Sustainability Allies

Director of Sustainability Integration

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AEE Certified Energy Manager; LEED Building Design & Construction AP; Project Management Professional (PMP); BA, Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology (UT Austin)


Phone: 360-650-2412

Amanda Cambre
Campus Utility Manager

Plans and manages the transition to a resilient and carbon neutral campus.

The next big opportunity for reducing carbon on campus is occupying buildings more efficiently.

The SAP should be integrated into our normal functions, not sprinkled on top of them.

  1. Energy, water and solid waste reports.
  2. Strategic planning for the sustainable operations of campus.
  3. Utility infrastructure management

Institutional Influencer

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PhD, Strategic Management/Philosophy (Indiana Univ); MBA (Cal State Univ-Bakersfield); BS, Business Administration (Cal State Univ-Long Beach)


Craig Dunn
Wilder Distinguished Professor of Business and Sustainability, former Dean of CBE, Member of President's Sustainability Advisory Council

Participates in search committees & contract writing to ensure new hires are committed to sustainability and ADEI.

Committees that design contracts or search for high-level university employees are the perfect opportunities for changemaking. Getting the right people in those rooms can achieve progress that goes beyond the incremental.

Doing relational work can greatly extend one's existing positional power. 

Business & Sustainability, Business Ethics, Sustainable Investing, MBA program.

Community Connector

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PhD, Geography (Univ Wisconsin-Madison); MA, Geography (UWM), BS, Geography, History, Environmental Studies (UWM)


Phone: 360-650-2446

Travis Tennessen
Director, Center for Community Learning; Convener, Community Engagement Fellows

Helps make connections across siloes, throughout the University and wider community

There are opportunities for Western to better support the departments and programs that reflect its values

Implementation will not happen on its own. The SAP has stagnated, because the responsibility for implementation was not clearly distributed and supported with resources.

Social learning facilitation tools/techniques, Place-based learning opportunities, Opportunities for partnership development with WWU and off-campus organizations, Community Engagement Fellows programming ( 

Active Educator

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MA, Environmental Studies (WWU); BS, Environmental and Systematic Biology (Cal Poly-SLO)


Phone: 360-650-7730

Jill MacIntyre Witt
Senior Instructor, Environmental Studies, Urban & Environmental Planning & Policy, Health and Human Development Departments; Climate Reality Project Leader/Mentor; Students for Renewable Energy Advisor

Inspires and supports year after year of student voices and activism.

The resources need to be there for both the planning and implementation of sustainability targets. 

We all serve as role models in some way; as individuals and as part of the WWU community. We can teach and inspire others in our different spheres of influence.

Climate Activism, Sustainable Investing Campaign, SRE, Combatting climate grief and anxiety.

Higher Ed Innovator

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Professor, College of the Environment; former Dean of CENV


Steve Hollenhorst
PhD, Ohio State Univ; MS, Univ Oregon; BS, Univ Oregon

Advocates for telepresence to reduce environmental impact, and make WWU more accessible and equitable.

We need to build the infrastructure to support more telepresence options, both to reduce our carbon footprint, and to reduce the barriers to higher education. Two prong approach includes:

1) support working/learning from anywhere, and 2) remake the campus into a cultural hub where people want to come rather than where they have to come.

By allowing remote work where it makes sense, we can optimize campus for more intentional connection, collaboration, and innovation, and make it a place people are excited to come to.

1. Hybrid classrooms that enable students to engage F2F synchronous, remote synchronous, and remote asynchronous. They could change modality according to whatever is going on in their life at that moment. Allows more flexibility, reduces carbon footprint, and increases access.

2. Hybrid meeting rooms that allow both F2F and remote attendees.

3. Virtual laboratories that allow remote laboratory study.

4. With focused work occurring offsite, less territorial spaces (private offices) are needed. Transition those territorial spaces to collaborative spaces and private spaces and meeting rooms, when needed.

5. Robust virtual platforms for remote student advising, counseling and health services, and other student services.

6. Renovate program spaces into cultural hubs and collaborative areas.

7. With less students needing to live on campus, turn some dormitories into affordable housing for staff and faculty.

8. With less cars on campus, turn parking lots into affordable housing, greenspace, rain gardens, etc.

Renter Supporter

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Program Manager, Office of Off Campus Living


Julia Burns
CEP, Community and Environmental Planning, UW; Certificate of Graphic Design, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Works to make Western more accessible and inclusive by supporting commuter and off campus students with renter education and advocacy and connection to campus resources and community.

We need better communication and collaboration across campus and community for more substantial sustainability gains.

Not everyone starts at WWU as an 18 year old living in a dorm. Non-traditional students need more support, both with tangibles like affordable housing and having a place to store lunch on campus, and with intangibles like finding a sense of belonging.

1.Housing affordability/barriers to housing

2. Basic needs

3. Social connections for non-traditional students

4. Support services/programs for non-traditional students

Sustainability Project Partner

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Grant Program Coordinator


Zinta Lucans
BA City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning, WWU; AA Early Childhood Education, Triton College

Provides support, connections, and resources to students working on Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund grants. The home page for the Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund can be found here.

Creating a campus that attracts and supports a more diverse community, and one in which sustainability is a focus in every department, should be among our top priorities.

Working collaboratively across campus is difficult, even though a lot of us are passionate about similar things. Curiosity drives innovation, but it's difficult to get curious people to stay engaged when everyone is so busy!

1. How to reach out and engage with other students/ employees interested in sustainability.

2. Nerding out about sustainable food & farming practices!