Jessica L. Black is the Director of the Center for Indigenous Health, Culture & the Environment (CIHCE), an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies, and the Chair of the Science Department at Heritage University. Jessica earned a B.A. in Geology from Wellesley College, a B.S. in Geography from the University of St Andrews, a M.S. in Quaternary Studies from the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Colorado. In her professional career, Jessica has focused her efforts towards the overall goal of supporting diverse undergraduate students in STEM to completion of their degrees so they can transition to graduate programs and the STEM workforce, ultimately diversifying the professoriate and strengthening rural and tribal communities with skilled indigenous candidates. Jessica continues to work with her colleagues at Heritage University to infuse the B.S. Environmental Science and B.A. Environmental Studies degree programs with culturally responsive curricula, respectfully intertwining Traditional Ecological Knowledge, intergenerational learning, and experiential learning methodologies. ▾
In her international programs, Jessica works to promote sustainable, culturally vibrant communities, building global partnerships to empower indigenous peoples. She is currently working with the Bugle of Panama, the All Nations LSAMP CRIRE program, and Engineers Without Borders to provide opportunities for global indigenous exchange between STEM students and indigenous communities in Panama and Costa Rica.
Terrence R. (Terry) McDonald is the entrepreneurial-minded executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc. (SVdP) who has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for innovations not just in reuse and recycling enterprises, but also for the programs that serve the disenfranchised in Oregon. Terry's passion is creating avenues out of poverty through a unique kind of reclamation: finding new uses for consumers' "useless" discards, creating new strategies and community coalitions to deal with old problems, and giving low-income and homeless people a chance to reclaim their dignity through employment and self-sufficiency. His agency operates multiple social enterprises including mattress recycling facilities, a fashion upcycling workshop, used bookstores, retail thrift stores, a used car lot, an appliance repair and recycling operation and reverse logistics contracting that aids retailers dealing with returns, and warehouse damaged materials. ▾
Terry also oversees the Cascade Alliance - a national network of 14 nonprofits in 13 states developing socially responsible diversion of useable materials from the waste stream, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that to date has created hundreds of sustainable jobs, annually diverts millions of pounds of materials and generates millions in annual revenue that add resilience to the nonprofit agencies, allowing them to serve more needs in their communities.
Joe Abraham is the Director of Willamette University's Sustainability Institute. In this role he collaborates with a wide range of faculty, staff, students, community members, and other partners to advance initiatives, projects and programs on campus and in the community. Prior to Willamette, Joe was director of the University of Arizona's office of sustainability, a university researcher, and an environmental scientist with local and federal environmental agencies. Joe earned his PhD in Geography from the University of Arizona, a BS from the University of Oregon, and two AA degrees from Lane Community College.
Brendan Adamczyk is a community organizer with a passion for environmental justice and a senior at the University of Oregon, majoring in Environmental Studies with minors in Geography and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality 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 their communities and be leaders in the climate justice movement through direct-action and educational campaigns. In his spare time, Brendan likes to read as much as he can!
In August of 2012, Dr. Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh joined the University of Oregon as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, with the responsibility for collaboratively leading the University of Oregon's efforts to embed inclusion, equity and diversity in its institutional practices, policies, and norms. The Vice President's portfolio reaches broadly across many aspects of campus life, supporting the academic mission of the institution to ensure students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds have equal opportunity and access, as well as support to thrive and, ultimately, to succeed at the university. Her responsibility also includes engaging with and facilitating partnerships with a wide variety of communities external to the university. ▾
Dr. Alex-Assensoh leads the university's strategic diversity planning efforts, development of institutional policies, coordination of research and evaluation infrastructure for diversity work, coordination of pipeline programs and provides organizational leadership to units within the Division of Equity and Inclusion. Prior to joining the University of Oregon, she served as a tenured Professor of Political Science and a Dean at Indiana University in Bloomington. While there, she won outstanding research awards, secured national funding for her research projects, served as a Fulbright Scholar at University of Zagreb in Croatia and also led national committees focusing on issues of equity, diversity, teaching excellence and ethics. She is the author/co-author of five books, dozens of scholarly essays and numerous journalistic/trade essays. She is a consultant on diversity/gender issues. She is a trained lawyer, registered mediator, and a member of the Indiana State Bar. She and her husband (Indiana University History Professor Emeritus A.B. Assensoh) are parents of two sons.
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.
Rachel is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Western Oregon University Food Pantry. In this role she works with the Pantry's community partners to make sure the Pantry shelves are stocked with food for WOU students, staff, and faculty and the local community. Rachel is a fourth-year student pursuing an Interdisciplinary Studies degree, and she hopes to work in early childhood education advocacy or family resources after she graduates this spring.
Ilana Braverman is the Program Manager with the Better Food Foundation (BFF), a nonprofit organization that supports dietary change initiatives to build a more just food system. BFF advocates for a transition toward plant-based diets as one important part of solving a range of complex climate, human health, animal welfare, and social justice problems. Her work includes doing outreach to amplify BFF's primary campaign, DefaultVeg. She holds a Master's degree in Animals and Public Policy from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and resides in Chicago, IL.
Bobby Butler is the Program Manager and Instructor for the Sustainable Agriculture Program at the most diverse college in Washington State, Highline College. Bobby develops curricula for the program, teaches courses, conducts outreach, and manages the program's 1-year certificate and 2-year degrees. For the past four years, he has leveraged college resources and community interest to work with the local municipality in identifying and securing farmland access through publicly owned lands. In this time, the program has been able to successfully lease and manage an 11-acre and a 2-acre property through the City of Des Moines. The program uses these properties to provide farm incubator space for students in the program and for underserved populations in the community.
