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Sustainability Leadership

Sustainability Executive Committee

The Willamette University Sustainability Institute Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and meets periodically with an Executive Committee regarding Sustainability Advisory Board proposals, the Sustainability Institute's annual work plan, and other issues as needed.

Executive Committee Members

  • Carol Long, Senior Vice President For Academic and Student Affairs (chair)
  • Ruth Feingold, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Joe Bowersox, Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences (faculty representative)
  • Dan Valles, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Sustainability Institute

Willamette University's Sustainability Institute serves to strategically advance sustainability in academics, operations, and campus and community engagement.

The Institute also oversees the administration and planning of Willamette University's 305-acre Zena Property, and administers the Community Action Fund for Equity and Sustainability (CAFES) Committee.

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Sustainability Advisory Board

The Sustainability Advisory Board is composed of appointed faculty, staff, and students focusing broadly on assessing and advancing (1) sustainability in the curriculum, (2) campus and community engagement, (3) and operations and campus planning, and (4) their integration where possible. The Advisory Board's charge is to:

  1. Advocate for engagement and learning outcomes as integral to all curricular, co-curricular, and operations & campus planning sustainability initiatives at Willamette University.
  2. In conjunction with the Sustainability Institute director, identify and monitor progress towards specific sustainability goals that comport with broader objectives and expectations established in the university’s strategic plan and set by the Sustainability Executive Committee.
  3. In conjunction with the Institute director, provide progress reports annually to the Sustainability Executive Committee.
  4. In conjunction with the Sustainability Institute, the Community Action Fund for Equity and Sustainability Committee, and other campus units, engage students, staff, and faculty in the advancement of sustainability at Willamette University.
  5. Provide ongoing guidance, support and advice to the Sustainability Executive Committee and Sustainability Institute Director as needed in achieving desired outcomes.

Advisory Board Members

  • Susan Smith, Law Professor and Director, Sustainable Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law Program
  • Cecily McCaffrey, Professor, CAS(History)
  • Susan Chiapella, Budget & Accreditation Analyst, AGSM
  • Mark Mazurier, Assistant Director, Campus Planning
  • Carol Drost, Associate University Librarian, Hatfield Library
  • Eric Lassahn, Senior Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement
  • Christine Shanaberger, Assistant Provost of Academic Planning and Accreditation, Academic Affairs
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Willamette University Sustainability Institute

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.