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Among its goals, the Linfield College 2012-2018 Strategic Plan seeks to support and extend Linfield’s commitment to environmental, social, and economic sustainability.  In January 2013, Linfield created a new Sustainability Coordinator position to guide this effort. The Sustainability Coordinator, housed in the President's Office, is a dynamic position: engaging students in a variety of projects, assisting faculty who seek to incorporate sustainability more fully in their courses, and working with our facilities personnel who strive to keep Linfield at the forefront of sustainable practices.

Meet the team!

Duncan Reid
Sustainability Coordinator
Clubs/organizations
: Sustainability Office Director, Green Team Coordinator, Greenfield Advisor, ACES Co-Chair, Green Chair Advisor
Office hours: Tuesdays/Thursdays 11:00am-12:00pm and Wednesdays 2:00-4:00pm
What does sustainability mean to you? "Sustainability is a lens through which we can view the world. It is a lens that allows us to consider the wellbeing of the whole as necessary for the wellbeing of the individual. It tells us that caring about our community and the environment are necessary to have a thriving economy. Most of all, sustainability challenges us to align our life practices with life supporting systems for present and future generations. I have the privilege to serve Linfield and our community by representing the values of sustainability and encouraging their incorporation into all facets of life at the college. I also enjoy living walking distance from the campus in a collective living community focused on sustainable lifestyle practices and subsistence food production."
What sustainable practice would you like to work on more? "I would like to bike to work more."
Where is your favorite place in nature? "Westwind on the Oregon Coast."

Marisa Specht
Environmental Science major and Biology minor
Clubs/organizations: Linfield Women's Soccer, ACES
Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-3pm, Thursdays 2-4pm and Fridays 2-3pm
What does sustainability mean to you? "To me, being sustainable means living in a way that values allocating our natural resources efficiently to maintain them for future generations in both quantity and quality. However, rather than leaving the environment alone and living as a separate entity from it, I believe it's important to find a happy medium in which we coexist and find a balance that replenishes the resources that we take out of it in an environmentally healthy way."
What sustainable practice would you like to work on more? "I'd like to reduce the disposable things that I use like cotton balls. I also need to find some reusable produce bags because I eat a lot of fresh produce."
Where is your favorite place in nature? "Anywhere in/near water. I love to swim, stand up paddleboard, surf, wakeboard, snorkel, scuba dive, etc."

Nicole Lewis
Environmental Science major
Clubs/organizations: Garden Club, Greenfield, ACES
Office hours: Wednesdays 1pm-3pm
What does sustainability mean to you? "To me, sustainability means being mindful of resources and personal impacts on not only that immediate moment, but also the near and distant future. It means creating and maintaining an environment in which the beauty of life can live on for generations."
What sustainable practice would you like to work on more? "I need to work on purchasing food items with less packaging."
Where is your favorite place in nature? One of my favorite places is the top of Starrigavan Mountain in Sitka, AK

Ben Niesen
French and Mass Communications Major
Clubs/organizations: Delta Psi Delta, KSLC 90.3
Office Hours:Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am-12pm, Fridays 10am-2pm
What does sustainability mean to you? "To me, sustainability is a promise to future generations that we are thinking about their needs and not just our own. My high school geology and environmental studies teacher once said 'we're astronauts on a cosmic journey and we only have one spaceship.'"
What sustainable practice would you like to work on more? "Recycling electronics—I have boxes upon boxes of old PC parts that I refuse to throw away because I know there’s got to be a better way. I also would like to cut down on my Amazon purchases."
Where is your favorite place in nature? "
The rainforests in the Aussie state of Victoria. Otherwise I just want to live in a forest, preferably in an Ewok treehouse."

 

History

The Office of Sustainability began in the spring season of 2013 with the hiring of a brand new Sustainability Coordinator, Duncan Reid. With his trusty team of work-study students, the office helped create and implement sustainable projects, events, and ideas around the campus. The season started off with a Zero Waste Campaign that was a highlighted and recurring theme in many of the following projects, such as the Recycle Bin Pilot Program, which brought composting, recycling, and landfill receptacles to many major parts of the campus. Also a first for that spring was the beginning of the annual Earth Week tradition, which set aside a whole week's worth of events ranging from game shows to informational workshops. The goal of Earth Week is to spread awareness and information about the sustainable options available on campus in fun interactive ways. The Office of Sustainability has and continues to work alongside other clubs and organizations as well, such as Greenfield and the Advisory Committee on the Environment and Sustainability (ACES).