Ryan Cabinte is an Instructor of Management in the Center for Sustainable Business Practices in UOregon's Lundquist College of Business. Prior to Lundquist, he served as core faculty and dean at Presidio Graduate School. Ryan also serves as a strategic consultant and legal advisor to numerous social entrepreneurs and sustainability ventures.
Kaden is in his final year at PCC and is majoring in Criminology, planning to transfer to PSU. He is serving the PCC community as the inaugural Director of Eco Social Justice for the Sylvania campus. In his first year at PCC, Kaden served as a Student Organizer for the Sylvania campus. Kaden grew up hiking, fishing, camping, bird watching and spent some years as a Boy Scout. His appreciation for the great outdoors began in childhood and continued through his work with ASPCC Sylvania, where he focused on sustainability as a Student Organizer. Between work and school, Kaden still makes time for outdoor recreation, art and weight training.
Haley graduated from the University of Oregon with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Native American Studies in June 2018. Haley is a Siletz Tribal member and a descendent of the Klamath Tribes, Yurok Tribes, and Sokaogon band of Chippewa. She is interested in decolonizing methodologies and supporting tribal governments and communities in asserting their sovereignty through tribal led policy and legislation. Haley served as a climate change intern with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians in the summer of 2017 and was an intern in Senator Ron Wyden's field office in 2016.
Lisette is the Bilingual Advocate Outreach Coordinator for Western Oregon University's Abby's House, Center for Equity and Gender Justice, where she provides direct services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. In her role, she also supervises the WOU Food Pantry and provides services to students who are experiencing food insecurity. Lisette graduated from Western Oregon University with a B.A in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Organizational Leadership.
Stephan is the Assistant Director of Sustainable Practices at Cascadia College in Bothell Washington, and was previously the Aquaculture Education Specialist for the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center (PACRC) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, a Biological Technician for two national parks, and a permaculture Water Harvesting Technician in Tucson, Arizona. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science: Land and Water from the University of Arizona with a minor in Chemistry, and a M.S. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science with a focus in sustainable aquaculture from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. His work and focus is on developing sustainable efforts for students on campus, and building connections between higher education and community organizations for a more sustainable and equitable world.
Lauren is a senior environmental science major at Willamette University, and the Engagement Coordinator for Students for Sustainability (Sfs). In this position, Lauren coordinates sustainability programming that engages the student body. She organizes zero waste, climate action, and other sustainability events with the support of the Sfs team. Lauren hopes to pursue a career in sustainability management and engagement.
Kristen specializes in serving some of the region's leading organizations whose missions focus on a broad range of sustainability and social justice issues, nonprofit organizations, and the legal community. Her experience working with nonprofits and mission-minded organizations helped Heritage Bank launch a formalized Community Investment and Giving Committee. Under her leadership, the committee has launched a Heritage Volunteer Program, Corporate Giving Priorities - with donations topping $1.5MM annually, and engage in sustainability efforts and certifications. Active in the community, Kristen serves on the board of the Oregon Law Foundation and the Jessie F Richardson Foundation. She is also a founder and steering committee member of the Corporate Sustainability Collaborative. She is an executive committee member of Taste, which brings together the region's best wines and cuisine to celebrate Oregon's diverse community and support equity work in Greater Portland. Kristen holds a degree in international economics from University of Colorado Boulder with a minor in business administration. Her ideal day would be one spending time outdoors with her daughter and dog.
Crystal is currently a part-time student at ACHS, furthering her knowledge to be able to help others achieve optimal health. When she isn't working on school work, she and her fiancé take care of their two children, Aiden and Avery. They love to go to the local nature center, make crafts together, read books, and play outside. Crystal enjoys gardening, making herbal preparations, drawing, and she is learning to play the guitar. She enjoys continuous learning and having fun, enriching experiences with the ones she loves.
Omar El Akkad has reported from Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and numerous other locations around the world. He is the recipient of a National Newspaper Award for Investigative Journalism and the Goff Penny Award for young journalists. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Le Monde, Guernica, and many other newspapers and magazines. His debut novel, American War, is an international bestseller and has been translated into thirteen languages. It won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, the Oregon Book Award for fiction, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and has been nominated for more than ten other awards.
Toren's passion for the environment began at an early age with her love for the outdoors, which turned into degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science and became even stronger when she lived in Kona, Hawaii, working with dolphins. "I'm interested in everything from green offices, to paper reduction and green event resources," she says. "Representing the University of Washington's commitment to sustainability makes me excited to go to work each day."
Stephania Fregosi got into sustainability as a result of childhood experiences that included resource conservation, a love of all marine creatures, international travel, a semester "abroad" at a farm, and a concern for human rights. In her role as Portland Community College's Sustainability Analyst, she completes greenhouse gas inventories and the STARS report, does research, and provides other support. She earned her Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. She was recently featured on the Oregon State University podcast, Research in Action. She serves on AASHE's advisory board as the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
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.
National Magazine Award finalist McKenzie Funk writes for Harper's, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books. His first book, Windfall, won a PEN Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Orion and Rachel Carson awards.
Rick Glover is a Faculty member in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR. While teaching environmental science he enjoys helping students partner with campus stakeholders to do scientific research in his classes to help build their identity as a scientist and treat the campus as a living lab. Additionally, he works with students and sustainability groups to incorporate sustainable practices across campus, aligning campus policy/practice to external benchmarks (like the UN SDGs), and promote food security. Rick has a PhD in Chemistry from University of Oregon, an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a BS in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University.
