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Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference

2016 Keynote Speakers

Kathleen Dean Moore | Writer, Moral Philosopher, and Environmental Thought-Leader

Kathleen Dean Moore

As a writer, Kathleen is best known for award-winning books of essays that celebrate and explore the meaning of the wet, wild world of rivers, islands, and tidal shores - Riverwalking, Holdfast, Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort. But her growing alarm at the devastation of the natural world led her to focus her writing on the moral urgency of action against climate change and habitat destruction. Quitting her university position, Kathleen began to write in defense of the lovely, reeling world. Her new book, Great Tide Rising: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change, will be published by Counterpoint Books in January 2016. Her prior book, Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, gathered testimony from the world's moral leaders about our obligation to the future.

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

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly is the Vice President of College Services at Lane Community College. 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 heads the newly formed Institute of Sustainable Practices that includes the Campus Learning Garden, Sustainability Team, the Sustainability Coordinator and Energy Management and Water Conservation instructional programs.

Mary Spilde | President, Lane Community College   

Mary Spilde

Dr. Spilde has received many honors, including the U.S. Green Building Council's 2013 Center for Green Schools President's Award for a two-year institution, the 2013 National Leadership Award from the National Council for Continuing Education and Training; the 2012 Eugene Chamber First Citizen Award; the 2012 Woman of the Year Award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges; and the 2011 Association of Community College Trustees CEO of the Year Award. Dr. Spilde is a frequent presenter, author and spokesperson and often quoted in the media including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Community College Times, Washington Post, New York Times, PBS Newshour, and other media.

2016 Speakers

Tracey Abell | Chief Operating Officer, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)  

Tracey Abell

Tracey Abell, MS, is the Chief Operating Officer at American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), where she has served across the institution since 2002. Tracey studied massage therapy at East West College of Healing Arts in 1997, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Western Governors University and a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University. Tracey coordinated the renovation of the institution's new administrative offices, communicating ACHS's commitment to sustainability and vision for modern and environmentally-conscious facilities for its community wellness and online holistic health programs. Tracey is also active in the DEAC, attending workshops and serving as a Business Standards Evaluator on accreditation site visits.

Miriam Abelson | Assistant Professor, Portland State University  

Miriam J. Abelson is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Portland State University. She received a PhD in Sociology and graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon in 2014. Her research and teaching focus on masculinities, LGBTQ youth, queer and transgender studies, intersections of race and sexuality, and research methodologies. Her dissertation, "Men in Context: Transmasculinities and Transgender Experiences in Three U.S. Regions," relied on 66 in depth interviews with transgender men to analyze how different spatial and institutional contexts affect men's experience of gender, sexuality, and race. She has published work on masculinities and violence, transgender feminism, intersectionality and gendered fear, childcare policy, and language in social psychology.

Joe Abraham | Director, Sustainability Institute, Willamette University  

Joe Abraham

Joe Abraham is the Director of Willamette University's Sustainability Institute, which is home for the university's green fund program. Prior to Willamette University Joe directed the University of Arizona's office of sustainability, which was home for the UA green fund program. Joe earned two associates degrees from Lane Community College, a bachelors of science degree from the University of Oregon, and his PhD in Geography from the University of Arizona.

Bruce Alford | Faculty, Energy and Water Conservation Programs, Lane Community College  

After spending nearly twenty years making plywood and laminated beams and after two plant closures, Bruce attended the two-year Energy Management Program at Lane Community College from 1992 to 1994. Upon graduation he spent 11 years at Hatten/Johnson Associates and Solarc Architecture and Engineering. As an engineering technician, Bruce conducted energy audits at several hundred facilities. His skills include HVAC and plumbing design, lighting design, building simulations, and many other energy-analysis tasks. In 2005, Bruce accepted an opportunity to work at the Oregon Department of Energy, where he was devoted to helping schools and other public buildings save energy. Since 2010, Bruce has been principal faculty in Lane Community College's Energy Management Program where he focuses on energy-efficient HVAC Systems and Controls. Bruce also teaches several Building Operator Certification Courses. The opportunity to continue learning and the common bond of other devoted professionals in this important field contribute to Bruce's belief that he has the best job in the state.

Sam Alexander | Student, Lewis & Clark College  

Sam Alexander

Sam Alexander is a Lewis & Clark College senior international affairs major from Norwich, Vermont. He has previously served on and chaired Lewis & Clark's Green Fee Fund Committee and now serves on its Socially Responsible Investing Board. During his time on the Green Fee Committee his work centered around establishing an efficient grant allocation process for students pursuing initiatives related to sustainability, and facilitating the bid and purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset 100% of the College's electricity use. Having served for four years in student government, Sam is also a strong advocate for students exercising control over their own funding and allocation systems.

Jim Andersen | Grounds Manager, Willamette University   

Jim Andersen

Jim Andersen has been at Willamette University for 18 years. Prior to that he was a field instructor at NOLS ( The National Outdoor Leadership School).

Dorothy Atwood | Consultant & Board Member, International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)  

Dorothy Atwood

Dorothy Atwood is a sustainability educator and consultant. She is the principal of her own Oregon-based sustainability consultancy with over 30 years of sustainability, environmental and management systems experience. Her work includes development and deployment of effective tools, training, and sustainability, energy and environmental management system integration into core business systems. Dorothy is co-founder and on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), where she has been actively involved in the development and deployment of the ISSP's professional certifications.

Cristina Avila | Undergraduate student, Green Fund, Willamette University  

Cristina Avila

Cristina is a Willamette University senior environmental science major from California. She has loved her undergraduate experience at Willamette University that has provided her with many wonderful opportunities to pursue her passion of giving back to the environment. Participating in activities such as the green fund program has been extremely rewarding in which she has had the opportunity to help make her campus more sustainable. She hopes to share her experiences and what she has learned throughout her time at Willamette University with others.

Elaine Aye | President, Green Building Services, Inc.  

Elaine Aye

Keenly focused on integrating building design with efficient and effective operations, Elaine's exceptional collaboration and communication skills forge new awareness between project and facilities' teams. By focusing on strategies that deliver the greatest value, Elaine consistently positions project teams to exceed their initial green building expectations. Her influence on diverse precedent-setting projects - ranging from operations and maintenance of existing buildings, commercial interiors, and state-of-the-art assembly spaces to corporate campuses and LEED volume certifications - distinguishes her in the green building industry.

Irene Bailey | Graduate student, Portland State University  

Irene Bailey

Irene Bailey is a graduate student at Portland State University earning her degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Leadership for Sustainability Education. Irene works as a graduate assistant at PSU's Student Sustainability Center where she convenes the Student Sustainability Leadership Council to bring together student leaders from organizations across campus. In her free time, Irene can be found taking long hikes among old trees, gardening, inspiring friends to be the best version of themselves or planning the next adventure. She would rather be by the ocean, or preferably in it, than any other place.

Eric Beeler | Student Sustainability Coordinator, University of Oregon  

Eric Beeler

Eric Beeler is the Program Coordinator for the Student Sustainability Center at the University of Oregon. He received his bachelors in Sustainability from Arizona State University and his masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas.

Carol Berry | Campus Conservation & Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, Western Washington University  

Carol Berry

On Western's staff since 1994, Carol was instrumental in developing the Sustainable Transportation Office and incorporating Student and Employee Transportation programs. She has been active in community transportation issues since 1999. Carol is currently implementing the Sustainable Office Certification program, an element of Western's Climate Action Plan. A graduate of Scripps College, Claremont, CA in 1979, with a BA in Fine Arts, Carol believes that making and understanding how everyday items are made are keys to sustainability, and that human power has an important place in the future of local living economies.

Emily Bowling | Assistant Director of Civic Engagement and Sustainability, Department of Student Leadership and Involvement, Oregon State University  

Emily Bowling

Emily Bowling is the Assistant Director of Civic Engagement and Sustainability in the Department of Student Leadership and Involvement at Oregon State University. Over the past nine years, Emily has held Student Affairs positions in the areas of residence life, first year programs, civic engagement/service-learning, and sustainability. As an ardent supporter of experiential, place-based education, Emily's work is centered on facilitating student's leadership development for working toward a more just, humane, and sustainable world. She holds a master's degree in Sustainability Education from Portland State University and a bachelor's of science in Biology from Susquehanna University.

