Sustainability Office Team
Sustainability Coordinator: Geory Kurtzhals
Geory joined SIU as sustainability coordinator in the fall 2015 semester and is proud to be a Saluki! She is supported by an enthusiastic team of undergraduate and graduate students, and has also started a new Fellows program with unpaid interns. She says that her office team's enthusiasm is "a nod to our students' passion for transdisciplinary problem solving and making our future a little brighter." Her diverse background includes volunteer work with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, a corporate career with Starbucks Coffee, employment as an outdoor educator, and volunteer and travel opportunities in the United States and beyond. Through those experiences she grew to understand the three pillars of sustainability: economy, environment, and society. Geory traces the roots of her passion for sustainability to the southern Indiana farm where she was raised, the Hoosier National Forest that surrounded her during childhood, and the balanced upbringing provided by her practical engineer father and her passionate biologist mother. Geory earned an MBA in sustainability and social change from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and completed her bachelor's degree in journalism with a concentration in environmental studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
Outreach and Education Graduate Assistant: Ayomide Adeleye
Ayomide is a pre-med student. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with her bachelor's degree in public health and biology in 2015. Ayomide believes that sustainability is and needs to be continually innovative and there is an absolute need to sustain life of all people.
Visual Communications and Strategy Graduate Assistant: Jessica Hoagland
Jessica is a master's student in the College Student Personnel program. By focusing on visual communications and design, Jessica hopes to "help educate students about their impact on all aspects of sustainability."
Undergraduate Communications Assistant: Austin Nunn
Austin is a junior studying communication design. He cares about sustainability because "it is vital for our future and we should care about our planet."
Former Zero Waste Specialist Graduate Assistant and contining Sustainability Office Volunteer: Jara McLarren
Jara will finish the SIU MEDPREP program in May with her MPH in Community Health Education. She cares about sustainability because "human health depends on the continued stability of natural resources and the preservation of ecological systems."
Former Metrics and Data Graduate Assistant: Derick Chick
Derick is seeking his MPA in Aviation Administration. He is committed to sustainability because he believes that it "can ensure that growth is compatible with the environmental and economic needs of surrounding communities." In doing so, he said that we can avoid "living on Mars when our ecosystem collapses."
Metrics and Data Graduate Assistant: Camica Sanderson
Camica is a Master of Public Administration student. Sustainability is important to her because the exploitation of the planet’s natural resources compromises our survival and threatens the ability of future generations to thrive on earth. Besides, who doesn’t want to save money, and who doesn’t want a clean planet?!
Our Sustainability Fellows are part of the Sustainability Office Team, as well, but they get a special page, here!