In his role with student government, Felipe will help promote the importance of sustainability and eco-justice practices by ensuring policies are followed by the Rock Creek Campus. When hosting clubs, events, when serving at the Student District Council and the Programming Board. Coordinating activities related to sustainability like, earth week and Learning Garden. Felipe is working towards his Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree. He will transfer to a four-year university in 2021 to major in environmental studies and minor in Physics. He has a strong ambition towards educating others about the importance of the environment, along with a passion about the vast universe. Felipe's career goal is to work for a non-profit that addresses the effects of climate change where he can apply physics to study weather patterns to better predict effects that can impact the entire planet. He appreciates science documentaries, recreational activities, reading and working at the learning garden.
Elissa is the Program Manager for Bellevue College's Office of Sustainability. She assists in monitoring and reducing the College's greenhouse gas emissions, as well as creating innovative and engaging programing to support sustainability and climate justice on campus. In her free time you can find Elissa exploring the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.
Jessica began pursuing her BS in Integrated Health Sciences through ACHS in September of 2018. After 15 years in a busy salon, she took the leap that her soul so desperately needed. She opened the first eco-friendly, chemically conscious salon and healing space, An Herb & Love Story, in March of 2019 in the Olympic Peninsula and also offers wellness classes in the community.
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.
Zaida Hatfield is a Sophomore at the University of Oregon. If it wasn't for the Pathway Oregon scholarship, she would most likely be living at home and working full time. Zaida majors in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Spanish. Here at the Student Sustainability Center she works to ensure that students have an equitable experience. She comes from a global experience through living and studying abroad and creates and promotes events and resources for marginalized students in hopes to create a campus where everyone feels welcomed and equipped to be successful. Her work with social justice includes bringing new faces into the conversation of environmentalism and sustainability. She works as a Resident Assistant with Umoja, the Black Scholars unit, and has a strong presence on campus. Her work is important in connecting students to the resources, seeing as she is a student herself.
The proud son of immigrants, Joel was born and raised in Eugene and was the first in his family to graduate from college. As Coalition Manager for Causa Oregon, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Organization, Joel doubled the size of One Oregon, building a statewide coalition of over 100 organizations with the focus of defending Oregon against anti-immigrant and anti-muslim policies and ballot measures. Joel led coalitions defending the nation's first sanctuary law as well as advocating for the passage of HB2015, making Oregon the 14th state to allow people without legal status the ability to drive. Joel currently serves as chair of the Eugene Human Rights Commission championing two Sanctuary resolutions as well as a resolution condemning white nationalism. Joel is the youngest person to be elected Chair for the Oregon Governor's Environmental Justice Task Force.
As Transportation Planning Manager for the City of Eugene since 2007, Rob's leads a highly productive team that works on a wide range of transportation issues. Team responsibilities include development of a citywide transportation plan, multimodal corridor planning, traffic calming and programs to encourage use of alternatives to single occupancy driving. Under Rob's leadership the city has built significant new walking and biking infrastructure, developed Eugene's first standalone Transportation System Plan and initiated new transportation options programs including Sunday Streets and SmartTrips Eugene. Previous to Eugene, Rob worked as Senior Planner for the City of Takoma Park, MD and Program Director of the Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore. Rob has a Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and degrees in engineering and business from the University of Pennsylvania. He grew up in the suburbs of New York City and lived in just about every major city on the east coast before moving to Oregon in 2005. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Dr. M Jackson is a public scholar, scientist, and writer exploring the intersections of environmental communication, glaciology, and climate change. Jackson is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Scholar at the University of Oregon, a National Geographic Society Explorer, TED Fellow, and three-time U.S. Fulbright Scholar including two U.S. Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research grants. Jackson serves as a U.S. Fulbright Ambassador and an Arctic Expert for National Geographic Expeditions. Jackson holds a doctorate from the University of Oregon, a Master of Science degree from the University of Montana, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, and has worked for over a decade in the Arctic and Antarctic chronicling climate change and communities, guiding backcountry trips and exploring glacial systems. Jackson is an active public speaker, author of multiple peer-reviewed articles, and two books: The Secret Lives of Glaciers (2019, nonfiction), which explores the complex impacts of glacier change for communities along the southeastern coast of Iceland, and While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change (2015, memoir), which weaves together the parallel stories of what happens when the climates of a family and a planet change. ▾
Jackson travels extensively and is passionate about effectively communicating what is happening in many of the planet's coldest and remotest places to diverse audiences worldwide. Furthering this mission, as part of National Geographic's "Women of Impact" initiative, Jackson recently filmed "Into Water," a four-episode NatGeo, Google, and YouTubeVR virtual reality series focusing on female explorer-scientists whose work intersects with water. Jackson currently lives outside of Eugene, Oregon and is at work on her first novel.
Jesse Jenkins is an assistant professor at Princeton University with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment. He is also an affiliated faculty with the Center for Policy Research in Energy and Environment at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and an associated faculty at the Princeton Environmental Institute. Jesse is an energy systems engineer with a focus on the rapidly evolving electricity sector, including the transition to zero-carbon resources, the proliferation of distributed energy resources, and the role of electricity in economy-wide decarbonization. Jesse's research focuses on improving and applying optimization-based energy systems models to evaluate low-carbon energy technologies, policy options, and robust decisions under deep uncertainty. ▾
Jesse completed a PhD in Engineering Systems ('18) and MS in Technology and Policy ('14) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Computer and Information Science ('06) at the University of Oregon. He worked previously as a postdoctoral Environmental Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard University Center for the Environment, a researcher at the MIT Energy Initiative, a research fellow at Argonne National Laboratory, the Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute, and a Policy and Research Associate at Renewable Northwest. He also works with DeSolve, LLC and independently to provide decision support, analytics, and policy advisory services to non-profit and for-profit clients working to accelerate the deployment of clean energy. Jesse has published peer-reviewed papers in the journals Joule, The Energy Journal, Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, Applied Energy, Nuclear Technology, Energy Policy, and WIREs: Climate Change. His work has been supported by competitive fellowships from the National Science Foundation, MIT Energy Initiative, Martin Family Society for Fellows in Sustainability, and Harvard University Center for the Environment. Jesse has given seminars to executives at global electric utility and energy technology companies, presented his work to staff and commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state-level regulators and policy makers across the country. He has delivered invited testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the United States House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. His research is regularly featured in media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and National Public Radio.