Kristen Brooks | Undergraduate student, Southern Oregon University/Oregon Action  

Kristen Brooks

Kristen Brooks is pursuing her B.A. in Social and Political Science at Southern Oregon University. She is a community organizer with a passion for policy analysis and board member of the social justice nonprofit, Oregon Action. She serves on the Jackson County Homeless Task Force and the City of Medford's Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.

Marc Brune, PE, LEED AP | Senior Associate, PAE Engineers  

Marc Brune

Marc is a senior associate and mechanical engineer with PAE, a national leader in sustainable design. Marc's focus is on integrated design and leveraging architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to work together to achieve sustainable and cost effective buildings. He has led the development of mechanical design and energy and comfort modeling for multiple buildings that have achieved or are pursuing net zero energy goals. Among these are the Bullitt Center, the world's largest commercial Living Building and the Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center, aiming to go beyond net zero and be net positive. A little closer to home, Marc was a key member of the design team for the LEED Platinum Lane Community College Downtown Academic Building, and LEED Gold Titan Court Apartments. Committed to sustainability beyond building design, Marc leads PAE's internal holistic "green team".

Devin Burgoyne | Volunteer Coordinator, Student Sustainability Center, Portland State University  

Devin Burgoyne

Devin Burgoyne is a undergraduate student at Portland State University earning his Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with an emphasis and minor in Civic Leadership. Devin works as the volunteer coordinator for PSU's Student Sustainability Center. His focus is to cultivate opportunities to build community and leadership capacity, to engage in professional development and to unearth meaningful pathways to create social change for participants on Portland State's campus. In his free time, Devin enjoys sensory deprivation experiences at Float On, heavy rainfalls, and bouldering. Bodies of water is a space that encapsulates self-care for Devin when discovering his life balance.

Heather Burns | Assistant Professor, Portland State University  

Heather Burns

Heather Burns, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor and director of the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) graduate program in the Educational Leadership & Policy department at Portland State University. She is also the PSU Faculty Coordinator of the Learning Gardens Laboratory, a dynamic garden-based education site. Dr. Burns teaches courses on sustainability leadership, sustainability pedagogy, spiritual leadership, and deep ecology. Her scholarship focuses on teaching sustainability in higher education, including the roles of transformational learning, experiential learning, contemplative inquiry, and community-based learning in creating sustainable change. Dr. Burns is also an avid urban gardener, a permaculture designer, and a devoted yogi.

Domenic Calabro | Waste Prevention Specialist, EPA Region 10  

Domenic Calabro

Domenic Calabro is a waste prevention specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Pacific Northwest regional office, as a member of the EPA's Materials Management and Stewardship team. Domenic is the regional lead for EPA partnership programs, business sustainability, the greening of public venues, and commercial food waste prevention. Domenic holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Maryland and is a recent recipient of EPA's Pollution Prevention Leadership Award.

Juan Rueda Callejas | Undergraduate student, Portland State University  

Juan Rueda Callejas

Juan is an engaged Leader that wants to gain experience applying his knowledge in Environmental Science, Civil Engineering, and sustainable development, aside from cultivating new skills that help an integral professional development. Juan was the Sustainability Ambassador for the Institute of Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. Juan wishes to contribute to the construction of a sustainable and inclusive society, through the development of applicable research and adaptive management strategies. He has worked with and for the development and inclusion of extreme poor communities of Colombia. Juan led the construction of emergency house modules, community development, and census of many communities in Bogota, Colombia.

Sonya Carlson | Sustainability Affairs Graduate Fellow, Office of Sustainability, University of Oregon  

Sonya Carlson

Sonya is the Sustainability Affairs Graduate Fellow in the Office of Sustainability at the University of Oregon. She has managed monitoring and reporting of the UO's greenhouse gas inventory, worked on a Carbon Pricing Proposal considered by the Environmental Issues Committee, and manages the Green Resilient Office Certification Program. Sonya is pursuing her MBA in Sustainability and is expected to graduate in 2016. Prior to working with the Office of Sustainability, Sonya, was the Chief of Staff to State Representative Phil Barnhart. And before that, she ran political campaigns, did environmental field organizing, and was the Special Projects Director for Corporate Ethics International. She received her bachelor's degree from Lewis and Clark College in Economics with a concentration in Public Policy.

Jane Carr | Instructor and PhD student, Portland State University  

Jane Carr

Jane Carr is a Ph.D. student and instructor in the Division of Public Administration at Portland State University, where she teaches courses with community-based learning components in the Civic Leadership Minor. Recent courses include Introduction to Civic Engagement and The Role of Social Institutions in Civic Engagement. Her interests include the role of higher education in preparing graduates for meaningful democratic engagement, particularly effective deliberation, as well as citizen processes for environmental decision making. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, she earned an M.S.Ed. degree from Bank Street College, and worked as a bilingual teacher in New York City public schools.

Phil Chesbro | Compost Coordinator, University of Oregon  

Phil Chesbro has worked as the Compost Coordinator for the University of Oregon Zero Waste Program since 2012. Phil has a background in education and has previously worked with the Lane County Department of Youth Services.

Elaine Cole | Sustainability Coordinator, Portland Community College - Rock Creek Campus  

Elaine Cole Ph.D., is the Sustainability Coordinator at PCC Rock Creek and is responsible for the coordination and oversight of sustainability practices and programs on campus. She enjoys all aspects of her job including care for red wigglers in the vermiculture bin, fostering interdisciplinary projects across campus and helping students understand how their behaviors affect the planet and their health. In her spare time, Elaine enjoys lake swimming, skate skiing and learning new ways to preserve food.

Tyler Coleman | Waste Reduction Coordinator & undergraduate student, Students Sustainability Initiative, Oregon State University  

Tyler Coleman works for Oregon State University's Student Sustainability Initiative as the Waste Projects Coordinator. Through this position he is one of three coordinators in charge of the Waste Watchers, a student group focused on waste reduction that is led by the Student Sustainability Initiative and Campus Recycling. Prior to receiving this position Tyler spent a year as a volunteer with the Waste Watchers during which he gained valuable insights to what the position of Waste Projects Coordinator would entail.

Steve Cook | Senior Instructor of Geography, College of Earth, Oceans, and Atmosphere, Oregon State University  

Steve Cook

I'm a Professional Teacher, and have taught a variety of Geography topics, courses in the Honors College, but mostly Geo 300 "Sustainability for the Common Good" to 13,000 + juniors and seniors from all disciplines. Traveled widely-use travels in courses. Initiator and President of Albanian Alps Institute, helping improve educational opportunities in northern Albanian villages.

Manar Alattar | Food Diversion Coordinator in the Campus Sustainability Office, Portland State University  

Manar Alattar

Manar Alattar is the food diversion coordinator in the Campus Sustainability Office at Portland State University. She is also a Ph.D. student in the School of the Environment. Both her work and research focus on student engagement in composting and food diversion. She has also lead efforts to develop a new food diversion cafeteria intervention program on campus in partnership with Aramark and the SHAC (Student Health and Counseling). She graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Psychology in 2008 followed by an M.S. in Biology with a graduate certificate in sustainability. Before returning for her PhD, she taught biology for three years at Portland Community College.

Stephen D'Annibale | Graduate student, Evergreen State College  

Stephen D'Annibale

Stephen D'Annibale is a California native who received a bachelor degree in Geography from San Diego State University and is currently striving to obtain his masters degree in the Graduate Program for the Environment at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has worked for a number of agencies in various parts of the country in the natural resource management field. When he is not busy studying, he spends his time playing music and spending time outdoors.

Alex Davis | Fraternity Life Zero Waste Coordinator, University of Oregon  

Alex Davis is a senior at the University of Oregon where he is majoring in Philosophy, as well as Planning, Public Policy and Management. His interests in philosophy include pragmatism, American democratic theory, and environmental philosophy. His focus in public policy is in natural resource management and climate change policy. Alex works at the University of Oregon Zero Waste program, helping with the UO Greeks Go Green project since Spring 2015. Prior to this, Alex was the President of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. Throughout college he has worked with student groups including student government, serving on the Elections Board for the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO).

