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The daughter of a life-long teamster and an environmentalist cattle rancher, Beth Robinette was raised with a passion for advocating both for people and ecosystems. This passion took her from her fourth-generation cattle ranch near Spokane to study the intersection of business and sustainable agriculture at Western Washington University. She continued her education in sustainable business at Pinchot University, one of the nation's first sustainability-focused business schools, where she earned her MBA in Sustainable Systems with an emphasis on Local Living Economies and Sustainable Food and Agriculture. She now runs her family's grass fed beef operation, which direct markets their carbon negative beef to the Spokane area. In 2013, she co-founded LINC Foods, a worker and farmer owned cooperative food hub, which helps connect Spokane area sustainable family farms to institutional scale markets such as university dining services, school districts, hospitals, and nursing homes, as well as restaurants. She is also one of the founding members of Roots of Resilience, a non-profit which trains Northwest ranchers and land managers on sustainable livestock production and ecological restoration through Holistic Management.
Dr. Mitchell Thomashow devotes his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, creative learning, improvisational thinking, social networking, and organizational excellence. Currently he is engaged in teaching, writing, executive consulting, public speaking, and meeting facilitation, cultivating opportunities and exchanges that transform how people engage with sustainability, ecological learning, and the arts. In January 2016 he began a Fellowship on Sustainability, Community, and Place under the auspices of Philanthropy Northwest, and is a current Catalyst Fellow. He is an Associate Faculty member of Royal Roads University (Victoria, British Columbia) where he teaches "Developing Environmental Understandings," and was the Director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program from 2011-2014. Previously (2006-2011) Thomashow was the President of Unity College in Maine. Read more..
With his management team, he integrated concepts of ecology, sustainability, natural history, wellness, participatory governance, and community service into all aspects of college and community life. This included construction of The Unity House, the first LEED Platinum President's Residence in North America, the TeraHaus, a passive house student residence, comprehensive campus energy planning, an integrated approach to growing food on campus, and a new academic master plan. He is currently working on Environmental Learning in the Anthropocene, a series of essays that reflects on dynamic environmental education challenges and opportunities (www.terrain.org), and is the author of Ecological Identity, Bringing the Biosphere Home, and The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus. Thomashow splits his time between downtown Seattle and the hill country of southwest New Hampshire in the shadow of Mount Monadnock.
Kathryn Baldwin is an Assistant Professor of Science Education and Educational Foundations and the Director of MIT at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Baldwin received her BS and MS in Geology from Washington State University and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction - Science Education from Washington State University in 2007. Dr. Baldwin's research interests focus on science education, earth science education, education for sustainability, outdoor learning, science teaching self-efficacy, problem and place based learning. Dr. Baldwin is co-author of Soils, Systems and Society, a preservice elementary teacher module developed for the InTeGrate (Interdisciplinary Teaching About Earth for a Sustainable Future) project at SERC.
Betsy is a faculty member in the departments of Biology and Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She earned her Ph.D. from Oregon State University with Andy Blaustein studying conservation biology of amphibians. She was a postdoctoral researcher in Josh Lawler's lab at the University of Washington working on conservation biology of endangered and threatened species. She is interested in all aspects of environmental stress and freshwater ecology.
Native to Spokane, Shannon Bauman is a junior in the Environmental Studies program at Gonzaga University. She is interested in urban planning and sustainable practices, and has interned for the Spokane Conservation District and The Lands Council. Through these experiences, she has conducted watershed monitoring, riparian restoration, and other environmental services, and is currently enjoying studying Gonzaga's transportation behavior. She likes to jog and play guitar in her free time. Overall, Shannon is looking forward to advancing sustainability in Gonzaga's mission.
Erica Bartlett has been employed as UW Recycling Program Coordinator for nearly four years, where she manages and oversees UW's flagship waste diversion program known as MiniMax. Prior to her time at UW, she consulted with renewable energy companies in Oregon and Washington state. Erica graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Environmental Policy in 2009. As an undergrad, she worked in WWU's Office of Sustainability, where she led the charge to reduce single-occupant vehicle trips and increase waste diversion rates on campus. Additionally, she collaborated with WWU's Air & Waste Management Association (Huxley College of the Environment chapter) to implement a battery recycling program on campus through a class project. She served as WWU Students for Renewable Energy solar club leader for 2 years. In her off time, Erica enjoys swimming, spending time outdoors, hiking, and camping.
Monica is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Gonzaga University. She runs the Positive Emotion and Social Behavior Lab where she examines how specific emotions influence relationship building and personal well-being outcomes. Much of her work has focused on the emotion gratitude and its role in shaping our relationships with others, both through our personal experience of gratitude and in our expression of gratitude to others. More recently, she has begun to investigate how gratitude shapes our care and concern for the planet.
On Western's staff since 1994, Carol was instrumental in developing the Sustainable Transportation office, incorporating Student and Employee Transportation programs, and housed with the Office of Sustainability. She has been active in Community transportation issues since 1999, serving on the City of Bellingham Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory committee and the Whatcom Council of Governments Community Transportation Advisory group. Carol is currently implementing the Sustainable Office Certification program, an element of Western's Climate Action Plan. A graduate of Scripps College, Claremont, CA, in 1979, with a BA in Fine Arts, Carol believes that making and understanding how everyday items are made are keys to sustainability, and that hand-made goods have an important place in the future of local living economies. She is a member of the Whatcom Weavers Guild, and is engaged in a multi-year campus and community project, growing Japanese indigo and fiber flax at Western's Outback Farm.
The Sustainable Action Fund (SAF) is a student-initiated, quarterly fee that funds student-driven projects focused on sustainability on Western's campus; Keiko's role is to ensure that the students of Western know that this opportunity is available to them. By conducting outreach, Keiko spreads the word about the SAF program throughout campus, and hosts sessions for students to come together and discuss sustainable project ideas. Keiko is a geography major who spends her time outside the classroom in the form of traveling, exploring, and hanging out by the ocean.
Adriana Bishop is a Chemistry Instructor and Chair of the Physical Sciences Department at Spokane Falls Community College. She has taught General Chemistry and Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences at SFCC for 18 years. Adriana received her M.S. and B.S. from the University of Houston in Clear Lake, and subsequently spent one year at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston studying toxicology. Before turning to full-time instruction, Adriana worked at Exxon's Baytown Polymer Center where she was involved in polymer research, and at Johnson's Space studying the effects of zero gravity on cell cultures. Adriana enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren during her free time.
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 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. Professor Born is a faculty Co-Director of the University of Washington's Livable City Year partnership program. He also sits on the Puget Sound Regional Council's Regional Food Policy Council, the Washington State Food System Roundtable, and has collaborated with researchers, community members, and local governments on several healthy community initiatives in 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.
Scott has been active practitioner in the field of Sustainability and Waste Diversion for Eastern Washington University since 2013. Scott's current focus is in waste reduction through study, education, and behavioral change campaigns. Scott has utilized these principles to coordinate Zero Waste Football games, community education programs, and campus sustainability events focused on what individuals can do to incorporate sustainability in to their day to day routine. Scott is a member of the EWU Sustainability Committee, the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition, and the Washington State Recyclers Association.