Em Jones is studying Sustainable Agriculture and will graduate with her transfer degree in the Spring of 2020. She will continue on to OSU where she plans to earn a double degree in Horticulture and Sustainability. Em is a garden nerd with a passion for social justice work. Em believes that everyone has a right to healthy, affordable food that meets their individual needs. Outside the garden, Em loves to spend time with her dog and her chosen family. This includes but is not limited to; listening to live music, rainbow hunting, hiking, playing cribbage, and watching comedy special stand-ups from around the world.
Dr. Daniel M. Kammen is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group where he serves as Chair, the Goldman School of Public Policy where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, and was director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center from 2007 - 2015. He was appointed by then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in April 2010 as the first energy fellow of the Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) initiative. He began service as the Science Envoy for U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2016, but resigned over President Trump's policies in August, 2017. He has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities, including time at the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. ▾
Dr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell (BA 1984) and Harvard (MA 1986; PhD 1988), and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. He was an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University before moving to the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Kammen helped found over 10 companies, including Enphase that went public in 2012, Renewable Funding (Renew Financial) a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) implementing company that went public in 2014. Kammen played a central role in developing the successful bid for the $500 million energy biosciences institute funded by BP.
Lyle manages and leads the building performance group for Affiliated Engineers' Seattle and Portland offices, with project experience in the areas of building performance simulation, building systems engineering, and high-performance building design. His experience with energy and water analysis of building systems within hospitals, laboratories, and higher education has led to the implementation of advanced heat recovery systems, radiant heating and cooling systems, and energy conserving operational strategies. He enjoys transforming simulation output into useful graphics and metrics that support informed decision-making by project teams.
Sam (he/him/his) is a sophomore student at Whitman College, currently living in Portland, OR for a semester off to focus on health. Sam's interests are many and varied, including but certainly not limited to: grassroots environmental justice organizing through groups like Sunrise Movement, 3Degrees, and Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light; road cycling; brewing kombucha; climate storytelling; walking dogs; mapping software; and doula care! He is currently crafting his own major, titled "Sustainable Relations." Not only is he super approachable, but he is eager to hear all of your ideas about innovative and inclusive forms of directly addressing climate injustice!
Rebecca Lawton is a fluvial geologist and former Grand Canyon river guide who directs PLAYA, a residency program for artists and scientists in Summer Lake, Oregon. Her prose and poetry have been published in Aeon, Audubon, Brevity, Chautauqua, High Desert Journal, Hunger Mountain, Orion, Shenandoah, Sierra, THEMA, and many other journals. She has won a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers, WILLA for original softcover fiction, Waterston Desert Writing Prize, and three nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Her first book of essays, Reading Water: Lessons from the River, was a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Bestseller. Her latest collection is The Oasis this Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West (Torrey House Press, 2019).
Brandon is the Waste Management Coordinator at Portland State University, where he oversees the programming and execution of waste reduction, reuse, and recycling opportunities for the nearly 32,000 students, staff, and faculty across campus. Prior to his time at PSU, Brandon worked for OHSU in a similar capacity. For the last 3 years, he has been appointed by the Association of Oregon Recyclers Board to the Legislative Committee, supporting the organization on reviewing materials management related bills introduced to the Oregon Legislature. Brandon earned his B.S. in Community Development from PSU, attained his A.S. at PCC, and completed the Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program from the UO. Brandon is passionate about serving his community, and in 2018, he was elected to City Council in his hometown of Scappoose, OR. He is continually supported for all of his efforts by his wife and 3 children.
Rebecca Lewis (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon and the Co-Director of Research for the Institute of Policy Research and Engagement. She holds a master of public policy and PhD in urban and regional planning and design from the University of Maryland. She studies land use policy, transportation finance, and housing in rural areas. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has been funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, National Science Foundation, the Department of Land Conservation and Development, and Lincoln Institute for Land Policy.
Lindsay is the Wellness Specialist at Jazzercise of Hartford/West Bend/Slinger/Dodge County. She became a certified instructor in 2016 and instructs classes at the Rec Center in Hartford. Lindsay holds graduate certificates in Holistic Nutrition from the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) and Essential Oil Coaching from the Essential Oil Institute. Lindsay will earn her Masters of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition and graduate certificates in Wellness Coaching and Anatomy and Physiology from ACHS in Spring 2020. After graduation, Lindsay plans to open her own holistic nutrition and wellness coaching business. Lindsay's passion for health and wellness stems from the belief that health is much more than simply the absence of disease. Through her work, Lindsay hopes to inspire others to make small changes in their everyday lives that will positively impact their wellness journeys and the global community. Lindsay was born and in West Bend, WI and now lives in Juneau, WI on a small farm with her husband and four dogs.
Deanna Lloyd (she/her) is an instructor at Oregon State University teaching in the Sustainability Double Degree Program and College of Agricultural Sciences. In addition to teaching, Deanna coordinates experiential education projects for multiple classes providing opportunities for students to engage with community partners to fill authentic, community-identified needs. Given the complexity of the world and interconnection between issues, Deanna finds interest in many topics, but has focused professionally on sustainable agricultural practices, food system justice, and pedagogy related to sustainability and experiential learning.
