a charter for the State's program, increasing the State's commitment to and accountability for sustainable procurement. She also successfully advocated for including sustainable purchasing in an Executive Order on state agency sustainability. Johanna holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and San Francisco State University.
Jennifer Atkinson is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she teaches courses on environmental humanities, environmental ethics, and American literature. Her recent seminar on Eco-Grief & Climate Anxiety has been featured in the Seattle Times, NBC News, High Country News, and many other publications and podcasts. Jennifer is also the author of Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy, and Everyday Practice, which explores American garden literature as an arena where people enact desires for sustainability, community, social justice, and contact with nature. She has published research on the use of outdoor experience in humanities education and representations of nature in utopian literature. Jennifer received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago.
Megan Banks is the Program Manager of Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP), an internationally recognized and awarded university-community partnership program that is part of the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative. Prior to managing SCYP, Megan spent more than 20 years as a practicing landscape architect, planner, project manager and facilitator in the private and public sectors. She is well positioned to understand the ways in which the complex administrative structures of cities and universities can be matched to find both opportunities for all. Megan earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon.
Erica Bartlett works at the University of Washington as a Program Support Supervisor within the UW Recycling department, where she manages and oversees UW's flagship waste diversion program known as MiniMax. Previously, she consulted with renewable energy companies in Oregon and Washington state, and worked to reduce single-occupant vehicle commutes for Western Washington University's Office of Sustainability. Erica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Policy from Western Washington University.
Ellen Bayer is Assistant Professor of American and Environmental Literature at the University of Washington Tacoma. She seeks ways to help her students access the natural world, and her newest research project will investigate correlations between personal experience in the natural world and a personal investment in sustainability and other environmental concerns. When she's not working, you can find Ellen running long distances in the Cascades Range of western Washington State.
Branden Born is an Associate Professor in the department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, where he has been on faculty since 2003. He received his master's degree and PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin. He studies planning process and regional governance using the food system as a lens for analysis. His interests include questions of democracy in societal decision-making and the role of the state and planning in a neoliberal context. His interests bridge the theory-practice divide, and he works to include praxis considerations in his teaching and research activities. Professor Born helped found the Puget Sound Regional Council's Regional Food Policy Council, and served on that council for eight years; he also helped establish the Washington State Food System Roundtable, and sat on that through the development of a statewide food system 25-year prospectus. He has collaborated with researchers, community members, and local governments on several healthy community initiatives in Seattle and King County, Washington. ▼
He is co-author of the American Planning Association's Planning Advisory Service Report on Planning for Community and Regional Food Systems, and has written articles addressing food systems planning theory and practice that have appeared in refereed journals including: Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Applied Food Systems and Community Development, Journal of Urbanism, and Urban Geography. He is the Co-Director of the University of Washington's Livable City Year, a program that engages communities and classes across the university in yearlong city-selected projects.
I am a Ph.D. student as well as the IPM and Sustainability Coordinator for Grounds Management at the University of Washington. In this roll I oversee the IPM plan set by UW grounds as well as multiple sustainability projects such as the salvage wood and composting programs. Currently, I am overseeing ways to increase the drought tolerance of our lawns and decrease our usage of vehicles and equipment that rely on fossil fuels. The Universities IPM plan has received salmon safe certification and goes through many lengths to keep the University beautiful while implementing environmentally friendly techniques. In 2015, I completed a Master of Science degree in Plant Science at the University of Washington. Currently, I am pursuing a Ph.D. studying invasive fungal pathogens under Patrick Tobin Ph.D. I have a keen interest in ornamental horticulture where non-native organisms are found to cause substantial economic losses to the industry. I am currently overseeing an undergraduate project evaluating how climate change will impact plant-pathogen dynamics. My goal is to become a university affiliated garden director where I will be able to teach while conducting research to provide new information to the scientific community.
Sarah Bronstein manages the Transportation Options program at Oregon State University in Corvallis Oregon, which aims to get more students and employees out of their cars and onto more sustainable forms of transportation. She has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning with a Transportation specialization from Portland State University, and a BA in Politics and Environmental Studies from Whitman College. Sarah serves on the Linn Benton Loop Technical Advisory Committee for the regional transit service connecting Corvallis to nearby Albany.
Lou Cariello joined the University of Washington in 2018 as Vice President of Facilities and is responsible for strategic and operational oversight of the UW's campus and built environment. Before retiring as a rear admiral in the Navy in 2017, Cariello spent 30 years leading facilities and engineering organizations across the United States and abroad, including supervising facilities management of the Navy's institutions of higher education, research laboratories and medical facilities. While serving our country, he worked on energy conservation, environmental planning, and remediation and compliance projects. The Queens, NY native led the Navy's premier regional energy program, dramatically expanding renewable energy initiatives, energy conservation and quality assurance to ensure safe drinking water to overseas locations. ▼
On the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, he served as the director of the Energy and Environmental Readiness Division at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The culmination of his naval career was as Commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic in Norfolk, Va. In 2005, he received the Navy League's John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership. Lou is a registered professional engineer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned master's degrees in mechanical engineering and engineering management from Drexel University and attended the Executive Management Program at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. His proven successes also include leading strategic plans with vision and managing change to deliver major capital projects, facilities planning, real estate, energy/utilities and environmental services. More than 1,100 employees work for UW Facilities, supporting more than 24 million square feet of buildings and other infrastructure, including 22 miles of roadways and pathways and 7 miles of utility tunnels on approximately 680 acres of campus landscape.
Lety Cavazos is the Sustainability Program Specialist at Oregon State University. Lety oversees OSU's metering program for data collection, analysis, and accounting purposes. She also works with departments and faculty members across all Oregon State campuses and Oregon State Extension offices to assess energy consumption, and gather data regarding greenhouse gas emissions and other sustainability metrics.
Karen Cheng is professor of Visual Communication Design at the University of Washington, where she teaches information design and data visualization. Her research and practice focuses on making complex information both more understandable and more compelling in a wide variety of contexts-for example, making recycling/composting easier (and more pleasurable) for users.
Yolanda Cieters is the Sustainability Manager at Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS). Yolanda graduated from the University of Brussels, Belgium, with a Masters in Contemporary History and a post-Masters degree in Teaching and in International Humanitarian Aid. She is the author of Chileans in Exile: Their Immigration, Reception and Integration (2004), published by the University of Brussels Press, and worked for the Regional Integration Center of Brussels, providing social orientation programs to newcomers. After relocating to Seattle, she worked as a Program Officer at the World Affairs Council and Pacific Village Institute promoting international exchange for professionals, high school students and educators. Yolanda also worked several years in documentary production with KCTS9 and the Native American digital media nonprofit Longhouse Media. As a Sustainability Manager, Yolanda oversees the STARS and GHG reporting for Seattle University, and works with departments across campus to track SU's progress toward its Climate Action Plan goals and improve the university's sustainability performance. Yolanda is the recipient of the 2018 Seattle University Lee Thurber Outstanding Staff Award for distinguished service.
Tani believes that carbon offsets are a tool to expedite implementation and expand the realm of possible climate change solutions. In his role as the program coordinator for the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI) Tani identifies offset projects to meet Duke University's 2024 carbon neutrality commitment. Housed within a research university these projects provide educational opportunities and explore novel approaches to emission reductions. Tani seeks to share these project experiences, and any tools that are developed to expand higher-education's ability to generate and engage educationally with offset credits. The DCOI seeks businesses, non-profit, and peer institutional partners to collaboratively offset emissions towards sustainability goals. Prior to his position at Duke University, Tani attended Oberlin College, then completed a certificate of GHG accounting, and started Tomorrow's Climate Solutions (TCS) a client-based consulting group.