Dr. Paul Buller is a Professor of Management and holds the Kinsey M. Robinson Chair in Business Administration at Gonzaga University where he teaches courses in strategic management and entrepreneurship. He is the founding Director of the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga. He has done research and consulting in private and public sector organizations on various aspects of organizational effectiveness, including strategic management, global ethics, human resource management, and organizational change. He has or is currently serving on the editorial boards of Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and the Journal of Jesuit Business Education and is past president of the Western Academy of Management. Dr. Buller was the inaugural board President of Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education, whose mission is to enhance the distinctiveness of Jesuit schools of business and related programs through an ongoing exchange of ideas regarding curriculum, teaching, research, and service in the Ignatian, Catholic, and humanistic traditions.
Alexander Butler is a student at The Evergreen State College. He is currently working his second year as a resident assistant in freshman housing and as a student-elected representative on the Student Union. Alexander is also the current chair of the college's Clean Energy Committee; whose funds offset 100% of the electricity used by Evergreen through renewable energy credits. The committee then allocates the remaining funds to students, staff and faculty with a focus on sustainability. In his free time, Alexander enjoys hiking, running long distance, and traveling.
Bobby began his career at The Open Gate Farm on Camano Island, WA where he managed a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription service that served the Greater Seattle Metropolitan Area. He then began his work at The Snohomish Conservation District as a Soil and Water Resource Assistant where he focused on community outreach to farmers, landowners, youth, and adult populations. There, he also spearheaded the Lawns to Lettuce Program which sought to educate and provide resources to the community to promote lawn to garden conversions. From there, he was hired as a Sustainable Farm Consultant at Equs Farms, where he assisted the farm in all major business and farming decisions. Currently, Bobby is an Instructor and Program Manager of the Urban Agriculture Program at Highline College. There he teaches seven different courses and manages the current sixteen courses in the program. In this position, he is also responsible for advisory board selection, program expansion, marketing, and advising of the program. Outside of work, Bobby has spent more than 300 hours volunteering with various non-profit community organizations. Bobby received his BS in Organic Agriculture Systems from Washington State University and is currently working towards his MS in Agriculture from Washington State University.
Natasha Bynum is a Junior at The Evergreen State College studying sustainability and political science. She is passionate about working toward justice for marginalized populations in response to issues regarding food and climate change. Natasha is the Vice-Chair of the Food Systems Working Group, a committee in charge of building a sustainable food system at Evergreen.
Terry earned a B.S. studying Biology at the University of Washington where he worked as a lab technician for a few years. He developed an interest in sustainability while helping to manage a small business in Seattle with a strong focus on sustainable practices. In 2015, he began working toward a Master of Environmental Studies degree at The Evergreen State College. He is particularly interested in sustainable water, wastewater, and storm water systems. Because of his background studying cell and molecular biology, he is also very interested in issues relating to water quality and hopes to learn more about public policy, geographic information systems (GIS), and green infrastructure. He has worked as a Graduate Specialist with the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure since 2015 and is currently working on a thesis project which involves using GIS to assess the placement of parks and green infrastructure in Pacific Northwest cities.
Ashley Connors, originally from Steilacoom, WA, is majoring in chemistry and biology, as well as minoring in environmental studies, at Pacific Lutheran University. Her goals as the Residence Hall Association's 2016-2017 Sustainability Director are to implement and continue programming that guides students in living sustainably, as well as convey the wide variety of reasons for doing so. She also works with campus organizations to implement institutional changes that support sustainability in both the present and the future. Before joining RHA, Ashley worked at PLU's Offices of Sustainability and Waste Diversion. In addition to advocating for sustainable practices, Ashley also tutors at PLU's Academic Assistance Center.
Gary is an entomologist and ecologist in the Biology Department at Gonzaga University. In recent semesters, he has taught courses such as Overlooked Species, Entomology, Scientific Inquiry, and Pollinator Ecology. This semester, he is teaching lecture and laboratory Ecology courses, and a new seminar course called Sasquatch: Cryptozoology of Cascadia. Gary conducts research on the ecology of insects.
Cooley has been active in the field of university sustainability for over 10 years. She led the Sustainability Office of an ACUPCC charter signatory, which employed 2 staff members nearly 30 students in university changing projects. Christine's past work has focused on energy reduction through both facility upgrades and behavior change campaigns. She used the campus as a living laboratory where students engaged through their curriculum and every-day life activities. Cooley earned her Bachelors in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University, where she also served as the first Sustainability Manager. Cooley is a founding member of the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition (WAHESC) and organizes the Tacoma chapter for Green Drinks, a program designed to engage the community in conversations about sustainability. She can often be found outside hiking the Pacific Northwest Mountains, traveling to check out innovative building practices.
Megan Davey is a senior at Southern Oregon University, studying Sociology & Anthropology, as well as Sustainability Leadership. She is the Raider Alternative Breaks Student Coordinator, a sub-program of SOU's Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center, and works to organize meaningful trips that create opportunities for students to become active citizens in their communities. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee, which oversees SOU's Green Fund.
Jen Davison is a scientist and a systems-thinker. In the process of attaining a MS in landscape ecology, she studied how wildlife and landscapes respond to land use and climate changes, working closely with regional stakeholders to identify and create research-based tools for managing resources threatened by global warming. Joining University of Washington's College of the Environment in 2010 Jen led a program to develop opportunities, training, and support for College scientists to make their research useable by others outside academia. Jen is currently program manager for Urban@UW, a cross-campus initiative connecting scholars who study cities, from engineers to economists to social scientists and beyond, to each other and to city stakeholders in support of community-engaged research addressing city-based challenges. She is also program manager for Livable City Year, an innovative program connecting regional cities to the courses at UW to address city-identified livability and sustainability challenges through coordinated service learning. Jen loves the outdoors and spent a decade of summers taking people on river trips through the deserts of the southwestern US.
Heather DeGrella leverages a diversity of skills gained over 16 years in architectural project management, construction administration, building science research, and sustainability consulting to enable all Opsis project teams to establish and optimize sustainability goals. As the Sustainability Design Leader at Opsis, Heather is involved throughout the full project life cycle from planning and design, through construction, and into operations. She ensures that knowledge of best practices and tools are shared throughout the office, and she challenges the firm to examine its internal operational policies.
LEED accredited since 2003, Heather has worked with the LEED Rating System for over 12 years, and has supported dozens of projects to earn certification. She has worked with design teams, contractors, and owners across the country to manage the integrated design process, recommended appropriate strategies, provide onsite training, and administer LEED and Living Building Challenge certification.
Cathy DeHart, Lecturer of Accounting at Gonzaga University, is a CPA with ten years of accounting work experience. She recently earned her Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Credential through the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.