Taylor is pursuing an Associate of Science transfer degree at Portland Community College. She hopes to transfer to Portland State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and then continue to Oregon State University for a Master of Science in Biology, with a focus on wildlife biology. Taylor has a passion for wildlife of all kinds, and hopes to dedicate herself to preserving endangered species that are threatened by human activity. She hopes to contribute, in some significant way, to fixing the issues of fracking, deforestation, plastic waste and pollution. She would also like to teach children about wildlife biology, encouraging a new generation to protect the earth better than those before them. Taylor's favorite hobbies outside of work include bird-watching, hiking, reading, and camping. Anything that gets her into nature, really.
Izabel Loinaz is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices (CSBP), in the Lundquist College of Business at University of Oregon. A leader in higher education, Lundquist is one of the first top tier business schools to define and imbed robust sustainable business programming. Founded over a decade ago, CSBP houses several sustainable business programs, including a pioneering, top ranked Green MBA and the newly launched Sustainable Business Minor. Izabel's mission at UO is to integrate and amplify sustainable business education through collaborative partnerships across campus, and with industry and peer institutions. Izabel has a well-established history of driving superior results as an architect of organizational ecosystems, catalyzing transformation and resiliency across entrepreneurial, corporate, and public institutions. Izabel holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio School of Management, the first sustainability MBA program in the US.
Alexander Loznak grew up on a family farm in rural oregon. The summer after graduating high school, he joined a diverse cohort of 21 youth plaintiffs to file the landmark constitutional lawsuit Juliana v. United States, which asks the U.S. Government to formulate a rational national climate policy. He graduated from Columbia University in May 2019, is currently working as a law clerk in Eugene, and is planning his next steps in the fields of law and public policy.
Kathy Lynn is a faculty researcher in the University of Oregon's Environmental Studies Program, where she coordinates the Tribal Climate Change Project, a collaborative project at the University of Oregon with support from the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Kathy has a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Haiti from 1996 to 1999.
Serving as a sustainability liaison to communities around western Washington, Lindsey connects public needs, knowledge, and ideas with faculty and student energy and expertise. She also teaches Western's Campus Sustainability Planning Studio and Sustainability Literacy I, and assists in advancing Curriculum for the Bioregion. Lindsey is passionate about supporting students and faculty in engaging in community-based sustainability 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 ten years. Her research has focused on leadership for sustainability, and sustainable food initiatives in higher education.
Jaron Malcom is a senior at the University of Oregon, majoring in Business Administration, concentrating in Finance and Operations and Business Analytics, with minors in Economics and Computer Information Technology. He is the president of UO Net Impact Undergraduate, a sustainable business club located in the Lundquist College of Business. Net Impact provides experiential learning opportunities, career development, and community to all students, not just business majors. Jaron is also a Solar Ambassador for Re-volv, a non-profit that empowers people and communities to invest collectively in renewable energy. In his spare time, Jaron enjoys reading, snowboarding, and watching sports.
Susan Marcus is Dean of Business at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. She has over 20 years of practical experience implementing principles of sustainability in functional areas including management, marketing, finance, and operations in public, private, and non-profit organizational settings. Dr. Marcus' research interests include strategic decision making in organizations that value financial, social, and environmental sustainability, and the integration of sustainability principles into business school curricula, a topic she co-presented on at a recent International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability. Her Ph.D. is in Systems Science/Business Administration from Portland State University, in addition to a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Post-Secondary, Adult, and Continuing Education. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon University.
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.
Briana is a doctoral candidate in Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy at the University of Oregon. Prior to starting her doctoral work, Briana worked for several years in the field of urban planning and design, with a focus on public spaces and green infrastructure design and development, participatory planning, and sustainable building. She holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning, urban design, and real estate from Portland State University, as well as American Institute of Certified Planners accreditation. Briana has worked at the University of Oregon Office of Sustainability since 2017. Her dissertation research focuses on ways in which communities of solidarity and connections to place form through informal and temporary urban activities such as the Grow Pod project managed by the Office of Sustainability.
Mabel Miller is an employee at the Office of Sustainability at Western Washington University. Their role is to run the Sustainability Representatives Program, a peer-to-peer sustainability education program run within the residence halls. Mabel has been involved with sustainability work beginning in their first year at Western when they joined the program as a volunteer. Since then, they've worked their way up to the Coordinator position and now take on many responsibilities as a student employee. When they are not working in the office you can find Mabel learning more about educational theory and environmental justice in order to work towards their self-designed major; Eco-Intersectionality in Public Education.
Minal Mistry is the business initiatives lead with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He works across programmatic areas to promote strategies that advance Oregon's 2050 Vision for Materials Management. Minal supports concept development, research, and capacity building for systems thinking in support of the Vision. His professional experiences include life cycle assessment, environmental testing, information services, training and consulting. He has worked with global brands on implementing Design for Environment (DfE) strategies for consumer-packaged goods. Minal is a biologist with experience in business, non-profit and government.
Steve Mital is the founding director of the University of Oregon's Sustainability Office. He was part of the three-person team that developed the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development, a landmark campus energy policy that requires all new buildings to harvest 100% of their energy needs from existing building stock. He also led the initiative to create the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate certificate program that launched in 2011. Prior to this position, Steve was an instructor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon. While there, he founded and directed the Environmental Leadership Program, which provides undergraduate and graduate students practical experience as consultants to area businesses, agencies, and NGOs. Steve is also one of five commissioners elected to govern the Eugene Water and Electric Board. He holds two masters degrees from the University of Oregon.
Kelsey Moore was raised car-free in Eugene, Oregon and is passionate about place making and transportation biking. She enjoys planning community bike rides, and supporting people to get out and bike. Kelsey worked in Student Life at the University of Oregon as the Bike Program Coordinator for the past five years; connecting students and campus to biking and resources. During her time at the University, she worked with diverse campus departments to create the annual UO Transportation Day, run an annual bike light campaign, and bring bike share to the University.