Elaine is the Sustainability Coordinator at Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus and is responsible for the overall coordination of sustainability practices and programs. Some of these include strategic energy conservation, hydroponics, and personal printer reduction. Elaine helped establish an apiary on campus and supports ongoing efforts to increase pollinator habitat and education for solitary and honey bees. She has always had a deep commitment to population education and her 2017 TEDX talk was titled, Creating Eco-Friendly Families.
Joe Culhane is a second year student and is currently the Sustainability Communications Coordinator at Portland Community College. In the 2017-18 school year he served as the Cascade Campus Environmental Justice Coordinator & Director of Student Resources through Student Leadership. He is also on the PCC committee for the Eco Social Justice Grant, Chair of the Outreach sub-committee for the Sustainability Leadership Council, as well as a member of the Sustainable Practices for Academics and Resource Council (SPARC). He also is a staff writer for the PCC student newspaper The Bridge and he is the host of the podcast, PCC, Sustain Me! A Higher Education Sustainability and Environmental Justice Podcast. He is an active member of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), engaged with the College Network and also a part of their Outreach Committee and Programs and Events team as well. ▼
Social Justice, equity, inclusion, and community resilience are also strong passions of Joe's, they inform much of his present and future academic and professional career choices. He's currently part of PCC's Illumination Project which is based on Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed. Joe's sustainable pursuits have him working towards a communications degree with a focus in environmental justice and sustainability. His aim is to help tell better stories as we navigate through these often troubled waters these days. Speaking of water, one day he and his wife have a goal of becoming stewards of, and operate the most sustainable hot springs resort, retreat, and educational center in the world.
Kim Davenport is a Lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, where she teaches primarily lower-division humanities courses, both online and in the classroom. She brings her love of interdisciplinary teaching and diverse higher education administration experience to the table when teaching 'Sustainability in Action', a hands-on course open to students from all majors at UW Tacoma.
Andrew deCoriolis is a the Executive Director for Farm Forward where he advocates for safe, healthy, and humane animal farming. Andrew is an expert in animal welfare standards and certifications. He works closely with companies, universities and cities to help them improve the welfare of their food supply chain. Andrew was responsible for creating and launching the Leadership Circle, a program aimed at helping institutions source more humane food and BuyingPoultry.com, an authoritative guide for consumers and institutions who are interested in buying higher-welfare poultry and plant-based products. Andrew's work at Farm Forward and has engaged hundreds of thousands of consumers and has been covered in leading periodicals including, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, National Public Radio, and Market Watch.
Since 2016, John has been building stronger operations for managing materials at Oregon State. Key projects are in improving training, building greater metrics and accountability into collection contracts, and spearheading waste reduction through changes in institutional procurement. John is the former Recycling Coordinator for the City of Norfolk, Virginia and is a National Trainer for Keep America Beautiful. John has degrees from University of Rhode Island, San Francisco State University and is LEED accredited. John is exploring Oregon and the Northwest with his wife of 23 years and stays connected with their three sons and three grandchildren.
Catalina M. de Onís is an Assistant Professor in Willamette University's Department of Civic Communication and Media in Salem, Oregon. Her teaching and research focus on rhetorical studies, energy colonialism, reproductive and environmental justice, and coalitional politics. Her essays appear in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Communication Theory, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, Women's Studies in Communication, and Women & Language, as well as in several edited collections. In collaboration with an interdisciplinary group of undergraduates, she organizes La Chispa, an environmental justice coalition on Willamette University's campus.
Tina Dilegge is a program manager at the University of Washington's Carbon Leadership Forum. In this role, Tina focuses on technical writing, outreach and project management. She also manages the Embodied Carbon Network, a communication platform bringing together nearly 400 professionals from over 100 cities worldwide who represent the building industry, academia, government agencies and nonprofits. Tina chairs the network's policy focus group, one of several working groups established for topical information sharing and development of educational content. Prior to the Carbon Leadership Forum, Tina worked on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors study - the most comprehensive effort to date to measure health loss worldwide. Tina also spent time working overseas for the Canberra-based consulting firm Noetic Solutions, where she provided professional support to Australian Government and Australian Capital Territory departments and agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Sonya is a faculty member at Bellevue College, where she teaches chemistry and environmental science, and coordinates a Sustainability degree. Currently, she is managing a Climate Justice project funded by BC's Provost. She received an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington's School of Oceanography (2003 - 2008). As a post-doc, she was adjunct teaching faculty in the UW's former Program on the Environment (now College of the Environment) and was a research associate in UW, Tacoma's Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program (2008 - 2010). Sonya was a Lecturer in Arizona State University's School of Sustainability and also conducted sustainability education research there (2010 - 2013). Last year, the 2nd edition of her textbook, Sustainable World: Approaches to Analyzing and Resolving Wicked Problems (2018), was released. She has been active with the Curriculum for the Bioregion for over a decade and was nominated as one of the WOHESC 2018 McKinstry Champions of Sustainability.
Craig is charged with oversight of the Business and Sustainability combined major at Western Washington University, and is additionally responsible for development of scholarship and outreach activity that might advance understanding of sustainable business practices. He has previously served as Director of Western's MBA Program, as well as Dean of the College of Business and Economics. His passion is to assist students in developing mindsets and skills equipping them to effectively leverage free-market principles in the service of sustainability...to the end of ensuring the planet remains a habitable space for humans and other fragile species.
Amy Dvorak is the Director of Sustainability at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon where she works to integrate sustainability into the life of the three Lewis & Clark schools with the aims of developing cross-school collaborations, broadening relationships with the community, promoting hands-on student learning and communicating the institution's commitment to sustainability. She earned her BS in Environmental Science and BA in International Studies at Oregon State University and Master of Environmental Management at Portland State University in 2007. She is an active participant in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and a GPSEN Board member.
A student leader doing what she can to improve the lives of her fellow peers. Is a returning student pursuing her degree 7 years after graduating from high school, Teri immediately jumped into student government through joining the Black Student Union at her campus in 2016. She is extremely passionate about social justice, and stresses in her work that all issues need to be viewed through an equitable lens. Teri uses her knowledge of Critical Race Theory, her understanding of our nation's true history, and her life experience as a Black woman growing up in PWI's to drive her approach and purpose to her work in student government. In her year and a half at Portland Community College she has so far helped create an annual social for the students, staff, and administration of color on her campus, hosted a number of events to honor the history and stories of people of color like Honoring Black Wall Street, lobbied in Washington DC for ethnic studies, spoken at AASHE about Eco-Social Justice, written grants to bring speakers such as Tara Houksa to her campus, as well as spoken on many panels, facilitated group discussions, and continues anchor her fellow student leaders in their decision-making to ensure equitable student success remains the top priority. ▼
After graduating from PCC, Teri intends to transfer to an HBCU to pursue her Bachelors and Masters in Business Management with a minor in African American history. Her dream is to open her own K-12 schools that teach Black studies.
Allison is a UW Bothell senior majoring in Environmental Studies with focuses on sustainability. In winter of 2017, Allison took a Garbology course with Rebeca Rivera and has since taken a keen interest in waste culture of students on campus after discovering high contamination rates of each waste stream, especially from take-out containers or leftover food. Since then, Allison has been motivated to learn more about waste culture and sharing their findings with anyone who will listen, including motivating coworkers to improve their waste-sorting habits. Allison has interests in photography, and is also involved with the UW Bothell/Cascadia College Campus Garden as a committee member and holds the position of president of the UW Bothell Taiwanese Student Association.
