Staff

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Dedee DeLongpré Johnston,
Chief Sustainability Officer

Dedee DeLongpré Johnston is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Wake Forest University. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California with a concentration in entrepreneurial studies and a master’s of business administration with an emphasis in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.  She has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, primarily in the areas of education, sustainability, and the environment. Her past appointments include director of the University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability, where she was awarded the President’s Medallion, executive director of the non-profit organization Sustainable Alachua County, and US program director for Fauna and Flora International.  DeLongpré Johnston served on the founding board of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and now serves on the association’s advisory and editorial boards. She also currently serves on the board of directors for the Piedmont Environmental Alliance.

Brian Cohen
Program Coordinator

Brian Cohen is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Bucknell University and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Cohen has worked in higher education for the past five years, serving as an assistant tennis coach at both Old Dominion University and Washington & Lee University, while also becoming involved in campus sustainability. He helped introduce a number of environmental initiatives to the athletic departments at both schools and served as the Athletic Department Liaison for Environmental Initiatives at W&L. In addition, Cohen has multiple years of environmental conservation experience with two nonprofits: SeaWeb and the Ocean Conservancy.  He enjoys working with students, faculty, and staff who share a passion for sustainability, even if they have yet to discover it.

Erin Stephens
Communications and Event Coordinator

Erin Stephens is the Communications and Event Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with minors in Journalism and Entrepreneurship from Wake Forest University. During her undergraduate experience, Stephens served in three editorial roles over the course of her two years on staff with the independent student newspaper, The Old Gold & Black. In the summer of 2016 she spent a month in Rome as a student reporter covering the status of refugees seeking asylum and the intersection of faith and global climate change. She is a recipient of the Bynum G. Shaw annual prize in journalism from Wake Forest.

Nathan Peifer
Campus as a Lab Manager

Nathan Peifer is the Campus as Lab pilot program manager and the WFU Campus Garden Manager. He gained a master’s of divinity degree from the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2013, and enjoyed a WFU Campus Garden internship in the summer of 2012. After graduation, Peifer earned a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture from Central Carolina Community College and worked on several small, organic farms. Peifer served as a Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA) prior to his professional pursuits in agriculture and sustainability. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Peifer resides in Forsyth County and supports community garden initiatives and the local food movement.

Kim Couch
Budget and Administrative Coordinator

Kim Couch is the Budget and Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES). She graduated from Salem College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. She joined the staff of WFU in May 2015.

Emma Hughes
Greeks Go Green Intern
Economics with minors in Statistics and Environmental Studies
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability means being mindful of the gifts earth has given us, their finite nature, and our obligation to preserve and conserve them.
What are you working on during your internship? This semester Greeks Go Green is focusing on creatively implementing projects created by the Greeks Go Green representatives uniquely designed for each chapter to maximize engagement, fun and a memorable experiences.
Tenure: Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018

Haleigh Schultz
Waste Reduction Intern
Biology Major and Environmental Studies Minor
What does sustainability mean to you? To me, sustainability is accepting humanity’s place in nature to promote mindful and responsible interactions with the environment and our surroundings, ensuring success and wellbeing for all living things.
What are you working on during your internship? This semester, Zoe Helmers and I are conducting a full inventory of waste infrastructure on the Reynolda campus, as well as participating in outreach to promote waste literacy and waste reduction.
Tenure: Fall 2018

Zoe Helmers
Waste Reduction Intern
Spanish major with Environmental Studies and Schools, Education and Society minors
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability means not only being conscious of our impact on the earth and it’s resources, but taking initiative to reduce this impact and influence it in positive ways.
What are you working on during your internship? Haleigh and I are working on reducing the amount of waste that the Wake Forest campus produces. This will be done through inventory collection of waste infrastructure on campus and improved communication on the subject of recycling with our student and faculty population.
Tenure: Fall 2018

Savannah Baber
Environmental Justice Intern
English and Politics and International Affairs double major
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability is a relationship with all components of the environment to ensure the health and wellbeing of our planet.
What are you working on during your internship? I am working with Wake Forest faculty, departments, and offices to provide resources that educate the campus community about the intersections between justice and environmental sustainability. I hope to show people that sustainability and the environment are important factors in seeking social justice.
Tenure: Spring 2018, Fall 2018

Cameron Waters
Campus Garden Intern
Interdisciplinary Major in Environmental Studies
What does sustainability mean to you? For me, sustainability is a lens through which we view the world and how we operate in it; whether it be the food we eat, the clothes we wear, how we dispose of waste, what methods of transportation we use, or the political representatives we vote for, sustainability is the decision making process of today that does not inhibit the wellbeing of tomorrow.
What are you working on during your internship? In my internship, I work to make the garden a demonstration space that educates the Wake Forest community about sustainable alternatives to the large-scale mechanized agricultural practices present in our food system today. This semester, we are aiming to create a space that gives tangibility to ideas like resilience and adaptability, so that our volunteers can practice behaviors in their lives that embody these concepts.
Tenure: Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018

Nathan Allen
Dining Intern
Interdisciplinary Major in Environmental Studies
What does sustainability mean to you? To me, sustainability is a word that encompasses everything that we as humans do to live peacefully on the planet with the rest of its beings.
What are you working on during your internship? For my internship I am basically using platforms like social media to spread the word of what Deacon Dining and Harvest Table are doing to achieve the university’s sustainability goals as well as what students want to see in the dining halls. I talk about things like plant-forward dining, third party verifications, zero landfill projects, and much more!
Tenure: Spring 2018, Fall 2018