Alice Morrison is a Masters of Nonprofit Management student at the University of Oregon and the Student Sustainability Center's Food Security Coordinator. In this role, she runs a twice monthly partnership with the regional food bank, provides SNAP enrollment services to students, offers trainings on food security issues to faculty and staff, and sits on UO's Food Security Task Force. Outside her university life, Morrison owns a small vegetable farm with her partner, called White Rabbit Gardens and is president of the National Young Farmers Coalition chapter for the South Willamette Valley. She also just finished her third season as director of a small, rural farmers market and serves as board secretary for the Oregon Farmers Market Association.
Owen Murphy is an associate professor of public health at Central Oregon Community College. Since 2011 he has chaired the COCC Sustainability Committee, championed local food in the campus dining hall, created sustainability course content, and proposed a college-wide sustainability course designation. Now he's motivated to make change at the state/regional level. He believes deeply in the power of higher education to create a more sustainable future.
Jen Myers (she/her/hers) is an instructor in the Sustainability Double Degree Program at Oregon State University. She has a master's degree in Environmental Ethics and is currently completing a PhD in Sustainability Education at Prescott College. Her research focuses on the connections between social justice and place attachment in Vieques, Puerto Rico with an aim to identify strategies for psychological resilience in the face of climate change. Jen also has significant experience in the non-profit sector developing local food systems and wilderness education experience serving minoritized youth. She is president of the board of Power Up for Climate Solutions, a non-profit inspiring climate activism.
Mark is the Climate Recovery Ordinance Analyst for the City of Eugene. Responsible for creating the City's Climate Action Plan 2.0, he currently supports the City's sustainability efforts, including supporting the Climate Action Plan 2.0 Equity Panel, the Sustainability Commission and other citywide efforts. As a consultant Mark has provided policy research, coalition building, political strategies, lobbying, and land use planning services for clients including the Association of Oregon Counties, Metro, and Hood River County. A resident of Eugene, Mark also teaches in the School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon. He is married and has a son who is a senior in high school. His dog Juni keeps him very active.
Amelia Pape is a strategist, storyteller, and social entrepreneur with a decade of experience developing and implementing social change models. While earning her MBA, Amelia founded My Street Grocery, a mobile grocery company dedicated to expanding fresh food access. After two and a half years on the streets of Portland, Oregon, Whole Foods Market acquired My Street Grocery in 2013. Amelia followed her company to Whole Foods where she spent nearly four years deploying the corporation's first food access initiative. She continues to champion social and environmental change initiatives today as a consultant, instructor, and volunteer. Her diverse work includes developing the Portland Metro's inaugural healthy incentives program, co-creating a national grant program that invests in community-led food access work, and coordinating an economic development and community health strategy for a Native American Tribal Nation. As an Adjunct Instructor of Management at Portland State University, Amelia teaches graduate-level courses on social entrepreneurship and storytelling. ▾
She designs and facilitates story-based strategies for startups and organizations at ALICE Strategy, and supports multi-stakeholder collaborations and networks as a member of Converge. She serves on the Board of Directors at XXcelerate Fund and The Insight Alliance. Amelia holds an MBA from Portland State University with a focus in social enterprise, and a BA in economics and political theory from the American University. She would also love to cook you dinner.
Jarrod Penttila is directly overseeing the Academic Building 2 and other onsite development for the University. Jarrod has a Bachelor's degree in construction management and previously managed up to 3000 trades building out semiconductor facilities on a 700-acre campus. In that role, Jarrod was responsible for logistically integrating 5 General Contractors and up 40 multi-tier subcontractors while executing $1 billion of work per year covering more than 2.5 million SF of manufacturing space.
Hope is a senior in her last quarter at Western Washington University. She will graduate at the end of March with a degree in Environmental Policy and minors in Political Science and Environmental Justice. Hope has worked as the Zero Waste Coordinator for her university for the last two years and is excited to pursue similar work post-grad. When she is not at work or school, Hope enjoys spending her time with her friends and partner either getting a nice vegan meal or coffee, going for a walk, or just sitting at home spending quality time together. She also loves her second job as a dog walker and sitter, as she has always had a love for animals. She is very passionate in the areas of indigenous sovereignty and social justice and she hopes to do work that makes meaningful contributions to both of those subjects.
Lisa Petterson has dedicated nearly 30 years to managing complex projects that support and enhance our region. She is respected for her integrated design solutions, strength in leading collaborative teams, and depth of experience in higher education projects. Her approach to design relies heavily on performance studies, post-occupancy data, and insight gained throughout her long, focused career. Lisa's current work on net-zero energy buildings such as the Academic Building 2 has led her to develop energy modeling tools that predict the amount of energy saved from lighting, early in the design process, thus providing design and development teams with critical information regarding both proposed space design and equipment and fixture selection.
Marion is a sophmore environmental science and anthropology double major at Willamette University, and the Zero-Waste and Composting Coordinator for Students for Sustainability (SfS). In this role, Marion works to create a sustainable environment on campus through the volunteer composting program and zero-waste workshops, which educated Willamette students on how to reduce their waste. Marion hopes to pursue a career in natural resource management in Pacific Island communties.
As Program & Partnership Coordinator for the Campus Sustainability Office, Emily connects and engages students, faculty, and staff with the University's sustainability initiatives through the Living Lab program and other applied learning and educational opportunities. In addition to her work at the intersection of academics and operations, Emily assists with energy management, with a focus on renewable energy sourcing. Emily completed her masters in Environmental Science and Management and a graduate certificate in Energy Policy & Management from PSU.
