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Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee is called to provide leadership and steering for sustainability initiatives on campus.  The committee will help identify, prioritize, support and assess initiatives to make Whitworth more sustainable. The committee will gather information and provide feedback to campus through University Council, academic groups, and campus operations. This will include gathering data for the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, including updates to our Campus Climate Action Plan. The committee will strive to develop initiatives and programs that garner campus-wide and community-wide interest and participation leading to reducing the campus’s environmental impact while preserving the values and mission of the university.

Committee Members

  • Patrick Van Inwegen (chair), Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Elizabeth Abbey, Lecturer for Health Sciences
  • Grant Casady, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Joy Diaz, Academic Safety Officer, Chemical Hygiene Officer
  • Chris Eichorst, Director of Facilities Services
  • Fred Johnston, Resource Conservation Manager
  • Luz Merkel, Associate Vice President, Finance and Administration
  • Jonathan Moo, Assistant Professor of Theology
  • James O’Brien, Sodexo General Manager
  • Greg Orwig, Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Kiersten Signalness, ASWU Sustainability Representative
  • Aaron Sommerville, Facilities Services
  • Dale Soden, Professor of History/Campus Historian/Director, WCCFL