Meghan has been with AASHE for ten years and previously held the positions of Director of Programs and STARS Program Manager. Prior to AASHE, Meghan worked as Sustainability Specialist at NELSON, where she provided sustainability expertise and consulting services to various clients. She also spent over five years working at the U.S. Green Building Council where, as Manager of Community, she developed and managed a local chapter network for building industry professionals and helped create the Emerging Green Builders program that integrates students and young professionals into the green building movement. Meghan also worked as Environmental Educator for the University at Buffalo Green Office, organizing campus and community education focused on energy conservation, green building, and sustainable living. She holds a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, with concentrations in environmental studies and health & human services, from the University at Buffalo, a master's degree in Organization Management and Development from Fielding Graduate Institute and a certificate in massage therapy from the Potomac Massage Training Institute.
Stacey Foreman manages the City of Portland's Sustainable Procurement Program and has been incorporating environmentally preferable products and services into public contracts for over a decade. Stacey is active in a variety of regional and national efforts to build sustainable procurement resources, and sits on advisory committees for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, EPEAT and Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium. Stacey is a LEED Accredited Professional and has presented to national and international audiences on the topic of sustainability in public procurement.
Scarlett Foster-Moss is the head of public relations, corporate communications, and government affairs for Swire Coca-Cola, USA. For almost a decade Scarlett has been at the forefront of the non-alcoholic beverage industry's visibility and public policy initiatives. Scarlett works with industry partners, elected officials, trade associations, and other key stakeholders to identify and develop strategic partnerships in the areas of sustainability, education and community empowerment. Known for her diplomacy and transparency, Scarlett excels in navigating partisan and ideological divides while working across industry sectors.
Jim Gawel is Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering and Associate Dean for Faculty Support and Initiatives at University of Washington Tacoma. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Brown University with an emphasis in Environmental Problems and Planning, and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT. He has been teaching and doing research with undergraduates at UW Tacoma for 20 years. Jim's research encompasses: (1) nutrient cycling and eutrophication in lakes affected by natural and anthropogenic disturbance; (2) fate, transport, and toxicity of pollutant metals in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; and (3) outreach and education with respect to pollution. He is the Past President of the Washington Lake Protection Association and Chair of the UW Tacoma Sustainability Committee.
Lisa George is a social justice educator specializing in faculty development. As Community Based Learning Faculty Coordinator and Teaching Learning Center Coordinator, Lisa provides leadership to Portland Community College with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusive classroom and campus practices. A part-time sociology instructor at PCC since 2004, her experience in various community-based learning roles has provided her with direct experience and insight into the needs of instructors, students, and community partners.
Liz Gignilliat is a Manager at UW Recycling, where she serves as the programmatic and operational leader of the UW Recycling administrative unit. She has worked at UW Recycling for five years, specializing in strategic planning, resource deployment, data collection and reporting, and contract management. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, where her studies focused on consumption and material culture, globalization, and visual culture.
Martha Groom is a long-term resident of Western Washington, mother of twin boys, and professor of environmental studies and biodiversity conservation at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell and the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. Martha is one of the co-founders of the Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy for faculty development that ran for over 10 years at UWB, and of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, a diversity and inclusion program for undergraduates. She is an active member of the education and equity, inclusion and diversity committees of the Society for Conservation Biology. Martha was the lead author and editor of the text Principles of Conservation Biology, and is fascinated by the complexities of conservation education and mentorship in environmental studies. ▼
In addition to education research, she has collaborated in landscape scale studies of sustainability of coffee production and urban community gardens, and seeks additional means to simultaneously improve wildlife populations and human welfare. She is currently working on an online curriculum for teaching about energy justice in the age of climate change, and opportunities for greater engagement with nature conservation.
Lucas Rockett Gutterman is the Organizing Director for OSPIRG Students. Lucas got his start as a MASSPIRG chapter student at UMass Amherst. He oversees the three OSPIRG chapters across Oregon, working with students to win campaigns to save the bees, put wildlife over waste by moving beyond plastics, and register students to vote. In the fall, students collected 4,000 petitions calling for a ban on bee-killing pesticides, building grassroots support for their upcoming trip to the statehouse.
Hall leads the university's equity, diversity and inclusion efforts, and plays a key role in advancing institutional excellence. He has oversight of the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) which administers programs that broaden college access, support student success and enhance diversity-related teaching and learning across campus. OMA&D also works collaboratively with and serves as a resource for colleges and administrative units as they establish, coordinate and assess their contributions to institutional diversity goals. Hall has over 20 years of experience in higher education and is involved with a number of national organizations including the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence. Hall came to the UW after serving as the inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for three years. ▼
Prior to that role, he served for six years as the assistant vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota. Hall was awarded the 2015 Unity in the Community Award from HoLa Hora Latina (Knoxville, Tenn.) and selected as an American College Personnel Association Educational Leadership Foundation 2015 Diamond Honoree. He earned a bachelor's degree in American studies and a master's degree in higher education, both from the University of Iowa. Hall is currently completing a doctor of education degree in organizational leadership at the University of Minnesota.
A recipient of Western's 2018 Team Recognition Award for writing Western's first twenty-year Sustainability Action Plan, Susanna is now supporting its implementation by connecting people and resources across campus and throughout the greater Bellingham community. Susanna's work includes overseeing communications of Western's sustainability initiatives, giving voice to the efforts and achievements of students, staff, and faculty. She is passionate about social and economic justice and the deep ties to ecological protection, believing that the earth will be safe when people have what they need and feel secure. Susanna holds a Master of Arts in Education from California State University, San Bernardino. A practitioner and promoter of individual and collective resiliency, Susanna is a ballerina, gardener, and volunteer with the Whatcom County Community Emergency Response Team.
Local, seasonal, and organic quickly became the name of the game during Mark Harris' time as Executive Chef at Reed College, where careful observation and a deeply-rooted dedication to quality, nourishing food cued him into the importance of sustainable options in an industry working to be more planet-conscious. Several years down the line finds Mark spearheading PSU Eats' work to provide these same options to Portland State's large and dynamic student body. As Sustainability Coordinator, Mark is charging ahead with the mission of providing PSU students with accessible, sustainable options in partnership with Portland food entrepreneurs and pioneers, local farmsteads, and sustainability advocates. This passion extends to his personal life; in the traditional Portland mold, Mark will be putting his bike rubber to the road with hundreds of fellow chefs as a part of the Chefs Cycle Bike Ride this coming spring, benefiting the No Kid Hungry Campaign. With Mark at the helm, the future of sustainable food at Portland State is a bright one.
Sierra's passion for sustainability and corporate stewardship started and grew at the University of Washington. At UW, she studied Environmental Science and Economics with an emphasis in Environmental Economics. She worked as a student assistant and project coordinator for the UW Sustainability office during her junior and senior years. In addition to working in the Sustainability office, she ran the UW Athletic Department's sustainability outreach program centered around stadium recycling. Sierra then went on to earn an MBA from Seattle University. While at Seattle University, she completed a sustainability marketing internship at Sustainable Business Consulting. She currently works at Expedia. While her current position has no sustainability component she has continued to find a way to follow her passion and is a core member of Expedia's employee sustainability organization.
My name is Zaida Hatfield and am a Freshman at the University of Oregon. If it wasn't for the Pathway Oregon scholarship, I would most likely be living at home and working full time. I am hoping to pursue a Psychology major with a minor in Ethnic Studies, and with higher education I hope to support my passion for social justice, particularly issues surrounding minority communities. My senior year in high school, I was co-president of the Restorative Justice Club and helped to protest and recreate my school's sexual harassment policy, which is work that I hope to continue in college. While holding the title of Cultural Sustainability Coordinator, my main goal is to bring the importance of sustainability to attention, particularly the intersection between sustainability and under-served, minority students. Through events like clothing drives, cultural sustainability tours, and cross collaborations with the Student Sustainability Center and cultural groups across campus, I hope to change the idea that sustainability is something that only serves and affects wealthy Caucasian people. Ideally, students of color become more involved in sustainability in ways of recycling and reusing, but also speaking up for one another and protecting our cultures, identities, ideas, and futures.
