Office of Sustainability Staff
Mike Kensler, Director
Campus Sustainability Operations
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 in Norfolk, VA and Annapolis, MD. 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.
Matt Williams, Program Manager
As he works with Auburn faculty, staff, and students to incorporate sustainable practices into campus and individual life choices, Matt focuses on the scientific and technical basis for sustainability concerns and solutions. Matt holds a BS and MS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. He joined the Office of Sustainability at Auburn in 2006, after previous positions as a research field biologist, a university instructor, and as a staff member of the Institutional Purchasing Program within the non-profit, Center for a New American Dream which works with public and private institutions and governments to provide resources to make responsible procurement decisions.
Matt completed the first Greenhouse Gas inventory for Auburn University and is currenly involved in coordinating the campus Climate Action Plan. So much of the sustainability movement is about communication and Matt works to make sure that technical issues are presented to general audiences in an understandable and engaging way and has given numerous guest lectures and formally taught on sustainability issues including: general sustainability, biodiversity, tropical ecology, sustainable business, climate change, the future of transportation, economics and future energy choices, waste minimization, and consumerism/consumption.
Jennifer Morse, Communication and Outreach Coordinator
Jennifer'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, Jennifer 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.
Jennifer 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.