Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.D., is a philosopher, activist, and prize-winning writer, the author or co-editor of more than a dozen books about our moral and cultural relation to the wild, reeling world. For many years, she taught environmental ethics at Oregon State University. But her growing concern about the climate and extinction crises led her to leave academia to speak out about the moral urgency of action. Her most recent work includes a book of essays, Earth’s Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World and a film, “The Extinction Variations,” a music and spoken-word collaboration. Moore writes from Corvallis and from a cabin where two creeks and a bear trail meet a tidal cove in Alaska.
As Oregon State University President, Murthy is committed to improving access to college for all learners; advancing student success, undergraduate graduation rates and inclusive excellence throughout the university; expanding OSU’s strong research portfolio by investing in research infrastructure; and supporting faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and Extension and engagement programs.
David Harrelson (Kalapuya) is the Cultural Resources Department manager for The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde where he is also a tribal member. David is active in his community and currently serves as a governor appointed Oregon Arts Commissioner. David has previously worked as a Wildland Firefighter, US Senate Intern, and College Academic Advisor. Working for over ten years in the field of Cultural Resources, David has championed the protection of archaeology sites, maintenance of ancestral lifeways, and proliferation of indigenous art forms throughout his Tribes homelands in Western Oregon.
I am a comparative and critical ethnic studies scholar interested in the intersections between ethnic studies, cultural geography, and Indigenous studies. My research focuses on issues of race, space, and Indigenous geographies. My book, Native Space: Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism (OSU Press, and the First Peoples series) illustrates the ways that Native people in North America sustain and create Indigenous geographies in settler colonial nations (and was awarded the Association for Ethnic Studies' 2021 Outstanding Book Award). My second book, A People's Guide to Portland and Beyond (pre-contract with UC Press), highlights lesser known sites of social justice and oppression across the city of Portland. I also write on pedagogy, cartography, contemporary media, college cultural centers, and popular culture. My writing appears in the following:
Patricia Fifita is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies within the Department of Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University. She is an indigenous Pacific Island scholar of Tongan descent, and her research background spans medical, environmental, and indigenous anthropology. Her work in Oceania engages indigenous research methodologies and analytics toward collaborative and community-based participatory research. She recently convened a series of community-based climate forums in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands and conducted a traditional resource use study for the National Park Service in American Samoa.
Elena Passarello was named "one of the essential women authors writing about the wild" by Outside magazine. Her essays on the natural world have appeared in National Geographic, Paris Review, Audubon, Best American Science and Nature Writing, and Solastalgia: Essays on a Disappearing World. Her 2017 essay collection Animals Strike Curious Poses made the "best of the year" lists in Publisher's Weekly, New York Times Book Review, and The Guardian and has been published in several languages. She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Oregon State and appears weekly on the Public Radio program LiveWire.
Julia Rosen is an independent journalist covering science and the environment from Portland, Oregon. She writes about how the world works and how humans are changing it. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Science, Hakai, High Country News, among other publications, and has been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing. She is currently working on her first book, the untold history of grass and humans, for Ecco.
Sarah’s work at the UO focuses on campus and community outreach, including support for sustainability in research, curriculum, co-curricular activities and student programming, and community engagements. She also supports the office's communications strategy and content creation that tells the university's sustainability story, and development of sustainability policy and plans. Before starting this position in 2018, she worked in technology and education. Sarah earned her PhD in literature from the UO in 2012.
Dr. Luhui Whitebear is an enrolled member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation with Huestec and Cochimi ancestry. She is an assistant professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society (Indigenous Studies) and has served as the Center Director of the Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws at Oregon State University. Institutionally Luhui serves on the core leadership of the President’s Commission on Indigenous Affairs, the Bias Response Team, and on Faculty Senate representing the College of Liberal Arts. In the community, she serves as the co-chair of the Corvallis School Board, as the Vice President of the OSBA Caucus of Color, on the MMIW USA board, and on the Oregon Women’s Foundation board.Luhui is also the Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus for the National Women’s Studies Association. Prior to her professional role at OSU, she spent ten years with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde as their College Advising & Scholarship Coordinator. Luhui is a mother, poet, and activist engaged in community-based work. Dr. Whitebear received her PhD from Oregon State University (OSU) in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; MA from OSU in Interdisciplinary Studies; and BS degrees from OSU in Anthropology and in Ethnic Studies. Her research focuses on California Indigenous studies, Indigenous feminisms, Indigenous rhetorics, Indigenous activism, MMIW, national law & policy, and Indigenous land & water rights.
Gail J. Woodside, is Southeastern Lower Muscogee Creek with mixed Apache/N. Cheyenne/Georgian heritage is a first-generation scholar and womxn scientist. As a Natural Resource Conservationist and Rangeland Ecologist my primary focus is situated within subsistence landscapes, wildlife movement, and their contributions within a rapidly changing world.
Serving as a sustainability liaison to communities around western Washington, Lindsey connects public needs, knowledge, and ideas with faculty and student energy and expertise. She also teaches Western's Campus Sustainability Planning Studio and Sustainability Literacy I, and assists in advancing Curriculum for the Bioregion. Lindsey is passionate about supporting students and faculty in engaging in community-based sustainability work and service toward positive change in their communities. She holds a Master of Science in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan, and has been working in sustainability in higher education for ten years. Her research has focused on leadership for sustainability, and sustainable food initiatives in higher education.
