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The Office of Sustainability exists to create an ethic, culture, & practice of sustainability at Auburn in service to improving lives, communities, and natural systems in Alabama and beyond.

Approach & Key Functions

Everyone has a role to play in creating a sustainable tomorrow, and our office contributes by serving as a:

  •   Catalyst
  •   Facilitator
  •   Educator
  •   Resource
  •   Advocate

In these roles, we work with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators to develop a culture and practice of sustainability.  On campus we seek to embed sustainability into the university’s operations, instruction, research, and outreach functions.  In the spirit of extension, we also offer sustainability trainings and workshops for business, government, and civic organizations.

Recognizing our opportunities and responsibilities as an institution of higher learning, we work to create a community culture where together we realize our collective ability and power to be co-creators of a future we all desire.  As a result, our work is aspirational in nature with hope and expectation of progress remaining essential to our work. By engaging with others in specific, relevant efforts, we seek to connect with the human desire to contribute to something larger than ourselves – something meaningful and lasting

Staff

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Director

Mike Kensler

Mike has an MS in Natural Resources Management, Planning, and Policy from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan, where his program emphasized the integration of science and policy and an interdisciplinary, holistic approach.

His previous experience includes environmental and sustainability policy, advocacy, education, and outreach work for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Mike also worked with the National Wildlife Federation and its affiliates across the country focusing on environmental policy and education, organizational development, and movement building initiatives.

Mike has experience in and a passion for leadership development, organizational transformation, the creation of democratic learning communities, civic engagement, and individual and group empowerment. Mike believes that at the core of our efforts to create a sustainable society live both an ethic of responsibility toward the future, and a faith in people and their inherent aspiration, power, and ability to work together to create an ecologically, economically, and socially flourishing world.

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Outreach & Communications Manager

Jennifer Morse

Jen’s work focuses on outreach to students, faculty, and the community through education, communications, and projects. Prior to working at the Office of Sustainability here in Auburn, Jen worked in the natural resources field in research, environmental education and interpretation, recreation and wilderness management, and wilderness therapy. While in Peace Corps Ecuador she coordinated and conducted park guard training workshops, developed an ecology club for youth, and was a founding member of the Ecuadorian Environmental Education Network. She enjoys educating and inspiring others to learn about sustainability and our connections to the natural world around us.

Jen received her BS in Recreation Management from the University of Montana, and her MS from the University of Idaho in the Conservation Social Sciences Department. Her thesis was an evaluation of a wilderness therapy program for adjudicated youth.

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Program Manager

Amy Strickland

Amy joined the Office of Sustainability in 2013 and works in conjunction with faculty, staff, and students to promote the adoption of sustainable practices across campus. Prior to arriving at Auburn, Amy led a consortium of universities, health care systems, businesses, and local governments in advancing sustainability in Southwest Missouri. In this role, she focused on helping member organizations improve their sustainability performance, while also developing community-scale projects designed to make sustainable choices easier for everyone. In addition to her sustainability work, Amy spent a number of years working with the National Geographic Society to support K-12 geography education through the development of professional learning opportunities, public awareness campaigns, and policy initiatives.

Amy holds a Master in Public Administration with an emphasis in environmental policy from Missouri State University. Her research focused on sustainability as it relates to organizational development, policy implementation, and change agent strategies. Amy has also served as a Professor of Practice at Drury University, where she taught courses on sustainability management and the science of sustainability.

Student Staff

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Design Specialist

Kaffeein "Finn" Bellamy

Senior | Software Engineering | Graphic Design Processes

Kaffeein "Finn" Bellamy is a senior majoring in Software Engineering and minoring in Graphic Design. Born in Selma, Alabama, Finn grew up spending her time with the local artists near the Selma riverfront community in addition to participating in various STEM programs. The preservation of the various historic landmarks in Selma sparked her interest in sustainability, and her experiences gave her the tools to being pursuing that goal. She lives by the motto "Technology is our future", and because of that, she strongly believes that the best way to protect that future is to protect the environment. As an intern with the Office of Sustainability, Finn hopes to communicate accessible sustainability practices to others through digital art.
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Outreach Coordinator

Molly Kilpatrick

Senior | Biosystems Engineering | Sustainability

Molly is a senior majoring in Biosystems Engineering with a minor in Sustainability Studies. Her professional goal is to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges while preserving and protecting the environment. Growing up, Molly was always somewhere outside- fishing, camping, hiking, or just sitting on the porch. Her love of nature and the environment led her to major in Biosystems Engineering with a focus in Ecological Engineering. Molly became interested in sustainability while learning about global problems and environmental engineering in her classes. She is especially passionate about green infrastructure and sustainable development and hopes to pursue this field in her future career. As an intern with the Office of Sustainability, Molly hopes to raise awareness about simple sustainable practices and how humans can lower their impact on the environment. Molly is also an avid bird watcher and loves to read, spend time with her friends, and watch Hamilton on repeat.
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Communications Specialist

David Morgan

Senior | Marketing | Business Analytics | Asian Studies

David is a senior majoring in Marketing and minoring in Business Analytics and Asian Studies. He was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He has always loved the outdoors, especially hiking. Seeing - and hopefully getting to hike in - every national park in the USA is at the top of his bucket list. Between his love for nature and learning about various sustainability issues in classes at Auburn, he has become passionate about protecting the environment and its future. As an intern with the Office of Sustainability, he hopes to learn more about how we can live more sustainable lives and help share this with his community.
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Program Coordinator

Grace Reilein

Junior | Global Studies | Sustainability

Grace is a junior studying Global Studies with a minor in Sustainability Studies. She grew up in a military family and has experienced many different cultures and beliefs from a young age. It was these experiences that drew her to pursue a major in Global Studies. Sustainability first became an interest at the beginning of her high school years and has grown into a passion over the years. A core belief of hers is that the people on this planet now have an obligation and responsibility for preserving the planet so that future generations can thrive and experience the quality of life that we do today. Apart from sustainability endeavors, a goal of Grace’s is to travel to every National Park before turning thirty! She loves all animals, especially her two cats, and enjoys reading, roller skating, and baking for friends and family. She is very excited to be a part of the Office of Sustainability for the 2021-22 school year and cannot wait to learn more about Sustainability and how it can be connected to every aspect of life.

Academic Partners

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Dr. Sarah Hamilton

Director, Academic Sustainability Programs

Our office works in close conjunction with the Auburn Academic Sustainability Programs. The Academic Sustainability Programs focus on:

  • training students and faculty in the concepts and application of sustainability
  • expanding the incorporation of sustainability into the curriculum
  • fostering interdisciplinary sustainability research and
  • oversight, advisement, and administration of the Sustainability Minor.

Questions about the Academic Programs may be directed to Sarah Hamilton or by calling 334.844.4360.