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Jennifer has served as the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State since early 2012; she has previously served as Acting Director and Associate Director of the Institute. Jennifer is also an Associate Professor of Public Administration in Portland State's Hatfield School of Government; her research agenda focuses on environmental and natural resource policy and administration, including urban governance issues, the rural-urban interface, forest resources, water resources, energy and economic development. Recent publications include an invited book chapter on the role of government in supporting green business, an article in the Economic Development Quarterly on the economic development impacts of the green building sector in Portland, a co-authored article in the Metropolitan Universities Journal on PSU's sustainability curriculum, and a white paper on opportunities for Oregon to take a leadership role in the management of toxics. Read more..
Jennifer has taught undergraduate classes on the Green Economy and Environmental Sustainability and graduate courses on Water Policy, Sustainable Development Policy, Sustainability Development Practices, Forest Policy, and Energy Policy. Jennifer has served on the boards of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Shorebank Pacific, Portland Energy Conservation Inc. and the Portland Sustainability Institute.
Disproportionate temperature increases in the north, relative to the lower latitudes, make the region a perfect laboratory for witnessing the effects of global warming and for designing strategies to mitigate or adapt to altered weather patterns. According to longtime Alaska resident and veteran author Lord (Creative Writing/Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage; Rock, Water, Wild: An Alaskan Life, 2009, etc.), climate-related changes are happening now, radically transforming landscapes and lives. Although she deftly weaves pertinent scientific and political information throughout, her account's power stems from her on-site observations, lyrical descriptions of the land and sea and sensitive interviews of local officials and natives whose insight and experience humanize an otherwise vast and arcane subject. Read more..
Lord reports from her home base, Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, where the wetlands are shrinking and large-scale modifications in both fresh water and marine conditions threaten the salmon-dependent economy; from Canada's Mackenzie River Valley and Fort Yukon, Alaska, where industrial development endangers the boreal forest, unlocking a massive carbon storehouse; from Barter Island, on the frozen Beaufort Sea, where thawing permafrost and diminished sea ice expose a vulnerable coastline and where "climate change tourism" now dominates the economy; from Shishmaref Island, where the Inupiaq have already voted to relocate because of erosion and flooding; and from Bethel, Alaska, where village elders near the Bering Sea gather to advise fishery managers and to consider the effects of ocean acidification, "climate change's evil twin." In each of these hot spots, residents already cope with climate-induced changes likely to reach the rest of us later. They're already making hard choices about land and water use, fire prevention and species conservation, as well as about combating climate change while still respecting traditional cultures. Amid an unprecedented challenge, the remote north, writes Lord, is a "proving ground," set to reveal either "how creative and responsible humans can be," or how feckless.
Mark has been at Evergreen for 3 1/2, and has worked for RAD for about 3. He has worked as a custodian, maintenance worker, HVAC tech, and is now one of two Sustainability Leads. Mark's particular interests include compost systems, urban agriculture, and alternative energy.
Charlie is the Director of the Institute for Village Studies. He joined IVS from the field of international development and has worked on community development projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Prior to taking over as Director, he conducted research on women's economic empowerment at the International Center for Research on Women. He holds an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Global Studies from Western Washington University. Charlie also is a nationally certified EMT. When not working, he can be found hiking, rock climbing or enjoying many of the other great outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest.
Jennifer Atkinson is a lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, where her courses explore the intersection between Environmental Studies and American literature and culture. Her teaching is integrative as well as interdisciplinary: studies in literary analysis and environmental thought are enhanced by service learning, collaboration with community organizations and other "field experiences" throughout the Puget Sound region. These integrative learning opportunities allow students to directly engage with and draw connections between the political, professional, aesthetic and experiential dimensions of human relations to our more-than-human world. Jennifer has published work in EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia and the Garden and the Journal of Utopian Studies, and is currently working on a book that examines some of the social histories embedded in American garden writing, including the modernization of agriculture and mechanization of labor, urban growth, the rise of environmentalism, and everyday acts of resistance to the legacy of industrialization.
April Atwood is an adjunct professor at Seattle University, where she teaches courses in consumer behavior, marketing principles, marketing and social issues, and sustainability. She has decades of teaching experience at the University of Washington, and she has been on the faculty at Bainbridge Graduate Institute (accredited MBA program in Sustainable Business) since its third year of operations. April completed her PhD at Ohio State, where she conducted research on visual and non-visual imagery effects on consumer learning. She has been involved in consulting work with many organizations over the years, including Puget Sound Blood Center/NIH grant work on blood donation, King County Solid Waste Division work on marketing recyclable materials, Northwest Kidney Foundation work on attitudes and behavior change in dialysis patients, and program evaluation and member research for faith communities. Read more..
She is on the board of directors for Water for Humans, a non-profit focused on providing clean water technology to communities in Mexico. She has been published in Advances in Consumer Research, Marketing Theory and Applications, and Innovative Marketing.
A Lummi Tribal member and Northwest Indian College graduate in Native Environmental Science focusing on Native Plants and Camas. She is a lifetime student in her Traditional Teachings, passed down by her Grandmothers and finds herself learning how to walk in two worlds of traditional and scientific knowledge.
Aubrey Batchelor works at the University of Washington as a Programs Supervisor for the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office. During her seven years at the University she has worked in a variety of roles primarily focusing on the development of the Sustainability office from its inception in 2008. Some of her projects and activities to enhance the University's sustainability effortsinclude assisting with the development of the University's Climate Action Plan and implementation, developing a comprehensive green laboratory program, organizing public lectures and educational events, reporting and analyzing sustainability metrics, supervising students and student led projects, and coordinating with external businesses to explore new innovations for advancing sustainability at the University. She serves as a judge for the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge (http://eic.washington.edu), as a staff advisor for the student Campus Sustainability Fund (http://csf.washington.edu), and as a committee member for the Intercollegiate Athletics Green Team working to reduce game day waste for all Husky athletic events. Read more..
Aubrey presents regularly to UW courses, UW committees, webinars and conferences including the Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference, the Seattle GoGreen Conference, and the Environmental Protection Agency Food Series. Aubrey has a Bachelor degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Washington where she conducted atmospheric chemistry research related to climate change in Salvador, Brazil. Aubrey has previously worked with the International Respiratory and Severe Illness Center, a collaboration among global health doctors and governmental programs aimed at reducing the burden of illness in low resource areas worldwide.
Matthew Benedict is the Recycling Coordinator and Compost Technician at Seattle University. He found his way there through an encouraging Mentor and has spent the last 4 and a half years learning about the waste industry and the way that people think about waste. He advises two student groups about on campus sustainability efforts and is working on his MBA with a focus on Sustainability and Operations. He is happy to take every opportunity to talk about waste and its impacts with anyone that will listen.
Ane Berrett, M. A. serves as the Director of Service Learning and social science faculty at Northwest Indian College. She facilitates leadership courses and projects with a focus on food sovereignty. She is also a licensed mental health provider who provides counseling and consulting to individuals, families and communities impacted by transition and change.
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 currently manages the Sustainable Office Certification program and Western's annual "Sweater Days" energy awareness and conservation campaign. A graduate of Scripps College, Claremont, CA, in 1979, with a Fine Arts concentration, Carol believes that making and understanding how everyday items are made are keys to sustainability.She is a member of the Whatcom Weaver's Guild and the Bellingham Textile Project advisory committee.
John teaches field biology, ecology, natural history, evolution, environmental issues, and folk music performance at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. His current research involves repeating important components of the 1970's MESA census to document recent marine bird population changes in inshore marine waters. His past research includes conservation biology of seabirds and the endemic Juan Fernandez Firecrown hummingbird on Chile's Isla Robinson Crusoe, and acoustic communication in birds and whales.
Beth C. Bryant is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. She is an environmental law and policy expert specializing in coastal and marine resource management. Beth's research focuses on the interface of science, policy and law in natural resources management, and she enjoys analyzing and communicating complex interdisciplinary concepts to diverse audiences. Beth holds J.D. and M.M.A. degrees from the University of Washington.
Janie Bube is a graduating senior at Seattle University studying environmental studies and urban sustainability with coursework in environmental engineering. She has interned with two different environmental organizations: Forterra and the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS). Last year, she was awarded a fellowship by the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability at Seattle University for her green bike shed design. She is also working to create living walls with Seattle University's urban farm, City Soil Farm: A Community Food and Learning Space at the South Wastewater Treatment Plant in Renton, Washington. As president of the Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists and World Water Partners and a member of the President's Committee for Sustainability at Seattle University, she works on fundraising, international clean water projects, restoration events, sustainable design, and environmental education. She is enthusiastic and passionate about green design and exploring new solutions.
