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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.


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.



Sydney Bauer: Energy Intern

Major(s): Biology and Secondary Education

Sustainability is a very big umbrella term that includes many types of societal, economic, and personal efforts in order to better the planet. I believe that all students could actively engage in this work, doing things such as learning more about where your waste goes, understanding policy surrounding microgrids, or running community wide climate education programs. It is important to me that folks engage in these issues because all of them highlight the importance for worldwide change via community action.

Interests: I spend my time organizing UMM's Meme Team, finding and eating snacks, as well as shopping at the local Someplace Safe Thrift Store.


Sam Guida: Morris Model Outdoor Engagement and Education Internship

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, exploring, and working at a summer camp (Camp Olson) all summer. I also enjoy cooking and doing outdoor and environmental education stuff.


Hannah Johnson: Morris Model Community Resilience Intern

Major(s): Environmental Studies and Native American Indigenous Studies, 2020

To me, sustainability is not only a goal, but a way of looking at the world that challenges existing structures. It’s about asking, “Is this working? Will this work in 10, 20, 50 years?” To live and work sustainably is to think critically about the systems in place, and to collaborate with people within the system to enact positive and lasting change.
Sustainability is important to me because I care about the natural world and sustaining it for future generations.

Interests: I love canoeing in the Boundary Waters.  I am passionate about tea and coffee drinks, gourds, and love my tuxedo cats!!



Lily Heyd: Communications Intern

Major(s) B.A. Biology with an environmental focus, 2020

I've always seen sustainability as a very important world issue, as it affects every aspect of life, from food security and the air we breathe to how we connect with each other. I believe sustainability is communities of people, working from the ground up to better the environment around them, as well as bettering the lives of others. To me, the most important sustainability aspect is that of working together, because nobody can get anything done by themselves.

Interests: I spend my time caring for my large collection of indoor plants, playing Stardew Valley, and drawing from nature. If I’m not doing that, then I am probably eating or drinking coffee!


JoMarie Garcia: Strengthening Native American Community and Connections Intern

Major(s): Psychology and American Indian Studies, 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.

Interests: I love being with family and relatives at home, observing the night sky, meditating, watching the Walking Dead :D


Maddie Happ: Community Resilience Intern

Major(s): Political Science/Pre-Law, 2021

Sustainability to me is keeping an environment healthy (not just in the context of nature, but all kinds of environments). Sustainability is important to me because I want to leave the world in a way that future generations can fully appreciate it.

Interests: I love to travel and experience different countries! I also love the outdoors and spending time in the Rocky Mountains back home in Colorado.


Tess McGahan: J-1 Intern

Major(s): Environmental Science and Law

I see all of these awesome technologies and ideas and it all just makes sense. It's in a win win for the environment, society and economy to start engaging in sustainable practices. I've experienced some really cool things in life and I want to preserve the environment so others can have the same opportunities.

Interests: I love running and I am getting into florsitry (designing bouquets/garlands).


Dennis Dongmin Kim: Energy Data Analyst Intern

Major(s): Statistics, 2019

Our future depends on it. Simple as that. Sustainability = Environment + Economy + Society

Interests: Birding, camping and reading lots of ecological modeling books.



Cassidy Elhard: Morris Model Intern

Major(s): Environmental Science and German Studies, 2021

Sustainability is important to me because I believe that it is essential for us, as advanced beings on this planet,  to find a way of existing in our ecosystem in a manner that is conscientious to the responsibility of preservation for not only future generations of humans but also other forms of life. Additionally, I believe we have the responsibility of holding high moral values in regards to how we take care of our environment and the other beings in it, and I believe that the sustainability movement can eventually establish the endeavorment to do so as status quo.

Interests: I am interested in traveling, learning about other cultures, and taking care of animals.


Jules Burke: Energy Intern

Major(s): undecided (considering gwss or nais), 2021

Sustainability is the simultaneity of strong community and independence.

Interests: Sound, movies, landscaping, theme parks




Becca Gomez: Morris Model Community Resilience Intern

Major(s): Biology and Environmental Science, 2020

Sustainability is important to me because we must find a way to live that impacts the future positively. The earth is not ours to just take from, but to cultivate and improve.

Interests: I am the Environmental Task Force Co-Leader in MPIRG as well as the Training Coordinator at Higbies, but in my free time I enjoy hiking, photography, experimenting with new food recipes, and cuddle with my crazy cat, Zorro.




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.




Britta Fuengers: International Intern

Major(s): Building Services

For me, sustainability means "acting right" in the context of my possibilities for future generations, because it is not fair to destroy habitats. However, it is clear that the world can not be changed by individuals, but only by large movements. But somebody has to start and get the ball rolling.

Interests: traveling, sports, reading



Khondoker Prio (Ahnaf): Software Systems Analyst Intern

Major(s): Computer Science 2019

I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Seventeen million of Bangladesh’s 29 million households lack access to grid power, according to national statistics, relying on fossil fuels and traditional biomass for lighting and power. Sustainability to me is the solution that will lead to a better future for my people. I am passionate about the development processes of energy monitoring and prediction systems. I truly believe technology can do a lot to solve the energy crisis and to create a sustainable future.

Interests: I enjoy playing guitar surrounded by my friends near a campfire. I play soccer and occasionally cook spicy chicken curry that is not nearly as good as my mom's.