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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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Program Coordinator

Jamie "James" Berry

Senior | Philanthropy & Nonprofit Studies | Business

Jamie “James” Berry is a senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies with a minor in Business. She grew up in Headland, Alabama, and has always had a love for small-town living. Since James was young, she has been known for her caring heart and remains passionate about helping others in any way possible. She grew up rescuing lost and injured animals, ensuring they ended up in the best possible place. In the future, she hopes to work for a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping others through issues such as trauma, food insecurity, homelessness, and more. Her personal goal is to one day have a small farm that can serve as a safe haven for neglected animals and a place for people to come and enjoy the outdoors. Some of her hobbies include gardening, furniture restoration, spending time with her dogs, and cooking for her friends. She has a special love for the environment and is beyond excited to be a part of the team at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.
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Social Media Specialist

KA Davis

Senior | Apparel Design | Sustainability Studies

Katherine-Anne Davis is a Senior majoring in Apparel Design with a minor in Sustainability Studies. Originally from St. Augustine Florida, Katherine-Anne grew up outside on the beach and traveling with her family. KA became interested in sustainability in 8th grade when she met a friend in Haiti that wanted to be a fashion designer just like her. On this trip, she began to recognize the inequalities faced by women in other countries and the opportunities she had in the States. Katherine-Anne hopes to someday create a brand that addresses these inequalities while creating fashionable pieces both sustainably and ethically. As an intern, KA hopes to express to students that sustainability is not an all or nothing endeavor. It is about recognizing what opportunities you have and using them not just for the benefit of yourself, but the planet and the people on it.
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Outreach Coordinator

Emily Moore

Junior | Environmental Science | Art History

Emily Moore is a Junior majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Art History. Attending the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, AL for highschool taught her the value of community and creative problem-solving. She still enjoys making art as a hobby, but is focusing her career goals on environmentalism and sustainability. She believes that the humanities/arts as well as the sciences must work together to foster a better future for our planet. As an intern for the Office of Sustainability, she hopes to meld her passions for creativity and environmental stewardship to better serve and improve Auburn’s campus. Emily also loves visiting the beach, watching movies with her roommates, and reading at local coffee shops.
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Communications Specialist

Yarianna Valentina Rangel Gonzalez

Sophomore | Apparel Merchandising

Yarianna is a sophomore majoring in Apparel Merchandising. She was born and grew up in
Caracas, Venezuela. She is passionate about music, sports, and nature. Additionally, during
her free time she loves playing violin, traveling, taking pictures of the sky, and being
surrounded by her loved ones. Yarianna has been involved in sustainability since she was
little as her mother has shared with her ways to be more environmentally conscious. Yarianna
would like to help create marketing strategies that help raise consumer awareness about
sustainable fashion. As an intern with the Office of Sustainability, she hopes to learn more
about different strategies to continue helping the planet and spread this knowledge to her
entire community.

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.

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.

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Dr. Miriam Wyman

Instructor, Interdisciplinary Programs, Academic Sustainability