Alex Clark is the Environmental and Social Responsibility Representative on the Student Government at Bellevue College. He will be transferring to The Evergreen State College to pursue a degree in Regenerative Landscaping and Stewardship. He has interned for Bellevue College's Office of Sustainability where he worked to promote sustainability and engage students to become involved on campus in regards to the environmental work taking place. He has worked most recently to address hunger and the environmental and social issues surrounding our current food system.
Regan works collaboratively with Western's students, staff, and faculty to utilize the funds gathered from the student Green Energy Fee to pilot sustainability initiatives for the campus community. Regan has a MS in Ecology & Environmental Science and has worked in the conservation field for over ten years.
Christine Cooley LEED AP, is the Sustainability Manager at Pacific Lutheran University. Chrissy is dedicated to bridging the gap between the vision and reality of sustainability. She has been with Pacific Lutheran University for over five years. She leads a Sustainability Office of over twenty students and another full time staff member, and received her Masters of Business Administration degree from PLU as well. Her past work has been focused on large group facilitation, energy reduction, and sustainability project management. She graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University, where she also worked as the university's first sustainability professional in their Business Operations Department. She was the director for the record breaking 2008 Earth Day event in Columbus OH, and as a student was involved in passing a LEED building policy at OSU, the largest school in the country at the time. For fun she enjoys biking, organizing the Tacoma chapter of Green Drinks, and hiking the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
Vanessa is an enrolled member of the Lummi tribe and a single mother of three beautiful children. Vanessa has worked for Northwest Indian College's Cooperative Extension since 2006. She now coordinates the Lummi Food Sovereignty Project and teaches community education classes on the uses of traditional plants as food and for healthy living. Her work promotes healthy lifestyle changes by providing opportunities for the community to participate in activities that encourage making healthy choices. She is passionate about working side by side with her community in strengthening relationships and keeping the cultural teachings alive. Vanessa is a graduate of Northwest Indian College and has her bachelor degree in Human Services from Western Washington University. Her intention is to "give back to my community that has given me so much to be grateful for".
Michelle Dannehy is junior at Western Washington University. This is her third year as a member of Students for Sustainable Water and her first as its president. She has been actively involved in the Bottled Water campaign and has attended two PowerShift conferences where she worked with other student activists and gained a deeper understand of the interconnectivity of the environmental movement.
She has geography degrees from McGill and Carleton Universities in Canada and UCLA. She has an education degree from Queen's University, Canada. Prior to community college teaching she worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Canada Center for Remote Sensing where she focused on remote sensing of seaice. Her working career started out with high school teaching in geography, art and science in Eastern Canada. Susan's teaching interests focus on raising essential geographical awareness of both physical and human aspects of the world. Physical aspects include climate, soils, water issues, and landforms; human aspects include population dynamics, place-making, culture, and social justice. She views connecting students to their local and global environments to be crucially important for both students and the environment. Susan is particularly interested in the interplay between the fields of geography, art, and literature. In 2010 she received the Bremer exceptional faculty award. Read more..
Susan has two research tracks. The local year-round project involves monthly collections and analysis of marine debris at Old Mill Park in Silverdale. This program is in its fourth year and on average the Olympic College Environmental Outreach Club and Geography students collect over 10,000 pieces of debris annually that are sorted and cataloged. The second involves research into place-making and art, particularly land art. This work has largely taken place during summer vacations. Susan travels, hikes, paints and gardens in her spare time. With the exception of gardening these activities take place, when possible, in Mediterranean regions.
Marie Eaton is co-author of 'Living the Questions: Contemplative and Reflective Practices in Sustainability Education' in Bartlett, P. and Chase, G. (Eds) Transforming Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Sustainability (MIT Press 2013), 'Reflection, Civic Engagement and Learning Communities' and 'The Educational Promise of Service-Learning-Communities' (both in MacGregor, J. (Ed) Integrating Learning Communities with Service Learning (American Association of Higher Education 2003). She also co-authored 'Work, Reflection, and Community: Conditions that Support Writing Self-evaluations' in Student Self-Evaluation: Fostering Reflective Learning. (MacGregor, J Ed, Jossey-Bass, 1994). She is currently working on a volume of edited essays called: Contemplative Inquiry for Sustainability: Teaching the World Whole. She is Professor of Humanities and Education, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies where she teaches courses related to food pathways and ethical food production. She has been a member of the Sustainability and Contemplative Practice faculty learning community in the Curriculum for the Bioregion project for the past four years.
Sarah Egger-Weiler is a senior at University of Puget Sound, who is about to finish a degree in History and Environmental Policy. While she has been active in environmental work on her campus all four years, this is her first year being employed by the university as a Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, where she manages sustainability social and print media on campus and maintains communication between individual student sustainability groups and the administration. She helped spear head the first stages of the ban the bottle campaign at Puget Sound as a junior, when she was president of the student sustainability club, Students for a Sustainable Campus. She very enthusiastic about environmental grassroots campaigns and hopes to continue working on them next year as a campus organizer for U.S. Pirg.
Dr. Benjamin Fackler-Adams: is Instructor of Interdisciplinary Sciences & past chairman of the Sustainability Standing Committee at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA. He is involved in developing sustainability-specific courses as well as infusing it across the spectrum of geoscience, chemistry and interdisciplinary learning community courses he teaches. He also participates in similar efforts with colleagues at Western Washington University. He is currently participating in the greenhouse gas inventory and mitigation planning effort at SVC as well as helping to implement a comprehensive waste reduction effort.
Bee Faxon teaches English composition at Edmonds Community College, most recently developing and teaching a composition/research course on climate change. Her experiences as a certified mediator help to shape her classroom practice. She has written or co-authored works in College Composition and Communication, Teaching English in the Two Year College, and Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning. Food sustainability issues and cooperative business models (from farming to retailing) have been lifelong commitments; she has served as editor of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op's Natural Enquirer for 30 years.
Mike Fowler manages the Residential New Construction energy efficiency incentive program at Puget Sound Energy. The program includes a focus on multifamily housing and mixed-use residential buildings. He is also an Architect with +20 years experience that includes two net-zero energy design projects, five LEED projects, and past service as a member of the Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) Energy Code — Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Currently, he is the Chair for the AIA Washington Council, Codes and Planning Policy Committee and a member of the Washington SBCC Green Building TAG. In 2012, Mike authored an Outcome-based Energy Budget code proposal, a roadmap to reduce actual energy use 70% by 2030. Outcome-based codes are one option being considered in a state effort to create a new Washington Aspirational Code.
Travis Freidman is the Sustainability and Energy Manager for the University of Puget Sound. Travis is native "Seattleite" and got his degree in Economics, Political Theory, and Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound. Travis currently manages the student recycling program at Puget Sound as well as serving on the Sustainability Advisory Committee. In addition to making the University of Puget Sound a greener place, Travis also is a board member of the College University Recycling Coalition (CURC).
John Furman joined Western as the Director of Facilities Management in August 2011. As Director of Facilities Management, John has oversight the University's energy budget, all maintenance and repair of existing facilities as well as in-house construction and renovation projects. Prior to joining Western Washington University, John served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 26 years as a Civil Engineer and Facility Manager. John is a registered professional engineer and certified facility manager with the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), and holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Betsy Geist is Dean of Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change at Antioch University Seattle and a faculty member in Whole Systems Design at Antioch's Center for Creative Change. She is an eco-philospher with particular interests in knowing and relating in a more-than-human world, and human being. Her teaching focuses on systemic thinking, design thinking, somatic awareness and language as a leverage point for change. She enjoys getting her hands in the dirt, the sourdough, and skeins of yarn-- but not at the same time.
Irina Gendelman is an Associate Professor of Communication and co-director of a faculty development center at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, WA. She also serves as chair of the campus sustainability committee and director of the campus Learning Garden. She is passionate about developing innovative teaching methods that engage students in a learning, derived from experience and a connection to everyday practices. Her research and teaching interests include the study of the construction of place through symbolic and material means. She examines the role of media in the production of place and in the ways that the production and consumption of food, nature and art are negotiated between stakeholders in urban spaces. Recently, she led a study trip to Italy to explore the Slow Food movement and roles that food and rituals around food serve in defining culture, history and identity.