Chris is the Living Building Challenge Services Director, architect and author with The Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle with a variety of project experience including two certified Living Buildings and several more currently in design and construction. His recent book, Living Building Education, chronicles the story behind his first Living Building, the Bertschi School. Chris founded the Seattle 2030 Roundtable and co-founded the Healthy Materials Collaborative. A Living Future Accredited professional and a Living Building Challenge Hero, Chris is a university guest lecturer and speaker at numerous conferences across the country. He publishes articles and volunteers with local school groups mentoring students about sustainable practices and advocacy. As an Affiliate Instructor with the University of Washington, Chris is currently teaching a graduate sustainability course for the College of Built Environments.
Tova Hershman is a senior at Willamette and originally from Forest Grove, Oregon. Tova has always had a passion for helping others. She is currently fueling this passion by operating the Bearcat Pantry, a food pantry for students experiencing food insecurity at Willamette University. She is studying psychology, and plans to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member post graduation.
Michelle Hicks is a junior at Willamette University and is originally from San Jose, California. She is studying Politics and minoring in Spanish and plans to attend law and public policy school to further her goals of becoming a civil rights attorney. She currently works as the Co-Coordinator of the Clothing Share at Willamette University.
Chris first started his career in community engagement at EnviroIssues as an intern shortly after graduating in 2015 from Seattle University with a degree in Environmental Studies: Urban Sustainability. Chris also gained experience developing strategic plans with nonprofits, their stakeholders and the general public while living and working in Detroit, Michigan, working with Challenge Detroit and PM Environmental. Chris approaches his work at EnviroIssues with passions for equitable and sustainable development in urban areas as well as for engaging diverse populations on projects that affect their communities.
Maddy Jones is a senior at Western Washington University. She is working towards a BA in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in education and policy, is minoring in Education and Social Justice, and is a student in the Honor's Program. Maddy is employed in Western's Office of Sustainability, and currently is in her second year as the Sustainability Representatives Program Coordinator. The Sustainability Reps Program is a peer-to-peer mentor education program for students living on campus to be engaged in sustainability issues, and Maddy is passionate about empowering the Reps to be change makers. Maddy is also the President of Western's Students for Renewable Energy and is working to create an Environmental Justice minor on campus. When not being overexcited about environmental issues she can be found running the trails, cooking vegan food, or with her nose in a book.
Stanley manages the university's facility team to deliver a healthy and safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff. He Oversees facility management, project management, energy, sustainability, maintenance, work-order requests, and janitorial services.
Nicole Juliano is the Director of the DIversity Center at Pacific Lutheran University. In this role, Nicole works alongside students, staff, and faculty to support minoritized student success and foster a campus culture of perspective taking and critical reflection that is intersectional. Nicole has her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Puget Sound and Master of Arts in Education from Seattle University.
Olga Kachook is a Sustainability Manager at World Centric, where she works to close the loop on compostable food serviceware by collaborating with waste generators, haulers, and composting facilities. She also provides life cycle analysis on materials and manages zero waste initiatives with partners, such as Rubicon and the Post Landfill Action Network. Prior to World Centric, Olga worked at Etsy on USGBC zero waste facility certification and at Cascadia Consulting on a variety of sustainability programs, including green business programs and recycling and composting efforts for multifamily properties. Olga has a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business. She is a LEED Green Associate and a TRUE Zero Waste Advisor.
Dave is Fovea's principal in charge of customer engagement, technology management, and business development. He spearheads the development of interactive tool sets and management of data that provide clients the basis for successful outcomes. Dave is also adept at explaining complex topics at a high-level for non-technical client employees and other stakeholders. He previously served as a president of his own software development and consulting firm and has worked in a variety of technical roles solving client's diverse problems with a combination of creativity and business acumen. He is the creator and host of an exciting new podcast called the "Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast." Dave holds a BA from the University of North Texas and attended the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Devin Kleiner is a Project Architect and Senior Associate with Perkins+Will. With over 15 year of experience in practice, Devin has been leading the Sustainable Design Initiative for the Perkins+Will Seattle office for the past 10 years. He has been the project architect on numerous innovative higher education projects and received awards including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), Energy in Design Award, and AIA Washington Civic Design Award. In addition to being a frequent lecturer, Devin has co-taught a University of Washington graduate design studio for three years advancing research on next generation computational design with an emphasis on energy, water, and environmental metrics. Devin was a presenter and panelist at the Facades+ AM Conference and led workshops including a 2-day Integrated Design Process Training for practicing architects and industry partners.
Jessica Kunder is a recent graduate from the University of Washington (UW), Bothell, and recipient of the Mary Gates Research Scholarship for her work in creating the first UW Bothell Tree Inventory. It is with this project that she hopes to affect systemic change by offering institutions a functional methodology to evaluate the ecological function of existing trees, empowering those organizations to make both ecologically and socially responsible decisions when faced with the reality of needing to expand their buildings' footprints. Since receiving her BS in Biology, she has been working with big data for an e-commerce company, but enjoys volunteering locally at restoration work parties throughout Seattle.
Michelle Larkins is the Director of the Center for a Sustainable Society at Pacific University, and an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Science and Studies Dept. Her research focuses on women's labor in food and environmental justice action at the local level, with emphasis on the experiences of Latinx immigrants and how resource inequity impacts sustainability outcomes. Previously she served as a researcher for the USAID Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, working on gender and food insecurity in Malawi, Africa. Other projects include time at the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), where she worked to inform approaches to STEM pedagogy and recruitment to reflect the experiences of underrepresented student groups; and at Michigan State she assisted in the development of assessment standards for a new minor in sustainability studies. She earned her PhD in Community Sustainability from Michigan State University. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys working in her garden, hiking with her two dogs, and any water sport-- but especially sailing, and kayaking.
Anne LeSenne has a Masters in Plant & Soil Science from Texas Tech University, and is a Master Arborist and Beekeeper. She is currently teaching Beekeeping classes Spring and Summer terms at Portland Community College, and is a key person in the annual Certification of Bee Campus USA and Tree Campus USA for the college. She is constantly working on increasing pollinator habitat and survivability here in the Pacific Northwest through education and technology.
Jessica works to effect a holistic vision of sustainability in her community in both her roles as student and employee at Western. She believes that with education and empowerment, sustainability can be simultaneously incorporated into large-scale systemic changes as well as everyday practices. As a student, Jessica researched, designed, secured grant funding for, and is in the process of implementing one of the country's first fully institutionalized compost programs in a university's residence halls. As the Assistant Coordinator of a peer-to-peer sustainability education program, she supports program representatives on their journey to increase sustainability and environmental justice on Western's campus. Jessica is currently working toward a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology Emphasis.
A first-generation college graduate and now Graduate student at Oregon State University's College Student Services Administration Program (CSSA), Angel oversees the Food Assistance Application for the Human Services Resource Center and conducts research on food security and other issues facing students at the OSU-Corvallis campus and in trends in higher education. Angel works closely with all professional and student staff to support students and community members in meeting their needs to ensure their personal and academic success through the various programs the HSRC offers. As a student affairs professional in the making, Angel will take his knowledge around historically marginalized communities and put them at the center of his work, ensuring institutions are holding themselves accountable to the communities they now reside in.