Peter Schlachte
Environmental Education Intern
Anthropology major with minors in Creative Writing and Environmental Studies
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability celebrates our world’s inherent beauty–it is fostering joy and respect for future generations.
What are you working on during your internship? Through the Environmental Education internship, I coordinate volunteers to teach environmental curriculum in Forsyth County middle schools in an engaging and exciting manner!
Tenure: Spring 2018, Fall 2018

Jack Lloyd
Campus Garden Intern
Pursuing a double major in French Studies and Biology with a minor in Environmental Science
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability to me means celebrating and engaging the world and its resources in a way that provides others even more opportunities to do so.
What are you working on during your internship? Through my internship I am focusing on developing the Campus Garden as a space where people can encounter and experience University-wide values like wellbeing and leadership, all in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.
Tenure: Fall 2018

Peter Wallace
Re-Cycle Bike Share Intern
Computer Science major with a minor in Spanish
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability means adopting a mindset equal parts analytical and inclusive: understanding problems in a holistic manner and seeking a solution that provides the greatest good to the greatest number.
What are you working on during your internship? I am working to distribute both recycled and new bikes to WF students.  Our ultimate goal is to expand the program to provide more students with clean & reliable transportation around campus.
Tenure: Fall 2018

Nathan Allen, ‘20
Dining Intern
Biology
Tenure: Spring 2018

Savannah Baber, ‘19
Public Art Intern
English and Politics & International Affairs
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability means caring for the Earth as the living thing that it is.
Tenure: Spring 2018

Cristin Berardo, ‘18
Energy Intern
English and Biology
What does sustainability mean to you? To be sustainable is to live and act with an awareness that we exist, not apart from the earth, but as a part of it.
Tenure: Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Megan Blackstock, ‘18
Campus Garden Intern
Chemistry and Biology
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability is our ability as people to act in ways that do not exhaust resources but rather extend the life of resources on Earth.
Tenure: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Caroline Bosch, ‘20
Public Art Intern
Interdisciplinary and Studio Art
What does sustainability mean to you? Being aware of the overall impact each decision we make has on our planet and the natural world.
Tenure: Spring 2018

Emma Hughes, ‘19
Greeks Go Green Intern
Economics and Environmental Studies
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability to me means acting in a way that yields a positive result almost indefinitely, whether that act is simply waving to a friend or if it is walking to a destination rather than driving.
Tenure: Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Lauren Davidson, ‘20
Sustainable Dining Intern
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What does sustainability mean to you? It’s balancing the needs of humans with environmental conservation to prolong life on the planet we all share.
Tenure: Spring 2018

Emily Claire Mackey, ‘18
Re-Cycle Bike Intern
Economics and Environmental Science/Global Trade and Commerce Studies
What does sustainability mean to you? Thriving today in a manner that will not inhibit the exuberance of tomorrow.
Tenure: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018


Maggie Powell, ‘19
Institutional Procurement Intern
Economics, Religion, Environmental Science
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability means not using environmental resources to a point at which they do not renew themselves and placing environmental resource in a position such that they may renew themselves.
Tenure: Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Gabby Pulsinelli, MAS ‘18
Public Art Intern
Sustainability Graduate Program
Why sustainability? Without sustainability, there is no Earth and there is no us.
Tenure: Spring 2018

Maya Revell, ‘18
Waste Reduction
Biology
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability is a system where you use only what you absolutely need in order to promote environmental health and equity.
Tenure: Spring 2018

Peter Schlachte, ‘19
Environmental Education Intern
Anthropology, Creative Writing, and Environmental Studies
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability celebrates our world’s inherent beauty– it is fostering joy and respect for future generations.
Tenure: Spring 2018

Cameron Waters, ‘19
Campus Garden Intern
Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, English
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability to me is the lifestyle choices made in order to leave the planet in the same or similar condition in which I found it. Sustainability is not a fixed state or light at the end of the tunnel; it is an ongoing conversation about adaptability, creativity, and finding comfort in the discomfort of a changing world.
Tenure: Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Cristin Berardo, ‘18
Energy Intern
English and Biology
What does sustainability mean to you? To be sustainable is to live and act with an awareness that we exist, not apart from the earth, but as a part of it.
Tenure: Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Megan Blackstock, ‘18
Campus Garden Intern
Chemistry and Biology
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability is our ability as people to act in ways that do not exhaust resources but rather extend the life of resources on Earth.
Tenure: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

McKenzie Bradford, ‘18
Energy Intern
Biology and Environmental Studies
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability means having the ability as cultures, societies, and nations to pass along experiences of life, the earth’s natural beauty and entities, and inspiration. Sustainability does not allow for unnatural permanent destruction.
Tenure: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Emma Hughes, ‘19
Greeks Go Green Intern
Economics and Environmental Studies
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability to me means acting in a way that yields a positive result almost indefinitely, whether that act is simply waving to a friend or if it is walking to a destination rather than driving.
Tenure:
Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Nick Judd, ‘18
Campus Garden Intern
Chemistry and Environmental Science
Tenure: Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Emily Claire Mackey, ‘18
Re-Cycle Bike Intern
Economics and Environmental Science/Global Trade and Commerce Studies
What does sustainability mean to you? Thriving today in a manner that will not inhibit the exuberance of tomorrow.
Tenure: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Maggie Powell, ‘19
Institutional Procurement Intern
Economics, Religion, Environmental Science
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability means not using environmental resources to a point at which they do not renew themselves and placing environmental resource in a position such that they may renew themselves.
Tenure: Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