Steve Abercrombie is the Faculty Coordinator and tenured faculty in the Sustainable Building Science Technology Program at South Seattle College. Steve has a background as an adult educator, consultant, and program manager spending the past 15 years working at the intersection of technology, sustainability, and the built environment. Before teaching full time at SSC, Steve was a project lead launching the Smart Buildings Center; prior to that, he led a consulting team focused on sustainable portfolio management at Paladino and Company. Steve is the Co-Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation grant focused on building accelerated degrees in the clean energy workforce and sits on the National Green Jobs Advisory Council and the Bates College Facility Maintenance Engineer Technical Advisory Committee.
Elizabeth is pursuing a degree in Sustainability at Southern Oregon University and works in the Sustainability Office and on the Sustainability Team as the Events and Student Outreach Coordinator. Elizabeth's career goal is to become an international environmental diplomat with the U.S. Government or a non-profit. She is a community organizer working to create lasting connections between environmental and social justice organizations in the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon University students as well as creating a physical gathering space (food forest, pollinator garden, and three sisters garden) at a winery in Central Point for community mobilization.
Abdul is a first year MBA Candidate at Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) with an emphasis in Marketing. Ali graduated from Willamette in the Spring of 2022 as an Economics Major and continued his education through Willamette’s 3+2 BA/MBA program. Ali joined Willamette’s CAFES committee in the fall of 2022 as the AGSM Liaison. Ali was a member of Willamette’s NCAA Men’s Soccer team for four years and a captain for three. Ali is passionate about promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace while also enhancing effective communication and implementation across committee work throughout organizations.
Karen Auld is a Citizen Scientist who researches how the inner world reflects the outer world. Karen has been working in the environmental field for over 30 years. She currently is a Senior Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability Specialist with Johnson & Johnson and the Brand Ambassador for Global Wrap Share, a reusable, fabric gift wrap company.
With 30 years of experience in architecture and urban planning, Donna brings with her a real-world sensibility and thoughtful design approach. Her experiences encompass a wide body of work that includes Higher Education, Justice, Performing Arts, Sports, and Entertainment. She has worked in Washington State, British Columbia, Arizona, New York, and California and has garnered several design awards for such notable designs as the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre at the University of Arizona.
Sarah has served as the Coordinator of Leadership Development & Community Engagement at the University of Oregon for over five years. She is also currently pursuing a Master of Science in Educational Leadership at Portland State University.
Emily Bowling (she/her/hers) currently serves as Director of Community Engagement & Leadership at Oregon State University. She works to apply a critical framework to programs that inspire and nourish students to enact leadership that creates more caring, just communities. Emily’s work in higher education over the past 15 years has been centered on leadership development, experiential learning, and social change while putting radical hope and love into practice. She holds a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Susquehanna University and an MS in Educational Leadership & Policy, Sustainability Education from Portland State University. Emily identifies as a white, queer femme from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (unceded land of the Susquehannock).
Originally from Virginia, Tatiana (she/hers) is at the UW as a dual master's candidate at the School of Public Health and Public Policy. She hopes to learn how to treat health inequity as a symptom of systemic racism and rejuvenate investment in social safety nets for more sustainable communities. Given her interdisciplinary background largely focused on anthropology, health disparities, food justice, mutual aid, and coalition building, the CSF felt like a natural fit. As the CSF Coordinator, Tatiana is responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic visioning. Tatiana is working to establish CSF as a beacon for justice work and a leader in environmental innovation, fighting for both sociocultural longevity and environmental justice.
Bruce Chamberlain’s career has focused on energy efficiency and leadership in public, private, and non-profit sectors. He is committed to bending the curve of carbon emissions in proven and creative ways. As Campus Energy Manager, Bruce has been involved with strategic planning efforts involving Facilities Services, Sustainability, and Capital Projects. He manages policy, development, funding, and implementation of energy and water efficiency projects throughout the UCB campus. Bruce also guides monitoring and communication of campus-wide energy use to improve operational efficiency while providing a safe and comfortable environment for teaching, research, and public service.
Clark (they/he) currently serves as an interim Program Coordinator in Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) at Oregon State University, where they live their core value of community through coordinating community service programming, community fairs, community partnership development, and special events. They are passionate about climate justice, DEI, community care, and sustainability, and enjoy spending time in nature, hanging out with animals, and making art. Clark earned a BS in Natural Resources at Oregon State University, and has held diverse public service and environmental conservation and restoration roles with AmeriCorps in Arizona and Idaho. During their undergraduate career, they were a coordinator and leader in Waste Watchers, a sustainability and waste reduction student organization, led an Alternative Break program, and facilitated service-learning projects for students. Clark also has experience with several forestry and climate change research projects.
Bri is an ORISE Science, Technology, and Policy Fellow with the U.S. Department of Energy in the Building Technologies Office (BTO) and serves as the Higher Education Sector Lead within the Better Buildings Initiative.Before coming to DOE, Bri worked in town gown relations at Colorado State University and volunteer program management with the National Park Service. She is dedicated to civic engagement and served for a year in AmeriCorps.
Ericka Colvin, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Project Architect & Project Manager focused on education projects and also serves as Integrus’ Director of Sustainable Practice. She is always excited to help clients connect to sustainable and equitable design and propel our design community to be climate equity leaders. She is passionate about using design to enhance people’s lives and was fortunate enough to spend time in rural Guatemala, building an environmental school utilizing alternative construction techniques. She helped steer Integrus’ Portland office to be an early Just label adopter.
Lauren (she/her) is a first-year master’s student in the UW School of Marine & Environmental Affairs and a member of UW’s Campus Sustainability Fund committee. She has been involved in sustainability in higher education since her undergraduate years at the College of William & Mary, where she was a Sustainability Intern and student representative on W&M’s Committee on Sustainability. In particular, Lauren’s focus is on ensuring that sustainability efforts promote equity and encapsulate social and cultural sustainability, in addition to environmental sustainability.
