Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Education: Master of Arts, Industrial Technology, Building Science, Appalachian State University, 2005
Bachelor of Science and Business Administration, Real Estate & Urban Analysis, Appalachian State University, 2000
Bio: Lauren has been serving at WCU since 2005. She became the Energy Manager for the Facilities Management Department in 2007. In 2014 she transitioned into her current role as Chief Sustainability Officer. Her focus includes taking a holistic approach to integrating sustainability and waste reduction systematically across the campus and community. It is a dynamic goal that includes utilizing campus as a living learning laboratory for student engagement, research, and high impact learning. Her family includes her husband Blair and two young boys, Harper and Myles. In her free time, she likes to enjoy time outside with her family, hiking, traveling, playing in her garden, and being a mom.
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Education: Master of Science from Appalachian State University with concentrations in Building Science and Renewable Energy Systems, May 2012.
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, High Point University, 1997.
Bio: David was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to the states at the age of eight. Prior to joining Western Carolina University, he worked as a fellow for the Environmental Defense Fund identifying cost-effective energy upgrades for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He has also worked as the Weatherization Coordinator for Green Opportunities (GO), a community based green-jobs training program for under-served young men and women. He is enthusiastic about working with students, staff, and faculty to identify energy efficiency opportunities and to further energy awareness across campus. David enjoys mountain biking, surfing, and getting dirty in the garden.
Hometown: New Philadelphia, Ohio
Education: Kent State University 1975-1976, Ohio University 1976-1980 BA English Literature
Bio: Jeff joined WCU in September of 2016 as the university’s first recycling coordinator. Prior to joining WCU he was Director of Grounds and Assistant Director of the Marietta College, Ohio physical plant and Supervisor of Grounds at Ohio University. His experience in recycling includes implementing and managing the Marietta College recycling program in addition to his other management responsibilities. He envisions recycling as part of an overall sustainability approach in which all skills and disciplines of facilities management and the campus community strive to achieve a greener world. He values time with his family and enjoys fishing, boating, gardening, a good book and travel.
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Education: Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bio: Adam is a junior at WCU and has been with the SEI Committee since Spring 2017. He was recently appointed Chair of the committee in Spring 2017 as well. He joined the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management in January 2018 as an intern. He has been an active leader at WCU to promote sustainability efforts for the campus community and surrounding county. Adam enjoys birding, fly fishing, hiking, and anything that gets him outdoors.
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Education: Pursuing a BS in Environmental Science with minors in Political Science and International
Bio: Katie is a senior at WCU and has been working with OSEM since Summer of 2016. At OSEM, her primary jobs are website editing, project management, and recycling promotion. She also works for the Environmental Science department as a research assistant and "ambassador". She went to Australia spring semester of 2017. Her three favorite things are dogs, public work, and the Clemson Tigers!
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Education: Pursuing BS in Environmental Science and Geology
Bio: She loves anything outside like rafting, backpacking, caving, and of course ROCK CLIMBING! Hannah also works for Basecamp Cullowhee. She is hoping to go to Grad school for geochemistry or paleoenvironments.