As a senior at The Evergreen State College, Diems realized there was more to be done, both in his education and at his institution. He is now a second year senior going for a dual bachelor's degree. As an undergraduate his focus is environmental science and renewable energy. While Evergreen is a flurry with sustainability discussions, the action and implementation side has a great deal of untapped potential. He is using this final year to utilize that potential, whether it is energy generation or renewable energy education. As a student he has studied policy and physics, environmental studies and economics, always finding a way to relate renewable energy. His passion goes beyond his study, he has been a solar energy installer for over five years. With his unique background he has the shared perspective of a student and an industry employee. He is excited to graduate and be able to travel, where he will continue his education and efforts.
Johnnie Duguay is a senior at Gonzaga University from Carlton, WA. She is majoring in Environmental Studies and Political Science, with the goal of pursuing a career in environmental policy. She studied abroad in Cambodia in the Fall of 2015, learning about sustainable development and protected area governance. While abroad, she conducted a socio-environmental research project collecting and analyzing interview data and looking at environmental policy structures in protected areas in Cambodia. In her free time, Johnnie enjoys rock climbing, hiking and reading. She is excited to help Gonzaga achieve its carbon reduction goals by developing policy that encourages sustainable transportation choices.
Wendelin Dunlap is the College Access Corps Coordinator for Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. She works with youth that are underrepresented in environmental and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) college coursework and careers. While completing her recent M. Ed. in Environmental Education at Western, she was a Co-Director of Huxley's Learning, Environment, Action and Discovery (LEAD) program which, over the past 15 years, has recruited over 10,000 volunteers who performed over 23,000 hours of environmental protection and restoration through service learning projects with the city and other local organizations. Over the past two years, she personally recruited over 1,400 volunteers for over 100 events that she coordinated. She also holds a MS in Design with a Concentration in Human Factors from Arizona State University and BFA in Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Rob Efird is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian studies at Seattle University. Efird is an applied cultural anthropologist with a research focus on environmental education and a commitment to collaborative research with community partners. His current research is focused on children's environmental learning both in China and here in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Anne Egger is an associate professor at Central Washington University with a joint appointment in Geological Sciences and Science Education. She is co-PI on and NSF STEP Center in the geosciences project called InTeGrate: Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future, through which she has been working to develop and test curricular materials for teacher preparation courses that teach geoscience in the context of societal issues. She is currently president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at CWU.
Kellen Erb started as an Eco Rep and Residents' Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP) Intern as a Freshman, in the 2013-2014 year. She served as the ResRap Assistant in the office of Sustainability for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 years, and is now the ResRAP Program Coordinator for the 2016-2017 year. Kellen is dedicated to reducing Western's resource consumption through her commitment to training, assisting, and advising Eco Reps, who are peer educators and leaders living in the residence halls. She is a senior at WWU, pursuing a degree in Language, Literacy & Cultural Studies with an English Language Learning Minor, Elementary Education Teaching certificate, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages certificate. Her passion, other than living and teaching sustainable lifestyle choices, is teaching English to speakers of other languages. She is planning to teach English in Germany after graduation.
As Director of the 167,000 sf John J. Hemmingson Center & Auxiliary Services at Gonzaga University and the Gonzaga University Event Service Team (GUEST), Chuck Faulkinberry has been integral in the reengineering of the existing dining operation and preparing plans for the new facility. He leverages a rich history of hospitality experience to support the University's mission to create a globally-focused, holistic student experience. Mr. Faulkinberry has been instrumental in creating new organizations, leading teams, and rebranding dining programs for more than 31 years at several major universities, including Florida State University, Tulane University, University of Alabama, Loyola University (New Orleans), University of South Florida, David Lipscomb College and Liberty University. Having grown up in a military family and living most of his childhood in the Middle and Far East, Mr. Faulkinberry strives to create experiences that embrace diversity and create a sense of place and welcome for all.
Claudia Frere-Anderson is the director for the University of Washington's UW Sustainability office responsible for overseeing communications, reporting, programs, activities, office operations, managing staff, students and interns. She started her career in the financial services industry prior to working in the nonprofit/social entrepreneurship sector in the San Francisco Bay Area. In these positions, she launched community involvement plans for multinational companies and advised corporations with corporate social responsibility program implementations. Claudia graduated Cum Laude in Politics from the University of San Francisco with a certificate in Peace and Justice studies, and 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 likes to volunteer with nonprofit organizations in her community and enjoys traveling.
Danielle earned a B.A. in Philosophy and then proceeded to spend the next 16 years involved in the Sustainable Agriculture Industry in Central Washington. She has been an organic farmer in the Wenatchee Valley since 2001, growing mixed vegetables, berries and herbs that are sold to local markets. These days her business, Gibbs Farm, focuses mainly on fermented vegetable production and medicinal herbs. This is her third year teaching Sustainable Agriculture classes at Wenatchee Valley College, where she also manages the on-campus greenhouses and garden and works to support local public schools in starting and maintaining school garden programs
Liz Gignilliat has been employed as UW Recycling Program Coordinator within the University of Washington for over two years, specializing in process improvement, data collection and reporting, and program management. Prior to her employment with UW, Liz worked in the professional liability insurance industry, and also served as a volunteer animal handler within the education department of the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida. She graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2010, where her studies focused on consumption and material culture, globalization, and visual culture. During her time as an undergraduate, Liz produced and presented a senior seminar ethnographic study on the GSU Sustainability Committee. She spends her leisure time taking photographs, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.
Sam Groshong is a senior at Portland State University in the Environmental Studies Program. Sam works in the Campus Sustainability Office as the Reuse Coordinator and manages the reuse programs on campus. He plans on attending grad school next fall in Portland State University's Leadership for Sustainability Education Program and wants to see sustainability of all kinds introduced to standardized curriculum as a tool for education, and as a way to work towards a more sustainable future. Sam believes that to truly practice sustainability we need to think about the environment, social equity, and the economy equally. Sam Wants to see big changes in his lifetime, and is trying to be that change every day.
Veronica Guenther is a senior at the University of Washington pursuing a double degree in Economics and Community, Environment and Planning (CEP). She aims to align the use of economic tools and community empowering practices with the goal of fostering a more sustainable society. For the past year, she has been actively involved in on-campus, environmental advocacy as the Outreach Coordinator at the UW Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF). Outside of campus, she has interned with the Sierra Club, Feet First and the Northwest Center for Livable Communities. In her spare time, she loves to bike, practice yoga and explore our region's beautiful mountains.
Susanna Hamilton is the Sustainability Action Plan Coordinator at Western Washington University. She works with more than ten content-specific teams of students, staff, faculty, and administrators, writing the university's first 20-Year Sustainability Action Plan (SAP), and is facilitating discourse between the Equity Alliance and SAP team leads. Susanna holds a Master of Arts in Education with an Environmental Option. She is an active Whatcom County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer, assisting with student training and development of the Ferndale Emergency Response Network.
