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Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference

2017 Keynote Speakers

Beth Robinette | Founder, Lazy R Ranch (carbon negative beef) and Co-Founder, LINC Foods

Beth Robinette

Dr. Mitch Thomashow | Author of Ecological Identity, Bringing the Biosphere Home, and The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus

Mitch Thomashow

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.

2017 Speakers

Kathryn Baldwin, EdD | Assistant Professor, Director of MIT, Eastern Washington University

Anne Marie Noll

Betsy Bancroft | Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Gonzaga University

Betsy Bancroft

Shannon Bauman | Project Sustainability Analyst, Gonzaga University

Anne Marie Noll

Erica Bartlett | Program Coordinator, University of Washington (UW Recycling)

Erica Bartlett

Monica Bartlett | Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department, Gonzaga University

Monica Bartlett

Carol Berry | Campus Conservation and Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, Western Washington University

Carol Berry

Keiko Betcher | Sustainable Action Fund Education Coordinator, Western Washington University

Keiko Betcher

Adriana Bishop | Chair, Physical Sciences Department, Spokane Falls Community College

Adriana Bishop

Branden Born | Associate Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington

Branden Born

Scott Buck | Transportation Supervisor, Eastern Washington University

Scott Buck

Paul Buller | Kinsey M. Robinson Professor of Management, Gonzaga University

Paul Buller

Alexander Butler | Chair, Clean Energy Committee, the Evergreen State College

Anne Marie Noll

Bobby Butler | Urban Agriculture Program Manager at Highline College

Bobby Butler

Natasha Bynum | Student and Vice Chair of the Food Systems Working Group, The Evergreen State College

Anne Marie Noll

Terry Carroll | Graduate Specialist, Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, The Evergreen State College

Terry Carroll


Ashley Connors | Residence Hall Association Sustainability Director, Pacific Lutheran University

Ashley Connors

Gary Chang | Associate Professor of Biology, Gonzaga University

Gary Chang

Christine Cooley | Cairn Sustainability Consulting Services

Christine Cooley

Megan Davey | Raider Alternative Break Coordinator, Southern Oregon University

Megan Davey

Jennifer Davison | Program Manager, University of Washington

Jennifer Davison

Heather DeGrella | Sustainability Design Leader, Opsis Architecture

Heather DeGrella

Cathy DeHart, CPA, M.Ed. | Lecturer, Accounting Department, Gonzaga University School of Business Administration

Cathy DeHart

Nelson Diems | Undergraduate Student of Renewable Energy, The Evergreen State College

Anne Marie Noll

Johnnie Duguay | Project Sustainability Analyst, Gonzaga University

Anne Marie Noll

Wendelin Dunlap | College Access Corps Coordinator, Western Washington University

Wendelin Dunlap

Rob Efird | Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian studies, Seattle University

Rob Efird

Anne Egger | Associate Professor, Central Washington University

Anne Egger

Kellen Erb | Residents' Resource Awareness Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, Western Washington University

Kellen Erb

Chuck Faulkinberry | Director, Hemmingson Center & Auxiliary Services, Gonzaga University

Anne Marie Noll

Claudia Frere-Anderson | Director, University of Washington Sustainability

Claudia Frere-Anderson

Danielle Gibbs | Adjunct Instructor, Wenatchee Valley College

Anne Marie Noll

Liz Gignilliat | Program Coordinator, University of Washington (UW Recycling)

Liz Gignilliat

Sam Groshong | Reuse Coordinator, Portland State University

Sam Groshong

Veronica Guenther | Campus Sustainability Fund Outreach Coordinator, University of Washington

Veronica Guenther

Susanna Hamilton | Sustainability Action Plan Coordinator, Western Washington University

Susanna Hamilton

Joel Hanson | Student, Gonzaga University

Joel Hanson

Victoria Hardy | Lead Faculty, South Seattle College

Anne Marie Noll

Carrie Herrman | Student, Gonzaga University

Carrie Herrman

Summer Hess | Project Manager, Community Building

Summer Hess

Kent Hickman | Professor of Finance, Gonzaga University

Anne Marie Noll

Eli Holm | Assistant Principal, Cheney Middle School

Eli Holm

Alec Holser | Principal, Opsis Architecture

Anne Marie Noll

Rhianna Hruska | Master of Public Administration Student, The Evergreen State College

Rhianna Hruska

Erica Johnson | Associate Professor of Economics, Gonzaga University

Erica Johnson

Madeleine Jones | Student, Western Washington University

Madeleine Jones

Doreen Keller, Ed.D. | Assistant Professor, Secondary Coordinator, Whitworth University

Doreen Keller

Brian Kelly | Vice President of College Services, Lane Community College

Brian Kelly

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 | Assistant Academic Vice President, Center for Global Engagement, Gonzaga University

Joseph Kinsella

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.