Talia Roberts, ‘19
Digital Arts and Social Media Intern
Psychology and Fine Arts
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability means living in a state of harmony within yourself and with the environment to promote the highest wellbeing for all life on earth.
Tenure: Spring 2017, Fall 2017

Cameron Waters, ‘19
Campus Garden Intern
Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, English
What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainability to me is the lifestyle choices made in order to leave the planet in the same or similar condition in which I found it. Sustainability is not a fixed state or light at the end of the tunnel; it is an ongoing conversation about adaptability, creativity, and finding comfort in the discomfort of a changing world.
Tenure: Fall 2017

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Cristin Berardo, ‘18
Energy Intern
English and Biology
Why is sustainability important to you? By living sustainably we live with respect and gratitude for the planet, to which we owe everything, and all of its incredible inhabitants.
Inspirational quote: “We may encounter defeats, but we must not be defeated” ―Maya Angelou
Tenure: Fall 2016

Megan Blackstock, ‘18
Campus Garden
Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry, Biology
Why is sustainability important to you? Sustainability is important because it ultimately determines the future of the world in terms of the diversity of organisms, economic prosperity, and environmental vitality.
Inspirational quote: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”—Paul the Apostle
Tenure: Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2016

McKenzie Bradford, ‘18
Energy Intern
Biology and Environmental Science
Why is sustainability important to you? Sustainability is important to me because it challenges me to think about the impact my actions have. There are parts of this world and things that I have experienced that I would love for others 20 generations after me to experience as well.
Inspirational Quote: “You’re not here to stand in their shadows. You’re here to stand on their shoulders.”
Tenure: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016

Leigh Fountain, ‘17
Greeks Go Green Coordinator
Biology/Chemistry and Entrepreneurship
Why is sustainability important to you? In order to coexist and thrive on this planet with 8.7 million other species, we must realize that the enormous impact of humans has the potential to be our greatest asset.
Inspirational Quote: “The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” ―Jane Goodall
Tenure: Fall 2016

Eric Gorzeman, ‘17
ReCycle Coordination and Transition Intern
Business and Enterprise Management , Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
Tenure: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016

Sebastian Irby, ‘18
Re-Use Campaign Intern
Sustainability Studies and Biology
Why is sustainability important to you? Sustainability is important to building a better present and future by allowing us to improve upon ourselves and preserve the Earth for generations to come. Sustainability should be important to us all as it reaches across many facets of our daily lives and greatly impacts all of humanity, not just individuals.
Inspirational Quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” –Margaret Mead
Tenure: Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016

Akua Maat, ‘17
Campus Garden Intern
Latin , Computer Science and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Emily McMullen, ‘18
Energy Intern
Biology and Chemistry with a Biochemistry concentration, Environmental Studies
Why is sustainability important to you? I think Terri Swearingen put it best when she said “We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.” Sustainability is important to me because for my generation, our ability to develop practices that are able to support life on this planet without destroying it is directly linked not only to the survival of generations to come, but to the survival of us and our children.
Inspirational Quote: “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.” ―Michael Phelps
Tenure: Fall 2016

Suzanne Mullins, ‘18
News Writing Intern
English and Environmental Science
Why is sustainability important to you? Sustainability is important because there is only one Earth–we can’t simply use it, abuse it, and then throw it away. We must all work with one another to create connections, relationships, and innovative solutions in order to maintain a healthy planetary environment.
Inspirational quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” ―Maya Angelou
Tenure: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016

Nick Judd, ‘18
Campus Garden Intern
Chemistry and Environmental Science
Why is sustainability important to you? I feel a strong love for our planet that miraculously supports life, and for that blessing I will give back to the best of my ability!
Inspirational quote: “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.” —Henry David Thoreau
Tenure: Fall 2016

Julie Kanter, ‘17
Event Analysis Intern
Economics and Spanish
Why is sustainability important to you? Sustainability matters because it allows for a collaborative, equitable, and purposeful lifestyle that paves the way for future generations to have the same.
Inspirational Quote: “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ―Thich Nhat Hanh
Tenure: Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016

Maggie Powell, ‘19
Institutional Procurement
Economics, Religion and Environmental Studies
Why is sustainability important to you? It is important to me that people loved by me and by others do not suffer, especially for preventable reasons.
Inspirational quote: “And if your spirit carries within it the thorn that is heavier than lead— if it’s all you can do to keep on trudging— there is still somewhere deep within you a beast shouting that the earth is exactly what it wanted— each pond with its blazing lilies is a prayer heard and answered lavishly, every morning, whether or not you have ever dared to be happy, whether or not you have ever dared to pray.”―Mary Oliver, “Morning Poem”
Tenure: Spring 2016, Fall 2016

