Sustainability storytellers are individuals who progress any aspect of the four pillars of sustainability, ecological protection, social equity, economic vitality, and human health. By telling their story of sustainability, they encourage others to engage in meaningful action.
What’s your story? If you would like to share, or nominate someone to share their story, please email Johnathan.Riopelle@wwu.edu for more information.
Dr. Karen B. McLean Dade
“I incorporate sustainability into my life through my cultural experiences and beliefs. I do not forget the shoulders that I stand upon, and I practice honoring my family members and ancestors for the sacrifices they made for their descendants."Dr. Karen B. McLean DadeWoodring College of Education
Jillian Trinkaus“Minimizing car travel is the largest single action that people can take to increase their own health and that of the planet.”Jillian TrinkausWWU Commute Options and Transportation Planning Manager
"Sustainability to me is about helping people thrive"Gwen LarnedSanta Monica College Recycling Program Specialist
“We must think of ourselves as not separate from this planet, but so intricately connected. To do this work well, I believe we need to listen to the quiet human and non-human voices all around us.”Lindsey MacDonaldWWU Director of Sustainability
Turner and Zach
“We’ve come to understand that sustainability is a universal empathy, and that everyone deserves a slice.”Turner Campbell and Zach HaringPartners in Sustainability
“I believe we have the tools to make a sustainable world, it is just about giving people who have already been doing the work the power to make broad changes.”Shannon SandbergSustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund Project Coordinator
"I learned the culprit of climate change isn’t bathroom lights left on or what’s for dinner. It is historically-produced and institutionalized power dynamics."Kenzi GarnerAS Alternative Transportation Coordinator