Casey Gifford is currently developing a climate action plan for University of Washington's Transportation Services. Last year Casey researched bicycle transportation in Denmark as a Fulbright Fellow, where she also began her master's degree in Urban Planning and Management at Aalborg University. While in Denmark, Casey worked with the Danish Cyclists Federation, bicycle loan companies, and two universities to begin a bike loan program for international students and improve cycling education for international students in Aalborg. Over the past five years, Casey has worked with Oregon Department of Transportation, Sierra Club, Center for Neighborhood Technology, the City of Eugene's Transportation and Planning & Development Teams, and Transit for Liveable Communities. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies and Geography from University of Oregon, where she was an active member in both climate change and sustainable transportation student groups.
Jessica Gigot, Ph.D. is a native environmental science faculty at the Northwest Indian College. She also owns a small farm in the Skagit Valley. She is interested in community projects and education that promote personal wellness and ecosystem health and she is interested in the linkages between soil and food quality.
Jenny is a senior at Western Washington University pursuing her degree in Environmental Studies: Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and a minor in Creative Writing for graduation this coming Spring. She is the Sustainable Office Program Assistant at the Office of Sustainability on campus, and have held that position since this Fall. Jenny has been involved with furthering campus sustainability since her freshmen year when she first joined Students for Renewable Energy, the club that spearheaded the divestment campaign in Fall 2012. She also serves as a member of the Divestment Study Group, active since last spring.
Sharon Goodman, is the Director of Residential and Dining Services at The Evergreen State College. She holds a Master's Degree from the University of Vermont in Higher Education and Student Affairs. At TESC she serves on the Sustainability Council. In her current position, she oversees the unique Student worker program that employs over 80 students that are actively engaged in hands on projects. In addition, there are 5 students that currently work for the department that focus on specific sustainability research including alternative energy sources, waste management, and sustainable food purchases.
Deric coordinates campus, curricular, and leadership initiatives towards a sustainability college and community and lead the college to the 2013 Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature. Deric has weaved together experience in sustainability, community and economic development, and international affairs. He received the 2012 Governor's Commute Smart Award for ETC (transportation) Leadership. He also coordinated a two year study on transportation demand management strategies for schools while receiving his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jacob de Guzman's Cascadian roots run deep into Washington's soil. Growing up on the mighty Columbia River in the Wenatchee Valley, his love for the natural world quickly grew with playgrounds like the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia Plateau. Sustainability has been a growing passion of Jacob's since high school where he served as an avid member of the Eastmont High School Environmental Club. Coupling this passion with an affinity for the natural sciences has brought Jacob to the Huxley College of the Environment where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science with minors in Environmental Education and Spanish. Jacob's dedication to a sustainable lifestyle is present not only in his education but also in his extracurricular activities. Since joining the WWU Office of Sustainability team in 2011, Jacob has been working to develop and improve the Zero-Waste Western Program across campus. Read more..
During the summer of 2013, he was one of two interns at the North Cascades National Park where he helped collect data on plant communities for a three year vegetation mapping project. Jacob has lobbied in Olympia for environmentally-progressive legislation and is politically active on campus for the WWU Divestment and Real Food Challenge campaigns. He is currently president of the Huxley student chapter of the Air and Waste MGMT Association and recipient of various awards such as Evergreen Boy's State Recognition of Excellence and the John D. Spromberg Scholarship. After school, Jacob plans on gaining more experience in the field before moving on to a graduate program.
Growing up near the Salish Sea I learned an important lesson after overharvesting shellfish from a certain area. There were less shellfish. Now through personal actions and work, I aim towards a sustainable human earth relationship. I recently graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from Huxley College of the Environment. Interests are gardening, urban fruit foraging, snorkeling, renewable energy, and general environmental efforts.
Kathi H. Hiyane-Brown, Ed.D., became the fourth president of Whatcom Community College in 2007. Dr. Hiyane-Brown leads this comprehensive community college that serves 4,500 FTE and 7,800 students each quarter, employs more than 400 employees, and operates with an annual state budget of approximately $20 million. During her tenure, she has built vital community partnerships, inspired innovation and excellence throughout the College, and encouraged a culture of inclusiveness. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Whatcom offers associate degrees in academic transfer, general studies, and professional/technical. The College is recognized for its strong transfer program, its international education initiatives, allied health programs and collaborative efforts with higher education institutions in the region. Whatcom is developing a solid College Foundation and a comprehensive professional development program. Read more..
A nationally recognized advocate of community college education, Dr. Hiyane-Brown currently serves on the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Presidents Academy Executive Committee (PAEC); the AACC Innovative Learning and Student Success Commission(ILSS) - formerly the Commission on Academic, Student and Community Relations; and on the board of the National Asian Pacific Islander Council (NAPIC), an affiliate council AACC. She previously served as president and founding member of this council. Additionally, she was a past director on the AACC Board of Directors, and past chair of the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity for AACC. As a member of the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges (WACTC), Dr. Hiyane-Brown serves on the WACTC Executive Committee and is chair of the Critical Issues Committee. Her local leadership experience includes serving on the Boards of the Northwest Economic Development Council (NWEDC) and the Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access (WAHA). In addition to statewide committees focused on the work of the two-year college system, she is a member of the Governor's Taskforce on Adult Education Advisory Council and serves on the board of The Association (the Washington Community and Technical College Administrative Training Association). Dr. Hiyane-Brown's national involvement with professional development includes her experiences as a member of the National Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development (NCSPOD), having served in numerous leadership positions, including President, for that organization. She conducts training and workshops on leadership and diversity in venues locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Hiyane-Brown was the President of Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN, for four years prior to being appointed president at WCC. She also held administrative posts at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA; Leeward Community College, Pearl City, HI; and Muscatine Community College, Muscatine, IA. Born in Hawai'i, Dr. Hiyane-Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Grinnell College; a Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology, University of Iowa; and a Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership, Oregon State University. Dr. Hiyane-Brown has been recognized as one of 2010's Outstanding Women Educators by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation and was the recipient of the 2002 Leadership Award from The Association. In recognition of her commitment to staff and program development, she received NCSPOD's College President's Award in 2012. She has received several other leadership awards.
Tim Hohn has been a faculty member in the Horticulture Department at Edmonds Community College for 18 years and currently serves as department head. His professional interests include public garden management, curatorial practices for botanical gardens, nursery & greenhouse operations, restoration horticulture, sustainable urban agriculture, and sustainable development. In addition to teaching a full range of horticulture courses, he developed the first restoration horticulture degree program in the country. Currently, he and his partner, Jason Niebler, are developing a sustainable agriculture education collaborative in conjunction with Seattle Central Community College, Skagit Valley College, and Washington State University supported by the National Science Foundation. He's the author of the book: Curatorial Practices for Botanical Gardens.
Her research interests are sustainable food systems and local planning and policy-making. She also has two bachelor's degrees in Environmental Studies and Human Development from Eckerd College, and a master's degree in Urban Planning and Design from the University of Washington. Megan also teaches at the UW. Her favorite course to teach is Sustainability Studio, a course for upper-level undergraduate students within the Environmental Studies program. The course, with rotating topics, is deigned to engaging students in collaborative, hands-on projects to promote campus-level sustainability. Course topics have included waste, green laboratories, green athletics, climate action, renewable energy, and coming this spring- food purchasing and carbon footprinting. Megan brings both personal passion and diverse work experiences to her research and teaching. Her diverse experiences ranges from working for county and regional government and local non-profits to doing short-term consulting work for transportation and environmental planning firms. Read more..
She also has been a leader in neighborhood-level sustainability projects, and is in the processing of "greening" her home by insulating it, installing solar panels and a roof rainwater catchment system, and developing a mini urban farm. Prior to moving to Seattle, Megan worked as a National Park Service Ranger at Lava Beds National Monument and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Protected Areas Management in western Honduras.
Holly Hughes has taught English full-time at Edmonds Community College for more than 20 years. A recipient of the Excellence in Education Award in 2013, she and Tim Hohn co-founded the Sustainability Initiative in 2006 and she continues to serve as co-chair of the Sustainability Council. For the past seven years, she's been involved with the Washington Center's Curriculum for the Bioregion project, currently serving as a member of the steering committee and has served as a member of the Sustainability and Contemplative Practice task force the last four years. She's co-author with Brenda Miller of the book The Pen & The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World.
Brian Kelly is the Vice President of College Services at Lane Community College located in Eugene, Oregon. Previous to this position, Kelly was a Career Technical Dean in a division of the college that includes both Operational and Instructional programs. 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 of staff, faculty, students and community members who created Lane Community College's Climate Action Plan. 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.