Joel Hanson is a Senior at Gonzaga University. He is pursuing a double Major in Environmental Studies and Sociology. During his time at Gonzaga he worked as a Resident Assistant for two years and is currently working as a Assistant Residence Director. One of his favorite classes at Gonzaga was, surprise, Environmental Sociology. In this class, he was able to make crucial connections between his two majors and learned that environmental issues are human issues and vice versa. Another Highlight of his time at Gonzaga are his three trips abroad to Zambia. In Zambia he was blessed to study Intercultural Leadership, Field Studies in Biodiversity and Travel Writing. He continued his work in Zambia though his internship with Zambia Gold, a student run organization that focuses on sustainable and ethical development in Zambia. Joel is looking forward to Post-Graduation opportunities and is currently applying to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Victoria Hardy, CFM, serves as the Lead Faculty and Coordinator for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Building Science Technology at South Seattle College. She came to Seattle from New Hampshire, where she completed a five-year tenure as the CEO of the Star Island Corporation, a not-for-profit that manages a 35 building conference complex on an island off the coast. Prior to her appointment as CEO, Hardy served as the Academic Department Head of Design and Facilities at Wentworth Institute of Technology and the primary tenured Facility Management faculty at Ferris State University. Previous to Ferris State, Hardy spent twenty years managing cultural programs and facilities at Stanford University, in the Meadowlands in New Jersey, and in Detroit, in addition to consulting in the arts and entertainment industry. She has served on the IFMA Board of Directors, and the IFMA Foundation Board of Trustees, and as Chair. Hardy holds a B.Sc., a Master's Degree in Management, and is a graduate of the Stanford Management Development Program.
Carrie Herrman is currently finishing up her Philosophy and Environmental Studies majors at Gonzaga University. She has always made an effort to be involved in her community and does this at Gonzaga through her work with the Office of Sustainability, her role as Vice President for Gonzaga Environmental Organization, by heading the Student Divestment Sub-Committee, and by founding and maintaining the Campus Garden. She is currently hoping to join the Peace Corps following graduation and in her free time loves to bike, read, and do ceramics.
Summer Hess is a writer and project manager with the Community Building in Spokane, WA. Her beats include travel, arts and culture, community activation, outdoor recreation, and sustainability. She spent 2016 studying social enterprise and innovation in Christchurch, New Zealand. Summer has taught writing in the Department of English and the Writers' Center at Eastern Washington University and served as an Engaged Faculty Scholar through the Office of Community Engagement (2014-16). She also studied as a Fulbright Fellow at the Gustavo Le Paige Museum of Archaeology (2011) and earned her MFA in writing from Eastern Washington University (2012).
Kent Hickman is a professor of finance at Gonzaga University. He initiated the course in Sustainable Business at Gonzaga University over a decade ago and has taught the subject as a visiting professor at the Rouen Business School, in Rouen, France, as the Audi Professor of Business at the Catholic University in Ingolstadt, Germany, as well as in Helsinki, Finland, at the Hanken School of Economics. His research in sustainability has been published in the Atlantic Economic Journal and The Sustainability Review. He has a working paper on the CSR reporting of "Sin Companies" under review at The Journal of Business Ethics.
Eli is the Assistant Principal, A.S.B. Advisor, and Athletic Director at Cheney Middle School. He has spent time as an Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) Program Director, Performing Arts Center Manager, middle school Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, Dean of Students, and now building administrator. His passion for OEE began as a high schooler where he volunteered in his home district as a cabin leader for the sixth grade OEE program. He is a firm believer in the power of hands-on, experiential education and strives to bring this to life with the students and teachers in his school and beyond. He brings to the table a lifelong experience as a public speaker and community leader having emceed numerous community events, chaired several community non-profit boards of directors, and, as an ordained minister, officiated multiple weddings and funerals. Eli holds a B.S. in Social Sciences from Central Washington University, as well as an M.A. in Education and WA School Principal Certification from Pacific Lutheran University.
For nearly 35 years, Alec Holser has designed and programmed innovative, award-winning higher education facilities with a special focus on student life projects, including student centers, student recreation, and housing. His passion for creating high-quality educational environments can be seen on more than 20 campuses across the Northwest, including: Gonzaga University, University of Oregon, Washington State University, University of Idaho, University of Wyoming, Montana State University, Seattle University, and Reed College. As a Principal at Opsis Architecture, Mr. Holser pushes traditional boundaries to create designs based on an understanding of 21st century educational pedagogy that moves seamlessly from informal to formal learning environments.
Rhianna Hruska is a first-year Master of Public Administration student at The Evergreen State College. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Environmental Studies (MES) from Evergreen. She is currently Evergreen's Student Trustee.
Rhianna has previously served as chair of Evergreen's Clean Energy Committee. Since 2012, Rhianna has participated in conferences, lobby days, and actions with the United States Student Association, University of California Student Association, and is currently President of the Washington Student Association. While at Evergreen, she has also presented at the Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference and attended the 2014 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference in Portland, OR.
Erica Johnson is an Associate Professor of Economics at Gonzaga University. She specializes in the areas of environmental and health economics and teaches courses in Health Economics and Sustainable Business. Each semester she tries to figure out new ways to incorporate more sustainability examples into the classroom.
Maddy is a student at Western Washington University where she is pursuing a major in Environmental Studies with a focus on Environmental Education and Policy. She is also in the Honors Program, and pursuing a minor in Education and Social Justice. Maddy works in the Office of Sustainability as the Resident's Resource Awareness Program Assistant Coordinator and is passionate about all things sustainability related. She is a vice-president of Students for Renewable Energy, and is an active member of several other campus groups. When not studying or working Maddy enjoys hiking, cooking, and perfecting her vegan cupcake recipe.
Dr. Doreen Keller is an assistant professor and the secondary coordinator of the Master in Teaching program at Whitworth University. After teaching in the Mead School District in Washington State for eleven years as a secondary English Language Arts instructor, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher and site coordinator, and journalism advisor, she began teaching courses in higher education. She joined the Whitworth faculty in 2013. Her areas of specialization include best practices in teacher education, especially classroom management and cultural responsive teaching. Her research interests include place-based education and teacher-candidate edTPA preparedness.
Brian Kelly is the Vice President of College Services at Lane Community College located in Eugene, Oregon. Kelly leads the range of diverse departments that make up College Services, including the Budget Office and College Finance, Facilities Management & Planning, Public Safety, the Titan Store, KLCC, the Health Clinic, Specialized Support Services, Custodial Services, and Printing & Graphics. He is the lead administrator for the Strategic Direction of Sustainability and manages the day-to-day operations of the newly formed Institute of Sustainable Practices that includes the Campus Learning Garden, Sustainability Team, and the Sustainability Coordinator, Energy Management and Water Conservation instructional programs. Brian was part of a team that authored Lane Community College's Climate Action Plan. Read more..
He has served as part of the Technical Advisory Committee for the City of Eugene's Sustainable Business Initiative and was active in Lane County Food Distribution plan as part of the Oregon Solutions initiative. He is currently serving on Governor Kate Brown's Campus Safety Work Group. In April of this year, Kelly was selected into the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a rigorous, ten-month executive leadership program for aspiring community college presidents led by the Aspen Institute and Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative.
Joseph Kinsella has worked in international education since 1988. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico (2005) where his doctoral work explored the production of material culture within neo-colonial political and social structures. As the Assistant Academic Vice President for Global Engagement at Gonzaga University, Kinsella oversees study abroad, international student recruitment and services, the English Language Center, and Gonzaga in Florence. Prior Gonzaga University, Kinsella served as assistant professor of anthropology at DePaul University in Chicago, where he also held a number of administrative positions including associate vice president of international programs (2006-2010), director of study abroad (2000-2006), and assistant director of study abroad (1989-1996). Read more..
