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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.

Our vision is one where Auburn University leads higher education in shaping the transformation to a sustainable world.

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


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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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Communications & Program Coordinator

Camille Colter

Senior | Biosystems Engineering | Nuclear Power Generation | Sustainability Studies

Camille is in her fifth-year at Auburn, pursuing a bachelors in Bioprocess Engineering with minors in Sustainability Studies and Nuclear Power Generation Systems. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama with her artist/graphic designer mother and cook/former restaurant owning father. The creativity she was surrounded by brought about her interest in fashion design at a young age. Camille began sewing in the second grade and became interested in the fashion industry, leading to her discovery of the negative impacts it has on the environment. This finding peaked her interest in working to make a more sustainable world and led to her minoring in Sustainability Studies. From her sustainability courses, she developed an interest in renewable energy that brought her to the Biosystems Engineering department and her second minor, nuclear power. During her time at Auburn, Camille has so far graduated from the Emerge at Auburn program, served as an Ambassador for the Academic Excellence Program, spent three years as a Residential Assistant for Housing, done undergraduate research on biofuel and bioenergy, and served as the Communications Chair, then Lead Chair, for Auburn’s North American Young Generation in Nuclear. When she is not running around campus like a crazy person, she is either at home watching Bob’s Burgers, working out (and getting swole), relaxing with her friends, upcycling clothes, thrift shopping, or doing a random craft her mom sent her in the mail. As an intern for the Office of Sustainability, she hopes to make an impact on Auburn University and improve the campus that has been so good to her, in hopes it will continue to be great for others.
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Social Media Specialist

Kaylee Dimock

Sophomore | Biomedical Sciences

Kaylee is a sophomore in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in pre-medicine. She grew up near Atlanta, Georgia, and fell in love with Auburn when her older brothers first enrolled. She wanted to be involved with the Sustainability Department because she wanted to be part of real change with good people, and she is so happy to have found that here. Kaylee believes that the Earth is a gift, and we are to love and steward her well, and she is excited to be part of that at Auburn. Her hobbies include waterskiing for the Auburn Waterski Club, hiking and anything outdoors, creating art in all its forms, exploring the intricacies of difficult topics with people of diverse backgrounds, and fighting for LGBTQ issues.
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Communications & Program Coordinator

Randolph "Randy" Martin

Junior | Environmental Science

Randolph "Randy" Martin is a Junior in the Environmental Science program. As a student and a learner, he has pursued the intersection of community, business, and sustainability. Prior to his college career he helped tell the story of several brands in Birmingham, AL through digital media and design. He intends to use his experiences and degree to help organizations pursue a sustainable model of operations.
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Graphic Design Specialist

Erin Miller

Junior | Graphic Design | History

Erin is a junior majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in History. She is from Gulf Shores, Alabama and grew up on the beach. Growing up in a popular tourist town has allowed for Erin to be inspired by those who care for the their environment and want to see it prosper. Her favorite thing about Auburn is the opportunities to try new things and learn as much as she can. She chose to pursue graphic design because it is a people based field. Design allows for communication through the arts. Erin is someone who loves the outdoors and as the Design Specialist for the Office of Sustainability, she wants to help others love and care for it, too.
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Outreach Coordinator

Meleah Montgomery

Junior | Materials Engineering | Sustainability

Meleah is a junior majoring in Materials Engineering with a minor in Sustainability Studies who looks forward to combining the two to tackle today’s challenges. Meleah’s upbringing in Hoover, Alabama had a significant impact on her. Community is a value of hers; she strives to remain involved and wants to develop genuine relationships with community members. Her passions include direct service, the outdoors, and traveling. Becoming a Logistics or Engineer Officer in the U.S. Air Force, obtaining her P.h.D in Material Science, and working on social issues are some of her life goals. Meleah has enjoyed learning about the active citizen continuum and hopes to grow as an individual through continued education. As an intern for the Office of Sustainability, she hopes to become more conscientious of life choices that affect the environment and spread awareness of sustainable efforts towards our society, well-being, economy, and nature.

Academic Partner

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Dr. Rebecca Retzlaff

Director, Academic Sustainability Program

Our office works in close conjunction with the Academic Sustainability Program, which focuses 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 Sustainability Program may be directed to Rebecca Retzlaff at or by calling 334-663-7562.

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Dr. Miriam Wyman

Instructor, Interdisciplinary Programs, Academic Sustainability

Dr. Wyman teaches the Capstone to Sustainability and Introduction to Sustainability courses for the Minor in Sustainability Studies. Her profile in the College of Liberal Arts’ directory shares more about Dr. Wyman’s education and research interests.