Thea Kindschuh is the Reuse Coordinator for Portland State University, where she manages the PSU Reuse Room, the Sustainable Drinking Water Task Force, and is active in the Waste Reduction Task Force. Since joining the Campus Sustainability Office in spring of 2013, she has focused her efforts on enlarging the program via re-branding and social media, as well as organizing a number of interactive events to promote the culture of reuse campus-wide. A Portland native, Thea pursued her BA in Environmental Studies at Seattle University and Uppsala University, Sweden before returning home to PSU this past spring. She is thrilled to be a part of the incredible sustainability community at PSU, and to be sharing her experience here at WAHESC.
Kurt currently oversee the worldwide strategic direction for the School of Management in partnership with Deans and Directors in all international locations. Served as chair and secondary member on dissertation committees for doctoral students in the Organizational and Educational Leadership programs. Developed, managed, and conducted user and administrator training for pharmaceutical researchers, statisticians, and systems administrators focused on gene and protein expression research at Rosetta Inpharmatics. Trained scientists in North America, Europe and Asia. Designed instruction for commercial customers, internal users, and employees on three different product lines. Developed and implemented new employee training and certification plans. Conducted on-site and web-based product demonstrations to assist Sales. Developed downloadable on-line modules to be used by customers for CBT.
Kendra Krantz is senior at Western Washington University. She is the Coordinator of the Residents' Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP) at Western's Office of Sustainability. ResRAP advocates for sustainable living on campus through environmental education. As the ResRAP Coordinator, Kendra works directly with Hall Council Eco Reps, sustainable representatives that volunteer their time within the nine residence halls on campus. Majoring in environmental education, Kendra provides an educational foundation and abundant resources for Eco Reps and other on-campus residents to develop their own path to sustainable living and peer-to-peer education.
Ryan Lambert is the supervising engineer of the Building Performance Team at Puget Sound Energy (PSE). In his role, Ryan manages a group of eight people that deliver behavioral and operational-based energy efficiency programs to commercial customers. The programs include a commissioning based-program, the Comprehensive Building Tune-Up (CBTU), and the award-winning Resource Conservation Manager (RCM) program. Ryan joined PSE in June 2011 as a senior energy management engineer. Prior to joining PSE, Ryan worked as a senior engineer for Schneider Electric for five years, where he developed performance contract projects for various public entities. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from Gonzaga University and an MBA from Seattle University. Ryan is a Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Project Management Professional (PMP), and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
Alex Lenferna is a South African Fulbright Scholar pursuing his PhD at the University of Washington based in the Philosophy Department. Before coming to UW he was a research associate at the IGERT C-CHANGE Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Unit at the University of Kansas. Combining insights from the two areas, he focuses on issues of climate change, global justice, poverty and inequality. Alex is engaging in ongoing and increasingly widely read research into the ethics and economics of fossil fuel divestment.
My name is Grace LeVally, a second year student at Gonzaga University. I am originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. My major is International Relations and I'm studying Arabic. I work on campus at the Student Center and I am the Director of Sustainability for the Residence Hall Association.
Sue Lonac completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Davis, in 1995. After teaching as an adjunct at Davis and at Solano Community College, she joined the full-time faculty at Whatcom Community College in 1996, where she has been teaching English composition, literature, and film. Though a lifelong environmentalist, Sue has only recently been exploring ways to incorporate a substantial sustainability component into English courses. Her work on WCC's Sustainability Committee and herparticipation in the UW Community College Master Teacher's Institute on global warming have provided her with new energy toward this end.
Nick is currently the staff lead for Pacific Lutheran University's Sustainability Office. He has a background in environmental studies, ecology, green and natural building, organic farming practices/reduced tillage, compost education, and place based community development. He is actively involved with Sustainable Tacoma Pierce and is on the board for the South Sound Chapter of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. He holds certificates in Permaculture Design and Building Operators Course, and is a LEED GA. His beautiful baby daughter, Gela Oak Lorax, was born August 19th this year at home in Parkland, Washington.
James Loucky has taught and conducted research through Western Washington University since 1990, in the areas of humane migration, cultural ecology, human rights, sensible border policies, and child and community well-being. He has long connections to Maya communities as well as people who are increasingly disrupted by global economic disparities and climate change. His priorities today revolve around strengthening ecocultural understandings, commons thinking, and intercultural and intergenerational learning.
Alyssa actively spreads the word and raises awareness about Western's Green Energy Fee Grant Program through various outreach services such as presentations, tabling, and other events. Alyssa is a junior at Western majoring in Geography and minoring in Spanish. She aspires to work in Latin America primarily with the environmental, geographic and social aspects of their inhabitants and resources.
Jean MacGregor directs the Curriculum for the Bioregion Initiative at The Evergreen State College, whose mission is 'connecting teaching and learning to a citizenship of place.' Curriculum for the Bioregion supports faculty as they integrate sustainability content into a broad array of courses and disciplines. The project has involved over 1100 faculty members in Washington State and beyond. Jean also teaches in the Graduate Program on the Environment at Evergreen. Jean has longstanding interests in place-based learning and the creation of academic communities for students and faculty members.
Peter Martin has been an instructor in the International Education Division at Edmonds Community College since 1987; he is currently an active member of the Sustainability and Contemplative Practice faculty learning community, sponsored by the Washington Center's Curriculum for the Bioregion initiative, as well as The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Ed. (ACMHE). In addition, Peter has studied, practiced, and conducted Vipassana meditation retreats under the guidance of the late S.N. Goenka since 1980.
Barry Maxwell is a Political Science, History and Economics Instructor at Whatcom Community College. Barry specializes in the middle east, international relations, security studies and American government. As a career Army officer, he worked on military, international relations, and counter-terrorism projects for the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. for five years. Barry has more recently begun to specialize in sustainability studies, helping Whatcom establish its Sustainability Committee, and a sustainability graduation requirement in place since 2009.
Lauren McClanahan is Professor of Secondary Education in the Woodring College of Education. In addition to being a founding member of the WCE Sustainability Fellows, Lauren conducts research in the field of literacy, specifically how the art of blending creative writing and photography/videography can be used to tell digital stories about place and our changing climate. Most recently, she has been working with high school students in Mekoryuk, Alaska, helping them to document the climate change that they see all around them. Her video series, titled "First Person Singular," aims to give voice to students who are being directly affected by climate change, and to offer hope for an uncertain future.
John teaches wildlife ecology, conservation biology, population biology, natural history, and statistics at Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University. His research addresses roles of birds and other wildlife in Elwha watershed restoration after dam removal, butterfly responses to climate change, and forest carnivore habitat relationships. Prior to work at WWU, he was Director of Research at the Teton Science School in Grand Teton National Park. He completed a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Stanford University. Before graduate school, he worked as a wilderness guide in the Adirondack mountains.
April McMurry is a program coordinator at Western's Center for Service-Learning and works to facilitate service-learning partnerships between community organizations and Western's campus. As a former nonprofit organization executive director, public school employee and AmeriCorps volunteer, her experiences range from riparian zone restoration to program development for people with developmental disabilities. She taps into her wide-ranging collaborative experiences and ability to maximize limited resources in order to build sustainable partnerships and promote positive change in the community.
Kim McNamara is a faculty member for the business program at Olympic College and serves as a co-chair of Olympic College's Sustainability Advisory Council. In addition to her role as a faculty member, Kim has also served in administrative positions for the Instructional and Student Services divisions at Olympic College. Prior to her career in higher education, she spent 25 years working in the private sector as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator for large and small businesses, as well as nonprofit, governmental and community organizations. Kim earned a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University where her dissertation focused on strategies for fostering sustainability in higher education. She obtained her Master's Degree in Human Resource Development from Antioch University Seattle. Her Bachelor's Degree was in Pre-Law at the University of Washington. She studied accounting at Seattle University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Read more..
Living with her husband and a herd of horses in the middle of 25 acres of woodlands overlooking South Puget Sound and the Southern Olympics, Kim is blessed with abundant opportunities to enjoy breathtaking sunsets. She has contributed many hours of her time to a variety of environmental groups and studies earth ministry when she gets a quiet moment.
Norm is responsible for energy conservation programs encompassing more than 14 million gross square feet of built space, consuming $38 million in average annual utility cost, serving anurban 643 acre campus with a daily population of more than 60,000 students, staff, faculty and visitors. Norm is a Registered Architect, a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional and an AAE Certified Energy Manager with more than 25 years of experience in the planning, design, construction and operation of public,institutional facilities. Norm is the University of Washington project lead for the $10.2 million, UW Smart Grid Demonstration Project, a sub-project within the U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest Regional Smart Grid Demonstration Project. Norm administers the UW Seattle Campus Energy Conservation Program using the Energy Performance Contracting (or ESCO) method, and over the last five years, has overseen an investment of $30 million in 18 ESCO projects that capture $3.3 million in annual utility savings and avoid campus greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 25,000 Metric tons of CO2 annually.