Talia Roberts, ‘19
Social Media and Digital Arts Intern
Psychology and Art
Why is sustainability important to you? Sustainability is the key to maintaining balance and harmony in our world. Mindfulness of the air and water that keeps us alive, the living soil beneath our feet, and the innumerable amount of other species in which we share the world with is necessary for the promotion of well-being for all life, now and into the future. I am constantly amazed everyday when thinking about our interconnectivity with this breathtaking world, and it disrupts me deeply to see the tragedy of our anthropogenic effects negatively impacting other species, the environment, and ourselves. In choosing a lifestyle that supports heath, growth and happiness, we can all live to our maximum potential and see change develop in positive ways.
Inspirational quote: “Enlightenment for a wave in the ocean is the moment the wave realizes that it is water” ―Thich Nhat Hanh

Wesley Skidmore, ‘19
Energy Communications and Carbon Action Intern
Politics and International Affairs and Philosophy
Why is sustainability important to you? Sustainability is important to me because, frankly, putting the planet over profit is the most compelling and rational way to live.
Inspirational quote: ““This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.” ―Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Tenure: Spring 2016, Fall 2016

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Megan Blackstock, ‘18
Campus Garden Intern
Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important because our generation is only here on earth for a small moment in time and we need to ensure that we are doing what we can to sustain this home for future generations to come. Earth is not ours to own and to use as we please for we share this beautiful home with an infinite number of organisms who depend on Earth just as you and I do.
Inspirational quote: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”- Paul the Apostle
Tenure: Fall 2015

Akua Maat, ‘17
Campus Garden Intern
Latin major with minors in Computer Science and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important to me because it requires responsibility for our environment and everyone in our environment. To put it simply, Earth is our home. If we don’t take up the responsibility to maintain our home’s livelihood, then we inadvertently compromise its future.
Inspirational quote: “You cannot, you cannot use someone else’s fire. You can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe that you have it.” –Audre Lorde
Tenure: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015

Emily Claire Mackey, ‘18
Campus Garden Intern
Biology major with minors in environmental science and environmental studies
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important in that the conglomeration of actions that we make today (those that meet our needs, provide for others, and enable feedback loops that span far into the future) affect how bright our future will be tomorrow.
Inspirational quote: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ― Dr. Seuss, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”
Tenure
: Fall 2015

McKenzie Bradford, ‘18
Energy Management Intern – Facilities & Campus Services
Biology major with minors in Environmental Science and Spanish
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important because it promotes not just environmental health, but health in many aspects of life. It encourages us as people to broaden our focus and be aware of the numerous impacts we have on local, national, and global levels.
Inspirational quote: “You’re not here to stand in their shadows. You’re here to stand on their shoulders.”
Tenure: Fall 2015

Mary Finger, ‘18
Energy Management Intern – Facilities & Campus Services
Chemistry major with minors in Neuroscience and Biology
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important because it affects all of us; one person’s actions can have a dramatic impact on Earth rather it be for better or worse. I think it’s important for everyone to understand the responsibility they have for living on this Earth and therefore choose to make decisions that impact the Earth, and all of us, positively.
Inspirational quote: “If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either, white hot and passionate is the only thing to be,” – Roald Dahl
Tenure: Fall 2015

Eric Gorzeman, ‘17
Energy Management Intern – Facilities & Campus Services
Business and Enterprise Management major with a minor Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
Why is sustainability important? I believe that sustainability is important because I value the existence of all life on Earth, and that is not done only by saving humanity and all life on the planet, but it includes saving the planet itself.
Inspirational quote: There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Tenure: Fall 2015

Bridget Bauman, ‘16
Sustainability in Dining Intern – ARAMARK
Biology major with a minor in Environmental Science
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important because leading a sustainable life helps create balance in a chaotic world and allows for the needs of ourselves and others to be better met.
Inspirational quote: It’s our choices that show us what we truly are far more than our abilities” –J.K. Rowling
Tenure: Fall 2015

Suzanne Mullins, ‘18
Sustainability in Dining Intern – ARAMARK
English major with minors in Entrepreneurship and Environmental Studies
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important because there is only one Earth–we can’t simply use it, abuse it, and then throw it away. We must all work with one another to create connections, relationships, and innovative solutions in order to maintain a healthy planetary environment.
Inspirational quote: The earth has its music for those who will listen…” — George Santayana
Tenure: Fall 2015

Alyshah Aziz, ’16
Transportation Intern
Pre-Medicine, Politics and International Affairs major with a minor in Middle East and South Asia Studies
Why is sustainability important? Is there anything more significant than taking care of our one and only home–Planet Earth? To me, the answer is simple: Most people would not destroy their owns home, property, or possessions. Often times, I think many of us are guilty of looking at Earth in a detached light. The environmental justice issues we face are the unfortunate effects of slapdash human activity. Since we created the issues, I think it is only just that we create the solutions, too.
Inspirational quote: “Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.” – Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
Tenure: Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015

Sebastian Irby ’18
Special Projects Intern
Environmental Science/Sustainability interdisciplinary major
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important to building a better present and future by allowing us to improve upon ourselves and preserve the Earth for generations to come. Sustainability should be important to us all as it reaches across many facets of our daily lives and greatly impacts all of humanity, not just individuals.
Inspirational quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead
Tenure: Spring 2015, Fall 2015