Delfine DeFrank (she/her/hers & they/them/theirs) works at Oregon State University as one of three Program Coordinator at Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) where she coordinates dialogical programming and CELebratory recognition practices. Delfine obtained a B.S. in Food Science & Technology from Oregon State University in 2017. Delfine identifies as a brown biracial (Lao & white) queer femme from Southern California (born in San Diego, land of the Kumeyaay, and raised in Temecula, land of Payómkawichum).
In nearly 25 years of architectural practice, Patrick has worked on a broad range of project types, including single- and multi-family residential, civic and institutional facilities, and urban design for transit facilities and infrastructure. His recent focus over the last 10+ years has been sustainable design for K-12 and civic buildings. Patrick’s expertise includes leading teams in all phases of project work, including community outreach, programming, site planning, space planning, conceptual design, and technical design. Patrick values engaging clients in a collaborative relationship and a process of discovery. He approaches each design challenge as an opportunity to discover sustainable solutions that are uniquely appropriate to each particular client.
Stephania Fregosi (she/her), got into sustainability as a result of childhood experiences that included resource conservation, a love of all marine creatures, international travel, a semester at a farm in Vermont, and a concern for human rights. As the Sustainability Analyst for Portland Community College (PCC), Stephania manages sustainability data collection and conducts policy and program research and is currently working on a resiliency assessment. She recently co-led PCC’s climate-action planning effort to incorporate climate justice and social equity into the heart of PCC’s 2021 Climate Action Plan: Resiliency, Equity and Education for a Just Transition. Stephania served as the lead author and editor for the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Anthology on Racial Equity and Social Justice, a resource on the interconnections between environmental sustainability, racial justice and other equity issues.
Kate has been immersed in contemplative practice and study for nearly twenty years. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Master's degree at OSU in Applied Religious Ethics. Kate has completed and taught several advanced yoga teacher programs and long-term meditation trainings and in 2018, had the incredible privilege to spend a year in a solitary, largely silent meditation retreat. She currently serves as OSU's Contemplative Studies Initiative coordinator, teaches courses in REL and PSY, and contributes to a range of outreach and research projects, such as producing the Inner Nature podcast with The Spring Creek Project and developing meditation-based interventions as a staff member of John Edwards' Social Cognition Lab. Kate has a deep love and appreciation for all contemplative traditions; she is particularly interested in how contemplative practices and ways of knowing can explicitly or implicitly contribute to the well-being of humanity, the planet, and all life.
Deann Garcia is an accomplished graphic designer, teacher, and sustainability practitioner. Alongside running a thriving design consultancy with an emphasis on environmentally and socially responsible clients, she teaches sustainable product design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the unique fully-online Sustainable Design MA program, and graphic design at the OSU Cascades Campus and online. Ms. Garcia is a proponent of online and democratized education, including pioneering OSU’s online minor in graphic design. Ms. Garcia’s primary academic interest is in using the fundamentals of Design Thinking and effective visual communication to develop better methods for communicating about climate change that avoid the fatigue and grief that often accompany deep knowledge on the subject.
Jess is an undergraduate student at the University of Oregon majoring in environmental studies with a minor in philosophy. Working to complete an independent research project through the Clark Honors College with funding from the Mellon Foundation and Just Futures Institute. She is a member of Glacier Lab, studying how values inform stewardship perspectives and practices in glaciated watersheds.
Abbey is a fourh-year undergraduate student at the University of Oregon majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Food Studies with a focus in local food systems. She is also the Environemntal Justice Lead at the Student Sustainability Center on campus as the Director of the Climate Justice League.
Robert Holden’s innovative work on psychology and spirituality has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, a PBS special Shift Happens! and in two major BBC-TV documentaries on happiness - The Happiness Formula and How to Be Happy. He has presented two popular TEDx talks on The Tea Meditation and Destination Addiction.Robert works as a consultant to leaders and organizations on the theme of purpose and leadership. Robert is a New York Times best-selling author of thirteen books including Happiness NOW!, Shift Happens!, Authentic Success, Loveability, Holy Shift: 365 Meditations from A Course in Miracles, Life Loves You, co-written with Louise Hay, and a book of poetry Finding Love Everywhere.
With over 15 years of experience designing educational facilities across the west coast region, Brad is driven by creating a collaborative design process that is grounded in vision alignment. Brad’s experience in Higher Education ranges from classrooms, labs, athletic facilities and student housing across a multitude of Universities and Community Colleges. He engages in active listening to navigate challenging timelines, cost concerns, and disparate stakeholder groups, working with teams to find opportunities to create positive impact for communities. Brad is an expert in student life with a specific lens towards crafting equitable and inclusive spaces. During his professional career, Brad has designed learning spaces focused around defensible space design, neurodiverse learning environments, and universal design.
Paige Jackson has worked in advising and student success programs for over a decade at various institutions of higher education, including the University of Oregon, University of Michigan, and the American University of Kuwait. Paige currently serves as Director for Student Success & Advising at Western Oregon University, a 4-year public institution and emerging HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution).
Bringing passion and teamwork to every project, Ka’ula is detail oriented and excels at delivering complex projects for Swinerton Builders. Ka’ula joined Swinerton in 2010 and studied at University of Hawaii, Manoa, developing her knowledge of delivering projects through her extensive onsite field experience. Working with Swinerton’s Director of Corporate Responsibility, Ka’ula passionately leads as a liaison for community relations to address opportunities for diversity, equity and inclusion for Swinerton in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Gifted in problem solving and bringing unique solutions, her skillsets were key for integration of mechanical and electrical systems with the mass timber structural frame for Edward J Ray Hall at OSU Cascades.