His research in anthropology focuses on transnational and postcolonial identity and aesthetics. He has studied Italian, and speaks limited French and rudimentary Shona. Professor Kinsella is a cultural anthropologist whose research examines the intersection of ethnic identity and art during the decolonization of Africa in the middle of the 20th Century. Working with a group of contemporary sculptors from Zimbabwe, he explores the production of material culture within neo-colonial economic and social structures. He is particularly interested in nation-state formation and processes of globalization that are part of "postcolonial" ethnic and cultural identities. He has carried out fieldwork in Zimbabwe and Uganda and received his doctorate from the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Kirby is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Philosophy Program at Eastern Washington University. He joined the Philosophy Program in the fall of 2008. The general focus of his teaching and scholarship is in the history of philosophy and comparative thought. Kirby (as his students call him) regularly teaches upper division courses on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, the philosophy of religion, Chinese Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics, as well as several introductory philosophy courses, including Zombies and Philosophy! In his research, he is most interested in thinkers who draw insight from exploring nature - such as Aristotle and the Daoist sage Zhuangzi - as well as more recent thinkers who combine those sorts of insights with scientific and/or aesthetic modes of thought, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Arne Naess, E.O. Wilson... and especially John Dewey. Kirby also sponsors two clubs on campus: The Transcendental Apathetic (EWU's philosophy club) and the Mandarin Chinese Conversation Group.
Brice has been working with building automation systems for over 7 years. He realized time and time again that his customers were struggling with energy and building performance. He left his postion as president of BAS services company to create BuildPulse.
Jason received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington in 2013. In recent years, he's taught interdisciplinary courses in political theory, global environmental politics, environmental ethics, environmental political theory, international relations, philosophy, and global justice & activism at the UW, UW Bothell, and Haverford College. He recently published a chapter in the inaugural Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (2016) titled, "Freedom." This paper critically examines the concept in the EPT literature and argues for re-imagining its value to green movements and issues of sustainability. He's currently doing research on two projects: wildness as a social value and the political potential of ecological memory and nostalgia. He believes in a discourse-oriented classroom where students are able explore important questions of power, justice, and liberation, often with ample opportunities for personal reflection.
Gwen is a Junior at Western Washington University studying Business and Sustainability with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Gwen is in her third year as the Zero Waste Coordinator for WWU and a Sustainability Waste Management Consultant for VF Corporation. Gwen started working toward a zero waste lifestyle in April 2016 and now produces less than 16 (volume) ounces of landfill waste each month.
Sydney Lund is the Student Director at the Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center (ECOS) and is the Sustainability Director for the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University (ASSOU). Ms. Lund is a senior studying Business Marketing with a certificate in Sustainability Leadership. At ECOS, Sydney has spearheaded the Take Back the Tap Campaign, where she is actively working to ban the sale of non-reusable plastic water bottles on the SOU campus. She is the event lead for SOU's Earth Week celebration and programs student events around personal wellness and sustainable living. Through ASSOU, Ms. Lund is the chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee, which manages SOU's Green Fund.
Jean MacGregor directs Curriculum for the Bioregion at The Evergreen State College, an initiative whose mission is "to prepare undergraduates to live in a world where questions of sustainability, the complex issues of environmental quality, community health and wellbeing and environmental justice, are paramount." Jean also teaches in the Graduate Program on the Environment at Evergreen. She is the co-author of Learning Communities: Reforming Undergraduate Education, and, the co-editor of Contemplative Approaches to Sustainability in Higher Education, just published by Routledge. For her leadership in advancing the idea of academic learning communities, in 1998 Change magazine named MacGregor one of eleven "Agenda-Setters" among its eighty "past, present and future leaders of higher education."
Laura Marck is a Junior at Gonzaga University majoring in Business Operations and Sustainability. Since her freshman year Laura has helped facilitate and run the Real Food Challenge at Gonzaga, and initiated the formation of Gonzaga's Food System's Working Group. Laura is on the planning committee for WAHESC, and has been an integral part of student staff in the Office of Sustainability at Gonzaga.
Maurer has a B.S. degree in Management/Marketing from St. John Fisher College (2004), a Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE) from Syracuse University, and a masters of professional studies (M.P.S.) in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (2011). In graduate school, he focused his primary studies on deconstruction of residential properties and subsequent reuse markets. Maurer grew up in a small rural town in northern New York where he gained an appreciation for community, nature, and food production as he spent his summers helping his grandfather and father on their family dairy farm. His early career was spent in new home construction where he gained knowledge and appreciation for construction and management skills. He has been working to advance sustainability within higher education for over five years in various capacities. Read more..
He has experience and knowledge of USGBC LEED, sustainable materials management, deconstruction, greenhouse gas inventories, renewable energy, and systems thinking. Like many within sustainability in higher education, his interests are diverse, from more equitable housing policies to sustainable transportation. His current position focuses on providing sustainability leadership and strategic direction for several colleges within a district serving over 45,000 students annually.
Barry Maxwell has been a faculty member in political science, history and sustainability studies at Whatcom Community College for 15 years. He led the efforts of designing and establishing WCC's Sustainability Program, its sustainability graduation requirement, and its two interdisciplinary studies sustainability courses. As coordinator, he led the Sustainability Across the Curriculum Program 2008 to 2011, and 2015 to present, and chaired the college Sustainability Committee for the same period. Barry manages 50 acres of family owned forest land in Whatcom County and enjoys hiking and backpacking..
Geneva Mayall is a senior at Gonzaga University majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology. She has worked with various university professors and community members from the Lands Council, Spokane Conservation District, the Riverkeeper, and Inland Northwest Land Conservancy to form the University District Ecological Alliance. This group is a coalition of community members working towards the common goal of preserving the river corridor that acts as the unifying piece between the universities and community of Spokane. With her work in the UDEA she continues to seek more outreach and participation throughout the community, encouraging a cooperation to work towards a healthy and respected river corridor. In her last semester at Gonzaga Geneva is continuing research on the campus lake working to solve some of the habitat and pollution threats that it faces. In her free time Geneva is an outdoor adventure guide for the university's outdoor recreation program and also enjoys rock climbing and trail running.
Dr. Thayne McCulloh holds a BA from Gonzaga and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Oxford University, England. Over the course of 25 years, he has held multiple jobs at Gonzaga, including work in direct service areas such as residence life, student academic services and financial aid, academic vice president and a teacher of psychology and leadership studies. He is deeply committed to a broadly-based liberal arts education that prepares students to be critical thinkers, outstanding professionals, and living exemplars of the Jesuit imperative to be men and women with and for others. Dr. McCulloh is married to Julie McCulloh, Dean of Admission at Gonzaga University. They have three daughters: Kathryne, Anne, and Emily.