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, 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. He is also actively engaged with the Thurston Climate Action Team, a public/private partnership dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for Thurston County, WA by encouraging, coordinating, and leading action on climate change.
Dr. Thomas W Murphy is Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Edmonds Community College and founder of the Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School (facebook.com/leafschool). The LEAF School applies traditional ecological knowledge to modern sustainability problems through community-based research and service-learning partnerships with local tribes, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Murphy was the 2011 Washington State Conservation Teacher of the Year and the Puget Sound Regional Council recognized the LEAF School's work at the Japanese Gulch Fish Passage Project in 2012 with a 2040 Vision Award.
Jason Niebler is the founding director of the Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) Collaborative. His development and grant writing efforts for SAgE have been awarded over one million dollars by the National Science Foundation since 2009. He has over 15 years of environmental and natural resource education, research, management, and conservation experience in the Pacific Northwest and Latin America, with specific interests in agroforestry systems, ecological restoration, biodiversity conservation, and landscape ecology. When living and working in neotropical ecosystems with traditional farming communities, he incorporates these practices into sustainable development projects, including those he managed through a United Nations Development Programme grant. These and other professional experiences, such as farming the lowlands of the Snoqualmie Valley for Seattle markets and clients, have informed the conception and direction of SAgE urban and small farm programming.
Sadie promotes the benefits and opportunities of Western's Green Energy Fee Grant Program to students, faculty and staff on campus. Sadie is a junior at Western majoring Environmental Policy with a minor in American Indian Studies. She hopes to one day work with indigenous communities in protection their land and treaty rights.
Kai Okazaki has always followed his passion for sustainable communities in student life. His involvements at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, include co-directing an energy and water conservation competition in residence with over 3100 participants, co-founding a student organization focusing on water alternatives and a phase out plan of plastic bottled water for the university, and currently drafting a year-long sustainability program for students living in residence. All of these projects have one commonality: Common Energy. Common Energy UBC is the largest student sustainability organization on campus encompassing all aspects of sustainability into the UBC communities. Currently, Kai is part of the steering committee alongside 11 other leaders with extensive student connections and partnerships. Read more..
He is also the student coordinator for sustainability in residence, overseeing over 9400 students on engaging long-term initiatives in 13 different complexes. His previous work includes co-founding Jasper Sustainability Club for Youth, a student organization seeking to engage and contribute to the new high school design with LEED certification.
Pamela Pape-Lindstrom grew up in Iowa and earned a B.S. in biology with a minor in marine science at the University of Miami. I did graduate work at the Baruch Institute of the University of South Carolina utilizing immunoassays to document sub-lethal predation on burrowing brittle stars, and earned a Ph.D. in biology. I have been at Everett Community College since 2000 and currently co-chair the Life Sciences Department. With the help of an NSF grant we have redesigned our majors' introductory series to incorporate a variety of student-centered learning exercises including computer modeling with STELLA simulation software. Since Fall 2012, I have been teaching a new natural science course entitled "Sustainability and Systems". I led the faculty committee that created and implemented a new student sustainability core learning outcome for the campus and authored the first Climate Action Plan for Everett Community College. Read more..
As a past participant in FIRST II and the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership, I am very interested in evidence-based teaching methods and improving STEM education. I spent 2012-2013 as a PULSE Leadership Fellow and am currently involved in several projects related to continuing the work of the PULSE Partnership
Jennifer Perkins works at the University of Washington as a Sustainability Communications Coordinator in the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office. During her time working at UW, she has filled various roles in sustainability program development, communications, reporting, and general office support. She developed the Green Office Certification program, and provided support for the development of UW's additional green certification programs. Jennifer manages the UW Sustainability Map, coordinates website content and maintenance, and expands UW sustainability social media presence. Jennifer has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science & Resource Management, with a minor in Quantitative Science, from the University of Washington.
Arlene Plevin received her Ph.D. in English at 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, she has bicycled all over the world and written a now very out of print book about cycling. In 2012, she was a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer in Dharamsala, India, teaching at Central University of Himachel Pradesh and focusing on sustainability and diasporas. She has been a member of Olympic College's Sustainability Task Force since its inception and helped plan events at the college related to sustainability.
Gifford believes that entrepreneurship releases energy in the direction of deep personal values. Similarly, intrapreneurship is a tool for releasing the creativity, values and entrepreneurial spirit of people who work in large corporations. "When you free people from fear and bureaucratic restraint, they are likely to choose innovation projects that serve their deeper values," says Gifford. With the success of his books such as The Intelligent Organization and Intrapreneuring, Gifford has spent most of his career teaching intrapreneurship at large multinational companies (IBM, Shell, Ford, HP, Texas Instruments, DuPont, and others), government agencies, and non-profits. Gifford has taught intrapreneuring and sustainability at Yale, Harvard, MIT, the University of Colorado, many of the universities in Washington state and over 20 other major universities.
Chris has over 25 years of experience as a chef and food service professional. He is a Certified Executive Chef and a member of the American Academy of Chefs. He has participated in several local food events that support the community. They include: Kitsap County Agricultural Alliance - Chef's Showcase of locally grown food; Festival of Trees Gala Dinner; food preparation demonstrations at local farmers' markets (Poulsbo, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Auburn); The Bremerton Party in support of the Bremerton Foodline and Bremerton Rotary. He headed a project of the Washington State Chefs Association that developed a Cook Book for food bank users. He was honored with a "Healthy Tomorrows" award from the Kitsap SUN and the Kitsap Credit Union for this project. Chris is active in the Washington State Chefs Association and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Sustainability Taskforce at Olympic College. Chris's excellence in teaching and community involvement has been recognized by Olympic College. Read more..
In 2011 he received the President's Award for his commitment to diversity and personal example of leadership and strong sense of civic duty. Chris was presented with the ACF "Cutting Edge" award for recognition of leadership and service to the culinary profession and community. Chris works with the "Chefs Move to Schools" initiative to promote healthy cooking in public schools and was invited to the White House in 2010 to be a part of the campaign kick-off. Currently he serves on the Kitsap County Food Policy Council.
Alison Pugh is one of the resident experts on sustainability at Edmonds Community College, developing green curriculum and programs as well as providing support operationally for the college to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and reduce the campus' overall impact on its ecosystem. Alison has led the way from the beginning of this movement at the college, in 2005, when she joined with other faculty to bring the import of sustainability to the administration's attention. The college's philosophy statement shifted in 2006 to include sustainability, and the Sustainability Initiative was born. The Sustainability Council guides the Initiative's efforts, and Alison has been integral to the Council since its inception, providing leadership and support wherever it's needed and currently serves as Chair. After graduating with her MBA in Sustainable Business, Alison stepped in to fill a new role at the college as Sustainability Researcher, supporting the Workforce Development & Training office and the Sustainability Council's efforts. Read more..
Recently, Alison led the development of the college's current 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, developing curriculum and online content, and is now leading the department as Director.
Dr. Thomas L. (Les) Purce has served as president of The Evergreen State College, a nationally recognized, public liberal arts college, since July 1, 2000. Dr. Purce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Education, and a Doctor of Counselor Education from Idaho State University. He also attended Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management. In May of 2009, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Dr. Purce has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) for two terms and served as past President on the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) Board of Directors. He currently serves as a board member for the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, the Northwest African American Museum and Washington Campus Compact. In addition, he is Chair-elect for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Council of Presidents. Read more..