Mira (she/her) is a junior at Willamette University, double majoring in Politics & Spanish with a minor in Data Science. She has been on the CAFES committee since 2021, and transitioned into her role as Chair in January of 2022, supporting the maintenance of the committee and building relationships between administration, faculty, staff and students across both the undergraduate and graduate schools. Mira is passionate about the implementation of programs and projects that promote equity and sustainability around campus, and is excited to continue her work throughout her time at Willamette. Aside from CAFES, she serves as a research assistant for the politics department and as a resident advisor.
Sean Kim is a junior Economics major and Business Administration minor at Willamette University. Kim joined the Willamette CAFES committee as their proposal consultant at the beginning of the fall of 2022. Kim is a member of the Willamette NCAA Men’s Soccer team and has won academic honors as well as two first team all conference honors during his time on the team. Kim enjoys learning new things and facing new challenges in an academic setting as well as outside of the classroom.
Tona Khau is the new Executive Director for Facilities and Capital Projects for Seattle Colleges. Tona has over 11 years of experience in facilities management and capital projects. Before she came to Seattle Colleges, she worked at Darigold and Sno-Isle Libraries. At Darigold, she was a Senior Growth Projects Manager. She oversaw large capital projects over $500 million. Her latest project involved building a new 400,000 square feet dairy plant in Pasco, Washington. The $600 million facility plant will employ 200 and process 8 million pounds of milk per day.At Sno-Isle Libraries, she oversaw facilities management and capital projects. She managed 24 buildings in a two-county library system and oversaw new build-outs. Her passion for facilities management is also demonstrated in her involvement on various industry boards. She is on the Board of Directors for the Facilities Management program for University of Washington and served as Vice President for the International Facility Management Association. Her work has been featured on the University of Washington Facilities Management program webpage and Blueprint Magazine.
Alison Kwok, PhD, FAIA, CPHC is a professor of architecture and director of the NetZED Laboratory at the University of Oregon. Her research includes adaptive and mitigation strategies for climate change, comfort/health in schools, net zero energy design, building performance case studies, and curriculum innovation. She teaches advanced technical electives, seminars, environmental control systems, and studio. She is co-author of the Green Studio Handbook and Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, and Passive House Details: Solutions for High Performance Design and numerous building performance case study books.
Jeanie Lai is a design principal at Bora Architecture & Interiors in Portland, Oregon. As an architect and interior designer, Jeanie works across multiple scales to create spaces that unite people, cultures, and places. She is passionate about design as an agent of positive change and is an advocate for inclusive design, leading a design process that elevates lived experiences while challenging preconceived ideas and power dynamics to broaden conversations and the possibilities of each project. Jeanie has led numerous projects in her 24-year career, with experience in academic environments, collaborative workspaces, and civic and cultural centers.
David G. Lewis, PhD, is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, a descendant of the Takelma, Chinook, Molalla, and Santiam Kalapuya peoples of western Oregon. David has engaged in research on the tribal histories of Northwest Coastal peoples, specializing in the Western Oregon Tribes. David served as the director of the Southwest Oregon Project Collection at the UO, and was the Culture Department manager of the Grand Ronde Tribe for 8 years. David has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oregon (2009) and teaches full time in Anthropology and Native Studies at OSU. David's research essays about the histories of the tribes are published on the blogsite ndnhistoryresearch.com. David lives in Salem with his wife Donna, and sons Inatye and Saghaley.
Deanna Lloyd (she/her) is a senior instructor at Oregon State University where she teaches both sustainability and horticulture courses. In addition to teaching, she partners with local organizations to coordinate service-learning projects that have resulted in over 4,000 students participating in 15,000+ hours of community-engaged service. Deanna is completing her doctoral degree in Educational Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where her research explores the cultivation of radical imagination in sustainability education.
Ian Maarefi is a Key Account Manager with NW Natural’s Major Account Services Team. He is responsible for cultivating relationships with NW Natural’s largest commercial and industrial customers throughout the state of Oregon and SW Washington. He assists the area’s Colleges and Universities with navigating the complex world of rate schedules, regulations, costs, and sustainability initiatives. In addition, he manages NW Natural’s CNGV Program. Ian is an Oregonian that graduated from Oregon State University. When Ian is not on campus, he can be found spending time with his family, mountain-biking, or woodworking.
Libby Mackin (she/her) works in the Waste Reduction and Reusables program at the University of Oregon Student Sustainability Center. Libby is a junior studying Environmental Science and Math. In her program at the SSC, she works to provide the UO community with access to various reusable goods- including school supplies, clothing, water bottles, and menstrual products- while also mitigating waste going to landfills! Her work seeks to expand beyond the three-R’s into more critical and equitable ways of practicing sustainability.
In his role with the university, Mr. Maddox works primarily on overseeing the campus utility budget and analyzing usage for operational monthly commodity projections. He also works on energy reduction project coordination, reporting greenhouse gas emission inventory, working on the campus metering infrastructure, and a variety of other sustainability projects. In addition to various energy projects, he also sits on the Capital Region climate Readiness Collaborative, the university’s Strategic Planning Taskforce, and leads a Building Decarbonization working group to promote collaboration among community leaders to address decarbonizing and electrifying buildings in the region.
Kort (she/her) is an undergraduate student at the UW pursuing a double degree in Visual Communication Design and Environmental Studies with a minor in Urban Ecological Design. She is interested in using design for environmental justice while learning about the social and political forces that impact the built environment as symptoms of systemic racism. She is passionate about integrating all facets of creativity and storytelling into amplifying BIPOC narratives around justice-centered work. As the CSF Outreach Coordinator, her work focuses on redefining the sustainability narrative on campus away from mainstream environmentalism towards one that integrates the intersections of race, class, and gender. Her work is focused on building connections and having conversations about intersectional sustainability in non-traditional environmental spheres.