David has worked in the field of transportation planning for 11 years, land use planning for 5 years, and began his current role at UO in July, 2018. Before arriving at UO, he worked in a combination of transportation planning roles at the state, county, and city level of government. He holds a master's degree in community and regional planning from UO, and a bachelor's degree in History from Southern Oregon University. David served as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Southern Oregon University, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. David's recent collaborative work with students and faculty brought him to study sustainable bicycle transportation in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands during summer 2019.
Dr. Alaí Reyes-Santos is a professor of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies and Conflict Resolution at University of Oregon. She is also an Iya-high priestess of Afro-Caribbean regla de osha. Her ceremonial practice, and training in African Diaspora Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, and Gender Studies, inform her work as a writer, educator, consultant, and workshop facilitator.
Eric Ridenour has 25 years of experience in planning and architecture, with a diverse portfolio of project types and a deep passion for green building and sustainable development. For over a decade, he has concentrated on the higher education sector and campus planning, which included work on the long-range development plan for OSU-Cascades. Working with both public and private universities, he helps universities articulate a flexible framework for growth, reinvestment and evolving partnerships. With a background in environmental planning, Eric is adept at integrating complex technical systems, as well as policy and operational considerations. He complements this technical strength with a strong background in urban design and place-making, and a focus on people in the built environment.
Josh is the Campus Coordinator for the Western Oregon University Food Pantry, which is a resource for students and community members who are experiencing food insecurity. He recruits, trains, and organizes volunteers to keep the Pantry open, so its services are available to those who need it. Josh is a third-year student studying in Applied Mathematics, and he would like to work for a non-profit after he graduates.
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.
Joseph C. Scott is a member of the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians; the son of Lorna Avery Scott and Robert A. Scott. His ancestors include the Takelma People of the Upper Rogue River Valley. Joseph is a traditional dancer, singer and artisan, and is recognized as a Language and Culture Bearer by the Siletz Tribe. He has always made his home in Oregon, and is dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional indigenous ways of knowing. Joe has spent his life in Oregon, learning and teaching traditional values of place, self, and spirit. Joe has a Masters of Science in Education; Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University, and after nearly twenty years of teaching Tribal history, language, culture, and values on the Siletz reservation, he has continued on to share his education and experience in Tribal education with indigenous communities locally, across the country, and abroad.
Wm. Andrew Schwartz is a scholar, organizer, and social entrepreneur. He is Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies and Assistant Professor of Process Studies & Comparative Theology at Claremont School of Theology, as well as Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the Institute for Ecological Civilization. His work includes the role of big ideas in transitioning toward a more sustainable and just future, which is outlined in his recent co-authored book What is Ecological Civilization?: Crisis, Hope, and the Future of the Planet.
Colin is a northwest native who grew up in Corvallis Oregon and attended Oregon State University. After graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 2009 with a passion for solving technical problems in energy production, he began working at NuScale Power. In ten years of work at the company he has designed passive safety systems for the nuclear reactor, worked on chemistry control, led communication with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff on many topics, and more.
Heidi Sickert, M.P.I.A., C.S.B.A., teaches business and chairs the Sustainability in Academics Council (SPARC) at Portland Community College. SPARC annually awards a Sustainability Focus Award to students (https://www.pcc.edu/programs/sustainability/) and hosts a Sustainability Across the Curriculum professional development workshop (AASHE model) for faculty every Spring. Heidi also teaches at PSU, is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor through the US Green Building Council and is an independent consultant. Her work focuses on integrating sustainability methods and decisions into the standard practices of our daily lives, learning experiences, businesses and organizations.
William Silva is a seasoned construction veteran who manages all aspects of design and preconstruction management for Swinerton Builders in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Oregon State University with a B.S. in Construction Management, William has 30 years of well-rounded experience throughout the West Coast markets, having worked both in project development and self-perform heavy civil, concrete, and mass timber operations. William joined Swinerton in 2004 and returned to the Portland market in 2014. He is a passionate advocate for mass timber buildings with a knack for finding efficient and eloquent solutions to project challenges, having applied those skills to successfully deliver numerous projects.
Amira is a senior at Oregon State University majoring in Environmental Sciences with a minor in French. When she graduates, she hopes to work as a nature educator and teach all ages about sustainable agriculture and healthy foods. Currently, she works as the Digital Media and Marketing Outreach Assistant for the OSU Sustainability Office where she manages and creates content for the online platforms and markets and promotes sustainability-related events and programs.
Dr. Kim Smith received her B.A. in Sociology from Whitman College, in 1990, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 2000, specializing in environmental sociology and social movements. She has taught sociology and served in a variety of administrative roles at Portland Community College (PCC) since 1996. She is the co-founder of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), a UNU Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, and works with many non-profits. She has represented the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the US Partnership for ESD, and United Nations University at multiple international conferences, including Rio+20 and the UNESCO World Summit on ESD, and served on AASHE's Board of Directors from 2014-2017. She is committed to offering hope for a sustainable future through education, professional development, and civic engagement.
Dr. Smith's research explores the complex coupled human-environment systems that shape the world in which we live. He is currently exploring the impacts of the cannabis industry on food systems in Oregon and collaborating on long-term research to monitor the impacts of macroalgae development in the Mexican Caribbean. He is also the founder and faculty advisor for The Farm at SOU: A Center for Sustainability and a member of the SOU Sustainability Council. His work spans several traditional disciplinary boundaries including human ecology, environmental sociology, landscape ecology, agroecology, and human geography.
Katie Staton is Tsimshian, from the Wolf (Lax' Gibuu) Clan, enrolled in Sitka Tribes of Alaska. Katie was born and raised in Juneau, the daughter of Donna Knight-Staton and Norman Staton Jr., granddaughter of Ethel (Milonich) and Norman Staton Sr. and great granddaughter of Mabel (Mather) and Robert Milonich. She has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Gonzaga University and a Juris Doctorate and Masters in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from University of Oregon School of Law.