His term as Chair begins in 2013. At Evergreen, Dr. Purce oversees a $158 million biennial operating budget, a $30 million biennial capital budget, approximately 250 full- and part-time faculty and more than 400 staff. Prior to accepting the presidency at The Evergreen State College he served as Vice President of Extended University Affairs and Dean of Extended Academic Programs at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. He had been with WSU since 1995. Accepting the Evergreen appointment was something of a homecoming for Dr. Purce. He was Executive Vice President at the college from 1992 to 1995. He also served as Interim President of Evergreen for two years before that. He came to Evergreen in 1989 as Vice President for College Advancement. Before coming to Evergreen, Dr. Purce was at Idaho State University as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Research Park and Economic Development. Dr. Purce's career in the state of Idaho spanned 15 years in both the public and private sectors. He was the first black elected official in the state, serving as city councilman and then mayor of Pocatello. He later served as Director of Idaho's departments of Administration and Health and Welfare under Governor John Evans. In the private sector, he served as partner and chief operating officer of Power Engineering Inc., one of the fastest growing electrical engineering firms in the Northwest. Evergreen serves approximately 4500 students from its main campus in Olympia, at a satellite site in Tacoma, and through a unique reservation-based program for Native American students at five locations around the Puget Sound. Since opening its doors in 1971, the college has become a national leader in the development of interdisciplinary learning communities that combine and coordinate several academic subjects that are traditionally taught separately. Students at Evergreen report higher than average engagement on many benchmark measures of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), including level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment. Many colleges and universities across the country now model parts of their curricula on Evergreen's innovative approach to interdisciplinary study in the arts and sciences. Sierra magazine and the Princeton Review have repeatedly named Evergreen as one of the top "green" colleges in the nation for its commitment to sustainability and achievements in sustainable practices, operations, academic programming and community outreach. In 2007, Dr. Purce joined 250 other college and university presidents in making the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and formally committing to the pursuit of campus carbon neutrality. Evergreen also received the Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices, the state's top environmental honor. The award highlighted Evergreen's Seminar II building, Washington's first publicly funded education facility certified Gold by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The building makes use of natural ventilation, recycled and sustainable materials, and green roofs. The college received LEED Gold certification for its recently renovated College Activities Building and LEED Silver certification for a remodel of its Laboratory II building. As part of Evergreen's broad liberal arts education mission, Dr. Purce encourages community engagement, curricular innovations and academic programs that educate about social justice issues through the liberal arts and sciences. With Dr. Purce's support, The Evergreen State College vigorously promotes and pursues the values of diversity and equity. The college sponsors an annual Diversity Series, a college-wide educational forum that examines issues of diversity, social justice and equity through the lenses of the arts, sciences and the humanities; Day of Absence/Day of Presence events to promote learning across ethnic, cultural and social differences; and other events and activities each year.
Joan Qazi is the Central Washington Coordinator for the Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network's Fresh Food in Schools project and the Geography instructor at Wenatchee Valley College for the last 17 years. Joan received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Washington with dissertation research examining gender and racial-ethnic divisions of labor in the Washington State apple industry. Her non-profit work is focused on helping connect farmers with school meal programs and raising awareness of the importance of locally grown nutrition in the community. Joan is a parent, community food system advocate, and geography instructor with a keen interest in sustainability.
Sonya is a new faculty member at Bellevue College in the Science Division, where she teaches chemistry and environmental science. She received an M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2008) from the University of Washington's School of Oceanography and completed a joint 2-year post-doctoral experience (2008 - 2010) as an Environmental Studies Teaching Fellow in the UW's Program on the Environment and as a Research Associate in UW, Tacoma's Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program. During this time, she was also a Sustainability Teaching Fellow and participated in two sustainability-focused Faculty Learning Communities with the Curriculum for the Bioregion. She spent the last three years as a Lecturer in Arizona State University's School of Sustainability, where she led service learning and undergraduate research projects focused on sustainability problem-solving. This summer, she completed an introductory textbook focused on the process of resolving sustainability problems that grew out of a large introductory sustainability course (SOS 110: Sustainable World) that she taught at ASU.
Kyle Richard graduated from the University of Washington in 2010 with a degree in Finance and from the University of Washington School of Law and was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2013. As a student, Kyle served on the Student Advisory Committee of the Fair Labor Association, worked at the UW and interned at the Federal Trade Commission and Washington State Attorney General's Office. He is currently working on developing and implementing the UW Supplier Corporate Social Responsibility program and serving as a legal and policy resource in Procurement Services at the University of Washington.
Lizzy Rieke is a kitchen manager, a cooperative worker, a menu developer, a classical marimba player, a furniture maker, a writer, a conflict mediator, a bladesmith, a home fermenter, a facilitator, a caregiver, and a gardener, among other things. She believes in the infinite power of humans to build solidarity and sovereignty through the magic of sharing resources and working together with our hands, minds and hearts. Lizzy's academic and community work background is in community organizing, farming, Spanish language and intercultural communication, women's, queer, and trans* empowerment, low-income family rights, and community education around oppression and conflict resolution. She has worked in food service, agriculture, carpentry, house painting and child care. She graduated in 2012 from the Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural and Community Studies and a minor in wood and metal craft. Read more..
Lizzy's strongest skills shine in non-hierarchal cooperative group projects. She currently works in the intersecting fields of food justice and cooperative development advising the Flaming Eggplant Cafe, a worker-collective, local and organically sourced cafe at Evergreen. Professionally, Lizzy wants to continue supporting groups in learning cooperative organizing skills to develop local economies that protect vulnerable members and support liberation. She wishes to create a world that truly values nourishment.
Psychology faculty at Whatcom Community College since 1992; Adjunct Instructor in Human Services at Western Washington University, 1992-2000; Clinical Social worker on-call at St. Joseph Hospital Mental Health Unit, 1992-2001; Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Cincinnati, 1983-1992; Human Services Instructor, Blackfeet Community College, Browning, Montana, 1977-80; Clinical Social Worker, Indian Health Service Mental Health Programs, U.S. Public Health Service, 1969-1978. In addition to teaching psychology in a community college setting, I have combined my mental health experience with environmental issues and psychological well-being since I began my doctoral work at the University of Vermont in 1980. I have taught the course Environmental Issues and Human Behavior yearly since that time. I also assess the impact of sustainability assignments on attitudes and reported behavior in my General Psychology course. I am currently Chair of my college's Sustainability Committee.
Margaret Robertson, ASLA, is the author of Sustainability Principles and Practices (Routledge/Earthscan 2014) and teaches at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, where she leads shared-governance campus planning activities and is a coordinator of the Sustainability Coordinator degree program. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree and is also an adjunct instructor in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon.
Maureen (Mo) Ryan is a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow at the University of Washington, where she co-leads the Wetlands Adaptation Group; a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution group of academic, agency, and NGO researchers and practitioners working to improve the science and practice of wetlands conservation in the face of climate change. Her current research focuses on climate impacts and adaptation strategies for montane wetland ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on amphibians. She is also a Research Associate at Simon Fraser University, where she co-leads a trans-boundary, multi-institution, and multi-disciplinary scientific assessment of the effects and risks of unconventional fossil fuel development on people and ecological systems in the US and Canada. Since 2010, Mo has taught as adjunct faculty at Western Washington University's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, integrating ecology, evolution, climate science, and environmental history. Read more..
Mo also leads workshops on conservation leadership development with groups such as the Conservation Leadership Programme, NatureServe, and the Society for Conservation Biology. She is based in Bellingham, Washington.
Terry has responsibility at the WSU Pullman campus for purchased utilities, the $20 million annual utilities budget, collection, logging, analysis and sub-billing of energy data, campus district steam plant operations, and implementation of energy conservation measures. Selected as a charter member of the campus Sustainability and Environment Committee working in close collaboration with the WSU Environmental, Health, and Safety department as well as other SEC stakeholders to reduce our carbon footprint. Actively involved in the steam plant redevelopment project which transitioned from coal to natural gas-fired boilers in 2004, reducing the annual campus greenhouse gas emissions by 25,000 metric tons equivalent. Energy Conservations projects totaling $55 million n value have been completed since 2001 utilizing the Energy Saving Performance Contract procurement method in partnership with the state Dept. of Enterprise Services Energy Group and McKinstry Company. Those efforts have further reduced the campus greenhouse gas emissions by 11,000 MT.
Guarrin is a facility engineer in the Campus Engineering and Operations group and has been involved in maintaining and operating building automation systems (BAS) on the University of Washington Seattle campus for over 10 years. His involvement on the UW Smart Grid Demonstration project included developing the operating requirements for a secure private network, relocating all BAS systems to this network and determining demand response strategies for HVAC systems in several buildings on campus. Guarrin is a Professional Mechanical Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional and has 25 years of experience in design, construction, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems and associated electrical systems.
Bruce Shepard began service as the 13th President of Western Washington University on September 1, 2008. He draws four decades of distinguished service in higher education as an educator and academic leader. Before coming to Western, Shepard served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay from November 2001 through June 2008. From 1995-2001, Shepard served as provost at Eastern Oregon University, where he was also a professor of political science. Prior to joining EOU, Shepard spent 23 years at Oregon State University, earning tenure as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science before moving into university administration. His administrative positions at Oregon State included state government liaison specialist, special assistant to the provost, assistant vice president for undergraduate studies and director of undergraduate academic programs. Shepard has served as a visiting scientist at the Population Study Center in Seattle; policy analyst for the USDA Forest Service; and visiting fellow in the School of Communication leadership and Liberal Studies at the Mitchell College of Advanced Education in Bathurst, Australia.