Kyle's mission as the University of Washington Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) Coordinator is to ensure that current and prospective projects are adequately supported. The CSF serves as a nexus for students to make connections on campus and have beneficial, practical experiences developing and implementing sustainability projects. Part of Kyle's role is serving as a liaison for students, helping establish relationships, and offering resources and insights from the earliest ideation phase to project adoption and completion. Having addressed sustainability from working in various fields including IT, Journalism, Education, and Natural Sciences, Kyle has grown to understand sustainability as a transdisciplinary challenge, with solutions embedded in the collaboration between academics, stakeholders and diverse groups. Kyle enjoys listening to records, maintaining a worm bin, beekeeping, teaching and practicing yoga, cooking ethnic foods and traveling. Kyle is a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Environmental Horticulture degree.
Kim McNamara is a faculty member in the business program at Olympic College and serves as the chair of Olympic College's Sustainability Advisory Council. Before beginning her career in higher education, she spent 25 years working as a consultant and trainer for large and small businesses, as well as government and community organizations. Her business experience convinced her of the benefits businesses and their many stakeholders gain from sustainable practices. Interested in higher education's responsibility for sustainability, Kim focused on strategies for fostering sustainability in higher education when she earned her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University. Her Master's degree in Human Resource Development from Antioch University, combined with her background as a Certified Public Accountant, provide her with the perspective and skills needed for identifying and implementing sustainable solutions in a practical world.
Ted Monk is Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for Sodexo North America. In this role he oversees Sodexo's Better Tomorrow 2025 commitments around health and wellness, sustainable sourcing, water, waste and energy management. Ted's background is in operations with more than 25 years of experience in Corporate Services, Health Care and Schools, both in the US and in the UK. He has served as District Manager, Director of Business Development and Senior Vice President. Ted is a National Executive Sponsor for Sodexo's Impact Mentoring program as well as being a regional executive sponsor of PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality), one of Sodexo's initiatives to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Ted is the Board Chair for the Alameda County (CA) Community Food Bank and a board member of Open Heart Kitchen which provides meals to the hungry and homeless in his neighbourhood. He has recently joined the board of The Food Recovery Network which recovers food from 200 campuses across the U.S. for redistribution to those in need. Ted earned his degree in hospitality from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland and attended graduate classes at Cranfield Business School.
Chandra Morando moved to Seattle in early 2016 to fill the role of General Manager at Zipcar, overseeing operations for the State of Washington. As General Manager, Chandra supervises a team of marketing, operations, and member services professionals along with a fleet of 500+ vehicles. She comes to Seattle with over seven years of transportation experience, previously launching Zipcar's Milwaukee and Madison markets and running location strategy for the Chicago region. A Southern California native, Chandra never envisioned a life without owning a vehicle until she moved to Chicago to attend college. While completing her Bachelor's degree in Marketing Communication, Chandra developed a deep appreciation for public transit and transitioned to a car-light lifestyle, using Zipcar when she really needed a car. After college, Chandra worked in advertising and traditional car rental, until she moved from being a Zipcar user and advocate to a member of the team.
Scott Morgan is the Director of Sustainability at The Evergreen State College. Evergreen's Office of Sustainability coordinates and guides on campus sustainability efforts as well as institutional collaborations with community-based groups.
Scott has worked in agriculture and private industry, founded and managed a small non-profit, worked with youth-at-risk, taught GED and pre-college classes, and has spent the past few years immersed in the public sector. This diverse set of perspectives informs his recognition that long-term sustainability will require a dynamic harmony between environmental, social, and economic health.
On campus, Scott works across all divisions of the college, from operations to academics, to support Evergreen's carbon neutrality and zero-waste goals. He is currently a co-coordinator for WAHESC. Off campus, he is a founding coordinator of the Sustainability Professionals of Thurston County, partner at Cairn Sustainability Consulting Services, a Board Member for the Thurston Climate Action Team, and a member of the City of Olympia's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Amber has been a champion for sustainability for over five years in the higher education, consumer foods, electronics, and government fields. Originally from a small town near Toronto, Canada, Amber attended the University of Waterloo and earned a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Honors Environment and Business, with a focus in Environmental Management and Sustainable Local Economic Development. For nearly two years, she has been a part of Bellevue College's Office of Sustainability and exploring the beautiful PNW. Her range of expertise has allowed her to research and implement creative solutions for energy, waste, and water and engage individuals in leading increasingly sustainable lifestyles. Her current focus is on alternative transportation, waste programming, and experiential learning. Outside of work, Amber enjoys organic gardening to various degrees of success and scuba diving.
Anne Marie Noll is a senior Cross-Cultural Studies History, Peace Studies, and Spanish major at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Originally from Texas, she found herself at home at Whitworth when she joined the Kipos (Students Advocating Environmental Justice) club. The club is based in a community student run garden and community plots that views environmental justice hand in hand with social justice. As well, the club tries to promote thoughtful living on campus and the importance of working and living in community. She is currently the president of the club for a second year. As well, she works out of the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement Center, at Whitworth University, as the Food Security Advocate. She is very interested in helping to build a sustainable and equitable global and domestic food system in the future.
Jeremy currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Southern Oregon University, is the Director of Finance and Administration with the Associated Students of SOU, and works for Pacific Power's BlueSky Renewable Energy Program. Currently, Jeremy is working towards completing a B.S. degree in Economics and Finance and a Certificate in Applied Finance and Economics. He founded the Solar PPA Committee at SOU which is investigating the potential for the ASSOU to invest in solar panels and sell the resulting power to Southern Oregon University.
Cindy Nover is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She co-chairs the President's Committee on Diversity and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on diversity, focusing on the intersection of the environment and the individual. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Center For Justice, a local organization promoting social and environmental justice. She is involved in local programs that promote increased access to housing, jobs and other re-entry needs for formerly incarcerated individuals. Areas of interest: mental health, medical social work, diversity, smart justice, race relations.
Robin O'Quinn is an Associate Professor of Biology at Eastern Washington University and a member of the Environmental Science faculty. She grew up on a small family farm in rural southern Oregon and worked as a professional gardener and florist in San Francisco before attending the University of California, Davis where she received her B.S. in Botany, and Washington State University, where she earned her Ph.D. Her research program centers on better understanding the evolutionary basis for plant species origins and distributions, and on nutritional variation in foraged plant foods. Since 2008, Dr. O'Quinn has collaborated with students, faculty and staff at EWU to increase awareness about real food availability, food security and sustainability. She was instrumental in establishing the EWU Community Garden, launching the Eagle Express Fresh Market, and in advising the EWU Sustainability Project. More recently, Dr. O'Quinn has worked with her colleagues to develop a Sustainability degree at EWU. Read more..
Committed to lifelong learning and community outreach, Dr. O'Quinn recently completed a Permaculture Design Certificate. She routinely leads field trips to the EWU garden; facilitates the gardens involvement in "Eagle Up"; serves as a board member for the Northeast Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society; and teaches a course in "Landscaping with Natives" for the Spokane Conservation Districts' Backyard Stewardship Program.
Vincent Peak is a biology student at Whitworth University, graduating in 2017, he is also the compost director at the university working to integrate and expand sustainable practice. Vincent was a high level scout sniper in the Marine Corps, this experience fostered skills for patience, detailed critical thinking, project/team management, as well as the ability to operate on deadlines. Vincent Is the visionary behind the app Share.Farm, the worlds first online farmers market while also creating the environment and demand for seeking higher personal nutrition standards.