Ericka Dickey-Nelson | Founder & President, Social Enterprises & GoGreen Conference Series  

Ericka Dickey-Nelson

Ericka is the founding force behind Social Enterprises, Inc. — a full-service event planning firm specializing in conferences and summits with a sustainability or social impact focus. Working off a passion for bringing people together around ideas that will shape the future, she has built a formidable expertise in executing events that drive revenue to support the growth and continued success of non-profits, government programs, and educational institutions. In 2008, Ericka co-founded the GoGreen Conference series in Portland with the intent of holding a much needed dialogue on how regional stakeholders can collaborate to create sustainable economies at scale through the adoption of green business solutions at their own organizations. The series has since expanded and is now also held annually in Seattle. Ericka's previous corporate experience includes leading business development and marketing for a division of AOL/Time Warner, DoubleClick, ZDNet and CNET.

Amy Donohue | Principal, Boora Architects   

Amy Donohue

A principal with Boora Architects, Amy Donohue has two decades of experience designing spaces for education, performance and collaborative work. Her recent projects include the Learning Innovation Center at Oregon State University, the Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvey Mudd College, and the McHenry Library renovation and addition at University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition to her higher education experience, Amy has worked on a number of workspace projects with technology companies such as Microsoft and Google. Amy holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University. She has served as an adjunct professor for architectural design at the University of Oregon, splitting time between the Eugene campus and the Portland Center from 2001 to 2007. Her civic involvement includes seven years as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Oregon College of Art & Craft, where she served as Chair of the Board in 2009. Amy is currently a member of the Board of Literary Arts in Portland.

Kendall Dunlop | Undergraduate student, Student Sustainability Initiative of Oregon State University   

Kendall Dunlop

Kendall Dunlop is a senior at Oregon State University studying Public Health with a focus in Health Promotion and Health Behavior, and is pursuing a minor in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, as well as a minor in Communication. She works as the Outreach Coordinator at the Student Sustainability Initiative for the University. Kendall is passionate about narrowing health disparities among class, race, and gender, through holistically sustainable practices that are accessible for all people.

Roger Ebbage | Faculty/Director, Energy and Water Conservation Programs, Lane Community College  

Roger Ebbage holds an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in Environmental Studies/Industrial Arts with a Passive Solar Design Emphasis. He is an Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager, a California Certified Energy Auditor, and a Bonneville Power Administration Certified Energy Auditor/Inspector. Roger has been the Energy Management Program Coordinator at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, since 1992 and has made the program a national / international model for energy education. After developing and piloting several energy-efficiency workshops in the residential and commercial sectors, Roger founded and serves as Director of the Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute.

Steven Ehlbeck | Associate & Higher Education Studio Leader, SERA Architects  

Steven Ehlbeck

For nearly two decades Steven has combined skills as designer, technical architect, and project manager with a passion for higher education projects. He has experience working with numerous colleges and universities to create sustainable environments that inspire students and faculty. Steven has been involved with new construction and renovation of campus buildings for visual and performing arts, general education, basic science research, clinical education, science labs, business administration classrooms, and university administration. Prior to joining SERA Architects in 2011, he was a lecturer and design studio instructor at the University of Arizona. Steven has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Tim Elley | Mechanical Engineer, PAE   

Tim Elley

Tim is a lead mechanical engineer at PAE. He is exceptionally skilled at performing energy analyses that help design teams and owners identify effective design solutions that increase energy efficiency while balancing project budget and occupant comfort considerations. His technical aptitude is matched by his ability to facilitate effective communication throughout all phases of a project with design, construction and owner groups. A LEED accredited professional, Tim has been involved in the design of 15 LEED rated or registered projects, and several aimed at Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Water and the Living Building Challange. He has extensive experience implementing energy saving strategies on higher education projects including passive cooling, geo-exchange, and radiant systems.

Erin Elliott | Instructor and Ph.D. student, Portland State University  

Erin Elliott

Erin Elliott is a Ph.D. candidate in public affairs and policy at Portland State University where her research centers on nonprofit theory and citizenship. She is also an adjunct instructor in PSU's Civic Leadership minor where she employs a community based learning approach in her classes through PSU's Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative. Erin earned an MPA from Evergreen State College, with her research focusing on poverty policy, diversity education, and critical theory. She also served as a social worker at the Community Action Council working with low income families as well as with an economic rights organization in Olympia, WA where she did nonprofit marketing and consulting before moving to Portland, OR. She holds a B.A. from the University of Florida in anthropology and women's studies. She is also co-author on a forthcoming book chapter on community based learning in the text Sustainable Solutions: Let Knowledge Serve the City (forthcoming).

Sandra Fowler-Hill | Campus President, Portland Community College Rock Creek   

Sandra Fowler-Hill

Sandra Fowler joined PCC in 2014. She serves as co-chair of the PCC Sustainability Leadership Council. She brought 30 years of experience in higher education from the Washington State Community College System. She has a passion for student success and focuses her time and energy at PCC on developing relationships on campus and in the communities of Washington and Columbia Counties. Sandra takes great pride in the PCC-Rock Creek Campus's sustainability commitment. Recent additions to the Campus include a 35,000 sq. ft. solar array that provides approx. 60 percent of the energy needs of Building 9, a 72,000 sq. ft. building that is the busiest service and event facility at Rock Creek. In addition, the campus Learning Garden is a classroom, art gallery, vegetable and fruit garden and meditation site. It is also home to PCC's first Earthen Oven, built by the BCT department and capable of cooking pitas, pizza and outstanding cookies. Sandra is the Executive Sponsor for the Energy Trust's Strategic Energy Management Initiative at PCC-Rock Creek.

Kathryn Gerber | Fraternity and Sorority Life Zero Waste Coordinator, University of Oregon  

Kathryn Gerber

Kathryn graduated with Magna Cum Laude from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a major in Environmental Science. She wrote her honors thesis on the effects of microplastics on life in deep ocean environments. She has worked for the UO Zero Waste Program as the UO Fraternity and Sorority Life Zero Waste Coordinator for 3 years, and created the UO Greeks Go Green initiative and Zero Waste Certification in that time. Kathryn gained her knowledge of working with fraternities and sororities while being a member, Administrative Vice President, and Green Chair at Gamma Phi Beta Sorority at the University of Oregon. She is excited to continue work related to environmentalism, sustainability, and zero waste.

Erika Giesen | Instructor, Rogue Community College  

Erika Giesen

Erika Giesen earned an M.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Arizona and taught sociology and gender studies at Pima Community College and Southern Oregon University. She is now faculty in the Social Science department at Rogue Community College. She is the co-chair of RCC's Green Team and advises the Sustainable Community Development Focus Award.

Cimmeron Gillespie | Marketing Coordinator, University of Oregon Zero Waste Program  

Cimmeron Gillespie

Cimmeron Gillespie is the Zero Waste Marketing Coordinator at the University of Oregon. Gillespie holds a degree in Political Science and has been involved in many social-media based campaigns.

Alfredo Gonzalez | ASPSU Sustainability Affairs Director, Portland State University  

Born in the city of Cusco, Peru, Alfredo spent 11 years in different cities within the area. His interests lie in sustainable development, due to a range of climate change impacts on the cities of Cusco, and Machupicchu. Gonzalez gained an interest in environmental science after a high school class, ultimately leading him to pursue further education in Portland, OR. Currently, Alfredo is in his last year of an Environmental Science degree at Portland State University. He is the Sustainability Affairs Director on the student government body.

Ciarra Greene | Graduate student & Educator, Wisdom of the Elders  

Ciarra Greene

Ciarra has been with Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. for one year as a Curriculum Developer/Educator developing culturally-tailored, multimedia curriculum focus on Traditional First Foods and Climate Change, and also serving as Program Coordinator for Wisdom Workforce Development. Aside from her work at Wisdom, Ciarra is pursuing an MS degree for Science Teaching at Portland State University, and is set to graduate in Winter 2016. Ciarra has a degree in chemistry from Northern Arizona University (2012), and has been previously employed at the Arizona Science Center as a STEM instructor in Phoenix, and the Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Division as a Wetland Field Assistant and Water Resource Specialist.

