The Morris Office of Sustainability has a vision to see the Morris campus and community grow as a model of sustainability principles, practice and excellence.
We work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to advance our shared sustainability aspirations. MOOS works in the following areas: communication, accountability and reporting, communications and messaging, on-campus engagement, education and training, faculty and staff support, innovation of new programs, outreach and engagement, and creating culture change.
We are also a clearinghouse for all kinds of information on sustainability efforts at Morris and in the community. stop by our office. We can help you get involved on campus, whether you want to join an effort that is ongoing or you have some ideas of your own. We can also direct you to resources that can help with individual efforts, like recycling, carpooling, and more.
Meet the Office of Sustainability
- Sustainability Director
Sustainability is important to me because I want to live a “good” life. I think sustainability-thinking helps me to lead a more intentional, purposeful, and joyful life. I believe that my actions have consequences. My actions affect: the people around me, people around the world I don’t know, future generations, and the ecosystems that make life possible for me and all living things. I hope there is a way to harmonize my everyday living with these considerations.
I am interested in Aikido, learning new things, good process, and civility.
- Major: Psychology Minors: Statistics and Biology
Sustainability is important to me because I believe in giving back and creating a healthy environment for myself and others.
I am passionate about running, fishing, being outdoors, and reading articles or books about the brain.
- Majors: Environmental Studies and Political Science
Sustainability is a way of thinking about life that challenges us to live more purposefully, think carefully about how our actions affect others in our community, across the world, and in the future, and reevaluate our relationship with the natural world.
I love cross country running, hiking, swing dancing, drawing, systems thinking, and writing.
- Major: English; Minor: Environmental Studies/Science
Sustainability is important to me because I like the idea that everything is part of a cycle and that nothing has to be wasted. It suggests that we are all connected in some way and that everything has a purpose, which are two principles that I firmly believe in. I also think that a person should do his or her best to improve the world while still an active part of it; to me, advocating sustainable practices is one way to do this.
I have a passion for reading and writing, and I also enjoy activities that involve stepping out of my comfort zone.
- Majors: CMR, Environmental Studies Minor:Spanish
Everything we do in this world leaves a mark. Every step we take has a ripple effect. Sustainability is important to me because it is our job as a generation to make waves that will keep this earth running beautifully for many generations to come. Our lifetimes are crucial in the process of making sure our children have the same ability to make a mark on a clean world as we do.
I am very passionate about swimming. I am a competitive swimmer as well as a swim teacher and a coach, and being able to share my abilities with others and see that same spark grow in others is very rewarding. I also love food, and am interested in law.
- History, American Indian Studies, and Political Science
Sustainability is important to me for a variety of reasons. Everything is cyclical, time, our actions, etc. For far too long we have been taking and taking and now it is starting to catch up to us. We need to help sustain this Earth that gives life and beauty to everyone. Its time for us to give life back to the earth. Besides the natural aspect, sustainability is extremely important in everyday life, sustaining relationships, your goals, and your happiness.
I like being dirty, digging in the dirt, planting. I enjoy playing Settlers of Catan, and being in the sun. All my majors are environmentally-based. And, what I am most passionate about and have been researching a lot is the feminist movement intertwining with the conservation movement in the early 1900s.
- Minnesota GreenCorps 2013-2014
- Major: Environmental Science
I was introduced to the world and all its complexity and beauty at a young age and was raised by a family of treehuggers to understand how my choices affect everything around me. We, and all future generations, deserve to live in a world where beauty and complexity abounds in our relationships with each other and the planet as a whole.
I am interested in permaculture and food systems, radical hospitality, knitting, sourdough bread, and cooking.
- Majors: Psychology and Studio Art
Sustainability means quite a lot to me; I grew up always having a large garden, line-drying our family's clothes and a very large compost bin, and never thought for a second that any of these things were strange or something that we shouldn't be doing. This lifestyle of my childhood has carried over into how I think about ecology and conservation today, that sustainability is something that is lived every day, not just at our convenience. It’s important that we leave this planet as good or better than when we got here.
I’ interested in cooking, baking, knitting, learning new things and thoughtful citizenship of my community (globally and locally).