In this role, Taylor develops student leaders, helps facilitate student sustainability projects, and develops programming to meet student needs on campus. He is also the co-chair of the Food Security Task Force, which develops and implements programs and strategies to combat food insecurity on campus. He has overseen the development and funding of these programs by requesting the necessary budget from UO’s upper administration and outside sources. He received his PhD from the University of Oregon’s interdisciplinary Environmental Science, Studies, and Policy program, with a focal department of English. His published research addresses representations of environmental justice and the racial components of the Anthropocene. In all areas, his work and research prioritize the intersections of sustainability, environmental justice, social equity, and cultural production.
Ella Meloy (she/her) is a fourth-year studying Political Science and Global Studies at the UO. Ella works as the Student Engagement Lead at the UO Student Sustainability Center. At the SSC, she primarily organizes trainings and leadership development for volunteers that support SSC initiatives by connecting them to projects and programs they are passionate about. She also works with a team of students to expand education surrounding critical sustainability on campus and provides support to other SSC initiatives, such as the Leftover Textover program.
Steve Mital is the founding director of the University of Oregon’s Sustainability Office. He was part of the three-person team that developed the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development, a landmark campus energy policy that required all new buildings to harvest 100% of their energy needs from existing building stock. He also led the initiative to create the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate certificate program that launched in 2011. Prior to this position, Steve was an instructor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon, where he also studied. While there, he founded and directed the Environmental Leadership Program for graduate and undergraduate students. Steve spent eight years as one of five Commissioners elected to govern the Eugene Water and Electric Board. He is currently on the Lane Community College’s Board of Trustees.
Eloise Navarro is a Filipino-American climate organizer who recently graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in Global Studies and Romance Languages as well as a minor in Environmental Studies. She is the National Fossil Fuels Organizer at 350 PDX where she works with the People vs Fossil Fuel coalition to end new fossil fuel infrastructure, both locally and nationally.
Dain Nestel is the Director of Sales at Portland General Electric where he oversees the development and implementation of energy programs that give customer choices in their energy use. He also oversees commercial and industrial customer outreach teams and PGE's partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon. He's worked in the energy sector since 2008 and has personal mission to decarbonize the world with Energy.
Mr. Emmanuel Nwodo is GEC’s Senior Manager, Global Relations. In this role, he drives engagement with stakeholders to stimulate the demand and supply of sustainable IT products and services. He is a project management professional with over ten years of experience in government affairs and business operations. Emmanuel is based in Washington, DC, and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from American University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Howard University. Emmanuel is also a Certified Prince2 Practitioner in Agile Project Management.
Austin Nunis (she/her) is the Food Justice Lead at the University of Oregon Student Sustainability Center. She is a fourth year majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Food Studies. The Food Justice program at the SSC aims to increase access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for UO students. Through initiatives like weekly Produce Drops we hope to connect students to their local food systems while instilling them with the knowledge and autonomy to make informed decisions about the food they source and consume.
Rebecca Ocken is the Interim Director of Planning and Capital Construction for Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. She oversees college capital work for the 1,500 square mile district, which recently passed a $450 million bond measure. Prior to her director role, Rebecca served as Planning Manager and completed the college’s first comprehensive facilities plan. She was also the project manager for a new workforce training center that includes service partnerships and affordable community housing and oversaw the expansion and renewal of PCC’s Cascade Campus totaling $60 million. Along with project management, Rebecca’s work with the college includes commercial/retail assessments, transportation demand management, and project engagement with a focus on equity and belonging.
Riley O'Connell (she/her) works as the Environmental Justice and Climate Resiliency Lead at the University of Oregon Student Sustainability Center. She is a fourth year majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Biology and Science Communication. At the SSC, she primarily organizes climate resiliency activities (bike rides, crafts, yoga classes, etc.) to spark discussion on climate anxiety and help students expand their self-care toolkits. This is nestled within the SSC's broader environmental justice initiatives, which seek to build students’ capacities to address environmental and social issues through centering hope, mindfulness, and community as forms of resistance.
Joe O’Donnell has been focused on the energy and renewable business for over 20 years in the Pacific NW. He has a passion for helping clients solve their business challenges that include infrastructure modernization, their climate objectives, and the funding mechanisms to implement them. Joe takes a hands-on approach when working with various stakeholders in the organization to make sure the results are impacting their organizations in a way that creates value for them. He covers the Pacific Northwest for McKinstry and leverages the various competencies in his organization to provide solutions that the clients need.
Lynn, a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, is a highly accomplished professional with extensive experience in education that spans over 40 years. She also has diverse experience as a Tribal leader and has served in various tribal governance roles, most notably as executive director. Lynn is committed to making space for Indigenous knowledge in teaching and learning institutions. In her current role, she promotes meaningful government to government relationships between Sovereign Nations and public education institutions. These relationships go beyond land acknowledgements, creating authentic partnerships with local Tribes.
Jarrod Penttila is directly overseeing the Academic Building 2 and other onsite development for the University. Jarrod has a Bachelor's degree in construction management and previously managed up to 3000 trades building out semiconductor facilities on a 700-acre campus. In that role, Jarrod was responsible for logistically integrating 5 General Contractors and up 40 multi-tier subcontractors while executing $1 billion of work per year covering more than 2.5 million SF of manufacturing space.