Samuel Groshong | Reuse Coordinator, Campus Sustainability Office, Portland State University   

Samuel Groshong

Sam is a student pursuing an Environmental Studies Major at Portland State University. He Works at the Campus Sustainability Office, at Portland State University, as the Reuse Coordinator. Sam also works as an intern on a Living Lab focused around Waste Audits and Student involvement. Sam is interested in alternative education and wants to see sustainability and community building woven into curriculum to cultivate an inclusive and environmentally focused space for students to thrive in.

Ankita Guchait | Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Sustainability Volunteer Program, Portland State University  

Ankita Guchait

Ankita is a passionate learner from the city of dreams-Mumbai, India. She came to PSU to pursue her undergraduate degree in psychology. She has been actively involved with the Student Sustainability Center since her freshman year. Her first involvement was as a volunteer in the Sustainability Volunteer Program. The following term she became an intern for the program and then became the marketing and outreach coordinator. In her free time she loves hiking, networking, socializing, meeting people from various cultures and nations, and studying science.

Genevieve Harding | Graduate Assistant, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University  

Genevieve Harding

Genevieve Harding works with the Living Lab program for the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University that aims to bring together motivated students, faculty, and staff to develop collaborative initiatives that assist the University achieve its sustainability goals. In this role she works to identify potential Living Lab projects by matching staff needs with faculty expertise while providing students with unique educational opportunities. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on Leadership for Sustainability Education at PSU. When she's not at ISS she is an active volunteer with local food justice and youth empowerment organizations in the Portland area, including Growing Gardens, and Village Gardens' Food Works program, and holds a school garden coordinator certificate from Growing Gardens. Genevieve has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College.

Jessica Harper | Undergraduate student, Southern Oregon University  

Jessica Harper

Jessica grew up on her family's ranch in Umpqua, Oregon. After attending Linfield College & studying art for two years, she then transferred to Southern Oregon University to study biomedical science. While finishing up her premedical degree with a goal to eventually practice as a primary care physician, she also has a strong interest in organic agriculture & sustainability. She manages the student farm on campus at SOU's Center for Sustainability where 3 of the campus' honeybee hives live; and where vegetable and fruit crops are produced to be sold to students, staff and faculty. Jessica is also active in student government as the Director of Sustainability and hopes to strengthen the links of the various sustainability efforts on campus before she graduates in June.

Jennifer Hayward | Associate Director, Facilities Management and Planning, Lane Community College  

Jennifer Hayward

Jennifer is the Associate Director of Facilities Management and Planning at Lane Community College. She has been at Lane in various roles for 16 years including Recycling Coordinator and Sustainability Coordinator.

George Hecht | Associate VP Finance & Administration, Campus Operations, University of Oregon  

George Hecht is Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration / Campus Operations at the University of Oregon. He holds BS, MS (SIU) and MBA (Colorado) degrees, and is also a Certified Management Accountant, Certified Energy Manager, and LEED AP. George has been at the University of Oregon since 1989. George's interests lie in the areas of sustainability, energy utilization and management, cost and management accounting, project management procedures and alternative transportation.

Rose High Bear | Executive Director, Wisdom of the Elders  

Rose High Bear

Rose is co-founder and executive director of Native American non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom). Committed to Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation, Wisdom records and preserves oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of exemplary American Indian historians, cultural leaders, environmentalists, and scientists in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions and STEM organizations. She is also executive producer of Wisdom's Climate and Native Wisdom Film and Radio Series, and created Discovering Yidong Xinag, Wisdom's Native American youth leadership initiative which provides Portland-area Native American youth with hands-on restoration service learning. She serves as President of Wisdom Workforce Development, LLC, Wisdom's social venture which provides environmental assessment and habitat restoration training and work opportunities to Native Americans in the Portland area.

Kelley Howell | Principal Architect, PIVOT Architecture  

Kelley Howell

Kelley Howell, AIA LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal at PIVOT Architecture in Eugene, OR with more than 20 years of experience. For the majority of her career, Kelley has focused on public planning and sustainable architecture for higher education and civic facilities. She is a passionate believer in sustainable design and has worked on several LEED certified projects. She is an active leader of the firms initiatives in sustainable design and office operations. She enjoys helping clients incorporate sustainable design measures that resonate with their values and reduce their impact on the environment.

Rhianna Hruska | Graduate student, Evergreen State College  

Rhianna Hruska

Rhianna Hruska is a second year graduate student in the Master of Environmental Studies Program at The Evergreen State College. She is the Secretary/Treasurer for the campus Clean Energy Committee. Rhianna has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include: clean energy, sustainable agriculture, fisheries, aquaponics, dendrochronology, entomology, conservation biology, ornithology, urban ecology, photo point monitoring, and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. Rhianna has lobbied on issues of higher education and the environment for the United States Student Association, University of California Student Association, and Sierra Club California.

Jennifer Joyalle | Instructor and PhD student, Portland State University  

Jennifer Joyalle

Jennifer Joyalle, M.Ed. is a student in Portland State University's Public Affairs and Policy Doctoral Program where she is studying education funding by building models to represent economic transactions using GIS, social network analysis, and STELLA systems model. Jennifer currently teaches in the Civic Engagement Minor and has taught in the University Studies Senior Capstone program through the Women's Studies department in years past. Her community based learning courses partnered with both Women in Community Service, a mentor program for women transitioning from prison, and New Avenues for Youth, a non-profit serving Portland's homeless and at-risk youth. For over a decade, Jennifer taught in the Portland Public Schools as a middle school teacher in a service learning program based on relationship, leadership, and community building.

Kevin Kecskes | Associate Professor, Division of Public Administration, Portland State University  

Kevin Kecskes

Kevin Kecskes, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Public Administration at Portland State University where he teaches in the Masters of Public Administration program and is the faculty advisor for PSU's undergraduate minor in civic leadership. For over a decade, Kecskes provided university-wide leadership at PSU as Associate Vice Provost for Engagement and Director for Community-University Partnerships. From 1997-2002, he was Regional Program Director for the Western Region Campus Compact Consortium. He edited Engaging Departments: Moving Faculty Culture from Private to Public, Individual to Collective Focus for the Common Good (2006).

Craig Leets | Queer Resource Center Coordinator, Portland State University  

Craig Leets

Craig Leets is the Coordinator of the Queer Resource Center at Portland State University (PSU). Craig has been doing queer advocacy work on college campuses since 2006. He came to PSU in October 2013 to lead the QRC. Before PSU, Craig worked at Penn State University as the Assistant Director for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally Student Resource Center. Before working at Penn State, Craig was a Resident Director at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), where he worked on gender-inclusive housing, an inclusive language campaign, and a coming out support group for students. Also, he completed his Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Personnel Services with a focus in College Student Personnel while at UMD. Craig is originally from Las Vegas, NV, and loves coffee, movies, and spending time with Pumpkin, his French bulldog.

Elizabeth Lloyd-Pool | Program Manager, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University   

Elizabeth Lloyd-Pool

Elizabeth manages and evaluates ISS' internal operations and programs to promote sustainability research and education across the campus and community. A PSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, she has over 10 years of experience working at the University. She administers the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, manages various funding opportunities for faculty and students, and helps develop strategic planning and assessment of sustainability initiatives. When she's not gastronomically musing at a local restaurant, Elizabeth is out hiking, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors with her family.

Sydney Lund | Undergraduate student & student worker, Southern Oregon University Ecology and Sustainability Center  

Sydney Lund

Sydney Lund is a junior at Southern Oregon University, studying Business Marketing and Environmental Studies. She grew up in a small suburb outside of Los Angles, California and moved to Oregon last year to be more connected and engaged to the outdoors. She hopes to start a small-scale organic agricultural and humane animal farm after graduation. At this farm she wants to teach children about sustainable foods and where food comes from. She is the Student Director at ECOS, the Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center at Southern Oregon University, where she has been working for over a year. At ECOS, Sydney is working on the Take Back the Tap campaign and creating programming that incorporates self-care and health into sustainable living. One of her biggest passions is the environment, and strives to help sustain our Earth for future generations.