Ann Nguyen, ’17
Photography and Digital Arts Intern
Sociology and Studio Art double major
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important because it affects every facet of our life, determining the quality of our environment, our life, and the lives of others. Work everyday to shake the hands that feed you and kiss the earth that loves you unconditionally.
Inspirational quote: “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” – Salvador Dali
Tenure: Fall 2014 Spring 2015, Fall 2015

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Alyshah Aziz, ’16
Alternative Transportation Intern
Pre-Medicine, Politics and International Affairs major, with minors in Middle East and South Asia Studies and Environmental Studies
Why is sustainability important? Is there anything more significant than taking care of our one and only home–Planet Earth? To me, the answer is simple: Most people would not destroy their owns home, property, or possessions. Often times, I think many of us are guilty of looking at Earth in a detached light. The environmental justice issues we face are the unfortunate effects of slapdash human activity. Since we created the issues, I think it is only just that we create the solutions, too.
Inspirational quote: “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” – Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
Tenure: Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Kristen Cortese, ‘17
Office of Energy Management Intern
Undecided
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important to building a better future where humans make more efficient lifestyle choices to preserve and protect Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.
Inspirational quote: “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” –Vincent Van Gogh
Tenure: Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Bridget Keeler, ‘15
Greeks Go Green Intern
Economics major, with minors in Environmental Studies and Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important because it is what determines how we choose to live both today and in the future. If we operate without sustainability in mind, we are setting up both our own and future generations for a plethora of problems.
Inspirational quote: “We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” –Max DePree
Tenure: Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Akua Maat, ‘17
Campus Garden Intern
Undecided
Why is sustainability important? Earth is a gift that we should all be thankful for. It’s only right to treat it and the people on it as such.
Inspirational quote: “At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.”-Toni Morrison
Tenure: Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Araceli Morales-Santos, ‘15
Campus Garden Intern
Biology major with a Spanish minor
Why is sustainability important? Natural ecosystems hold a tremendous amount of biodiversity. However, they are quickly disappearing resulting in an increased rate of species extinction. Sustainability can teach us about the importance of such ecosystems to human health and ultimately to human survival.
Inspirational quote: “The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home” – David Suzuki
Tenure: Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Ann Nguyen, ‘17
Photography Intern
Sociology and Studio Art double major with a minor in Environmental Studies
Why is sustainability important? To live life with beauty and to maintain the wonders that nature has given us entails humans to be considerate and aware of every positive and detrimental action they execute, or in other words, to live sustainably. Sustainability is not solely an environmental issue, but a humanity issue, where a disregard to sustainability is a disregard to human enjoyment and life.
Inspirational quote: “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” – Salvador Dali
Tenure: Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Maegan Olmstead, ‘15
Communications and Outreach Intern
Communications major with a Journalism minor
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important because it is something that pertains to everyone on the planet. There were people here long before us and there will be people here long after us. So, it is our responsibility to not be selfish and take for granted this one Earth that we have, but to nurture it and ensure that the Earth lives on, along with all the species that inhabit it.
Inspirational quote: “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi
Tenure: Fall 2014

Emily Pence, ‘15
Greeks Go Green Intern
Mathematical Business major with a French minor
Why is sustainability important? We are all citizens of the same world; it’s not my world, or your world, it’s our world. We have a duty to take care of this incredible gift, and acting together to live sustainably is one of the few things that has the power to unite everyone on this planet. The Earth supports all human life, and protecting it’s natural resources is the least we can do to give back to it.
Inspirational quote: “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi
Tenure: Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Macaela Seward, ‘15
Sustainability in Dining Intern
Biology major
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important because we should leave the planet a better place than it was when we got here.
Inspirational quote: “There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Hamlet, Shakespeare
Tenure: Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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Karleigh Ash, ’14
Photography Intern
Psychology major
Why is sustainability important? Because our future depends on it.
Inspirational Quote: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” –Thoreau
Tenure: Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Alyshah Aziz, ’16
Alternative Transportation Intern
Undecided, Middle East and South Asia Studies minor
Why is sustainability important? Is there anything more significant than taking care of our one and only home–Planet Earth? To me, the answer is simple. Most people would not destroy their own home, property, or possessions. Often times, I think many of us are guilty of looking at Earth in a detached light. The environmental justice issues we now face are the unfortunate effects of slapdash human activity. Since we created the issues, I think it is only just we create the solutions, too.
Inspirational quote: “My house is me and I am it. My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams.” -Mr. Plumbean in The Big Orange Splot
Tenure: Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Glenn Bergesen, ’14
Earth Day Planning Intern
Psychology Major, Environmental Studies and Biology minors
Why is sustainability important? As the beings with the most influence on our planet’s future, it is our duty to be good stewards of our planet’s resources, natural environments, and all living organisms who inhabit it. Our job is to do the greatest good, for the greatest number, for the longest time–and this includes all of our furry, scaled, and feathered friends.
Inspirational quote: “We are human only in contact, and conviviality, with what is not human” – David Abram
Tenure: Fall 2014

Joey DeRosa, ’14
Communications and Outreach Intern
History major
Why is sustainability important? The adoption of sustainable practices anywhere have the ability to impact humans, animals, and plants everywhere. What could be more important?
Inspirational quote: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” -John Muir
Tenure: Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

