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Office of Sustainability

The Morris Office of Sustainability has a vision to see the Morris campus and community grow as a model of sustainability principles, practice and excellence.

We work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to advance our shared sustainability aspirations. MOOS works in the following areas: communication, accountability and reporting, communications and messaging, on-campus engagement, education and training, faculty and staff support, innovation of new programs, outreach and engagement, and creating culture change.

We are also a clearinghouse for all kinds of information on sustainability efforts at Morris and in the community. stop by our office. We can help you get involved on campus, whether you want to join an effort that is ongoing or you have some ideas of your own. We can also direct you to resources that can help with individual efforts, like recycling, carpooling, and more.

Meet the Office of Sustainability

Troy Goodnough: Sustainability Director

Sustainability is important to me because I want to live a “good” life. I think sustainability-thinking helps me to lead a more intentional, purposeful, and joyful life. I believe that my actions have consequences. My actions affect: the people around me, people around the world I don’t know, future generations, and the ecosystems that make life possible for me and all living things. I hope there is a way to harmonize my everyday living with these considerations.

I am interested in Aikido, learning new things, good process, and civility.

 

 

 

Katie Ledermann: Systemwide and Statewide Sustainability Leadership Fellow

Majors: Environmental Studies and Management
2017

I am passionate about sustainability because I want to do as much as I can to protect the beautiful places in this world so that I and others can enjoy them for years to come.

Interests: just about anything and everything that involves being outdoors, especially skiing, running, hiking, camping, exploring new places, and being in the sun and water.

 

 

 

 

Mckenzie Dice: Morris Model Work Intern

Major(s): B.A. Environmental Science, B.A. German, Chemistry Minor.
2019

One of the main reasons I am at Morris is because of the passion for sustainability that many of the students and faculty share. It is amazing to be a part of a community that cares so deeply for their environment and wants to see change in the world that will ensure a sustainable future. There are many aspects to sustainability that I believe everyone can become involved in, whether it be education, research, or communication, and it is important to realize that becoming a sustainable world is a team effort. I am passionate about sustainability because I believe in keeping our earth beautiful for future generations.

Interests: Reading, knitting, traveling, my cats and my rabbits.

 

 

Tarlynn Tone-Pah-Hote: Strengthening Native Community Connections and Culture Intern

Major(s): Biology
2018

Sustainability is important to me because I think of how the next generations want their environment to be. I believe that it is up to us to take care of the earth and environment so that it is a safe and healthy place for us now and them in the future.

Interests: I love to travel, dance and bead.

 

 

 

Abbey Dickhudt: Climate Education Intern

Major(s):Environmental Studies and Human Services
2019

Sustainability means protecting and creating balanced environmental conditions for future generations. It means promising to others that you will do everything you can to defend the earth and work to solve the current and future issues plaguing it.

Interests: Organic Gardening Club, crafts and puzzles, and dancing.
 

 

 

Sam Guida: Sustainable Water Intern

Major(s): Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.
2018

Sustainability is very important to me. I grew up living on a small family farm. As part of this I always spent a lot of in the great outdoors, exploring the woods, learning what all the different plants around me were, helping in out large family garden and things similar to that. This has greatly influenced my perspective of what sustainability is. To me sustainability means that everyone, both now and in future generations, have the ability to not only experience the wonders of the natural world, but to be able to have a good and healthy lifestyle which is in balance with the natural world and the components that make up integral parts of it, like the wildlife of the areas.

Interests: In my free time I like to spend as much of it as I can outdoors. This includes Nordic Skiing, mountain biking, and running a Nature Center at Camp Olson in the summer. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and cooking.

 

Rebecca Schrupp: EcoStation Development Intern

Major(s): Environmental Science and Geology
2017

Sustainability is important to me because it's something that I can do by myself, for myself, while also benefiting my neighbors, local and global community. Living a sustainable lifestyle means a lot of different things, and allows me a lot of diversity, flexibility and creativity in my life. Sustainability if anything but boring or limiting.

Interests: I enjoy getting outside and learning about the environments around me. I tend to bike, hike, kayak, or just take a walk through the park. I also enjoy reading, particularly about history.


 

 

Liliana Heyd: Communications Intern

Major(s): German and Biology with a focus in Environmental Studies
2020

Sustainability has always been a part of my life, as my parents have always recycled, composted, and at one point my dad tried to create a vehicle fueled by biomass.  But I’ve grown to have my own passion for sustainability, especially when it comes to carbon emissions and their effects on terrestrial and marine landscapes. I’m also very passionate about preventing ocean acidification and educating people on what it is. The ocean is where all life originated, so it’s up to us to take care of it.

Interests: I love to be outdoors, especially kayaking, camping, hiking, and standup paddleboarding. I grew up around the ocean, so I love to snorkel and deep sea fish, but if I stay home I love to knit sweaters for my dog Bella while watching documentaries.

 

 

Hannah Goemann: Zero Waste Intern

Major(s): Biochemistry
2017

Sustainability is important to me because we live in a beautiful world and have a much-neglected obligation to reduce our collective impact on the environment. Also, not only does thinking sustainably help us connect with the world around us, but with the people around us as well, which is pretty neat.

Interests: Running, reading pop. science, and adventuring!