Appointed by President Sundborg in September 2017, Professor Natasha Martin is the inaugural Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion for Seattle University. While continuing to teach, she served as Associate Vice President for Institutional Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for the 2016-2017 academic year, as well as Co-Chair of the university-wide President's Task Force on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence 2014-2016. Her leadership experience also includes three years of service as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in the School of Law. Professor Martin has served the institution for 16+ years as a faculty member in the School of Law at Seattle University where she has taught Employment Discrimination, Advanced Topics in Employment Discrimination, and Professional Responsibility. The main thrust of her interdisciplinary academic work centers on contemporary workplace realities and understanding the complex legal, organizational, cultural and behavioral dynamics that impact the inclusion of women, people of color and other marginalized individuals. ▼
In addition to her teaching and scholarly engagement, Professor Martin is an active contributor and thought-leader in many professional settings. A frequent presenter at national conferences, Professor Martin is an engaged contributor to academic and community dialogues on diversity and inclusion matters. Dedicated to broad notions of inclusivity, Professor Martin was appointed twice to the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission and was named to Lawyers of Color's 50 Under 50 List of minority law professors making an impact in legal education in the 2014 Law School Diversity Issue. Before joining the legal academy, Professor Martin spent several years as in-house employment legal counsel and in private law firm practice focusing on employment discrimination litigation. She also served as a federal judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She is a proud graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically black Catholic university in the nation and earned a law degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.
Serving as a liaison to communities around Western Washington University, Lindsey is connecting public needs and ideas with faculty and student energy and expertise. She also teaches sustainability courses. Lindsey is passionate about engaging students in real-world work and service toward positive change in their communities. She holds a Master of Science in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan, and has been working in sustainability in higher education for eight years. Her research has focused on leadership for sustainability, and sustainable food initiatives in higher education. When not at work, Lindsey enjoys growing and cooking food as well as playing in the mountains.
Kyle McDermott is the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) Operations and Program Coordinator at the University of Washington. He has helped fund and advise over 60 UW sustainability projects totaling over 1.2 million dollars since 2016. Kyle has worked to advance professional development opportunities for UW students working on CSF projects by establishing direct connections with industry professionals and UW built environment processes. Kyle is passionate about innovative design and planning processes that that help to create equitable, resilient, and ecologically productive futures.
Dr. Taylor McHolm directs the Student Sustainability Center at the University of Oregon, which occupies Kalapuya Ilihi. He earned his PhD from the Environmental Science, Studies and Policy Program at UO, an MA in English from the University of Oregon, and Masters in Teaching from Pace University in New York. His research and publications concern the intersections of race, environment and cultural representations of environmental justice. His direction of the Student Sustainability follows suit, shifting to prioritize social and cultural equity as a fundamental premise of sustainability alongside more conventional understandings of environmental commitment.
Jenny is the Campus Sustainability Director for Portland State University, a role she's been in for over 7 years. She has a long background in campus sustainability planning. Before joining PSU, she was the Sustainability Manager at the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she facilitated broad-spectrum programming and cross campus collaboration. Prior to that, she worked at North Carolina State University where she helped conduct and write the first sustainability assessment for that university. Jenny has also served as an independent environmental consultant in both technical and educational capacities.
Christopher Meek, AIA, IES is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington and Director of the Integrated Design Lab (UW IDL) at the University's College of Built Environments. His research focuses on the integration of natural systems in building design to improve indoor environmental quality and building energy efficiency. Prof. Meek is nationally recognized in the area of daylighting, integrated lighting design, and dynamic building enclosure. Over the past decade, Prof. Meek has consulted on over 10 million square feet of commercial and institutional buildings including working, learning, and healing environments including the net-zero energy Bullitt Center in Seattle, WA. His research has been funded by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, New Buildings Institute, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the American Institute of Architects. Prof. Meek teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses on building design and technology at the UW Department of Architecture.
Jade Menchaca is a senior at the University of Oregon from Beaverton, Oregon. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with minors in Food Studies and Ethics. She started at the Student Sustainability Center as an Office Assistant in 2016, became the Event Coordinator in 2017 and is now the Food Security Program Coordinator. Current projects include organizing Produce Drops that act as free farmer's markets providing eligible students with fresh produce twice a month, hosting SNAP enrollment events to assist students' enrollment process in SNAP benefits, coordinating volunteers for both projects and overall destigmatizing food assistance. She is very passionate about reducing food insecurity around college campuses and and facilitating community outreach for education opportunities.
Brogan Miner is a third-year student at Oregon State University majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was hired by OSU's Sustainability Office as a student employee last year. Currently he is aiding in the development of OSU's in-house Energy Dashboard software. Before his employment with OSU, Brogan pursued free-lance development, specializing in mobile and web applications. He is an advocate for open source software and continues to contribute to the open source community. His passion for software is shared with his love for the outdoors often taking time to backpack through the Pacific Northwest. He aspires to continue creating software that promotes sustainability.
Jessica is a current senior at the University of Washington who will graduate with a degree in Oceanography in June 2019. During her time at the university, she has pursued on-campus leadership in sustainability through her role in Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED). As the Executive Director of SEED for two years, Jessica has worked alongside professional staff and students to create a community of residents who are passionate about education and advocacy centered on sustainability issues on the UW campus. It is this experience that has defined her college career and given her a voice as a leader in sustainability that she hopes to continue to use after graduation.
Ellen Moore is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her research and teaching revolve around environmental justice. Her first book - "Landscape and the Environment in Hollywood Film: the Green Machine" - attempts to make more room for ecology in cultural studies through an examination of environmental issues in different genres of Hollywood film. Her latest book ("Journalism, Politics, and the Dakota Access Pipeline") reveals her work with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, including their perspectives, thoughts, and beliefs on the Dakota Access Pipeline and on the mainstream media. Currently she is teaching her new course "Ecology, Inequality, and Popular Culture."
Lorena Nascimento is a Ph.D. student in Urban Studies at Portland State University with a focus on urban forestry and environmental justice
Julia Olson is a junior at the University of Oregon from Stoughton, Wisconsin. She is triple-majoring in Geography, Environmental Studies, and Spatial Data Science and Technology. She started at the Student Sustainability Center as an Event Assistant in 2018 and is now the Waste Reduction and Reusables Coordinator. Current projects include a pilot program that works with first year students to familiarize them with organizing and executing sustainability efforts in their residence halls, a gown share program where graduating seniors can donate their used gowns for reuse in the next year, and the revamping and further introduction of a dishware reusables program in the student union.
Kiran Oommen is a community organizer, gardener, and musician currently studying sociology at Seattle University. In addition to his work as a plaintiff on the Juliana vs. US lawsuit, he is on the Board of Directors for the Civil Liberties Defense Center, and associates with a variety of direct action groups in the Pacific Northwest. Kiran does mandolin and vocals in the anarchist folk punk collective known as Geophagia, and books underground punk concerts in Seattle.
Marilyn Ostergren is the Renewable Energy Liaison at the University of Washington. She has a PhD in Information Science has worked for the UW Sustainability Office on special projects since 2008. She also teaches Visual Information Design in the Information School and Energy Systems at the College of Built Environments.
