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Office of Sustainability



The mission of UNCG’s Office of Sustainability is to encourage and support the development and implementation of sustainable practices in administrative units of the university and create a meaningful link between academics and operations that supports use of the campus as a teaching laboratory.


Sean MacInnes, Sustainability Specialist
Sean joined UNCG in the Fall of 2018 from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, where he wore many hats, from serving as the administrative assistant for the Rosa Deal School of Arts, to teaching English composition as an adjunct professor, to interim positions as the director of the writing center and as the coordinator for CBU’s online learning management system. He also chaired CBU’s sustainability committee for seven years, managed the campus community garden, and advised student environmental clubs. He was also a member of the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee, and served as the chair of the Alternate Transportation and Fuels Working Group for the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Consortium. LinkedIn


Sustainability Council



The Sustainability Council was formed in 2010 and consists of UNCG faculty, staff, and students. The Council works to identify and recommend responsible and sustainable practices in all aspects of institutional culture including operational activities, academic programs, and community relationships.



Sustainability Faculty Fellows



The program, which consists of one Academic Sustainability Coordinator and up to six Faculty Fellows annually, promotes collaboration among scholarly disciplines in order to encourage the integration of sustainability in research and teaching across the campus. Fellows work on clearly specified projects that may include but are not limited to co- or extra-curricular campus programs, curriculum activities (including team-taught and individual courses), and innovative research projects or collaborations.



Academic Sustainability Coordinator

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.



Fellows

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.


Previous Fellows






Dr. Etsuko Kinefuchi (ASC), Associate Professor, Communication Studies


Dr. Justin Harmon, Assistant Professor, Community and Therapeutic Recreation
Continued support for the Celebrate the Trail to Recovery program, which provides opportunities for people dealing with cancer and their support networks to get out in nature and re-acclimate to their pre-illness levels of recreational activity.


Dr. Chanelle James, Lecturer, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism
For continued support for the creation of a sustainable enterprise lab for student entrepreneurs.


Dr. Meredith Powers, Assistant Professor, Social Work
To maintain, manage, and grow the sustainability research network at UNCG.


Dr. Malcom Schug, Associate Professor, Biology
For continued support of the construction and academic integration of new wetlands on campus.



Dr. Marianne LeGreco (ASC), Associate Professor, Communication Studies


Sarah Dorsey, Head, Harold Schiffman Music Library
Continued support for the UNCG Sustainability Film & Discussion Series.


Dr. Justin Harmon, Assistant Professor, Community and Therapeutic Recreation
To support the Celebrate the Trail to Recovery program, which provides opportunities for people dealing with cancer and their support networks to get out in nature and re-acclimate to their pre-illness levels of recreational activity.


Dr. Chanelle James, Lecturer, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism
To support the creation of a sustainable enterprise lab for student entrepreneurs.


Dr. Stephen Holland, Professor, Economics
To support research and campus conversations to support the implementation of socially responsible investment strategies into UNCG’s investment policies.


Dr. Gwen Hunnicutt, Associate Professor, Sociology
To support collaborative work with student groups to promote plant-based food options for students on campus.


Dr. Malcolm Schugg, Associate Professor, Biology
For continued support of the construction and academic integration of new wetlands on campus.



Dr. Marianne LeGreco (ASC), Associate Professor, Communication Studies


Sarah Dorsey, Head, Harold Schiffman Music Library
To support the UNCG Sustainability Film & Discussion Series.


Dr. Amanda Gale, Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture
For the development of an interdisciplinary course on the topic of sustainability in the built environment using the LEED rating system and WELL Building Standard as models.


Dr. Malcolm Schug, Associate Professor, Biology
For the construction and academic integration of new wetlands on campus.

Clubs



Student groups play a vital role in the promotion of sustainability on campus and in the community. From community gardening, fighting food waste, eating vegan, to adopting streams and streets, there’s plenty of opportunities to get involved and provide service to our campus and city communities. See a list of all the clubs on campus and the events they’re sponsoring via Spartan Connect.



Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a national non-profit that unites students on college campuses to fight waste and feed people by recovering excess food and donating it to local people in need. Founded in 2011, FRN has grown to include chapters at over 230 colleges and universities in 30 states. Together, these chapters have recovered over 2 million pounds of food to date. Each chapter works with on-campus dining halls and other, off-campus outlets to divert food from the landfill to community members in need while simultaneously raising awareness about food waste and hunger in America. The FRN at UNCG, with the support of Dining Services, donates leftover food from Fountain View Dining Hall to the Salvation Army shelter in Greensboro. Facebook / Twitter / Instagram



Garden Club

A service learning student organization focused on sustainable and organic gardening on and off campus. The Garden Club aims to educate the UNCG community about the principles of sustainable food production, to build healthy and interactive urban communities through the collective production of locally grown organic food, and to support the role of student action for a healthier world. Instagram



UNCG Beekeepers

UNCG Beekeepers Club is a club for students to learn how to maintain a honeybee hive. The club will also educate students on bees and the pests that affect them. They also have community projects to help our local bee population and reach out to our community. Facebook / Twitter / Instagram



UNCGreen

The members of UNCGreen believe that a harmonious relationship between humanity and the environment is essential for the well-being of present and future generations as well as of other species. In order to achieve this, the mission of UNCGreen is to educate and spread awareness about sustainability issues, to promote lasting, positive change through both policy and direct action, and to serve in an effort to create and maintain an ecological society, on campus and in our community. Facebook / Twitter / Instagram



Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality

Designed for students who are working in or wish to pursue a career in tourism and hospitality. Our organization is designed to help students further career and academic advancement through meetings, events, and professional & social activities. Activities can include networking receptions, guest speakers, resume workshops, interviewing skills training and fundraisers. Facebook