Yesha Maggi | Undergraduate student, Evergreen State College  

Yesha Maggi

Yesha Maggi is a senior at The Evergreen State College who has spent his time in Sustainability Studies and is aiming for his dual degree in Computer Science. Having grown up in the Puget Sound area, always surrounded by trees, his love for the natural environment and his fervor for active involvement has led him to his school's Clean Energy Committee, where he currently serves as the chair. His wide array of interests and passions directs his aim to be involved in many different ventures through his life, including - smart technology, group homes for teenagers and alternative building design. The hobbies of his daily life consist of wine-making, mathematics, DJing, and mechanical projects.

Milt Markewitz | Pro Bono Consultant, American Indian Institute   

Milt Markewitz

Since retiring from IBM, Milt has cofounded a non-profit to bring learning organizations to K-12 public schools in Oregon; partnered in a sustainability start-up to localize food production; returned to Graduate school to study 'Living Systems' where he subsequently developed curricula; was certified in 'Appreciative Inquiry'; studied Mysticism and Ancient Languages; co-authored a book, Language of Life: Answers to Modern Crises in an Ancient Way of Speaking, from which he concluded that Peoples who speak such languages develop an intuition for all that's necessary to create and sustain life; and now volunteers with the American Indian Institute that recently brought an Indigenous Delegation to the Parliament of World Religions.

Tom Martin | Cascade Bike Program Coordinator, Portland Community College, Cascade Campus  

Tom Martin

Tom Martin is the ASPCC Cascade campus bike program coordinator for Portland Community College. He serves as a Transportation Options Ambassador for the Portland Bureau of Transportation and a mentor for the Oregon Humanities In Perspective program. Mr. Martin holds an Associates of Science degree, with PTK honors from Portland Community College. He is a 4th year undergraduate student, enrolled in the Community Development program at Toulan School of Urban Studies, Portland State University. He is active in BikePSU and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. His professional experience includes bicycle industry product development, on-site project management, and non-profit outreach and support. Tom repairs bikes for therapy in his spare time. He commutes with a Benotto fixed gear on the streets of Portland, OR.

Cecily McCaffrey | Associate professor of History, Willamette University   

Cecily McCaffrey

Cecily McCaffrey teaches Asian history at Willamette University. Since 2011, she has been involved in the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment grant-funded programming at Willamette. In addition to developing a new course on Asian Environmental History (offered in 2014 and 2016), she has been an active participant in the development of the Willamette summer course titled "Sustainability in Japan," a three-week class based in Kawagoe, Japan that combines language study, seminar discussions, and field work.

Jon McGrew | Associate Principal, Hennebery Eddy Architects   

Jon McGrew

Jon McGrew is an associate principal with Hennebery Eddy Architects and is a key leader for the firm's higher education projects. His experience ranges from campus renovations to multi-building complexes, including projects for Willamette University, Montana State University, and Stanford University. McGrew has more than 25 years of experience and holds a bachelor of architecture from the University of Oregon. He is a LEED accredited professional, a visiting critic for architecture studio reviews at Portland State University, and serves on committees for the Architecture Foundation of Oregon and the Design Build Institute of America.

John McMichael | P.E. Principal, Interface Engineering   

John McMichael

John McMichael has been with Interface Engineering since 1982. His commitment to innovative mechanical design and diverse 30+ years of experience allow him to create engineering solutions that achieve significant energy, water, and monetary savings for clients and owners. His projects have included leading-edge technologies for laboratories, and complex, fast-tracked sustainable projects. John was recognized as Engineer of the Year by the BetterBricks Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in 2012.

Katrina Shum Miller | Green Building Consultant, Lensa Consulting, LLC


Katrina brings her passion and extensive knowledge of sustainable building design, construction and operations to each of her educational facility projects. She sees each building's pedagogical potential, and enjoys exploring ways the design strategies and operations can intersect with curriculum and student engagement. With her focus on finding simple and climate-smart solutions, coupled with her expertise in sustainability and sustainability frameworks (such as LEED, Living Building Challenge, CHPS), she inspires project teams to exceed their sustainability goals. She leads sustainability charrettes, conducts sustainability assessments, contributes to sustainable program development and verification, and consults on projects seeking certification. She is actively involved in various organizations, and has served in leadership roles in Cascadia Green Building Council, American Institute of Architects, Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI), and the Greater Portland UN University Regional Center of Expertize on Education for Sustainable Development.

Steve Mital | Sustainability Director, University of Oregon  

Steve Mital

Steve is the Office of Sustainability's founding director and has been in the position since 2007. He works to reduce the university's environmental footprint and expand opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage sustainability issues. Steve played a major role designing the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development - a plan to certify all new buildings LEED gold and meet all new load growth through conservation and efficiency. He also lead initiatives to create the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate certificate program and a sustainability-themed freshmen residence hall. Prior to this position, Steve founded the UO Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) in 2001. The ELP trains students to consult with non-profits, businesses, and government agencies on mapping, monitoring, and environmental education projects. Steve earned his bachelor's degree from Prescott College and master's degrees at the University of Oregon in Planning and Environmental Science in 2001.

Meg Mobley | Instructor, Oregon State University   

Meg Mobley

Meg Mobley grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana, and then headed to Duke University in Durham, NC to earn a B.S. in Environmental Sciences. She worked with a forestry consulting firm, Technical Forestry Services, in Wyoming before returning to Duke to pursue a PhD in Ecology. Her dissertation work on old-field forest carbon sequestration was supported by James B. Duke, E. Bayard Halstead, and Preparing Future Faculty Fellowships and an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. As postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wyoming, she taught Environmental Science and studied the responses of water-limited grassland and shrubland systems to excess nitrogen. She is an instructor in the Crop and Soil Science Department and Sustainability Double Degree Program at Oregon State University in Corvallis. She enjoys reading non-fiction and sci-fi/fantasy books; baking, brewing, and fermenting foods and beverages; consuming the delicious results; and gardening, hiking, fishing, biking, and skiing, depending on the season.

Victoria Monreal | Office Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, Western Washington University  

Victoria Monreal

Victoria has been an active member of the Western Washington University (WWU) community since 2012. She graduated from WWU magna cum laude with a BS in Environmental Science and a minor in Environmental Education. Her passion for sustainability started when she volunteered in Peru for nine months, three of which she spent in the Amazon Rainforest. Victoria has a strong desire to educate others about the intersectionality of helping the planet and helping people.

Scott Morgan | Director of Sustainability, Evergreen State College  

Scott Morgan

Scott Morgan is the Director of Sustainability at The Evergreen State College. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, with an emphasis upon organic and bio-chemistry, and a Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. Evergreen's Office of Sustainability coordinates and guides on campus sustainability efforts as well as institutional collaborations with community-based groups. Scott has worked in agriculture and private industry, founded and managed a small non-profit, taught GED and pre-college classes, and has spent the past few years immersed in the public sector. This diverse set of perspectives informs his recognition that long-term sustainability will require a dynamic harmony between environmental, social, and economic health. On campus, Scott works across all divisions of the college, from operations to academics, to support Evergreen's carbon neutrality and zero-waste goals. Off campus, Scott is a co-coordinator for the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition (WAHESC), a founding coordinator of the Sustainability Professionals of Thurston County, and partner at Cairn Sustainability Consulting Services, as well as a member of the City of Olympia's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Jen Christion Myers | Program Coordinator, Student Sustainability Initiative, Oregon State University  

Jen Christion Myers

Jen Christion Myers is the Faculty Advisor for the Student Sustainability Initiative at Oregon State University. She brings a background in environmental ethics, community organizing, and environmental education to her work fostering student leadership for social change at OSU. Jen got her start working in the environmental movement as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland where she was the education coordinator for the student-led campus recycling center. Since then she has served as an environmental education volunteer with Peace Corps Gabon, guided teens on backpacking trips in the Sierras and the Cascades, and led a small non-profit organization strengthening Oregon's local food systems. She has a masters' degree in Environmental Philosophy and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Sustainability Education at Prescott College.

Ashley Nored | Interior Designer, Hennebery Eddy Architects  

Ashley Nored

Ashley is passionate about by combining functionality and technical requirements with creativity and a sustainable ethos. She is an interior designer with Hennebery Eddy Architects, where she is spearheading their sustainable specification guidelines, working with design teams to choose products with reduced material toxicity, minimal global warming potential and optimized life cycle costs. Ashley has managed the LEED Certification process for commercial interior and existing building projects as a green building consultant. She’s presented at several conferences focusing on material transparency and the future of sustainability in the interior environment. She is a LEED AP, ID+C and has a degree in interior design from Oregon State University.

