Conversations" starts this Fall
The Office of
Sustainability has kicked off a new series known as Campus
The format of Campus Conversations is designed to
incorporate more dialogue and participation
by those in attendance.
Topics will address:
Campus to a
Each week, invited speakers
will provide a context for group learning by giving a 15-20 minute
presentation followed by structured small group and large group
conversations around key issues and questions relevant to the topic.
These conversations are intended for everyone interested and no prior
knowledge of the topic is required. Campus Conversations, which has
replaced the Green Lunch Series, is an opportunity for us to
explore important issues together and inform campus decision-making.
The first Campus Conversation was titled "Sustainability
and YOU!" The Office presented what is happening on
sustainability, and what is happening next. Then the group had
interactive discussions on:
"What is the role of the
individual in sustainability?"
Contact the Office
of Sustainability if
you have any ideas or topics you would like to have discussed at a
faces in the Office of Sustainability
There are a couple new
faces representing the
Office of Sustainability since
the previous director, Dr. Lindy Biggs, returned to the History
Department full time last spring. The office is now in a strategic
planning phase led by the new Director of Campus Sustainability
Operations, Mike Kensler.
Mike Kensler has a
passion for leadership
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
sustainable society live both an ethic of responsibility
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.
The new Director of
Programs, Dr. Nanette Chadwick, will work
with faculty and students to
oversee the Minor in Sustainability, and to promote integrating
sustainability into research and teaching efforts across campus.
Nanette joins the Office from the College of Sciences and Mathematics
where her research and teaching interests focus on community level
interactions among organisms and sustainable use of natural resource.
continues to be a familiar face
in the Office of
Sustainability. As the Program Manager he thrives on
exploring, understanding, and explaining the technical basis for
sustainability concerns and solutions.
The Communications and Outreach
Coordinator is Jennifer Morse. She enjoys
educating and inspiring
others to learn about sustainability and our connections to the natural
world around us.
Please visit the Office
of Sustainability website to learn more about what we
and our new approach.
Action: take the Sustainability Pledge!
Join over 500 others who have already taken the
Sustainability Pledge. The pledge presents simple things that will help
make our lives and campus more sustainable.
Pick and choose those
behaviors that you are committed to changing in your life. Be part of
something bigger and make a difference! Take the Sustainability
more about sustainability, gain experience as a leader, and make a
difference in the world.
There are many active
on campus that are
striving to make a difference in sustainability related issues. Get
skill building workshop hosted by Office of Sustainability
In May 2011 a group of 24 Auburn University
students, administrators, faculty and staff joined the Office of
Sustainability in an intensive 3-day workshop entitled “Practical
Sustainability into Higher Education.”
The Office of Sustainability had
identified AtKisson’s ISIS tools (ISIS stands for Indicators, Systems,
Innovations, and Strategies) as a practical and effective set of tools
and processes that are applicable to campus operations as well as
classes, research projects, and university outreach activities.
Participants focused on the topic of
sustainability at Auburn
University throughout the workshop. The Office of Sustainability will
be using the ISIS
tools in its work on and off campus. The outcomes of the workshop have
informed the strategic planning process that is now being undertaken by
the Office of Sustainability.
For more information on the ISIS
workshop at Auburn University please follow the links above
or contact the Director of Campus
University Office of Sustainability Facebook Page
University Office of Sustainability Twitter Page