Patrick Doran, ’14
Sustainability in Dining Intern
Business and Enterprise Management major
Why is sustainability important? It is important to leave things better than you found them.
Inspirational quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t –you’re right.” -Henry Ford
Tenure: Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Lauren Formica, ’16
Gameday Recycling Intern
Economics major
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is vital to the future success of the world. Sustainable solutions to today’s problems will guarantee a healthy life for generations after us.
Inspirational quote: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal”- Thomas Jefferson
Tenure: Fall 2013

Dominik Haja, ’14
Office of Energy Management Intern
Chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important so we can preserve the beauty of the earth for future generations.
Inspirational quote: “Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”  – Bill Copeland
Tenure: Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Claire Nagy-Kato, ’14
Office of Energy Management Intern
Chemistry major
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability isn’t just recycling and reusable water bottles, or energy standards and regulations, or gardening organic foods– it’s a program that has been created to balance our energy inputs and outputs with attempts for the human species to coexist among nature rather than dominating over the earth and her resources.
Inspirational quote: “I have amazing news for you. Man is not alone on this planet. He is part of a community, upon which he depends absolutely.” -Daniel Quinn, The Story of B
Tenure: Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Emily Pence, ’15
Greeks Go Green Intern
Mathematical Business major with a French minor
Why is sustainability important? We are all citizens of the same world; it’s not my world, or your world, it’s our world. We have a duty to take care of this incredible gift, and acting together to live sustainably is one of the few things that has the power to unite everyone on this planet. The Earth supports all human life, and protecting it’s natural resources is the least we can do to give back to it.
Inspirational quote: “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi
Tenure: Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Stewart Rickert, ’16
Greeks Go Green Intern
Political Science and Economics major
Why is sustainability important? In order to both preserve and better the world for its present and future citizens, we have to be cognizant of the ways in which our actions affect the community around us and the ways in which we can lessen that impact.
Inspirational quote: “Do not strive to be better than your contemporaries or your predecessors. Strive to be better than yourself.” -William Faulkner
Tenure: Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Jamie Sims, Graduate Student
Campus Garden Intern
School of Divinity – Food and Faith Concentration
Why is sustainability important? This world is too beautiful and lovely to destroy out of simple convenience and lack of care.
Inspirational quote: “The teachers are everywhere. What is wanted is a learner.” – Wendell Berry
Tenure: Summer 2013, Fall 2013

David Song, ’15
Campus Garden Intern
Biology major
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important because literally nothing takes precedent over the environment, and nothing can exist independent of resources that we derive from the environment. The world is not dependent on us; it is up to us to act as stewards of our natural resources in order to create a world that humans can continue to live in. In a food system context, I believe that farming in a sustainable manner provides a solution to the massive environmental detriment that is caused by the current agricultural paradigm.
Inspirational quote: “Not responding is a response – we are equally responsible for what we don’t do.”
-Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals
Tenure: Fall 2013

Emily Bachman, ’13
Sustainability in Dining Intern
History major, Environmental Studies and Anthropology double minor
Why is sustainability important? To me, the importance of sustainability is common sense. It’s about having the foresight to see that the way we are living today is threatening our future and our children’s future, and then taking the initiative to reverse that trend. I love the holistic approach of sustainability, because it really is all-encompassing of the human experience. It’s not about being an environmentalist or a businessman or a politician or any other label; it’s about being a human and caring for others.
Inspirational Quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Tenure: January 2012 – December 2012

Becka Brolinson, ’15
Greeks Go Green Intern
Economics major, Spanish and Women’s Gender Studies double minor
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important to me because every single choice that we make today affects our future positively or negatively. All relationships are those of cause and effect and one day our poor treatment of the earth and its natural resources will come back to haunt us.
Inspirational Quote: “For as long as space remains, for as long as sentient beings remain, may I too remain and dispel the miseries of the world”
Tenure: Fall 2012

Kiana Courtney, ’13
Communications and Outreach Intern
Communication major, Environmental Studies and Sociology double minor
Why is sustainability important? As a species, we will not be able to continue our current state of livelihood years down the road, if we do not adapt more sustainable practices. Sustainability is more than an  environmental issue.  It is a social justice issue that everyone needs to be concerned about.
Inspirational Quote: “We are responsible for what we are, whatever we wish ourselves to be. We have to power to make ourselves.”
Tenure: Spring 2013

Joey DeRosa, ’14
History major
Why is sustainability important? The adoption of sustainable practices anywhere has the ability to impact humans, animals, and plants everywhere. What could be more important?
Inspirational Quote: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” – John Muir
Tenure: Spring 2012 – Fall 2012

Shoshanna Goldin, ’15
Sustainable Community Development Intern
Global Health major, Middle East and South Asia Studies and Chemistry double minor
Why is sustainability important? By focusing on sustainability, we can significantly improve the quality of life now and in the future for individuals across the world.
Inspirational Quote: The obstacle is the path.
Tenure: August 2012- December 2012

Peter Goodspeed, ’14
Natural Resource Management Intern
Biology major, Environmental Science minor
Why is sustainability important? While growing up spending my summers in northern Michigan, I spent much of my time in Lake Michigan or exploring the inland streams on the Leelanau Peninsula. Because of the inevitable growth of industry and development, it is important to study the interface between anthropogenic activity and the natural environment in order to develop sustainable systems that minimize human impact. These efforts should specifically focus on ecologically sensitive watersheds that provide a multitude of services for wildlife and humans.
Inspirational Quote: “The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature
Tenure: Summer 2012, Fall 2012