 

 

Haley Gill: Community Housing Intern

Major(s): Biology and Environmental Science
2017

Sustainability is not only the goal of creating environmentally friendly practices, but the collaboration of all of us. The changes this world will face will affect us all, so to me - sustainability also includes a gigantic group effort.

Interests: Piano, Cello, Pomme de Terre Foods, Fishing


 

 

Sydney Bauer: Battery Implementation Intern

Major(s): Biology and Secondary Education
2019

Sustainability is important to me because I believe that humans need to take more accountability for the destruction they have caused to the Earth. I also believe that if we as a species want to keep growing and learning and discovering more about the natural world we need to keep the planet healthy enough for us to stick around and learn these things.

Interests: My hobbies include napping, hanging out with my pet snake, Harvin, and perusing memes on the internet.

 

 

Hannah Johnson: Morris Model Community Resilience Intern

Major(s): Environmental Studies

2020

Sustainability to me means not only reducing my carbon footprint, but going out of my way to make more and more facets of my life environmentally friendly. Sustainability matters to me because I love the natural world, and want to do everything in my power to act as an environmental steward.

Interests: I love canoeing every summer in northern Minnesota and Canada. I am passionate about tea and coffee drinks, and love my tuxedo cats back home!

 

 

Tasha Schneider: Zero Waste Intern

Major(s): Environmental Studies and Anthropology and American Indian Studies
2018

Sustainability and its importance to me is hard to put in words. I grew up surrounded by nature so it's never been a question for me why the health of the environment is important. I consider sustainability and the environment to be core parts of who I am. I want everyone to be able to experience some connection with nature and to be able to live a healthy life. If the environment is at risk, so are we.

Interests: I spend a lot of my free time with my cat Juniper. We mostly snuggle and play, but we also like to go on road trips. I also enjoy watching documentaries, cooking, and exploring new places.

 

 

Sophie Bishop: Community Resilience Intern

Major(s): Environmental Science and a minor in Biology
2017

Sustainability is important to me because I want the next generations to be able to see the beauty that the Earth has to offer and be able to partake in the gifts that are given to us. I am passionate about conserving our forests and national/state parks.

Interests: I enjoy reading, camping, hiking, playing video games, laughing, swimming, listening to music, and just being outside in general.

 

 

Hannah Boettcher: Water Ethics Intern

Major(s): English
2020

Sustainability, to me, means being conscientious of the impact every person has on our planet. We must love and respect Earth, and not take it nor its resources for granted. I may be an English major, but I came to Morris because of our focus on protecting the environment of not just today, but of the future as well!

Interests: I am part of Sigma Tau Delta and the Yule Ball Committee here on campus! I love reading, drinking tea, watching movies, listening to old records and music, and hanging out with my friends!

 

 

 

Bri Sarkaria: OOS Engagement Intern

Major(s): Political Science and Public Health
2020

I have seen how the education of sustainable practices helps to unite communities and foster a deeper appreciation for our earth.

Interests: I'm on the Cougar's swim team as well as MPIRG and Model UN. I have two beautiful German Shepherds and four cats.

 

 

 

Maeve Maron: Zero-waste Coordination Intern

Major(s): Environmental Studies
2018

To me sustainability is about acknowledging that everything is connected and so our actions have far reaching and long lasting impacts. This means that when working for solutions to environmental problems we need to consider all of the outcomes and the people that will be affected. If I had to sum it up in one idea, I think sustainability is about finding long lasting ways to take care of people by taking care of the earth. 

Interests: Gardening, biking, hiking

 

 

Matt Ebaugh: Morris Model: Translation

Major(s): German, Global Business Management, and Economics

Sustainability is the idea that we should live in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising the future. We should develop strategies that provide for our current standard of living without jeopardizing the standard of living in the future. It is important to me because I feel that we need to restructure our thinking in a way that shifts the focus back on creating a better world today for the future generations of tomorrow. It is important to me because I feel humanities greatest asset, our earth, is threatened and in need of protecting.

Interests: I enjoy naps with my lazy cat and hiking in State parks. I am politically active particularly at the local level. I am the president of the UMM German Club and enjoy the many multicultural events at UMM.

 

 

JoMarie Garcia - Strengthening Native Community Connections and Cultural Intern

Major(s): Psychology; Minor: American Indian Studies and Art History
2018

"We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.", this is what comes to mind when I think about sustainability. As a society we are often too focused on instant gratification, we don't consider the consequences of our selfish actions very well. This is not good for our children. In my culture there is an ancient teaching that defines my thoughts about sustainability. My Dakota Sioux ancestors always thought Seven Generations ahead. Hundreds of years ago, they were planning and praying for the day I would be here on Earth. I think we can all take something from this teaching. We can't continue to abuse our Mother Earth the way we have. Although it may seem a dire situation, it's not too late to change.

BEING OUTSIDE enjoying nature, going on walks/runs, watching The Walking Dead, reading, spending time with children, beading, stargazing.

Jan Broemmelhaus: International Intern

Major(s): Industrial Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Sustainability means a lot to me. In my opinion we have to live sustainable to protect our planet with all the beautiful places for future generations.

Interests: All kind of sports, traveling, reading