Sarah Riggs Stapleton is an Assistant Professor in Education Studies at the University of Oregon. She earned her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University. She holds a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Sarah uses critical and participatory methodologies to investigate social and environmental inequities. She is particularly interested in the many ways in which food intersects with schools.
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.
Kristi Straus is a lecturer and the Associate Director of the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington (UW). Kristi earned a B.S. in biology from Colby College and a Ph.D. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the UW. Although Kristi has been enamored with critters and nature her whole life, she became motivated by sustainability during her two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. It is impossible to ignore resource consumption when you haul your own water from a well and burn any garbage that doesn't decompose! And it is easy to think about equity, consumption, and the path to happiness when you live in a community of people who are rich in time, great food, and community while lacking running water and electricity. Although sustainability infuses all of her work at UW, she is known for a class focused on sustainability and personal choices where she supports students in making connections about consumption, waste, equity, and happiness through service and experiential learning. She received a UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017 and gave a TedxTalk on Sustainability and Happiness in 2018.
Jamie is a senior at SOU that returned to higher education after ten years of working in the hospitality industry. She currently works in the cannabis industry while balancing her course load and student employment. Her garden at home is her true passion and she dreams of getting to farm full time one day. After graduation, Jamie hopes to find a non-profit that is aligned with her values to continue working and educating about the importance of sustainable food systems.
Hill Taylor is Chief Academic Officer (Academic Dean) at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Prior to working at ACHS, Hill served as Director of the Office of Learning Support at Oregon Health & Science University, and led OHSU WRITEs, a core OHSU Interprofessional Initiative. Dr. Taylor's research and publications focus on issues of environmental consciousness and place-making. These themes appear in his forthcoming book chapter "Ecotopia Revisited in Image: The Imagined (and Enacted) Promise and Peril of Portland" to be published this spring in Climate Consciousness and Environmental Activism in Composition. Dr. Taylor earned a Ph.D. as well as a Masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; and a Bachelor's degree at North Carolina State University.
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.
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, academic and community engagement; and scoping, funding and implementing infrastructure projects. Brandon chairs OSU's Transportation Committee and Sustainability Advisory Council, and volunteers extensively with several government and community organizations. In 2010, Brandon was recognized by 1000 Friends of Oregon as one of the state's 35 Innovators Under 35.
Riley is a full time student at PCC Cascade, studying Political Science and working toward a transfer degree. He hopes to someday work as an attorney in Environmental Law. Riley has an impressive history of non-profit work throughout Portland, including the Portland Rescue Mission as well as Trillium Family Services, the chief partner in the "Keep Oregon Well" initiative. Riley's conviction to equity in the realms of food and housing justice make him an excellent fit for his work on the Food Justice Task Force, Sustainability Leadership Council, and Eco-Social Justice Coalition. When he's not at work or school, Riley spends his time consuming as much music as possible, studying game theory, and writing adventure modules for his favorite tabletop game, Dungeons & Dragons. He lives in Southeast Portland with roommates and his cat, Vincent, who's secretly in charge.
Claire is a senior environmental science major at Willamette University, and the Lead Coordinator for Students for Sustainability (SfS). In this role, Claire works to engage the Willamette University community in climate action and sustinability-focused professional engagement opportunities. She serves as a SfS liason to the Climate Action Alliance Club on campus, in addition to providing internal support to the SfS team. Claire intends to go into a career related to science communication and climate justice.
As Western's sustainability officer, 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, Latino-Teuton American.
Joao is driven to help the planet and combat climate change. After growing up in coastal Peru, serving a year with AmeriCorps NCCC, and completing research internships in the amazon jungle and Iceland, he has seen the effects of global warming up close. Now seeking to gain more knowledge, he is a senior in the Bacherlors of Applied Sciences in Sustainable Practices program at Cascadia College. He is also the President of the Student Sustainability Club at Cascadia where he manages a variety of projects to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on campus. Joao is also part of the Sustainability Team Leadership Committee at his employer, BECU. He hopes to further his education by getting a Master's in Development Practice and help communities around the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sean M. Watts has spent his career seeking environmental solutions that yield the greatest human and ecological benefits. He is the owner of SM Watts Consulting, LLC - empowering communities to drive environmental and land use policy and helping historically white-led organizations move from awareness to action to create an equitable and inclusive environmental movement. Most recently, as Director of Community Partnerships for the Seattle Parks Foundation, he created programs to advocate for and build capacity among resident-led groups to enhance open space in Seattle. He has worked to bridge gaps between science, policy and society as faculty at Santa Clara University; as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation and as founding Director of the University of Washington, Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program. Sean received his BA in Biology from the University of Virginia; and PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Luhui Whitebear is an enrolled member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation. Luhui is the Assistant Director of the OSU Native American Longhouse Eena Haws as well as a Ph.D. candidate in the Women, Gender, & Sexuality program at OSU. She received her B.S. in Ethnic Studies, B.S. in Anthropology, and M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Queer Studies focus), all from OSU. Luhui is a mother, poet, and Indigenous activist. Her research focuses on Indigenous rhetorics, Indigeniety & reclaiming Indigenous identity/gender roles, missing & murdered Indigenous women, Indigenous resistance movements, and national laws & policies that impact Indigenous people. Luhui is passionate about disrupting systems of oppression and creating positive change in society.
Jim Wynne is a sophomore at the UO and the restoration events coordinator at the Student Sustainability Center. He is double majoring in Geography and Environmental studies. His work aims to increase student involvement in local habitat restoration events in Eugene parks and natural spaces. This focuses on invasive species removal and native plantings to restore damaged ecosystems.