Allie Gruber, ’13
Office of Energy Management Intern
Biology major
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important to me because the choices that we make now will affect the future. The only way to ensure that the opportunities and experiences available to us today persist for future generations is to begin assessing how the choices we make affect the world around us.
Inspirational Quote: Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale
Tenure:  Fall 2012

Joseph Matt, ’13
Office of Energy Management Intern
Biology major
Why is sustainability important? We are all a part of an interconnected system with limited resources. By choosing to pursue sustainable, systematic solutions to the issues we face, we can maintain a high quality of life and sustain our species as a whole.
Inspirational Quote: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek proverb
Tenure: Fall 2012, Spring 2013

Sanders McNair, ’13
History major and Politics and International Affairs minor
Why is Sustainability Important? Climate change and environmental degradation are the greatest challenges the Earth and humans face. We must be able to make some small sacrifices for the rest of the world and the generations after us.
Inspirational Quote: “A town is saved, not more by the righteous men in it, than by the woods and swamps that surround it.”–Henry David Thoreau
Tenure: Fall 2011-Spring 2013

Erin Murphy, ’13
Greeks Go Green Intern
Communication major and Environmental Studies and Political Science double minor
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important to me because it is about understanding and caring about the impacts our actions and choices have on the earth. Everything that we do and do not do matters.
Inspirational Quote: “In wilderness is the preservation of the world” – Henry David Thoreau
Tenure: Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012

Austin Smith, ’13
Game Day Recycling Intern, Earth Day Fair Planning Intern
Political Science & English double major, Middle East and South Asia Studies minor
Why is sustainability important? I think our relationship with nature should be based on coexistence, reciprocation, and the idea that we are not above nature but are part of it.
Tenure: Fall 2012, Spring 2013

Nicky Vogt, ’15
Campus Garden Intern
Politics and International Affairs major, Psychology and Spanish double minor
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important to me because I want future generations to be able to enjoy the beauty of nature and all it has to offer.
Inspirational Quote: “All good things are wild, and free.” – Henry David Thoreau
Tenure: Fall 2012- Spring 2013

De’Noia Woods, ’13
Photography Intern
Anthropology and Studio Art double major
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is all about adaptation. If we do not adapt, we will not survive!
Inspirational Quote: Be the change you wish to see in the world- Mahatma Gandhi
Tenure: Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013

Carrie Stokes, ‘12
Campus Garden Intern
Anthropology and Religion double major, Environmental Studies minor
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important to me because I know that each and every choice I make has an impact, for better or worse.  I work for the office because I believe that ordinary people making smart choices in their daily lives is one of the most difficult but essential facets in building a more sustainable world.
Inspirational Quote: “We live in the world when we love it.” -Rabindranath Tagore
Tenure: Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012

Ashley Suchoski, ‘12
Campus Carbon Inventory and Energy Conservation Campaign Intern
Mathematical Business major, Spanish minor
Why is sustainability important? For me, it’s really simple. I believe that if we want to continue living on this planet, we need to change the way our society functions. We need to change the way we eat and shop, how we use energy, and our modes of transportation. I chose to work for the Office of Sustainability because Wake Forest is composed of future leaders. If we’re going to make a change in the world, affecting the intellectual minds of our future is a good place to start.
Inspirational Quote: “If we cannot envision the world we would like to live in, we cannot work towards its creation.  If we cannot place ourselves in it in our imagination, we will not believe it is possible.” – Chellis Glendinning
Tenure: Fall 2011, Spring 2012

Jane Connors, ‘12
Communications and Outreach Intern
English major
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability requires us to re-think the massive system that has evolved to meet human needs, and then use conscious effort to rework the system in a way that will produce an existence that will sustain human existence. Sustainability is both the end product and the actual equation for human health on this planet.
Inspirational Quote: “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.” – Walt Whitman
Tenure: Fall 2011

De’Noia Woods, ‘13
Community Inter-cultural Coalition for Sustainability Intern
Anthropology major, Studio Art minor
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is all about adaptation. If you don’t adapt you will not survive.
Inspirational Quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Tenure: Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011

Anna Donze, ‘12
Student Programming Intern
Anthropology major, Environmental Studies minor
Why is sustainability important? I believe that sustainability is important because it is becoming increasingly apparent that our decisions today, whether we choose to move in a positive or destructive direction, have the capacity to affect not only our immediate communities, but also the entire planet for generations to come.
Inspirational Quote: “Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” – Carl Sagan
Tenure: Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012

Sanders McNair, ‘13
Campus Garden Intern
History major, Political Science and Environmental Studies double minor
Why is sustainability important? Because today sustainability is more than conserving trees, it’s about protecting social justice, our health and the economy.
Inspirational Quote: “Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” – Wendell Berry
Tenure: Fall 2011, Spring 2012

Erin Murphy, ‘13
Game Day Recycling and RecycleMania Intern
Communications major, Environmental Studies and Political Science double minor
Why is sustainability important? I think we all need to make changes in the way we interact with the earth and how we use the natural resources we depend on. I think it is incredibly important to understand how every system on the earth is interconnected.
Inspirational Quote: “In wilderness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau
Tenure: Fall 2011, Spring 2012