Andrea Norris | Marketing & Development Coordinator, Campus Recycling, Oregon State University  

Andrea Norris

Andrea Norris has been involved in sustainability at OSU since 2006. As a student she worked for the student government helping pass OSU's #34;green fee,#34; a self-imposed student fee which funded renewable energy for OSU. She then worked as the first coordinator of the Student Sustainability Initiative, developing staff positions and opening the Student Sustainability Center. Andrea was hired as an OSU staff member in 2008 and currently serves as Marketing & Development Coordinator for Campus Recycling and Surplus Property. In this role she works to increase awareness of recycling and surplus on campus through events, presentations, digital and print communications, collaboration, etc., as well as working to enhance her departments through piloting new programs, assessment, and planning. Andrea has been helping coordinate the student club Waste Watchers since it was formed in 2012.

Maria Paz Herrera | Capstone Coordinator at the Learning Gardens Laboratory, Portland State University   

Maria Paz Herrera

Maria Paz Herrera is a graduate student at Portland State University pursuing a degree in Leadership for Sustainability Education. She is the Capstone Coordinator at the Learning Gardens Laboratory where she works with undergraduate students from PSU assisting them in the development of on site projects as part of their service learning experience. Maria Paz grew up in Mexico where she studied architecture and holds a LEED GA credential. Over the past year she has developed a strong interest in mindfulness and meditation. She believes cultivating personal resilience is key to a sustainable future.

Samantha Pennington-Vresk | Undergraduate student, Southern Oregon University  

Samanta Pennington-Vresk

Whether I am working to empower communities to establish locally-sustaining, just, and healthy food systems or building opportunities to give voice to my own LGBTQIA+ community, I view all of my work through a social justice lens. I grew up in a small town in western Michigan where my family and community taught me to love and respect all life. It is precisely that value which pushes me to honor and support diversity. Let's shift the current paradigm within our organizations and communities to be more socially, environmentally, and economically equitable and responsible. How are you empowering your community?

Daniela Perez | Graduate student, Portland State University  

Daniela Perez

Daniela Perez is a current graduate student at Portland State University working towards an M.S. in Leadership for Sustainability Education and is currently working for Growing Gardens as the Community Involvement coordinator. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy. Daniela grew up in Mexico and is very passionate about sustainability, and how it relates to culture, spirituality and social justice. She also has a certificate in permaculture from the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute and believes that understanding natural systems is essential in creating positive social change.

Dorene Petersen | President, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)  

Dorene Peterson

Dorene Petersen, BA, Dip.NT, Dip.Acu, RH (AHG) is President and Founder of American College of Healthcare Sciences based in Portland, Oregon. Dorene founded ACHS in 1978, originally in New Zealand, with a commitment to sustainable education, green business practices, and promoting health and wellness across ACHS's global community. Dorene is active with the institution's accreditor, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and regularly attends the organization's annual conferences and special training opportunities focused on current methodologies in online learning, educational technology, and instructional design. In addition to her commitment to the advancement of accredited online education, Dorene currently serves as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), an independent, nonprofit organization that administers a national examination in aromatherapy to ensure minimum standards of training and safety knowledge of Registered Aromatherapists (RAs). Petersen is also active in professional industry organizations including the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), receiving the 2014 NANP Service Award.

Russ Pierson | Director, Florence Campus, Lane Community College  

Russ Pierson

Dr. Russ Pierson is an APPA-Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP), a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (cSBA) and a GreenAdvantage™ certified professional, as well as a GreenFaith Fellow, and a 2013 USGBC Greenbuild Scholar. Russ came to the Eugene campus of Lane Community College in 2010 with a varied background in construction management, nonprofits and higher education. He served as Associate Director of Facilities Management and Planning and the Transportation Coordinator at Lane prior to accepting his current assignment as Director of LCC's Florence Center in March of 2015. Russ graduated with his doctoral degree in Leadership and Global Perspectives at George Fox University in 2012. In addition to his on--the--ground work at Lane in academia, green building and sustainability, his research interests include cognitive science, along with environmental issues and their relationship to the faith community. Russ and his wife Tami have been married 35 years, and they have three adult children and three grandchildren who fuel his dreams for a brighter future.

Cassidy Radloff | Student, Oregon State University  

Cassidy Radloff

Cassidy Radloff is an undergraduate student at Oregon State University Honors College pursuing degrees in Public Health and Sustainability. She has been involved in the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative for four years as a member of the Fee Board, holding the position of Chair for two of those years. For the past three years she has worked with youth and families in Corvallis as a Nutrition and Garden Educator at the Linus Pauling Institute Healthy Youth Program. She loves exploring the relationship between sustainability and health, building community, and educating people of all ages!

Anna Rhoads | Graduate student, Evergreen State College  

Anna Rhoads

Anna Rhoads is a graduate candidate in the Master of Environmental Studies program at The Evergreen State College. She is the current Outreach Coordinator for the Clean Energy Committee. Bringing her background in environmental interpretation, sustainability education and communications, Anna likes to experiment with different outreach methods to attract students, staff, and faculty to apply for CEC funding for sustainability projects. Anna is writing her thesis on the benefits and drawbacks of light rail development in low-income communities. After graduate school, Anna would like to work in the transportation demand management or sustainability education field.

Kyle Reed | Student Outreach Assistant, Undergraduate student, Oregon State University  

Kyle Reed

Kyle Reed assists in outreach efforts at Oregon State University's Campus Recycling program. His activities include planning waste reduction events, such as the Repair Fairs, spearheading the department compost program on campus, engaging in social media, and coordinating the student volunteer club, the Waste Watchers. Kyle studies as an undergraduate in Marine Biology.

Margaret Robertson | Instructor, Lane Community College  

Margaret Robertson

Margaret Robertson is the author of Sustainability Principles and Practice, published by Routledge/Earthscan in 2014, and a forthcoming book, Communicating Sustainability, also from Routledge/Earthscan. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree and teaches sustainability at Lane Community College, where she is also a coordinator of the Sustainability degree program.

Ephraim Ross | Director of Instructional Innovation, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)  

Ephraim Ross

Ephraim Ross is the Director of Instructional Innovation & Design at American College of Healthcare Sciences. Ephraim graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and attended graduate school at CSU San Marcos. As an educator, he's helped start three charter schools in California as a part of the founding faculties, and he's taught across a wide swath of students, subjects, and modalities. Ephraim brings with him a diverse background as an educator and learning experience designer. His work has focused on the intersection points of education, health, and technology. Ephraim's brings his creativity and eco-conscious perspective to recent projects including an online CE platform and a virtual student Orientation and Training that has earned him professional recognition.

Stephanie Scafa | Waste Prevention and Green Building Analyst, City of Eugene  

Stephanie Scafa

Stephanie Scafa is the acting manager for the Waste Prevention and Green Building program at the City of Eugene. She has worked at the City for four years, where she started by growing the Love Food Not Waste commercial food waste program into the success it is today. Currently, Stephanie works with community partners to advance the primary goal of the program: to make waste prevention and green building the norm in Eugene. Her background is in planning, administration, and sustainable economic development.

Ann Scheerer | Instructor and Academic Advisor, Oregon State University   

Ann Scheerer

Ann Scheerer is an instructor and advisor in Oregon State University's Sustainability Double Degree program. Ann has over twenty years' experience working with local governments, non-profits and universities on issues related to sustainability leadership and sustainable community development. Ann has obtained a PhD, Design and Planning from the University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning; MPA from the University of Washington; MSc, Sustainable Development from Blekinge Institute in Sweden; BS, Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan; and a BA from Kalamazoo College. She enjoys biking and hiking and is proud to be car-free for over nine years.

