"It was not until coming to Auburn that the term sustainability entered my vocabulary.
Working as a computer technician throughout high school, I came to Auburn hoping to delve deeper
into the world of digital electronics by pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering. As I became more
aware of trends in climate change I gained a sense of dissonance between the lifestyle that my family
and I had lived in Germany and the lifestyle that we adopted after moving to Alabama. Soon my concern
about humanity's impact on our planet and the fate of global citizens both rich and poor was
synthesized with my interest in technology -- developing into a personal mission of using
appropriate technology to tackle humanity's growing ecological, economic and political problems.
I have been able to carry out parts of this mission as an intern of Auburn's Office of Sustainability
and by serving as captain of Auburn's solar car team. In my spare time I enjoy photography, cycling and writing."
Emily Vollers is a junior from
Madison, AL, majoring in International Business,
with concentrations in French and Economics. Her
interest in sustainability began in 2006 when
she returned from a year of studying abroad in
Denmark. She realized how Danes, as a whole, better
employ sustainable practices in their daily lives
than Americans do. Her interest in sustainability
lies in discovering and promoting ways that individuals
and businesses alike can lessen their impact on
Christi Talbert is a senior from Gadsden, AL majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics. She first
became aware of global sustainability concerns her freshman year and has since become
increasingly drawn to efforts seeking to tread more lightly on the earth. Sustainable
agriculture, the faith community’s response to climate change, and practical ways students
and families can positively impact the environment are her main interests in sustainability.
Christi loves music, photography, dancing, cooking, and learning.
"I am a 3rd Year Building Science student from Montgomery, Alabama. I grew up in an efficient
family: Waste not want not. Due to this, I developed a fondness for energy and resource efficiency.
Sustainability is something that was always an interest of mine, but something only the new eco-friendly
political jargon has given a name and face to. I believe that sustainability needs to be a way of life
and a mindset. Construction is the leading producer of waste. My goal is to be a “green” leader in
the construction industry because if we begin by building sustainable structures it will lead people
to greener habits. My hobbies are sports, traveling, anything outdoors, reading, animals-I pretty much like it all!"
Linsey Grace is a senior Interior Design major from Daphne, AL. She is working on a minor in Sustainability and
has worked closely with AU Historic Preservation Guild. After graduation she hopes to pursue a career in the
commercial interior design field, specializing in adaptive reuse and restoration.
Kate Simpson is a senior, from
Auburn, Alabama, majoring in Electrical Engineering
and Wireless Hardware Engineering. Kate's main
interest is in the energy field, and would like
attend graduate school for sustainable engineering.
In the future, she hopes to work on developing
alternative and sustainable energy sources, while
also working to educate the public about sustainability
issues. Kate loves to cook, read, knit, bike,
and do just about anything outside.
Corey Farmer developed an interest in sustainability
when he first learned that Styrofoam never biodegrades.
This love for sustainability was realized during a Thermodynamics
course. From this point on he made it his mission to live, and help
others live quality lives which would not reduce the quality of
the lives to come. His areas of specialization are with mechanical
processes, but he takes an interest in many different aspects of
sustainability and strives to understand the concepts behind it
more fully. He is a graduate of Hartselle High School in Hartselle,
Al and a senior in mechanical engineering at Auburn University.
Clinton Cook is a senior from Birmingham, AL, majoring in Building Science with a Minor
in Business Management. His main interest is in sustainable construction practices with a focus
on reducing the impact that buildings have on the environment, including buildings' embodied
energy, current energy consumption, and site impact. He is an active member of the Historic
Preservation Guild and an officer in the Associated Builders and Contractors.