University establishes Sustainability Institute
To advance sustainability in programs and operations, Willamette University's Sustainability Institute brings together several university entities and efforts under the direction of the Sustainability Executive Committee. This restructuring, being implemented during the 2013-2014 academic year, combines the former Center for Sustainable Communities, WU Sustainability Council and the Zena Advisory Committee into a single, focused entity.
Dr. Joe Abraham was hired at the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year as the Sustainability Institute's first director, and has begun assessing, coordinating, and aligning administrative, academic and communication initiatives related to sustainability at Willamette University.
Among other responsibilities, Dr. Abraham oversees Zena Forest and Farm; the university’s 305-acre research forest and student-operated farm offer distinctive opportunities for students, faculty and staff to apply the university motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born,” while pursuing research across academic disciplines.
By combining efforts devoted to sustainability at Willamette University into an institute with a director and faculty-led advisory board, the university will strengthen sustainability in curricular and co-curricular offerings across all schools.