Briar Schoon | Sustainability Manager, Portland Community College  

Briar Schoon

Briar is the college's Interim Sustainability Manager, with the focus of mainstreaming sustainability throughout all college practices district-wide. She is also part-time faculty, teaching sustainability courses at PCC, and sits on the Board for the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network. She holds a Masters Degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University, as well as a B.A. in Sustainability and a B.S. in Justice Studies. She is a LEED Green Associate and pursuing her Master Gardener certification. Prior to her role as the Interim Manager, she worked as the Sustainability Analyst for PCC, completing the college's greenhouse gas inventories and STARS reports. She likes to spend her free time crafting, gardening, and playing with her kitty.

Anna Scott | Energy and Environmental Quality Analyst, Lane Community College  

Anna Scott

Anna Scott was hired as LCC's Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality Analyst in June of 2005. Her professional work experience reflects a combination of work in the construction contracting, energy management, indoor environmental quality, and renewable energy fields. She has earned degrees in Energy Management, (LCC), Fine Arts, (Temple University), and is a LEED green rating system Accredited Professional in Building Operations + Maintenance. Anna has been actively pursuing educational projects involving renewable energy, wise use of resources, and contemporary problems about how energy is used in our culture as a personal passion for twenty years. Some of her accomplishments during her time at Lane Community College include establishing successful energy savings behavioral change programs, upgrading Lane's utility tracking and reporting system, stewardship of a green revolving fund for future efficiency projects, developing Lane's renewable energy portfolio, creating learning labs for students using the college's campus infrastructure, and developing a re-commissioning program for the college's mechanical and lighting systems.

Elin Shepard | Outreach Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon New Buildings Program  

Elin Shepard

Elin Shepard has served as an Outreach Manager for Energy Trust of Oregon's New Buildings Program for the past five years. In that role, Elin works with design teams to identify opportunities for incentives on energy conservation measures in government and school projects. She enjoys helping the public sector leverage Energy Trust incentives for projects and save money on the operational costs for the buildings. Elin left the State of Oregon, Department of Administrative Services, where she had worked for 15 years - most recently as the Sustainability Coordinator. She lives in Salem with her husband and ten-year-old son.

Jacob Sherman | Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University  

Jacob Sherman

Jacob previously worked for PSU's general education program to better integrate student research, engagement, and creative activities into the undergraduate curriculum. A fifth generation Oregonian, Jacob prides himself in being engaged in his community. As a student, he led the highly successful Take Back the Tap campaign to promote sustainable drinking water at PSU, and has since served on the PSU Alumni Association, as Board Chair for his neighborhood association, and as a member of a stakeholder advisory committee crafting new policy for the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Jacob has Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy, and a B.A. in English from Portland State University.

John Shorb | Architect & Senior Associate, Opsis Architecture  

John Shorb

John is a Senior Associate at Opsis Architecture and presenter for the Center for Earth Leadership. He is an innovative architect and highly skilled facilitator with a passion for leading teams through the design of complex sustainable projects. John's many award winning projects include the Arts and Allied Health Building for Pierce College, Cascade Park Community Library, and the Performing Arts Building at Reed College. He is the past Co-Chair for Portland's AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) where he developed new programming and acted as the main facilitator for the annual Green Champion Summit for over 100 participants. He has taught the Agent of Change course through the Center for Earth Leadership and successfully completed a number of green community projects based on the foundations of the course. He has lectured at multiple architecture schools including the University of Botswana and serves as a leadership mentor in the Reed College Leadership Academy (RELAY). John earned his Masters of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech where he won the Graduate Architecture Thesis Book Award and his BA from Vanderbilt University.

Lauren Shroll | Undergraduate Student, Portland Community College  

Lauren Shroll

Lauren Shroll is a full-time undergraduate student at Portland Community College. In her current position as the Southeast Sustainability Representative, she serves as a member of both the Southeast Green Team and the Green Initiative Fund Committee. She also stays involved on the PCC Sylvania campus, collaborating with the Environmental Center to plan Earth Week and Environmental Club events, E-Cycling activities, and informational tabling sessions to raise awareness of GMOs and the Non-GMO Project. Presently, she is working toward a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and looking forward to a career in integrative dermatology, where she hopes to take environmental factors and diet into consideration for effectively treating patients. In the meantime, Lauren plans to take her experiences in grant writing, GMO activism, and vegan baking with her as she continues her educational adventures.

Mike Sims | Sustainability Coordinator, Lane Community College  

Mike Sims

Mike Sims is the Sustainability Coordinator at Lane Community College in Eugene. He has been at Lane Community College for 12 years, first serving as Recycling Coordinator. Prior to coming to Lane, Mike was the Course Director for Outward Bound in Montana and worked at other wilderness schools across the Western United States. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Management from Texas A&M University, a Bachelor of English degree from The University of Montana, and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies, Sciences, and Policy from the University of Oregon. In his spare time he enjoys being outside with his family, reading, playing music, and riding his mountain bike in the woods.

Stephen Siperstein | Graduate Teacher Fellow, Department of English, University of Oregon  

Stephen Siperstein

Stephen Siperstein is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Oregon and teaches courses in composition and environmental literature. He is currently co-editing the volume Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities (forthcoming from Routledge, 2016) with Stephanie LeMenager and Shane Hall, and his work on environmental education is forthcoming in the Journal of Sustainability Education and in the volume, Learner-centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies.

Vincent Smith | Assistant Professor, Southern Oregon University  

Vincent Smith

Dr. Smith is currently completing research with his students on local eating behaviors in the Rogue Valley and has launched a new research project designed to map and monitor the Rogue Valley Food System through an interactive web map. He has also recently published research that explores the role of augmented reality games as a tool for fostering coastal conservation among teens. He lives in Ashland with his wife and three children where he enjoys exploring the beauty of Southern Oregon.

Terran Sobel-Smith | Undergraduate Student, Linfield College   

Terran Sobel-Smith

Terran Sobel-Smith is an undergraduate senior at Linfield College double majoring in Biology and Philosophy. He is currently the Environment and Sustainability Coordinator for the Associated Students of Linfield College and the facilities' Energy Management Intern. Previously, he has interned for the international environmental consulting firm Environ Global, worked in corporate relations at the Field Museum, and life science educator at OMSI. His student-faculty research in forest ecology has influenced him to pursue graduate school in botany and environmental management.

Heather Spalding | Sustainability Leadership and Outreach Coordinator, Portland State University   

Heather Spalding

Heather coordinates PSU's Student Sustainability Center (SSC), a team that connects sustainability and the student experience. Through programs, events, workshops, field trips, and other initiatives, the SSC offers a variety of hands-on learning opportunities for students across campus. Heather also works to integrate sustainability into PSU's Enrollment Management and Student Affairs division. She has a B.S. in Science and an M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy with a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education. She also has a permaculture and whole systems design certificate and yoga certification (RYT-200). She participates as an Advisory Council member for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and sits on the board for the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), a regional center of expertise through UNESCO.

Carolyn Stein | Executive Director, BRING Recycling

Carolyn Stein

Carolyn Stein began her work at BRING in 2008. As the Interim Community Education Program Manager, a temporary role did not suit her so she set out to create BRING's RE:think Business program. Launched in 2010, RE:think is a free, hands- on assistance program that helps businesses reduce waste and increase efficiency through low-cost upgrades and conservation. Carolyn became BRING's Executive Director in June 2015. Carolyn is an investor in Oregon's first biodiesel facility, SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel and a local business owner. She is a City of Eugene Sustainability Commissioner and has worked internationally with students and governments to create recycling and waste prevention programs. An émigré from Southern California, Carolyn has had an unusual and varied career. She's dodged bullets and dug through trash as a private investigator, worked as a pilot and flight instructor, and in Market Development for the biofuels industry.

Dan Stevenson | Assistant Director of Facilities Services, Montana State University

Dan Stevenson

Dan Stevenson is the Assistant Director of Facilities Services and Engineering/Utilities Manager at Montana State University-Bozeman. He is responsible for operation, maintenance, design oversight, and planning of MSU-Bozeman's utility and engineered systems. As Montana's land grant institution, MSU-Bozeman educates over 15,000 full time students and conducts about $94,000,000 in research annually, placing MSU in the top tier of national research institutions (Carnegie classification-very high research intensity). MSU's Bozeman 4.6 million square foot includes 500,000 square feet of laboratory space, of which 62,000 square feet is biosafety laboratory space (BSL-2 and BSL-3). Before joining MSU, Dan was a Principal with CTA Architects Engineers specializing in nonconventional energy systems.

