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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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Program Coordinator

Chloe McMahon

Junior | English Literature | Intercultural Communication

Sustainability issues have been a part of Chloe’s life from the beginning, since she grew up in a low-income community where all economic opportunity was housed in chicken farming, factory work, and jobs at the local nuclear plant. Through this, she realized that lower socioeconomic communities felt the major toll of unsustainable practices through the health issues that resulted from these jobs. Class issues have, in fact, been the main driver of her interest in sustainability. Chloe is a junior majoring in English-Literature with a minor in Intercultural Communication. Driven to address the disparities in education, she hopes to spend her career working with different nonprofits that aim to improve school systems through locating passionate and socially-conscious educators in underserved school systems. Spheres such as community planning, urbanization, and the environmentalism of the poor interlink the issues of education equality and sustainability, and they were a gateway into Chloe’s passion for embedding sustainable and ethical practices into America’s infrastructure. Through her time working with the Office of Sustainability, Chloe hopes to deepen her understanding of how sustainable practices can be implemented in all spheres of life.
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Communications Specialist

Jacqueline Hughes

Junior | Communications | Business

Jacqueline is a junior majoring in Communications and minoring in business, and absolutely loves her major and what she can do with it. Jacqueline is from the San Francisco Bay Area and decided to go to Auburn for warmer weather, great sports, and to see a new part of the country. Sustainability has always been part of her lifestyle, but in her role as Communications Specialist, she hopes to gain larger-scale knowledge on what it means to be sustainable at a university, and help others practice sustainability as well. Her older brother encouraged her to try out this role as he did the same one and loved it when he was in college. After college, she wants to be in advertising or marketing, utilizing media data to drive brand recognition. Outside of school, she loves hiking with friends, going on coffee runs, and reviewing restaurants and dishes for her food Instagram.
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Design Specialist

Lane Mullins

Junior | Graphic Design

Lane Mullins is a junior majoring in Graphic Design. Lane grew up in Birmingham, Alabama but spent his high school years in eSwatini, Africa, where his parents did missionary work. Since starting college at Auburn, Lane has developed an interest in sustainability and the role that design can play in creating and promoting a more sustainable campus and world at large. He is interested in exploring ways that design can play a role in solving ecological problems in the world as we grapple with a global climate crisis. As the Design Specialist for the Office of Sustainability, Lane wants to use problem solving design thinking as a tool to address the challenges we face as a campus community.
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Outreach Coordinator

Meredith Lynch

Junior | Marketing | Sustainability

Meredith is a junior majoring in Marketing and minoring in Sustainability Studies. She lived in Atlanta, Georgia but grew up an Auburn fan. Meredith always loved science growing up and fell in love with the environment after taking a class in Environmental Science in high school. Her other passions include Auburn football, watching documentaries, dance parties, and Chick fil a. Some of her life goals include (but are not limited to) seeing the Great Barrier Reef, visiting all the National Parks, learning how to play the guitar, and play hide and seek in Ikea. She loves recycling and has convinced her roommates to give up plastic straws for good through a very convincing PowerPoint. As an intern for the Office of Sustainability, she hopes to educate and inspire others to be good stewards of the environment by making small environmentally friendly decisions.

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 at srh0028@auburn.edu, or by calling 334.844.4360.