The Sustainability Faculty Fellowship Program aims to enhance UNCG’s sustainability by encouraging the integration of sustainability in innovative research, teaching, and service around sustainability across the campus. Sustainability Faculty Fellows (SFFs) will partner with the Academic Sustainability Coordinator (ASC) to further academic sustainability in three areas: research, teaching, and/or leadership/outreach.

Questions about the program can be directed to the Academic Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Etsuko Kinefuchi at


The mission of the Academic Sustainability Coordinator is to lead the development of sustainability in the academic trust by increasing the quantity and improving the quality of sustainability outreach, teaching, and research activities at UNCG.

Etsuko Kinefuchi, Associate Professor of Communication Studies. Research interests include critical inter/cultural communication, ecology and culture, ecofeminism, critical discourse analysis, social movement, cultural identities, multiculturalism and pedagogy, transnationalism and diaspora, building intercultural alliances.





The mission of the Sustainability Faculty Fellowship Program is to promote collaboration among scholarly disciplines in order to encourage the integration of sustainability in research and teaching across the campus. Up to six Sustainability Faculty Fellows (SFFs) will partner with the ASC to further academic sustainability in the areas of Leadership/Outreach, Teaching, and Research.



Sarah Dorsey, Head, Harold Schiffman Music Library, Associate professor in the University Libraries and adjunct professor in the School of Music, will serve as a returning fellow. She will continue to lead the highly successful Sustainability Film & Discussion Series, now in its 14th year, along with the annual Sustainability Short Film Competition. Ms. Dorsey champions sustainability in many other ways. Her research weaves together music and sustainability; she founded the Green Library Group, and helps maintain SUSTAIN-L, the campus-community listserv. She also co-organizes Green Drinks Greensboro to put together programs to advance sustainability in Greensboro.


Meredith Powers, Assistant Professor of Social Work, will serve as a returning fellow to continue the Climate Justice Program she proposed for the International Federation of Social Work (IFSW). IFSW approved her proposal in January 2019 and appointed Dr. Powers as Program Director. In this program, social workers who travel to conferences voluntarily pay a small donation into the program fund hosted by IFSW to ease the ecological footprint they create through travel. The donations will be used to fund climate justice projects around the world. Along with Dr. Michaela Rinkel, Dr. Powers is the co-editor of “Social Work, Promoting Community & Environmental Sustainability: A Workbook for Global Social Workers & Educators,” Volume I & Volume II.



Dr. Sarah Praskievicz, Assistant Professor, Geography, studies the environmental aspects of river systems, including impacts of climate change on water resources. As a new SFF, she will examine the ecological health of North Buffalo Creek. She will involve her students in The Water Planet class in studying water quality and benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages among tributaries to North Buffalo Creek with differing level of urban development and to create educational and citizen-science initiatives that could potentially be implemented in public areas of North Buffalo Creek, such as along the Greenway and in the Audubon Natural Area.


 Dr. Olav Rueppell, Professor, Biology, leads the Rueppell Research Group at UNCG to study the genetic traits, social behavior, aging, and health of honey bees. He is also co-founder and co-director of the newly established UNCG Plant & Pollinator Center. As a new SFF, Dr. Rueppell will seek to improve the pollinator friendliness of UNCG by identifying areas of improvements in natural resources and land management and implementing educational and practical goals to move UNCG towards a “Bee Campus USA” designation.