Kathryn Picanco, Ed.D is an associate professor of education at Whitworth University. She is an experienced classroom teacher, district gifted and talented program coordinator, consultant and instructor in the areas of differentiation, gifted education and elementary science methods. She teaches in the teacher preparation and gifted education programs at Whitworth.
Darcy Phillips is the Service Immersion Program Manager at the Center for Community Action and Service Learning at Gonzaga University. In this position she advises and develops co-curricular immersion experiences that engage students in service throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has been working in the areas of social justice, community development, and volunteer and non-profit management for the past 10 years. Darcy received an M.A. in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago.
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 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 literature, 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. In 2014, she designed a Faculty Learning Community on Sustainability, which was funded by the State of Washington. Read more..
Plevin has been active with the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), serving on the board and organizing and presenting on at least six panels for their biannual conferences. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the Modern Language Association (2012) 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. and her poetry has appeared in various collections, including Cabin Fever: Poets at Joaquin Miller's Cabin.
Assistant Professor; Director of Educational Leadership Program Lance Potter runs the Principal Certification Program, teaches graduate courses in educational leadership and school law, and Intro to Education. Lance brings an eclectic past to his position at Eastern. Among other things, he has been the superintendent and principal of an international school, taught at that same international school, taught college and high school courses, taught middle school, managed a farm, practiced law, worked in business, and taught skiing in Colorado. Lance holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Penn State University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Alexander Pozarycki is an environmental educator in his senior year at The Evergreen State College. He leads wilderness adventures for college students with The Outdoor Program to promote ecological understanding. Alexander is the chair of the Food Systems Working Group, a committee in charge of building a sustainable food system at Evergreen.
Danae received her Master's of Environmental Studies from Evergreen in 2016, completing her thesis work on sustainability in Washington State's higher education. As a Graduate Research Assistant for Jean MacGregor and the Curriculum for the Bioregion, she helped design and conduct a longitudinal study to assess sustainability on 50 college and university campuses across the state. She investigated trends in curriculum, planning and administration, student engagement and more. Danae currently works with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, where she supports the Executive Management Team in efforts to increase communication and transparency agency-wide. She has also worked with a small team to research, design, and test methods of discussing climate change with diverse groups and presented findings at the Seventh International Conference on Climate Change in 2015. Danae holds a B.S. in Biology from Minnesota State University Mankato and served two years as an AmeriCorps member at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.
Alison Pugh is the Grant Director and Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation grant, Expanding Lifelong STEM Career Pathways in Sustainable Building Science Technology, at South Seattle College, supporting the new and innovative Sustainable Building Science Technology Bachelor of Applied Science Degree. Prior to that, she served as the Chair of the Energy Management academic department at Edmonds Community College. She led the development of the energy management program, including convening the industry-led advisory committee, developing course sequencing within the degree and certificates to modularize "stackable" certificates leading to the degree, and developing curriculum and online content. In addition, she was the Principal Investigator 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. Read more..
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. Recently, Ms. Pugh was awarded the distinction of Marano Fellow having successfully completed the Sector Skills Academy sponsored by SkillUp Washington and the Aspen Institute. 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).
Joan Qazi is a Geography Instructor at Wenatchee Valley College and has been involved with sustainability initiatives on campus for the last 20 years. Her doctoral research focused on the Washington State apple industry and post-doc work has highlighted sustainable agriculture and food systems. As a geographer, Joan teaches about human-land interactions, thinking globally and acting locally. Joan is on the steering committee for Climate Conversations NCW, a grass-roots group dedicated to education and advocacy around climate change issues in our region. She also works for Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network as their Farm-to-School Coordinator, connecting farmers and K-12 school buyers to increase locally grown foods in school meals. Joan earned her M.A. in Geography from University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in Geography from University of Washington.
Dr. Martha Raske is the Director and Chair of the EWU School of Social Work. Her MSW and PhD are from the University of Illinois Chicago. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education as a teacher and administrator at three universities. Her special areas of research include mental health policy and practice, aging studies, the inclusion of consumers in social service program design, and the inclusion of students in decision-making in higher education.
Scott Rollins is Chair of the Life Sciences Department at Spokane Falls Community College, where he has taught for 10 years. Raised in Post Falls, ID, Scott returned to Spokane after a Postdoctoral Scholarship with the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems and the Environmental Studies Department at The University of California, Santa Cruz. As he began teaching at SFCC, he continued as a visiting researcher with UCSC examining water quality in the central California coastal region. His research helps resource managers assess water quality and ecosystem health, and to establish ecologically defensible water quality standards. Scott received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, his M.S. and B.S. from Portland State University, and his A.S. from North Idaho College. Scott currently teaches Environmental Biology and Environmental Science courses at SFCC and, along with his co-PI Adriana Bishop, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant focused on integrating sustainability into STEM technician training. When not working, Scott enjoys photography, fly fishing, and spending time with his wife and two kids.
Keith Schneringer is Director of Channel Marketing + Sustainability for WAXIE Sanitary Supply. Keith is a LEED® AP O+M and a CIMS-GB ISSA Certification Expert currently serving in a leadership role for the San Diego Chapter of the US Green Building Council. He is a Past-President of the Chapter, as well as the Founder and Co-Chair of the Chapter's Commercial Real Estate LEED EBOM Committee and has served as a Chapter Representative to the Pacific Regional Council of the USGBC. He has been a stakeholder in standard development processes for the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard-Green Building (CIMS-GB), and for the Green Seal GS-37 and GS-42 standards. Keith has assisted several cleaning organizations earn CIMS-GB certification, and has also served on many LEED project teams as a green cleaning consultant, including universities, schools, museums, commercial real estate buildings, sports facilities and two of WAXIE's own LEED Silver Certified Inventory Centers.
Briar Schoon is the Sustainability Manager for Portland Community College in Oregon, with the focus of mainstreaming sustainability throughout all practices and programs at the college's four campuses and eight centers. She enjoys waste reduction because people get excited about it and that draws them into exploring other sustainability initiatives. Her waste reduction super power would be preventing the purchase of disposables, aka - Supreme Reusable Queen, with a cape made from recycled PET from disposable water bottles (that are now a thing of the past).
Makenna is a senior Environmental Studies student with minors in Sustainable Business and Music. At Gonzaga, she works in the Office of Sustainability as an event coordinator, and stays involved in all things choir related by serving on the Choir Council. After studying abroad in Bhutan, she was inspired to pursue a future in aiding global sustainable development using the expertise of indigenous knowledge. She enjoys traipsing around the mountains in her home state Montana with her beloved Nalgene® bottle named bae.
Jim Simon joined Gonzaga University as its first Director of Sustainability after serving Buffalo and Western New York in various professional and volunteer capacities. At the University at Buffalo, Simon advanced sustainability within the university's research, teaching, and public service missions by supporting, implementing, and measuring sustainability, communicating sustainability, fostering student engagement and leadership, and promoting community engagement and involvement. He served in leadership roles with the organizations including Clean Air, the Erie County Environmental Management Council (ECEMC), and Buffalo CarShare.
