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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."

Marisa Specht
Environmental Science major and Biology minor
Clubs/organizations: Linfield Women's Soccer, ACES
Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30am-12pm and Thursdays 9am-10:30am
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."

Nicole Lewis
Environmental Science major
Clubs/organizations: Garden Club, Greenfield, ACES
Office hours: Wednesdays 2pm-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."

Sarah Stark
Environmental Policy major and Sociology/Anthropology minors
Clubs/organizations: Greenfield, Garden Club, Susty Council, Residence Life
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 9am-2pm
What does sustainability mean to you?
"I always think of the saying 'Think global, act local.' Put into action, I see engaged communities that are constantly creating and implementing ideas that allow all living things to thrive. It is holistic mindfulness; making concious choices about our consumption and conservation. Ultimately, sustainability requires a shift of values so that we may continue evolving towards a better future."

Logan McLain
Environmental Science and Biology major and minor
Clubs/organizations: Greenfield, Residence Life, Linfield Garden
What does sustainability mean to you? "To me Sustainability means being a steward of the earth and always practicing the three R's: reduce, reuse, recycle. It also means the ability to endure the harsh conditions that this planet is facing and bouncing back from it with valiantly. Sustainability also means to educate others who may not know about the conditions of the planet and forming an action plan to help."

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).