Megan Patton-López is an Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University. Her teaching and research focus on community collaboration, child and adolescent health, multicultural health and policy, systems and environmental change for health promotion. Recent projects have included working with low-income mothers passionate about creating health promoting neighborhoods; first generation college students mobilized to address food insecurity; and community residents dedicated to reducing health disparities. She regularly collaborates with higher education, local government, non-governmental organizations, community residents and college students to develop health promotion programs and policies that improve nutrition outcomes, food security, and physical activity. Her research appears in Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Nutrients, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, and Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
Zac is currently a senior at Oregon State University studying Environmental Science with a specialization in Environmental Economics and Policy. He also has two minors in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and Spanish. Growing up in the Bay Area in California, Zac moved up to Oregon for college to experience a new place and intends to work for an international environmental organization outside of the U.S. after graduation. Zac currently works for the student government at OSU coordinating environmental affairs, and as an ambassador for the Honors College, and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.
Arlene Plevin received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington and her MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in Interdisciplinary Environmental Review; Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activisim; Wild Things: Ecological Criticism, Ecological Literacy, and Children's Literature; Ecocomposition: Theoretical and Pedagogical Approaches, The International Herald Tribune, and other publications. She teaches technical writing, and creative writing at Olympic College, and as a former Fulbright Lecturer in Taiwan (2002) at Tamkang University, she has bicycled nearly all over the world and written a now very out of print book about bicycling (Fodor's 1994). In 2012, she was a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer in Dharamsala, India, teaching at Central University of Himachel Pradesh and focusing on sustainability and diasporas. She has designed a Faculty Learning Community on Sustainability, funded by the State of Washington and been active with the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), serving on the board and moderating/contributing to numerous panels. ▼
She's presented at the International Conference on Culture and Ecology (2018, India), the Neo-International Conference on Habitable Environments (NICHE) 2016, India; the Modern Language Association, Los Angeles, and at the 32nd Annual ISfTE (International Society for Teacher Education) Seminar in Bhutan (2012), sharing work on strategizing sustainability. In addition to her work as an academic, Plevin was a writer/editor for the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C. She is currently working with Fae Dremock on a collection, Unchaining Sustainability: Working and Teaching for Regeneration and Resilience.
Claire Pockell-Wilson is college student at Willamette University who is passionate about marketing, sustainability, and social media. She has professional work experience, with particular interest in communication, marketing, and social media. At her university, Claire has worked with multiple sustainability and social justice organizations including; The Sustainability Institute, the university's student-led sustainability funding committee, The Green Fund, and an environmental justice organization called La Chispa. With this experience, she and three other students worked to create a newsletter and coalition to make communications on campus streamlined. Claire someday hopes to work at a non-profit which will continue to better the greater world.
Alison Pugh is Faculty for the Sustainable Building Science Technology Bachelors of Applied Science program at South Seattle College. She is also the Principal Investigator (PI) for the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Aligning Students in Accelerated Pathways in Engineering, Technology, and Building Science, at South Seattle College, and just recently closed the Expanding Lifelong STEM Career Pathways in Sustainable Building Science Technology NSF grant as Co-PI. Prior to that, she served as faculty and Chair of the Energy Management academic department at Edmonds Community College for six years. She led the development of the energy management program at Edmonds CC, including convening the industry-led advisory committee, developing course sequencing within the degree, curriculum, and online content. In addition, she was the PI for the NSF grant, Meeting the Challenge of Energy Management in a Carbon-Constrained World, as well as directing three other energy-related grants at the college. ▼
Ms. Pugh was also Edmonds Community College's Sustainability Researcher, developing green curriculum as well as providing support operationally for the college to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and reduce the campus' overall impact on its ecosystem. Alison is a Marano Fellow, sponsored by SkillUp Washington and the Aspen Institute, and a graduate of the 2017 Deans' Academy. Ms. Pugh holds a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Presidio Graduate School).
Shawn is committed to social justice principles to reach sustainability goals that will have positive impacts immediately but provide a framework for the future. Building capacity in our programs, with fellow staff, stakeholders, and community is a top priority to ensure success in our ever-changing technological and political environments that are moving towards values-based ROI's. Shawn wants to empower everyone to work collaboratively and create safe spaces so everyone can be their authentic selves at home and at work which will ensure all are welcome here. Shawn wants to work with you.
Saiyare is the Coordinator for Sustainability Integration at Pacific Lutheran University. Within this role Saiyare supervises the PLU Community Garden, advises PLU's Diversity, Justice and Sustainability Fund Team, and bridges various committees around the topics of social and environmental justice. Saiyare has her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from PLU. In their free time, they coordinate community art projects and immigrate advocacy. Saiyare has a Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Lutheran University in Environmental Studies.
As the Western Washington University Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund Outreach Coordinator, Kate Rayner Fried works to connect students with resources and support as they cultivate sustainability through creative, self-directed grant projects. She is currently in her Senior year at Western and will be graduating with a self-created interdisciplinary degree titled, "Environmental Consciousness: Society, Culture, and Education." Kate's work is informed by her belief that to create systemic change we must actively and intentionally care for those around us, putting the most marginalized at the center of our work. Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, Kate moved to Bellingham to attend college, and is grateful for the incredible communities she has found. When she is not in class, working in the office, or at a club meeting, she is likely in one of Bellingham's many local parts, birding.
Johnathan Riopelle manages the Sustainability, Equity, & Justice Fund Grant Program for Western Washington University, instructs applicants in grant writing and project management, and writes the university's annual sustainability report. He also teaches Business & Sustainability students grant writing, and supports their capstone project development. Previously, he has served as a writer, fundraiser, and web content manager at the University of Washington, Northeastern University, and Portland State University. An animal rights and meditative arts advocate, Johnathan recharges with long bicycle rides, backcountry camping, and silent retreats.
Dr. Rebeca Rivera is a lecturer in environmental studies at the University of Washington Bothell. She completed a PhD in Environmental Anthropology and a Graduate Certificate in Urban Ecology from the University of Washington. Her research and teaching focus on understanding environmental problems and solutions as consequences of social, political, and economic behavior. She has developed and taught an experiential and research based course titled, Garbology! Waste and Sustainability, where students collect, sort, analyze, and propose solutions to campus waste that would move UWB towards zero waste. Her research, teaching, and activism focus on the intersection of social justice and sustainability.
Natalie Roadarmel is an undergraduate student studying civic communications and media at Willamette University. Her professional experience on campus includes working with Willamette's Sustainability Institute, spearheading a coalitional newsletter alongside three other students under La Chispa, an environmental justice organization on campus, and writing for Willamette's student-run newspaper, the Collegian. With this experience, Natalie hopes to continue her involvement in sustainability-related endeavors and pursue a meaningful and impactful career.
After graduation from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998 and the Arizona State University School of Law in 2001, where she served as co-executive editor of Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology, she clerked for the Hon. John C. Gemmill on the Arizona Court of Appeals. She has served as an Honors Attorney for the U.S. Department of Transportation, In-House Legal Counsel for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, and Staff Attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center. Her environmental law practice focuses on reducing pollution from industrial agricultural operations, protecting and enhancing instream flows for people and fish, and fighting climate change on behalf of young people and future generations. Andrea is licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Northern California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Tenth Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Snoqualmie Tribal Court, the Lummi Indian Nation Tribal Court and the Muckleshoot Tribal Court. In 2016, Seattle Met Magazine recognized her legal work representing youth in the Washington Atmospheric Trust Litigation case in King County Superior Court against the Washington Department of Ecology, and named her part of their "Perfect Party," which includes the "month's most interesting locals and newsmakers."
Narce Rodriguez is the Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Pacific University. She leads and manages an institution wide effort to support and further develop a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff through policy development and programs that foster equity and inclusion in the broadest sense possible. This includes providing strategic, operational, and organizational leadership that grows capacity for intercultural competence, nurturing of diversity populations, and inclusive leadership across campus. Rodriguez brings more than 25 years of higher education experience, with a substantial background in diversity and inclusion. Most recently, she has served as dean of student development at Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, where her other roles since 2000 have included interim campus president, retention and multicultural coordinator, and program advisor for the College Assistance Migrant Program. ▼
She also previously held positions at Portland State University, Arizona State University, and Oregon State University. She holds a master of arts in interdisciplinary studies - higher education administration and women studies - from Oregon State University, as well as a bachelor's in sociology and Spanish, also from OSU.