In 2012, Simon was honored to be a member of the inaugural class of Buffalo Business First's "30 under 30," an annual award recognizing 30 young professionals who excel in their profession and in the community. Read more..
At Gonzaga, Jim is working to add capacity to our missioned goal of being a climate neutral campus by 2050. Through engaging the campus and the community in new and different ways, Jim is excited to bring his passion for sustainability to a world-class Jesuit institution like Gonzaga University, and to work with the community to continue fostering a culture of sustainability that is resilient and responsive to the dynamics of higher education and our changing world. When he's not on campus, he enjoys trail running along the Spokane River and traveling the Pacific Northwest with his family.
Annie Sloan is the sustainability intern for Aramark at Evergreen. She also runs the Campus Food Coalition, facilitates in-class tasting labs for the different food programs at Evergreen, and is a certified sommelier. She just finished her senior thesis on Trump and Terror.
Tomson Spink has worked in the Plant Services organization at Gonzaga University for 5 years. He manages a crew of 49 tradesmen who are responsible for the operation, repair and maintenance of campus facilities, campus grounds and the campus fleet. Before Gonzaga he worked in the Capital Projects Office at Eastern Washington University for 5 years. Prior to his work in Higher Education he spent 10 years in the general contracting business managing the construction of large commercial buildings. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University.
My name is Dylan Stiegemeier. I was born and raised in North Idaho and love living in the Pacific Northwest. I teach Political Science and Global Issues at The Community Colleges of Spokane. My undergrad and masters were completed at University of Idaho. I am working to complete my dissertation from Idaho State University with a Doctoral of Arts degree in Political Science. I love the outdoors and I am passionate about sustainability issues. I have created an organization I call The Theodores modeled after one our greatest conservationalists, Theodore Roosevelt. It is a simple concept and project designed to foster action.
Dave Stockdale is Director of the William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center and the Water Technologies and Engineering Degree Programs at Walla Walla Community College. He also serves as the Chair of the WWCC Sustainability Committee. He has previously worked for the University of Washington and Texas A&M University, and served over 15 years as the director of multiple nonprofits, including a leading sustainable agriculture center in California. Dave earned a M.S. in Plant Science from University of Houston and a B.S. in Agriculture from Purdue University.
Loni Taber is an undergraduate student at Eastern Washington University. She is majoring in philosophy with minors in environmental science and women's and gender studies. Loni is on her way to pursuing a PhD. in philosophy with the hopes of becoming a university professor specializing in axiology, also known as the study of values. She has presented in both philosophical and scientific research conferences. In addition, Loni has had work published in the Skepsis Proceedings for the 25th Ancient Olympia Conference for 2016, as well as on the CALE website for the department of philosophy at EWU. Her areas of interest include, environmental ethics, ecofeminism, the human prospect, symbolic logic, and poetry.
Phillip Thompson is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Founding Director of the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability at Seattle University. His research areas have included drinking water and wastewater treatment, hazardous waste remediation, engineering education and sustainable engineering in the developing world. He has a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Iowa and is a licensed professional engineer.
Brandon Trelstad is Oregon State University's Sustainability Officer, the first person to hold a position he helped create in 2005 after earning from OSU a degree in environmental science. Brandon oversees strategic and tactical sustainability programs at OSU and works with university leadership to advance the mission of the institution. The Sustainability Office team tracks and reports on institutional progress toward sustainability, supports curriculum change, fosters student engagement, helps identify and implement infrastructure projects, and communicates with news media and the public. During Brandon's tenure, OSU has gained a reputation as a leader in sustainability, achieving top tier status across multiple platforms for sustainability related work. Read more..
Brandon is Vice Facilitator and a founding member of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, a nonprofit organization formed in 2007 with over 350 partner organizations working to accelerate the creation of a sustainable Corvallis. He is very active on energy and climate issues. In 2010, Brandon was recognized by 1000 Friends of Oregon as one of 35 Innovators Under 35.
Jillian Trinkaus graduated from Western Washington University with a M.S. in biology and a teaching certificate in secondary science. She has also studied Spanish and is a small business owner. Jillian brings her background in science, education and business to her position as a sustainable transportation advocate at WWU. One of her current projects is the Viking eBike Pilot Project, which is designed to introduce Western's campus community to the benefits and uses of electric assist bicycles.
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.
Dr. Patrick Van Inwegen teaches courses at Whitworth University emphasizing the international and comparative aspects of politics and serves as the Chair of Whitworth's Sustainability Committee. He has written extensively on the role of nonviolent action in revolutionary situations. Van Inwegen's dissertation and related coursework convinced him of the need for a general textbook on revolutions; this resulted in his book Understanding Revolution (Lynne Reinner Publishers). Van Inwegen taught and conducted research at Whitworth's Costa Rica Center during the 2012-13 academic year, and he has developed a strong practical research focus on sustainability issues. Whether traveling with students in Costa Rica or Ireland or going about his Whitworth business in Spokane, Van Inwegen has consistently sought to engage students and to become a better teacher.
Seth has been Western Washington University's Sustainability Manager since 2007. He has worked as a high school science teacher, NPS interpretive ranger, and vermicompost business owner. As a M.Ed student, he created the Office of Sustainability, and has since led the development of many of Western's sustainability initiatives in the areas of climate, food, waste, co-curricular education and more. Seth teaches the Campus Sustainability Planning Studio which has provided over 80 sustainability research presentations to Western's campus and the Puget Sound region. Seth is one of the founders and co-chairs of the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coaltion. WAHESC was created to provide avenues for collaboration between regional institutions
Dr. Grace Wang is a professor at Western Washington University's Huxley College, and Academic Program Director for the Sustainability Program. Her teaching includes courses in sustainability and natural resource policy. As Academic Program Director, Grace coordinates curricular sustainability initiatives on campus. Grace's main area of research is federal land policy; in particular investigating how resource managers make decisions.
Kevin Wilhelm is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting and is one of the world's pre-eminent business consultants and teachers in the field of sustainability.
Kevin brings over 19 years of experience working with 115+ businesses ranging across 37 different industries with clients including Amazon, Nordstrom, REI, Alaska Airlines & Real Networks to name a few.
Kevin is also a thought leader in this field, having taught 12 different courses at over 8different Universities (including UW, WWU, UT-Tacoma, Virginia Tech, St. Louis University and has written four acclaimed books in this field including his newest one - Sustainability Jobs: The Complete Guide to Landing Your Dream Green Job.
Melodi Wynne received a Bachelor Degree from EWU in psychology, a Master's Degree in Community and Cultural Psychology from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, an undergraduate certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies, and a graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution. Her studies focused on culture and identity, social development, indigenous research issues and methodology, community empowerment, culture and conflict, and facilitation for community change. Melodi is currently analyzing focus group and interview data, and writing for dissertation. Her dissertation research is aimed at creating a Tribally based definition of intellectual property and recommendations for protections of Tribal cultural resources.
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