Christopher Kirby, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Philosophy, Eastern Washington University

Christopher Kirby

Brice Kosnik | CEO, BuildPulse

Anne Marie Noll

Jason Lambacher, Ph.D | Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Environmental and Global Studies at University of Washington Bothell

Jason Lambacher

Gwen Larned | Zero Waste Coordinator, Western Washington University and Sustainability Waste Management Consultant, VF Corporation

Anne Marie Noll

Sydney Lund | Student Director, Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center and Sustainability Director, Associated Students of Southern Oregon University

Sydney Lund

Jean MacGregor | Director, Curriculum for the Bioregion, The Evergreen State College

Jean MacGregor

Laura Marck | Student, Gonzaga University

Anne Marie Noll

Adam Maurer | District Sustainability Coordinator, Seattle Colleges

Anne Marie Noll

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 | Political Science, History and Sustainability Studies Faculty, Whatcom Community College

Barry Maxwell

Geneva Mayall | Student, Gonzaga University

Geneva Mayall

Dr. Thayne McCulloh | President, Gonzaga University

Anne Marie Noll

Kyle McDermott | Coordinator, Campus Sustainability Fund, University of Washington

Anne Marie Noll

Kim McNamara | Professor, Business Transfer, Olympic College

Kim McNamara


Ted Monk | Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Sodexo North America

Ted Monk

Chandra Morando | Greater Seattle Area General Manager, Zipcar

Chandra Morando

Scott Morgan | Director of Sustainability, The Evergreen State College

Scott Morgan

Amber Nicholson | Sustainability Manager, Bellevue College

Amber Nicholson

Anne Marie Noll | Student, Whitworth University

Anne Marie Noll

Jeremy Nootenboom | Economics Student, Southern Oregon University

Jeremy Nootenboom

Cindy Nover, Ph.D, LICSW | Assistant Professor of Social Work, Eastern Washington University

Anne Marie Noll

Dr. Robin O'Quinn | Biology Professor, Eastern Washington University

Robin O'Quinn

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 | Biology student, Whitworth University

Vincent Peak

Kathryn Picanco | Associate Professor of Education, Whitworth University

Kathryn Picanco

Darcy Philips | Service Immersion Coordinator, Gonzaga University

Darcy Philips

Arlene Plevin | Professor of English, Olympic College

Anne Marie Noll

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.


R. Lance Potter | Assistant Professor and Director of Educational Leadership, Eastern Washington University

Lance Potter

Alexander Pozarycki | Chair of the Food Systems Working Group, The Evergreen State College

Alexander Pozarycki

Danae Presler | Research Assistant, Curriculum for the Bioregion, The Evergreen State College

Anne Marie Noll

Alison Pugh | NSF Grant Director, South Seattle College- Georgetown Campus

Alison Pugh

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 | Adjunct Geography Instructor, Wenatchee Valley College

Joan Qazi


Martha Raske, MSW, Ph.D. | Professor and Director, School of Social Work, Eastern Washington University

Martha Raske


Scott Rollins | Chair, Life Sciences Department, Spokane Falls Community College

Anne Marie Noll

Keith Schneringer | Director of Channel Marketing + Sustainability, WAXIE Sanitary Supply

Keith Schneringer


Briar Schoon | Sustainability Manager, Portland Community College

Briar Schoon


Makenna Sellers | Office of Sustainability Student Employee, Gonzaga University

Makenna Sellers


Jim Simon | Director of Sustainability, Gonzaga University

Jim Simon

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 Sloane | Sustainability Intern, Aramark Evergreen

Annie Sloane

Tomson Spink | Facility Maintenance, Grounds and Fleet Manager

Tomson Spink

Dylan Stiegemeier | Adjunct Faculty, Political Science and Global Issues, Spokane Falls Community College and North Idaho Community College

Dylan Stiegemeier

Dave Stockdale | Director, Water & Environmental Center, Walla Walla Community College

Dave Stockdale

Loni Taber | Philosophy Student, Eastern Washington University

Loni Taber

Phillip Thompson | Director, Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability at Seattle University

Phillip Thompson

Brandon Trelstad | Sustainability Officer, Oregon State University

Brandon Trelstad

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 | Sustainable Transportation Program Assistant, Western Washington University

Jillian Trinkaus

Robert Turner | Coordinator, Environmental Science Degree Program, University of Washington Bothell

Robert Turner

Patrick Van Inwegen | Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Sustainability Committee, Whitworth University

Patrick Van Inwegen

Seth Vidaña | Campus Sustainability Manager, Western Washington University  

Seth Vidana

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 | Professor and Academic Program Director of Sustainability, Western Washington University

Anne Marie Noll

Kevin Wilhelm | CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting

Anne Marie Noll

Melodi Wynne | Consultant for Spokane Tribal History and Culture Curriculum Development

Melodi Wynne