Ian Siadak is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Seattle Community College District. He oversees District level sustainability priority campaigns and provides assistance and resources to campus level sustainability projects and initiatives. Ian has a degree in Environmental Studies from Seattle University and comes to the Seattle Community Colleges with a background in municipal energy analysis, climate change policy, and leading student environmental campaigns at a state level.
Mike Sims has been a Program Coordinator for The Institute for Sustainable Practices at Lane Community College since 2004. He serves as the college's Recycling Coordinator and waste manager. In 2011 he started the Bike Lane Bicycle Loan Program to provide and encourage human-powered transportation as a means to help the college work toward fulfillment its carbon action plan. He also teaches for the Northwest Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College on topics of institutional waste management and behavior change around sustainable issues.
A junior geology-environmental studies major at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Collin has run the finance and research divisions of the Divest Whitman campaign since February of 2013. Over that time, he has participated in multiple meetings with the chief financial officer and the investment committee chair of the Whitman College Board of Trustees. He has also worked to forge connections between student organizers on campus, alumni and faculty. Collin has worked for the Utah Forests Program of the Grand Canyon Trust and for the Florida Springs Institute in Gainesville, FL (his hometown). He attended the Powershift conference in Pittsburgh in October 2013.
Michael B. Smith is a 35 year veteran of the cleaning and restoration industry and a 27 year staff member of the Academic Custodial Services organization at Western Washington University. He is a cleaning educator/training Supervisor and is responsible for departmental products and processes. Under Michael's mentorship Western Washington University won the 2009 Green Cleaning Grand Award for Schools and Universities from American School and University magazine, and the Green Cleaning Network and the Healthy Schools Campaign the top award given in the category nationally and was given honorable mention in 2008 and 2011. WWU's Academic Custodial Services was one of the first to use sustainable cleaning products , implement wide spread use of micro fiber technology , use of dry steam vapor and ionized water cleaning and is a strong advocate for elimination of chemical residues which impact all cleanable surfaces . As an expert in products and processes, Michael is a cleaning educator, IICRC Journeyman Textile Restorer and a CMI Certified Instructor.
Michelle Song is serving this year as an AmeriCorps member under Washington Service Corps at Edmonds Community College and with the organization, Service Education & Adventure. Her service includes developing service learning projects at the college, acting as a co-advisor to the green team - Edmonds' sustainability advocates - and assisting at the Calyx school on South Whidbey State Park. She graduated from University of Washington in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in biology. Since graduation she has acquired a high interest in marine science and volunteers at the Seattle aquarium as an interpreter and with the life sciences team. Michelle considers conservation of our natural environment and sustainability an establishing factor for all her present and future goals.
Erin Stanforth is the Sustainability Manager at Portland Community College. Erin has been with PCC for over five years, which most recently completed its second STARS report, second Climate Action Plan, and most comprehensive GHG inventory. Previous to being the District Sustainability Manager, Erin worked as the Sustainable Practices Coordinator for PCC Rock Creek campus. Erin received her BA from Appalachian State University in Sustainable Development and her Sustainable Business MBA from Marylhurst University, concentrating in Government Policy and Law. She has presented at several sustainability-focused conferences, including: the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Annual Conference, Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference, and California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.
Brian Sullivan joined the team at University of Puget Sound as their Executive Chef in March of this year. He is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York and is classically trained in culinary arts. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management, Brian went on to work for Hyatt Hotels serving in a variety of chef positions in Lake Tahoe, Florida and Southern California. In 2012 Brian became the acting Chef for the Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie Washington and went on to receive a nomination and be published in the Best Chefs of America 2012 by his peers.
Claus Svendsen, Ph.D., serves as department chair for and developer of the Environmental Conservation Program at Skagit Valley College, a program that he conceived and developed approximately 20 years ago. The program is interdisciplinary by nature, combining ecological and biological disciplines with applied sciences for managing natural resource lands as well as nearshore habitat. Dr. Svendsen has been an active member of Curriculum for the Bioregion since its inception. For the past decade, Svendsen has been working on infusing sustainability and climate change issues into the program curriculum as well as campus wide. In addition, he has been a co-developer of a learning community entitled "The Endangered Planet" emphasizing climate change and sustainability on a global scale.
David is a senior at Western Washington University. He is double majoring in Graphic Design as well a Student Faculty Design Major in Huxley College of the Environment titled, "Resilient Food Systems for Sustainable Communities". Currently, David is working for ARAMARK and the WWU Dining Services as the Sustainability Intern. He had worked for the Dining Services in the kitchen for the two years prior to his current position. He loves cooking, eating and anything that has to do with food. In his free time he rocks climb and bikes. He believes simply getting people "out there", to enjoy and understand how they can interact with the environment, is a powerful first step in environmental education.
Fred received my B.A. in philosophy and psychology (summa cum laude) in 1976 from S.U.N.Y. at Oswego, my M.S. in philosophy from the U of Utah in 1983, and my M.A. in American Studies from the U of Utah in 1988. From 1988-90, I was an instructor of philosophy and English at South Plain College in Texas. Currently, He is a professor of philosophy at WCC (since 1990) and an NTT instructor at Huxley College of the Environment at WWU (since 2012).
Jes Takla is the Director of Residential Programs at Pacific Lutheran University, where she oversees professional and student staff training and development and co-curricular education through the residential learning communities and programming in the residence halls. She also coordinates assessment and marketing for the Residential Life department and advises Residence Hall Association (RHA). She collaborates with PLU's Sustainability team in promoting sustainable practices in the residence halls through providing active and passive educational programming to promote positive behavior change. She is in her first year at Pacific Lutheran University. Prior to PLU, she worked as the Director of Campus Life at her undergraduate alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (where she received her BFA). She received her masters degree from Bowling Green State University in College Student Personnel.
Melissa spent several years working in outdoor recreation as a guide and instructor, before moving to Bellingham. Her roles provided opportunities to act as an environmental steward, sharing knowledge about history, geology, archaeological sites, and the natural environment. She is currently a member of Whatcom Community College's Sustainability Committee, and contributes by creating surveys, collecting online data, and preparing graphic illustrations of the data analysis for the Sustainability Committee.
Dr. Robert Turner is a Senior Lecturer of Environmental Science in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. He is the coordinator of the Environmental Science degree program, a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability, and is invested in the curricular design of the Sustainability and Society track of the Environmental Studies degree. He enjoys engaging students in community-based research projects and can't think of a better nexus for interdisciplinary study and critical thinking than sustainability problems.
Dr. Patrick Van Inwegen is a professor of political science at Whitworth University. Van Inwegen led Whitworth's Sustainability Committee for several years and now serves on the committee and team-teaches the social science core course for the Environmental Studies minor. He 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. He is currently working with students on creating a local carbon emissions trading market in Spokane.
Ms. Vendiola is a professional mediator, educator and community activist. Currently she works as a faculty member and develops curriculum for the Northwest Indian College - Tribal Governance & Business Management Program. Shelly continues to consultant for organizations that work for environmental, economic and social justice. Recently she worked for the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative, Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, and the statewide Women's Spirit Coalition. She served as an advisor to mobilize community members within the Lummi Nation and the Ferndale School District, and partnered with the Lummi Ventures Program to co-facilitate their "Shaping Lummi Education" conference. Prior to consulting she was the Campaign Director for the Indigenous Environmental Network and continues to work in partnership with IEN to support Indigenous Environmental Justice Initiatives for the Northwest region. Read more..
Ms. Vendiola became a professional mediator through the Indian Dispute Resolution Services, Inc., where she also produced and led alternative dispute resolution training events. She was introduced to mediation, conflict resolution and peacemaking through the San Francisco Community Boards Program, she then became a trainer and served on their board of directors. Shelly continues to lead training in conflict resolution, peacemaking and youth leadership. Additionally, she facilitates strategic planning, community organizing, and alliance building sessions. She has studied the process of digital storytelling and promotes this technique to groups seeking to raise awareness about their issues or work. Shelly provides conflict resolution training and facilitation with her mother and cadre of trainers for tribal communities, organizations, schools and agencies throughout the country. Shelly has a M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education and practices popular education methodology within all aspects of her work as an educator, activist, and community organizer.