Dr. Terryl Ross has over 30 years of experience related to equity and social justice. Specifically, he specializes in examining the intersectionality of race, changing demographics, emerging trends, higher education, and new media. He is currently the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the University of Washington College of the Environment.
Alexa Russo isn't your traditional environmentalist, she did not grow up hiking in the forest with her parents, she did not grow up experiencing the earth through any lens other than getting from one place to another; she would play outside as a child, but was never one to dig in the dirt, or plant a garden. It was her time at Cascadia College that instilled in her an unexplainably deep connection to the world around us, and a desire to conserve and celebrate the magnificent things that the earth has to offer. Tromping through the wetland in the pouring rain, and seeing the impacts that development and climate change was having on the area that she was raised in created this sense of compassion within Russo, producing a drive to do something about it; to become a steward of the earth. Her time at UW Bothell has only magnified these feelings, and advanced her passion further. Alexa Russo has been with the University of Washington Bothell since 2016, working as Student Sustainability Assistant within the Sustainability Office. She graduated from UW Bothell in 2017, with a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies, concentrated in Sustainability & Society. ▼
In her position as Sustainability Student Assistant, Russo engaged students through the creation and execution of engagement events, oversaw communications, presented at classes and events, as well as produced and supervised student projects. She handled data management for the university, tracking energy and water metrics, generating reports and determining consumption trends. Russo transitioned into her current position as Sustainability Coordinator, taking on the additional duties of coordinating committees, compiling the University 5-year Sustainability Action Plan, managing the sustainability website, and maintaining university certifications. In 2018, Russo was presented with a Husky Green Award, recognizing members of the University of Washington community for their dedication, innovation, and leadership in sustainability. Russo is invested in sharing her passion for the earth with others, inspiring collective action and stewardship.
Ann Scheerer is an instructor and the academic advisor for the Sustainability Double Degree and Minor at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Before academia, Ann worked with local governments and nonprofits on sustainability programs in the Puget Sound region and from this experience, designs student learning opportunities through community-based sustainability projects. Ann earned an M.P.A. from the University of Washington Evans School as well as a Ph.D. in Design and Planning from the University of Colorado with a focus on climate policy and planning, a Master of Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a B.A. in Physics from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Ann is passionate about sustainability and encouraging people to engage in their community and pursue their life's work to advance sustainability and resilience efforts.
Prior to his current role, Sean was the Sustainability Specialist at UW Sustainability for four years which supported sustainability efforts across all of the UW's campuses. Sean began his career at Nordstrom in 1988 where he worked for over 13 years and launched the company's initial Sustainable Business & Development program. Sean then co-founded a nonprofit called the Sustainable Style Foundation in 2003 which worked to promote sustainability across 15 design industries. In 2005, Sean began work at the University of Washington, including positions in UW Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. While at UW, Sean helped launch area-specific initiatives such as Sustainability and Medicine (SAM), the Multi-disciplinary Efforts for Sustainability in Healthcare (MESH), and Sustainability in the Arts (SITA). Sean has Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology (Behavioral Ecology) and Environmental Studies (Conservation Biology) from UW Seattle and a Master of Arts in Policy Studies (focusing on Sustainable Development and Conservation Finance) from UW Bothell.
Briar is the college's Sustainability Manager, with the focus of mainstreaming sustainability throughout all college practices district-wide. She has taught sustainability courses at PCC and sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network. She holds a Master's Degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University, as well as a B.A. in Sustainability and a B.S. in Justice Studies. She is a LEED Green Associate and received her Master Gardener certification in 2016. Briar has represented the college at the local, national and international-level, including COP23 in Bonn, Germany. She likes to spend her free time crafting, gardening, and playing with her kitty.
Sara Shores is the Urban Forest Specialist at the University of Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Economics from Oregon State University and began her career with trees as a Wildland Firefighter. She's been with the University over 12 years and just celebrated the campus's 10th anniversary as a Tree Campus USA. She assisted in creating the Salvage Wood Program, which creates wood products from trees removed for disease or construction. Most recently, she secured an Arboretum status for the University of Washington through the ArbNet certification process. She manages an inventory of 10,000+ trees using GIS mapping and assists in prioritizing tree maintenance.
Sarah Stoeckl, PhD, is the program manager in the Office of Sustainability at the University of Oregon. Her work at the UO focuses on campus and community outreach, including support for sustainability in research, curriculum, co-curricular activities, and community engagements. She also supports the office's gathering and tracking of the campus' greenhouse gas emissions data, content creation that tells the university's sustainability story, and generation of sustainability policy and plans. Before starting this position in 2018, she worked in technology and education. Sarah earned her PhD in literature from the UO in 2012.
Chef Chris Studtmann has been a part of the culinary scene across the country from restaurants to hotels and campus dining. He believes strongly in developing his teams through training and bringing cutting-edge trends to college campuses - such as plant-powered dining. He is a Practical Exam Administrator for the American Culinary Federation and is actively involved with NACUFS, participating in competitions, and presenting in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States. Chris has been highlighted in interviews for Catering Magazine, Food Management Magazine, Food Service Director Magazine, and Fox News Chicago, leading to an invitation to join the Chefs Council for Food Service Director Magazine. Chris' current role is Area Executive Chef for Seattle Pacific University and the Pacific Northwest District.
Ted has spent the last decade making it safer and easier for people to get around on two wheels. He began his career as student coordinator of the University of Oregon Bike Program, and later served as Active Transportation Specialist at the University of Washington.Ted now focuses on safety and campus policy for Spin, a micromobility company backed by Ford. Ted lives in Seattle and commutes by bike or kayak.
Susan is founder and Principal of the Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA), an industry services group representing six industry pioneers across the U.S. operating 20 compost manufacturing facilities that field test compostable food service products across five primary operational processes. Susan is also co-founder of Solid Waste Strategies, a digital media and educational resource firm specializing in support for municipal solid waste programs. Susan has worked in the environmental, alternative materials management, and solid waste recycling field for over 25 years. Susan served for 12 years on the Cedar Grove Composting senior leadership team in Seattle, and was the Sales and Marketing Director there from 2004-2011. In addition, she has worked in various communications, public relations, and business development positions across a wide range of industries, and as national sales training director for a $2 billon international services company. Susan served on the US Composting Council Board of Directors from 2015-2018, and currently serves on the board of the Recycling Foundation in Washington state.
Phillip Thompson is the Director of the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa and is a registered Professional Engineer. His research areas include drinking water, wastewater treatment and hazardous waste remediation.
Teri Thomson Randall is Program Manager for the University of Washington's Livable City Year initiative, a year-long partnership between the university and one Washington city to advance that city's goals around livability and sustainability. Prior to joining the University of Washington, she served as Executive Director for several nonprofit agencies in New Mexico and Washington, most recently the Dispute Resolution Center of King County. She also served worked alongside Washington State Rep. Tina Orwall to promote and pass HB-1169 - the Student Opportunity, Assistance and Relief Act - which provides consumer protections for borrowers of student loans. Teri is a graduate of Stanford University and holds graduate degrees in biology, science communication, and film production. Her work experience spans the arts and sciences, including the fields of molecular biology, science writing, photography and filmmaking. She became passionate about conservation and green building techniques during her 13 years living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where solar power and rainwater harvesting are considered mainstream. She is a rower and coxswain with Green Lake Masters Crew, and has recently earned her Level 2 coaching certification through US Rowing.