Rie Tanabe | Undergraduate student, Willamette University  

Rie Tanabe

Rie Tanabe is a senior undergraduate student studying Environmental Science and Psychology at Willamette University. In her first term at Willamette University, she became involved with the Zena Forest Sustainability Institute. Through her participation at Zena, she became more aware of the urgency and importance of working towards a more sustainable society. Upon graduation, Rie intends to continue to be an advocate for the restoration of our planet's health by working with societies to become more sustainable and encourage the education of environmental prosperity.

Kim Townsend | Instructor, Oregon State University  

Kim Townsend

Kim Townsend grew up in the Hudson Valley and Adirondacks of New York state, where she cultivated a love of the natural world. She attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, earning a degree in History of Science and studying feeding habits of detritivores. She earned a Masters' degree in Environmental Science at Oregon State University examining soil carbon stabilization as effected by detrital manipulation. Kim is currently an instructor and research assistant in the Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University. Kim's teaching experience includes sustainability, environmental science and soil related classes and labs both on campus and online. In her spare time, Kim enjoys taking advantage of the amazing recreational opportunities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She especially enjoys backpacking, climbing Cascade peaks, and biking.

Jonas Upman | Undergraduate student, Evergreen State College  

Jonas Upman

Jonas Upman studies economics and business strategy as a Senior at the Evergreen State College, and is the current Project Director for the Clean Energy Committee. A transplant from Kansas, he came to Washington State for school and to live in an area that is not flat. His current aspirations are getting accepted into the Masters in Public Administration program at Evergreen and finding time to devote to home-brewing.

Jamie Valentine | Graduate Assistant, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University  

Jamie Valentine

Jamie Valentine works with the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative to connect students and community partners on projects that address local sustainability issues. She is deeply passionate about engaging students and faculty in a community-based movement of change and creating opportunities for transformational learning. Jamie is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on Leadership for Sustainability Education along with a Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation. In her free time Jamie enjoys teaching gardening in prison, laying in her hammock with a good book, and enjoying the ocean, rivers, and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Kate Vance | Project Manager, Capital Projects and Construction, Portland State University  

Kate Vance

Kate brings 15 years of project management experience to Portland State University as a part of the Capital Projects & Construction team. Highly competent with proven leadership and teamwork abilities, Kate is poised to meet PSU's goals for future growth and collaborative partnerships. Kate strives to forge positive relationships with internal stakeholders and external partners to move projects forward. Kate's professional commitments include collaborative leadership, customer service, teamwork and safety.

Paul Ventura | Director, School of Business, and Chair, Sustainable Business Programs, Marylhurst University   

Paul Ventura

Paul has spent most of his career in or around higher education, including the administration of programs in sustainable business and international development. At Marylhurst he has led the design and development of the innovative MBA in Sustainable Business, one of the largest of its type in the country, with over 400 alumni around the world working with organizations like Microsoft, Merck, the Girl Scouts of the USA, CH2M Hill, and The Johns Hopkins University. Paul recently served on the ISSP task force led by Marsha Willard and Dorothy Atwood to develop the pilot questions for the ISSP certification of sustainability professionals.

Sara Vonde Veld | Associate Director of Campus Planning & Real Estate, Oregon Health & Science University  

Sara Vonde Veld

As Associate Director of Campus Planning & Real Estate at Oregon Health & Science University, Sara works to problem solve day-to-day issues related to program growth and proximity. She is involved in the University's long-range planning initiatives with expansion of the campus to Portland's South Waterfront district. Sara worked on the Collaborative Life Sciences building completed in 2014 and is involved in OHSU's next new building on the Schnitzer Campus, the Knight Cancer Research Building. Sara is currently working on the 20-year master plan for OHSU's West Campus in Hillsboro. She enjoys her involvement with science and academic programs, new development, transportation, and sustainability. Sara received her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.

Seth Vidaña | Sustainability Manager, Western Washington University  

Seth Vidana

Seth has been working as Western Washington University's Sustainability Manager since 2006. 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 including the Resident Resource Awareness Program, Sustainable Action Fund, Zero Waste Western, Campus Sustainability Planning Studio, and the brand new Sustainable Cities Partnership. Seth founded the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Consortium in 2010 to provide avenues for collaboration across Washington State institutions & serves as its co-chair.

Lauren Visconti | Instructor, Linn-Benton Community College  

Lauren has two Masters degrees (Linguistics/TEFL and Applied Anthropology) and her research in both of these fields uniquely overlaps. After the 2008 financial crisis, she sought to uncover pedagogical techniques that could accommodate a once highly diverse classroom that schismed into a bicultural classroom of Saudi Arabian and Chinese students. Her anthropology research investigated international students through the lens of migration rather than current visitor models. Outside of research, she currently teaches Anthropology classes and raises a beautiful little boy.

Dean Wentworth | Botanical Garden & Greenhouse Curator, Willamette University  

Dean Wentworth

Dean has been with Willamette University since October, 1999. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Horticulture, with an emphasis in soils and plant pathology. Dean has worked on habitat restoration for Lake Oswego & Astoria Country Clubs.

Dr. Marsha Willard | Founder & CEO, Axis  

Marsha Willard

Marsha Willard, Ph.D. is core faculty in Pinchot University's MBA in Sustainable Systems. Marsha has taught at Pinchot for over 8 years and is one of the designers, and now lead faculty, of the integrated curriculum for the first year of the program. She is author of seven business books including The Business Guide to Sustainability and A Step by Step Guide to Sustainability Planning. Additionally Marsha consults with organizations to help them implement sustainable business practices. She is the co-founder and former ED of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and currently chairs the technical committee that is building a professional certification scheme in sustainability for ISSP.

Brad Wilson | Principal, PAE   

Brad Wilson

Brad is a principal at PAE, a mechanical and electrical engineering firm dedicated to innovative and sustainable design solutions. With 14 years of experience in mechanical engineering and a background in Architectural Engineering, Brad is particularly adept at guiding interdisciplinary teams through system decision making. Sixteen of his projects have achieved LEED ratings, and several more have net zero energy and water aspirations. Brad's passion for engineering creative, elegant and simple solutions that save his clients money and reduce their environmental foot print has especially resonated with higher education institutions, including Oregon State University, Pacific University and Washington State University.

Nicholas Wooten | Program Coordinator, TRiO Student Success, The Evergreen State College  

Nicholas Wooten

Nicholas is a former Student Trustee, Chair of the Clean Energy Committee, coordinator for sustainability student organizations, and student activist at The Evergreen State College. He is a B.A. graduate with a focus in Public Administration and Higher Education and current program coordinator for TRiO Student Success at Evergreen helping first generation, low income, and disabled students graduate college. Nicholas has been a speaker at OHESC 2012 "Going DEAPer; methods for joining student enthusiasm and institutional support" as well as WAHESC 2014, PermacultureVOICES, and more. He is also a former Americorps member of the Washington Conservation Corps witnessing climate change and sustainability challenges first hand through habitat restoration and disaster relief field work in Florida, Louisiana, Iowa, and Washington. Nicholas is a first generation, low income college graduate dedicated to facilitating student centered success in communities of higher education.

Susan Yirku | Assistant Director of Compliance, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)  

Susan Yirku

Susan Yirku is the Assistant Director of Compliance at American College of Healthcare Sciences and brings collaborative leadership experience in organizational change and education strategy to ACHS's Green Campus efforts. Sue studied Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Collaborative Leadership at Marylhurst University in Portland, OR. She has held a series of leadership positions in natural medicine education and professional associations. Sue has been honored for Outstanding Achievement in change managements and dedicates volunteer services to global health projects in participatory development. Sue collaborates with ACHS team members to develop strategies that support expanding sustainability practices on campus and coordinated the institution's partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon during the renovation of the institution's new offices.

Robert Zandstra | Ph.D. Candidate, University of Oregon  

Originally from a vegetable farm in rural Indiana, Robert Zandstra is now a PhD candidate in English at the University of Oregon. His dissertation examines intersections between secularization, religious reform, and changes in environmental thought in nineteenth-century United States literature. He is the editor of Sustainability: A Casebook for Writers, which is used in UO's first-year composition classes.

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