Seth has been working as Campus Sustainability Manager since 2007, and advancing sustainability issues since 1993. As a M.Ed student, he created the Office of Sustainability, and has since led the development of many of Western's current sustainability programs. Seth formed the Northwest Higher Education Sustainability Consortium in 2010 to provide avenues for collaboration between northwest Washington institutions. Seth is a trail-runner, native bee keeper, bike commuter, and purveyor of backyard film screenings. He would love to hear your ideas on how we can make Western a national leader in campus sustainability.
Grace Wang has taught at WWU's Huxley College for eleven years, where she is now an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Forestry at the University of Minnesota, but has returned to her "roots" in the Pacific Northwest. Her teaching includes courses in environmental policy, sustainability, and natural resources. WWU is implementing new curriculum in Sustainability Studies, and Grace is taking a lead in shaping that. Grace's main areas of research are community-based forestry and non-timber forest products (NTFPs), in particular how communities adapt to changing economic and environmental change.
Hailing from St. Louis MO from a loving family, and studying in Tacoma WA, Zack has seen a little bit of both worlds sustainability-wise. Challenging his loving family and friends to recycle and be aware of their effects on the world is always a fun, educational time. Never staying stagnant, and always moving, Zack has had a passion for the outdoors since he was a young child. Passionate about the outdoors leads one to become passionate about keeping them safe! Also a firm believer in finding a job he loves so he never has to work, Zack has been actively attempting to make every aspect of his work-life fun and interesting for not only himself, but coworkers as well! Some of Zack's other passions include: trying new foods, traveling whenever possible, learning how to cook, snowboarding, music of all genres, making friends and family smile, creating fun everywhere, and of course spreading his love and happiness of the world at large. He hopes you enjoy the conference, learn a lot, and stay in touch with those you meet here!
Tiffany Webb grew up in an area of Alabama where she witnessed extreme pollution and poverty associated with heavy industry, lax environmental regulation, and environmental and racial injustice. This experience shaped her interests in environmental studies, social justice, and sustainability. She graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with her B.A. in Earth System Science with a focus on the human dimensions and societal impacts of environmental problems. At UAH and with other groups such as the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) and the NASA DEVELOP National Program, she conducted research in climate change, environmental vulnerability, and sustainability. She also founded the first environmentally focused student group at UAH and was involved in sustainability efforts across campus. She is currently a graduate student in the Master of Environmental Studies program at The Evergreen State College, focusing her studies on environmental research and social justice. Read more..
With the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP), Tiffany coordinates program evaluations as well as the Science and Sustainability Lecture Series held at Washington Corrections Center for Women and Stafford Creek Corrections Center. She is enthusiastic about the opportunities SPP provides Washington inmates, and seeing environmental research and sustainability in all aspects of society.
Having earned a BFA from Sam Houston State University and an MFA from Texas Tech University, Weichman has developed an extensive exhibition record. During the summer of 2007 Weichman traveled to Jingdezhen, China where she spent two months as a resident artist at The Pottery Workshop and Experimental Sculpture Factory. In 2009 Weichman spent three months working as Artist-in-Residence at the Guldgergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskor Denmark, followed by a short residency in Paducah, KY in 2010. In 2008 she was included among Ceramic Monthly's Emerging Artists and was nominated for NCECA's annual Emerging Artist competition. Her work has been published by CERAMICS ART & PERCEPTION, ARTSHOUSTON MAGAZINE, 002 MAGAZINE, and CERAMIC MONTHLY. Most recently, her work was included in HUMOR AND CRAFT, by Brigitte Martin. Weichman has been included in numerous exhibitions including Peru, Germany and China. Read more..
As well as exhibiting works of art, Weichman is a founding member of Houston Seven, an artist collaborative aimed at creating works of art that push the boundaries of the accepted definition of art while working with communities to highlight areas of need within the community. From 2004 — 2006 Weichman operated a grassroots gallery focusing on emerging artists. She is also a founding board member of EMPTY BOWLS HOUSTON. Weichman currently serves on the Permanent Acquisitions and Exhibitions Committee for Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and is currently teaching at Olympic College where she is Professor of Art and the Chair of the Faculty Gallery Committee.
Author of Making Sustainability Stick and the acclaimed Return on Sustainability. In addition to his firm's consulting work and his writing, Kevin co-teaches 8 different seminars on Business Sustainability at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) with Hunter Lovins. He previously taught Foundations for Sustainable Business at BGI, and he has also taught Stakeholders and the Bottom-Line (a finance class) at Antioch University-Seattle and developed three classes for City University-Seattle's Sustainable MBA Program.
Sunni Wissmer is happiest when pursing her passions for Art, Architecture, and the Natural World. She is a member of the University of Washington's College of Built Environments, where she is studying Biomimicry and Sustainable Design within her undergraduate major, Community, Environment, and Planning. She is also a former employee of Cascadia Green Building Council, the University of Washington, The International Living Future Institute, and numerous other small not for profits here focusing on sustainability in Washington and abroad. She is a part of several design/build projects on the University of Washington's campus and extensive volunteer work with the Audubon Society, The Campus Sustainability Fund, and Engineers Without Borders USA. Sunni also has served on the University of Washington Campus Sustainability Fund committee and the Environmental Stewardship Committee, helping catalyze sustainable change within the UW at all levels. Read more..
She received the Husky Green Award for her work in connecting students and Facilities staff on sustainability projects last year. Sunni is nothing short of stoked to be back in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest after spending Fall 2013 abroad working with the community of La Vega Del Volcan in Guatemala through Engineers Without Borders, traveling and studying Biomimicry in the world's rainforests with a syllabus co-created with Biomimicry 3.8, and working with medicinal plants at the Goddess of Amazon Centre in Iquitos, Peru under Dr. Miriam Hacker.
Currently the student chair of the Clean Energy Committee at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, student coordinator for Evergreen's permaculture student organization "D.E.A.P." (Developing Ecologically Aware Practices), and Executive Director of Organic Jams - a non-profit dedicated to Documenting and Empowering Artists and Communities. Prior to attending The Evergreen State College, Nicholas served in AmeriCorps with the Washington Conservation Corps. There he worked in conservation and restoration in a wide variety of habitats across Washington state as well as disaster relief for communities in Florida, Washington, Iowa, and Louisiana. Since coming to Evergreen Nicholas has worked with students, staff, faculty, and alumni to advance permaculture education and sustainable curriculum development. Founder and Executive Director of Organic Jams - he now works to Document and Empower Artists and Communities when not focused on academics. Read more..
Now a Junior at TESC, his studies in Permaculture, Non-Profit Management, and Sustainable Curriculum Development have led to the creation of a 16 credit Permaculture pilot program. Course matter for participants range from hands on permaculture skill building, cooperative land management, and communications workshops to studies in ecology, creative writing, social justice, multimedia production, and war.
Nicholas Zaferatos, Ph.D., AICP, is an associate professor of urban planning and sustainable development at Huxley College of the Environment, WWU. His teaching emphasis in urban planning, sustainable development, Native American planning, and environmental policy, complements his regional and international service learning teaching and research interests. He is active in promoting sustainability education at Western Washington University, serving appointments on committees, academies, and initiatives. Since 2005, Dr. Zaferatos has directed several service learning programs in sustainable development in Bellingham and internationally. His work in Greece has received international recognition, including the 2009 Green Good Design Award (The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies); the 2008 SETE National Honor Sustainability Award (Athens); and the 2006 6th Honorific Mediterranean Sustainability Award (Spain). Read more..
His professional practice in urban planning spans over 35 years and include planning and senior managerial positions and civic appointments on board and commissions with local, regional and Native American governments.
Zita's research career in magneto-hydrodynamics spans solar physics to fusion energy research, and is currently expanding to climate change modeling. As an Evergreen professor, she facilitates student research projects on sustainable systems, from green energy and building, to greenhouse gas reduction and food and water systems. As an organic farmer, she raises grass-fed beef and poultry, serves on Thurston Country's Ag Advisory Committee, and works with grassroots community groups.
Suzanne has been working in the Dean's office of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington (UW) since November 2012. She leads the Dean's office Green Team, which works to promote sustainable office operations and personal behavior change. In addition, she seeks to foster collaboration in the College and across the UW campus to create sustainable conditions. Her experience with sustainability in higher education includes working on the STARS assessments for both Bellevue College and the UW Seattle campus. She holds an MPA and an Environmental Management Certificate from the Evans School of Public Affairs and B.A. degrees in German Studies and History from Whitman College. She is passionate about developing sustainable and resilient communities by connecting diverse groups and organizations.