Chief Sustainability Officer
Director of Sustainability & Energy Management

Lauren Bishop

Phone: (828)227-3562


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.

David King


Energy Management Specialist

David King

Phone: (828)227-2645

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.


Recycling Coordinator

Jeff White

Phone: (828)227-7449


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.

Adam Griffin


Adam "Sustainabilly" Griffin


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.


eliza hurst


Eliza Hurst 


Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Education: Persuing a Bachelor of Science in Geology at Western Carolina University.

Bio: Eliza is a Senior at WCU. She has been an intern in the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management since the Fall 2016. She would like to work in educational outreach to share her passion for hydrology and sustainability. Eliza is an engaged leader on campus; she was an RA in Walker hall, an Orientation Counselor, an Orientation Student Leader, a tutor in the WaLC, and a Peer Mentor for L.E.A.R.N. at WCU. She has been appointed to Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative committee. When at school, she likes to hike and explore the mountains, but when she is at home in Florida, she loves to scuba dive. She hopes to do her part in making sure that the outdoors are just as beautiful for the future generations. 


Sara Franz



Sara Franz


Hometown: Orlando, FL

Education: Obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health at Western Carolina University

Bio: Sara recently joined the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management in the Spring of 2018. She is a freshman majoring in Environmental Health with concentrations in Leadership and Psychology. Sara is an Orientation Counselor and hopes to apply to the Sustainable Energy Initiative Committee in the following semester. In her spare time, Sara enjoys hiking, photography, and crocheting. She plans to make a positive and lasting impression in WCU's community effort of emphasizing the importance of sustainable living. 

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