Logan Healy-Tuke, ‘14
Student Programming Intern
Economics major, Environmental Studies, Religion, and Latin American and Latino Studies minor
Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is important to me because in a matter of 150 years – since the Industrial Revolution, our planet has changed abruptly due to our actions. Sustainability means that we are able to live at the standards at which we live currently or better for future generations. However, it seems like the human peak of quality of life may be past, and we are spoiling our living spaces for our future generations. I am involved in sustainability to reverse this trend.
Inspirational Quote: “Western science, following Roger Bacon, believed man could force nature to reveal its secrets; the Sioux simply petitioned nature for friendship.” — Vine Deloria, Jr.
Tenure: Fall 2011, Spring 2012

Frannie Speer, ‘11
Economics major, Entrepreneurship minor
Inspirational Quote: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tenure: Fall 2010, Spring 2011

Shayna Egan, ‘11
Health and Exercise Science major, Spanish and Latin American Studies minors
Inspirational Quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill 

De’Noia Woods, ‘13
Undecided major, Environmental Studies minor
Inspirational Quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” –Edmund Burke

Josh Dewitt, ‘11
Business and Enterprise Management major with a concentration in non-profit management
Inspirational Quote: “Monkey see, monkey do.”

Carrie Stokes, ‘12
Anthropology major, Environmental Studies minor
Inspirational Quote: “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

Katherine Sinacore, ‘11
Biology major, Environmental Science minor
Inspirational Quote: The only people for me are the mad ones; the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ – Jack Kerouac

Anna Donze, ‘12
Anthropology major, Environmental Science minor
Inspirational Quote: “You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.” –Nelson Mandela

Miles Silman
Director

Dr. Miles Silman is a Professor of Biology. His work centers on understanding biodiversity distribution and the response of forests ecosystems to past and future climate and land use changes.  His current projects also addresses Andean and Amazonian carbon cycles and biodiversity controls for use in innovative, private- and public-sector, ecosystem services projects that change land use by generating revenue for conservation and creating economic and social value for local participants. He has 20 years of experience in the Andes and Amazon and is coordinator and founding member of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group.

Erin Stephens
Communications and Event Coordinator

Erin Stephens is the Communications and Event Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with minors in Journalism and Entrepreneurship from Wake Forest University. During her undergraduate experience, Stephens served in three editorial roles over the course of her two years on staff with the independent student newspaper, The Old Gold & Black. In the summer of 2016 she spent a month in Rome as a student reporter covering the status of refugees seeking asylum and the intersection of faith and global climate change. She is a recipient of the Bynum G. Shaw annual prize in journalism from Wake Forest.

Kim Couch
Budget and Administrative Coordinator

Kim Couch is the Budget and Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES). She graduated from Salem College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. She joined the staff of WFU in May 2015.

Max Messinger
Director of WFU Unmanned Systems Lab

Max Messinger is the founder and president of Linn Aerospace, a full-service provider of unmanned aircraft, imaging systems, flight services, training, and more. With a background in forest ecology, Max started Linn Aerospace to provide tailored solutions to meet the needs of those in the remote sensing, conservation, forestry, agriculture, and surveying fields. With years of experience in the design, development, and deployment of various types of unmanned aircraft in a variety of environments, I work to provide clients with solutions which are effective, reliable, and affordable.

Stan Meiburg
Director

Stan served as Acting Deputy Administrator for the EPA from 2014 to 2017, capping a 39-year career with the agency. He is known for leading efforts to protect the nation’s air and water, clean up hazardous and toxic waste sites, build collaborative relationships with state and tribal environmental programs, and promote sound management in EPA.

At Wake Forest, Stan leads the master of arts in sustainability programand associated dual degree and certificate programs. He works with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES). Meiburg joined the EPA in 1977 in Washington, D.C., and later served as deputy regional director of the EPA’s Atlanta office and as the deputy regional administrator in Dallas, Texas. He was only the second person in the agency’s history to serve as deputy regional administrator in more than one region. From 1985 to 1990, he served with the EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in Research Triangle Park.

Jon Clift
Director of Outreach

Jon Clift is an Assistant Professor of Practice with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Affiliate Professor of Practice at the School of Business, and Director of Outreach for the Sustainability Graduate Programs. He empowers students, colleagues, and clients to explore problems and develop new to the world ideas. After spending nearly a decade in the design field as a creative strategist working with startups to Fortune 100 clients, Jon knows we are all creative, and believes that with grit and a growth mindset we can all unlock our creative confidence.

Jon has developed branding solutions for some of the world’s largest firms from VF Corporation to Walmart, implemented transformative courses and curricula at Wake Forest University, incorporated human-centered design and systems thinking as core competencies in graduate programs, and worked with student teams to develop impactful solutions for entrepreneurs, non-profits, and global corporations.

Jon holds a Masters of Environmental Management in Business & the Environment from Duke University.

Ashley Wilcox
Program Coordinator

Ashley is the Program Assistant for the Sustainability Graduate Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University and has a background in student services and program development. Since joining the program in 2013, she has been looking forward to working with the incoming class of sustainability graduate students.