Leadership and Outreach

Attendees listening to a speaker at a solar air heating workshop hosted by Luther College.

Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS)

UMACS is an informal network of colleges and universities in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas that focuses on sharing information on campus sustainability education, policies, and practices. The Center for Sustainable Communities participates in UMACS and is the recipient of funding to hire a UMACS coordinator who will enhance the work of individual schools as well as facilitate shared learning, mentoring, and more professional development opportunities within the region.

The UMACS Coordinator will provide leadership, communications, and coordination to a regional network of college and university sustainability programs.  We seek an independent and passionate leader for this half-time, independent contractor position to help accelerate work in higher education to address societal sustainability challenges by enhancing shared learning and coordination between schools in the Upper Midwest region.

For more information, see the job description or contact Center Director Jon Jensen.

Camps and Programs

Discovery Camps

Discovery Camps are week-long environmental education programs providing hands-on learning experiences in the out-of-doors that are fun, engaging, and full of discoveries!

Sustainability Leadership in Each Building

A network of employees--at least one in every building--is helping to make sustainability more accessible to you. The employees below, both faculty and staff, can help you with answers to your questions about waste, energy, inclusivity and community. They also will be helping to notice problems or sustainability opportunities within their building.

Building Team Member
Center for the Arts Joe Madrigal
Jane Hawley
Center for Faith and Life Kristen Underwood
Facilities Pam Ihns
Jenson-Noble Andi Beckendorf
Sandra Lien
Koren Hall Jennifer Olufsen
Loyalty Hall Jeanie Lovell
Main Alison Blake
Ann Casper
Olin Building Philip Iversen
Preus Library Emily Mineart
Regents Center Steve Pasche
Ryan Rogers
Sampson-Hoffland Laboratories Michelle Einck
Union Steph Tomlin
Julie Strom
Paul Hemenway
Alejandra Cruz
Bethany Shroyer
Valders Hall of Science Chris Frantsvog




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