After earning a degree in environmental science and working in OSU's Government Relations office, Brandon helped create the Sustainability Officer position in 2005. His primary duties include setting OSU's strategic sustainability direction; tracking and reporting institutional progress toward sustainability; fostering student and academic engagement; managing communication about sustainability efforts; and scoping, funding and implementing infrastructure projects. Brandon chairs OSU's Transportation Committee and Sustainability Advisory Council, and volunteers extensively with government and community organizations. In 2010, Brandon was recognized by 1000 Friends of Oregon as one of the state's 35 Innovators Under 35.
Robert Turner has a PhD in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and two previous degrees in Geology. Rob has been teaching a variety of undergraduate earth and environmental science courses since 1998. In 2006 Rob joined the faculty of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. This most recent move started him down an interdisciplinary pedagogical journey centered on sustainability teaching.
Manca Valum is Senior Director of Advancement for Strategic Initiatives and Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Western Washington University. A graduate of Western, Manca is a life-long, and 4thgeneration, resident of the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Western's University Advancement team as Director of Development for the Sciences in 2006, Manca enjoyed a successful development career working with two Whatcom County non-profit agencies. She led a successful capital campaign to design and build the local shelter for victims of domestic violence and played a key role in the establishment of the Bellingham - Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence. Manca and her husband Kjell, have three adult sons and live in Whatcom County on the Valum Family Farm.
As Western Washington University's Director of Sustainability, Seth Vidaña oversees the functions of the Office of Sustainability, working with students, staff, and faculty to make Western a national leader in sustainability through advances in academics, operations, and co-curricular learning. Seth is driven to provide students with the opportunity to identify as protectors of people and planet, and hopes that their experiences at Western will stay with them for the rest of their lives. An envelope-pusher, knowledge source, and mentor, Seth is also co-chair of the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Consortium. He enjoys being a father, partner, trail runner, bee keeper, and is a proud first-generation American of Latino-Teuton heritage.
Mary Voves was appointed Vice President for Business and Finance and University Treasurer at Eastern Washington University in 1999. With over 30 years of experience in higher education Ms. Voves served in similar roles in Oregon and Arizona. As Vice President for Business and Finance, she is responsible for the university's financial management, human resources, facility planning and maintenance, real estate, purchasing, public safety, emergency management, environmental health and safety, risk management, information technology, auxiliary services, capital construction and sustainability. Since 1999, Ms. Voves has helped the university grow and prosper and manages a university operating budget of over $568,000,000. She has led campus facility investments of over $600,000,000 on Eastern's 320 acre main campus, with the latest facility being a state of the art Interdisciplinary Science Building. ▼
She has also been instrumental in moving the campus forward on major campus sustainability efforts including construction of a recycling center, creation of a campus sustainability master plan, planning for a sustainability center, and an innovative project to restore farmland to native prairie lands to provide carbon sequestration and educational opportunities for the Palouse Bioregion. Ms. Voves leads Eastern Washington University's sustainability efforts and spearheaded the University's efforts to develop a Spokane based partnership with Avisita Utilities and Mckinstry resulting in the Catalyst project, constructed from cross-laminated timber and designed to be a net zero facility. Ms. Voves has an MBA from Virginia Tech and a degree in economics from the SUNY Brockport and is active at a national level in professional organizations such as the National Association of College and University Business Officers. She spends her volunteer time in the Spokane community working with such organizations as the American Heart Association, the Women and Children's Free Restaurant and does volunteer tax preparation for low income families (VITA).
Dr. Grace Wang is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College. She is also the Academic Program Director for Sustainability at WWU and Director of Curriculum for the Bioregion. These are fancy titles for coordinating sustainability-related curricular initiatives both on campus and throughout the Salish Sea region. She teaches courses in Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Policy, and Sustainability Literacy. Dr. Wang is a public lands scholar, recently completing research on Bureau of Land Management decision-making and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Kevin Wilhelm is one of the world's pre-eminent business consultants and teachers in the field of sustainability. He wrote the industry leading "Sustainability Jobs: The complete Guide to Landing Your Dream Green Job" and has worked with over 140+ organizations including Nordstrom, REI, Expedia, Alaska Airlines, Tommy Bahama, Whole Foods and the University of Washington.
Mary Christina Wood is a Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon and the Faculty Director of the law school's nationally acclaimed Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center. She is an award-winning professor and the co-author of leading textbooks on public trust law and natural resources law. Her book, Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age (Cambridge University Press), sets forth a new paradigm of global ecological responsibility. She originated the legal approach called Atmospheric Trust Litigation, now being used in cases brought on behalf of youth throughout the world, seeking to hold governments accountable to reduce carbon pollution within their jurisdictions. She has developed a corresponding approach called Atmospheric Recovery Litigation, which would hold fossil fuel companies responsible for funding an Atmospheric Recovery Plan to draw down excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere using natural climate solutions. Professor Wood is a frequent speaker on climate issues and has received national and international attention for her sovereign trust approach to global climate policy.
Jack Woods is a third-year student at Oregon State University studying Computer Science with a focus on Data Sciences. His relationship with OSU's Sustainability Office began during his first year, when Jack performed outreach/marketing as an Eco-Rep in a residence hall. As a need for new, interactive marketing material was recognized, Jack transitioned into his current role as a Student Software Systems Engineer. In addition to building a custom carbon footprint calculator for the OSU community, he has contributed to OSU's new Energy Dashboard codebase and other open-source projects. In his free time, Jack flies airplanes, plays video games, drinks too much coffee, and reads about technology.
Kyra Woytek is a sophomore General Biology student at the University of Washington, with a minor in marine biology and music. She's the Campaign Coordinator for WashPIRG's 100% Renewable Energy Campaign and Treasurer for WashPIRG at UW. Since last year she's been coordinating a team of students to promote the transition to 100% renewable energy on campus and statewide. Her team has been working to build support for renewable energy by collecting petition signatures from hundreds of students, signing on professors in support, building a coalition of 20 student groups, holding educational events, and meeting with administrators on campus and elected officials in the Capital. She joined WashPIRG because she didn't want to wait until she graduated to make an impact to protect our environment.
Lee has over 30 years' experience in Customer Service, Operations, and Transportation. Over 20 years in Management working in various professional, and diverse settings, including 10 years as a Manager in the Solid Waste Line of Business.
Deborah Sigler, is a Program Coordinator at the UW Center for Integrated Design. In this role, Deborah has spent over three years leading thousands of visitors - public, professional, local and international individuals - through the Bullitt Center, a model for true sustainability. She knows firsthand the impact touring the Bullitt Center has, stating "showcasing a building that's designed and operates like a living organism, harnessing all the energy it needs from the sun, using only the water that falls on its roof, producing no waste, and using locally soured materials that are toxic free, is transformative."
Claudia Frere-Anderson is director of Sustainability at the University of Washington. She started her career in the financial services industry prior to working in the nonprofit and social entrepreneurship sector in the San Francisco Bay Area. In these positions, she launched community involvement plans for multi-national companies and advised corporations with corporate social responsibility program implementations. She also worked with national nonprofit organizations to help create efficiencies for volunteer recruitment. Claudia graduated Cum Laude in Politics from the University of San Francisco with a certificate in Peace and Justice Studies. She received an MBA in Corporate Social Responsibility from Nottingham University Business School in the UK where she received a full scholarship from the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR). While in graduate school, Claudia launched the business school's first Net Impact Chapter and led post-graduate students with environmental engagement projects. Claudia spends most of her time outdoors with her husband and two fur babies on the trails of the Olympic Peninsula.;
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