Lisa Petterson has dedicated nearly 30 years to managing complex projects that support and enhance our region. She is respected for her integrated design solutions, strength in leading collaborative teams, and depth of experience in higher education projects. Her approach to design relies heavily on performance studies, post-occupancy data, and insight gained throughout her long, focused career. Lisa's current work on net-zero energy buildings such as the Academic Building 2 has led her to develop energy modeling tools that predict the amount of energy saved from lighting, early in the design process, thus providing design and development teams with critical information regarding both proposed space design and equipment and fixture selection.
Daryl M. Pierson leads Portland State University’s Office of Campus Sustainability working across the institution to advance sustainable initiatives that will enhance environmental awareness and understanding; achieve efficiencies that will preserve natural resources while reducing campus costs; support and engage in environmental education and research; increase opportunities to drive environmental stewardship; and engage the surrounding community through sustainability activities. In his previous role at Wayne State University, he completed two Sustainability Strategic Plans, annual greenhouse gas inventories that have helped inform actions leading to a reduction of over 50,000 MTCDE. He also developed and implemented an innovative compost program that created a collaboration among students, staff, faculty, and community organizations to capture campus organics, haul the organics to a local urban farm, and return the finished compost for use around campus. His other work activities include LEED certification, stormwater management, sustainable food systems, sustainable transit and mobility, and circular economic initiatives.
Kimberly Reeves is the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainability at Agnes Scott College, a women’s liberal arts college located in Decatur, Georgia founded in 1889. Named the most innovative liberal arts college in the country by U.S. News and World Reports five years (2019-2023) in a row, Agnes Scott is a regional and national leader for achieving ambitious carbon reduction goals. Kimberly has been employed in the sustainability field since 2008 with the majority of her experience in higher education. She leads a collaborative and engaging Center to develop leaders that strengthen community, protect our natural environment and address social challenges of our time. She earned her Masters in Environmental Planning + Design from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology with a minor in Environmental & Sustainability Studies.
Maya Revell is a 2nd-year PhD Student in UO’s Environmental Studies, Science, and Policy program with a focal concentration in Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education. Her research focuses on disrupting antiblackness in environmental education and exploring how frameworks like Black Ecologies can transform environmental education curriculum.
Danáe, a Walla Walla descendant from Oregon, is a project architect who is passionate about integrating many voices and perspectives into designs that respect the community and natural environment. Danáe has experience with engagement in a variety of settings and communities. She has spearheaded an effort to create a firm-wide process at Hennebery Eddy Architects to consistently promote DEI through all work, from academic and cultural to commercial and aviation projects.
Megan Schneider (she/her) works as the Program Coordinator for the Student Sustainability Center at the University of Oregon. Megan holds a master’s degree in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University and has worked in various capacities in the field of sustainability in higher education for years. When she’s not writing or studying for her EdD in critical sustainability, you can find her hanging out with her cats, nosing around urban green areas, or skiing.
Dr. Irene Shaver serves as the Program Manager for the Climate Solutions Program at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. She has worked in Washington higher education for 6 years, supporting and evaluating experiential, high impact, teaching and learning and managing systemic change processes to increase equity in our community and technical colleges. She believes education is for transformation and to create a better future. Dr. Shaver holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, and masters and doctorate degrees in Enviornmental Sociology
William Silva is a seasoned construction veteran who manages all aspects of design and preconstruction management for Swinerton Builders in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Oregon State University with a B.S. in Construction Management, William has 30 years of well-rounded experience throughout the West Coast markets, having worked both in project development and self-perform heavy civil, concrete, and mass timber operations. William joined Swinerton in 2004 and returned to the Portland market in 2014. He is a passionate advocate for mass timber buildings with a knack for finding efficient and eloquent solutions to project challenges, having applied those skills to successfully deliver numerous projects.
Jill (she/her) has worked as a Student Affairs professional at Southern Oregon University since 2014,. She leads the Social Justice and Equity Center's Student Sustainability Team, serves as advisor and administrator for the SOU Green Fund, and contributes to sustainability and social justice efforts throughout campus. Jill has an MS from Oregon State University in Geography and a BS in Sociology from SOU. Prior to her Student Affairs career, Jill served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, was a Regional Supervisor with the Montana Conservation Corps, and spent a number of years doing seasonal conservation and trail work around the western US.
Joao Vilca Soto (he/him) is an environmental activist, entrepreneur, and founder of Ruta Verde Nonprofit. Joao has experience working in nonprofits focused on supporting socially disadvantaged groups and studying sustainable development in places like the Amazon Rainforest, Iceland, and the Pacific Northwest, earning a Bachelor's of Sustainable Practices at Cascadia College. Joao was born in Peru and is a descendant of the Indigenous Peoples of the Andes, this fostered an interest to learn more about Indigenous Andean Culture as it focuses on the relationship that humans have with the natural world. Using his skill and experience, Joao is developing programs aimed at strengthening and bringing increased recognition to the messages of the Andean Culture of Reciprocity through the recovery of natural environments, sustainable food systems, and sustainable fashion trends.
Monica J. Stenzel founded the Spokane Falls Sustainability Center and is on the history faculty at Spokane Falls Community College, where she researches historical models of sustainability. A dedicated proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration, she incorporates traditional materials and craftsmanship in coursework, as well as a focus on the destructiveness of empire and consumerism. Stenzel has prioritized the partnership of faculty, facilities, students, and staff to build a sustainable culture through campus and community action.
Dr. Valerie Sundby serves as the Director of Transfer Education at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. She has worked in Washington higher education for more than 20 years. In her current role at the SBCTC, she provides policy leadership for academic and transfer education, as well as community and technical college bachelor degree programs. She has a passion for the open access community college system and the work that occurs in this space to transform the lives of students.
Erica is a project architect and manager who leads her firm’s net-positive design efforts across a range of project types including commercial, academic, historic, and mixed-use. She is committed to a holistic, integrated design approach based on values of sustainability, passive design, equity, and occupant health and wellness. Erica is Vice Chair of Portland's Planning and Sustainability commission, where she advocates for policies and urban planning that advance equity, resilience, and climate solutions.
After earning a degree in environmental science and working in OSU's Government Relations office, Brandon helped create the Sustainability Officer position in 2005. His primary duties include setting OSU's strategic sustainability direction; tracking and reporting institutional progress toward sustainability; fostering student, academic and community engagement; and scoping, funding and implementing infrastructure projects. Brandon chairs OSU's Transportation Committee and Sustainability Advisory Council, and volunteers extensively with several government and community organizations. In 2010, Brandon was recognized by 1000 Friends of Oregon as one of the state's 35 Innovators Under 35.
Claire (they/she) is an undergraduate student at the University of Oregon studying environmental science. They became interested in pollinators their freshman year after learning about the UO Bee Friendly Committee, a student club that promotes pollinator diversity and awareness on campus. Claire took an active role in the organization, leading “Bee of the Week” presentations over Zoom and acting as a liaison between the committee and the university’s Student Sustainability Center. Now a senior, Claire leads the SSC's new Pollinator Program, promoting pollinator diversity and awareness through restoring native habitat and offering educational opportunities to the UO community and beyond.
Peter (he/him) currently serves as a Program Coordinator in Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) at Oregon State University where he coordinates experiential, community-engaged leadership development programs including leadership workshops, retreats/summits, and the Alternative Spring Break program. He is passionate about asset-based leadership development and team-building, and strives to build inclusive community to help students find a sense of belonging and self-worth. Peter obtained his BS in Environmental Conservation & Sustainability from the University of New Hampshire in 2015.
Beth Filar Williams (she/they) is an Associate Professor and User Experience Research Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries, with more than 20 years of experience in many types of libraries and locations. She applies this experience and an evergreen curiosity to understanding our users' needs, connecting people, and empowering libraries as societal strongholds.
Graham Yotsuya (he/him) is a fourth year working as the Habitat Restoration Lead for the Student Sustainability Center at the University of Oregon. Graham has worked to design a structure for this program to meet the needs of the Eugene community and UO students. His work includes planning one-off and regularly scheduled volunteer events that aim to restore or improve natural areas around campus, as well as coordinating and training volunteers in proper restoration methods and sustainability leadership practices. Some of the events he runs include an ongoing site restoration in Hendricks Park, river clean-ups on the Willamette River, and urban farming at GrassRoots Garden.
Gulsima (she/her) is pursuing a double degree in Environmental Studies and Informatics at UW. She is passionate about learning how to evaluate and develop policy to address structural inequalities, build resilient communities, and advocate for environmental justice. As the CSF Project Development Specialist, Gulsima helps prospective project teams navigate the grant application process and supports active project teams through check-in meetings, partnership building, and resource sharing. She is also responsible for collecting and analyzing project metrics to evaluate student engagement and impact. Gulsima is excited about the CSF’s commitment to justice-centered sustainability and enjoys speaking with students about their experiences, ideas, and projects that enrich environmental stewardship, equity, and well-being efforts on campus and beyond.
Originally from St. Louis Missouri, Miriam Yousaf is now based in Eugene, Oregon as a student at the University of Oregon. She is a junior pursuing a bachelor's degree in Global Studies with minors in geography and dance.
Alan focuses on adaptive reuse of older downtown buildings and sustainable infill commercial construction. He does only one major project at a time but handles all aspects from engineering to manual labor with one or two local assistants or interns. The construction crew commutes by bicycle, recycles 95% of construction waste, sources most building materials within a 15 mile radius, and incorporates a significant amount of recycled or repurposed material in each project. At least 50% of crew members are women and/or other minorities under represented in the construction industry and all members are taught to handle all aspects of construction and design. The projects are geared to help promote the success of locally owned sustainably minded independent businesses and are often designed from the beginning for a specific tenant, but with built in flexibility for future uses without significant remodeling wastes. Raw structural beauty is emphasized in these buildings. Remodeling and end of life recycling are planned into each project. Most materials are bolted or screwed together in a way that can be deconstructed and repurposed. The majority of these systems are kept exposed in the building in a way that they can be easily modified, expanded or updated without the deconstruction of wall finishes or building structure.
Eric is an Energy Advisor with Energy Trust of Oregon’s Existing Buildings program. He has nearly eight years of experience helping customers utilize Energy Trust energy efficiency offerings. In his role, Eric works with higher education customers primarily, providing them with energy-saving solutions and recommendations on maximizing cost savings on their campuses.
With nearly four decades of experience in the study, design, and commissioning of mechanical systems, Greg is an accomplished engineer with a reputation to match; his portfolio includes 75 projects at Oregon State University alone. As project manager for OSU’s Cordley Hall and North District Utility Plant, he will present key features and challenges throughout the design of both facilities.
Probing the spatial characteristics of atmospheric water vapor.
Effects of land surface Variability.
Joe has over a decade of hands-on experience in energy efficiency consulting. His knowledge in analysis and modeling of energy-saving measures spans residential, multifamily, commercial, and industrial buildings. He provides real-time energy modeling and integrated energy analysis for high-performance buildings. Collaborating across all of Systems West, Joe and the Advanced Design Team inform solutions to meet project sustainability goals, including LEED certification, Oregon SEED energy conservation, and custom utility-funded energy efficiency incentives. Joe will be the primary tour leader presenting on the North District Utility Plant.
Dorrie has collaborated on projects ranging from fume hood and specialty equipment installations to BSL-3 lab design and full laboratory building renovations, such as Oregon State University’s Cordley Hall. She is an essential member of SWE’s Advanced Design Team, supporting energy analysis and energy modeling. Dorrie will walk participants through key design aspects and challenges of various laboratory spaces.
Nate brings a wealth of knowledge and technical depth to sustainable buildings having two decades of design experience across the United States. For this tour, Nate will highlight key MEP systems in specific spaces.
Beth works with K-12 and higher education customers to help them hit their energy efficiency goals. She has worked in commercial energy efficiency for over a decade, and previously worked for construction related trade publications. Beth has a BA from the University of Wisconsin Madison and an MS from Portland State where she also taught as an adjunct instructor.
Doug brings more than 35 years of experience as a senior project architect and project manager to Hennebery Eddy. His expertise is focused on higher education projects for both public and private institutions, including master planning and a broad range of new and renovated buildings. As a creative problem solver, Doug enjoys building strong relationships with clients and contractors to foster teamwork, achieving a high level of client satisfaction and design quality. As lead architect of the project, Doug will address key architectural elements and challenges.
As a child and young adult Nyaz grew up in American Samoa, an island in the South Pacific Ocean, where her world view and orientations towards space and the built form developed. As adulthood dawned Nyaz moved to the mainland United states and continued to develop a dedication to the progress and wellbeing of humanity. A dedication finding focus in the way people experience and are empowered by design processes, the sacredness of space, and the teaching learning process. Nyaz is now in the process of finishing her Master of Architecture at Portland State University with a thesis aimed at understanding how a design process itself can both be a coherent process with community as well as serve to empower individuals.
A former healthcare account executive turned designer- that’s me. After a successful stint in sales, I dropped the suit and tie for a more creative career and spent the later half of my twenties popping up events, staging homes, designing businesses and getting my hands on any spatial design project that would have me. My most recent design adventure involved pulling countless all-nighters gluing architectural models and drafting plans during my graduate studies at Portland State University. I am passionate about fostering connection, caring and healing for people through my design work and it's my goal to have every space that I create be comfortable, functional and beautiful.
Marilyn Ostergren has worked with UW Sustainability since its inception in 2009. She focuses on transitioning to cleaner energy sources, but has also worked on low-impact commuting, addressing professional travel emissions, and creating impactful visual displays of sustainability-related data and concepts.
Monica J. Stenzel founded the Spokane Falls Sustainability Center and is on the history faculty at Spokane Falls Community College, where she researches historical models of sustainability. A dedicated proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration, she incorporates traditional materials and craftsmanship in coursework, as well as a focus on the destructiveness of empire and consumerism. Stenzel has prioritized the partnership of faculty, facilities, students, and staff to build a sustainable culture through campus and community action.
Claire is an undergraduate student at the University of Oregon studying environmental science. They became interested in pollinators their freshman year after learning about the UO Bee Friendly Committee, a student club that promotes pollinator diversity and awareness on campus. Claire took an active role in the organization, leading “Bee of the Week” presentations over Zoom and acting as a liaison between the committee and the university’s Student Sustainability Center. Now a senior, Claire leads the SSC's new Pollinator Program, restoring native habitat and offering educational opportunities to the UO community and beyond.
Tobi Davies (they/them) is the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator for the Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU). They transferred from Portland Community College and are in their Junior year pursuing a Bachelor of Science in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. They have helped to bring back the eco2go program (reusable takeout containers) on campus and are currently working on establishing a sustainability council. They are also working on reducing SUPs (single-use plastics) from campus and are planning to write an initiative to ban styrofoam from restaurants and businesses in Corvallis.
Marie has had a long and varied career, but her love for nature and passion for beauty have always been constant. She went back to school later in life because she was determined to learn and use knowledge of both visual and written aesthetics to the fullest extent possible for the benefit of the natural world and all its inhabitants. Marie is a writer, a systems thinker, a designer, a storyteller, and an educator, whether inside the classroom or without. Marie sees team collaboration as a source of insight and joy along the journey to create a regenerative world for all generations.
Salah (he/they) is the student policy & planning coordinator at the OSU Sustainability Office. He connects students with sustainability efforts on and off campus and works to hold the university accountable to its climate goals. He also works for the Oregon Just Transition Alliance as an energy justice advocate, where he brings community resiliency to the forefront of Oregon renewable energy policy. Salah is also a community organizer with Sunrise Corvallis, a local climate justice group which practices mutual aid and writes local policy, like the Corvallis Green New Deal for Climate & Housing Justice.
Mary Phillips, Ph.D. is a trained chemist, patent agent, and entrepreneurship coach with over 20 years of experience working in the technology innovation ecosystem. Her passion is helping innovators and entrepreneurs solve the complex puzzle of turning their STEMM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) ideas, inventions, or discoveries into sustainable and profitable businesses that support human health and the well-being of the planet. She is the Founder of STEMMbridge, LLC working closely with numerous start-up companies, and on a mission to close the entrepreneurial gender gap by empowering early-stage entrepreneurs to discover and hone their skills in leadership, team building, mental toughness, intellectual property strategy, research collaborations, and the fine-art of business planning and fundraising.
Sean McGuire is currently a Sustainability Coordinator at Benton County. Sean received a bachelor’s and Master’s in Public Policy and has spent his career in various levels of government. Sean worked in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Chesapeake Bay Restoration Policy Unit, and then he became the Policy Director for Sustainability for six years. Sean began working at Benton County in 2015. Since then he facilitated a public engagement process to identify our communities’ Core Values and how Benton County operationalizes those values into operations.