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
Troy Goodnough: 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.
Faith Bradley: MN GreenCorps - Local Foods
Sustainable actions that promote the continuity of our unique environments and communities while maintaining the happiness of their residents is needed now more than ever. I hope to encourage and make these sorts of actions while working with the local foods system in Morris and am excited to see what kind of impact we can make.
I love living in new places, traveling and exploring the world, gardening, cooking, eating, hiking and camping! I also love learning about our food system, both locally and around the world.
Katy Evenson: Sustainability Events Intern
- Majors: Psychology and Studio Art, Minor: Spanish
Sustainability means quite a lot to me; I grew up always having a large garden, line-drying our family's clothes and keeping 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’m interested in cooking, baking, knitting, learning new things and thoughtful citizenship of my community (globally and locally).
Anna Pratt: Climate Education Intern
- Majors: Environmental Studies and Spanish, Minor: Political Science
Sustainability and sustainable thinking is important to me because it is the only way to ensure our quality of life now and in the future. We depend on each other as a species for our survival and happiness just as we rely on our environment for everything from water filtration to food to fun. So it only makes sense that we should value humanity and the Earth as well economic benefit in our lives and our political and economic systems.
I enjoy practicing TaeKwonDo, reading, and learning new things.
Sophie Bishop: Climate Education Intern
- Major: Environmental Science, Minor: Biology
Sustainability is important to me because everything we do affects the earth and I want to make a positive impact. I grew up being outside for most of the day and I want the next generations to experience the beauty of the world like I did.
I like to four wheel, play video games, read, climb trees, swim, and be with friends and family.
Meg Forcia: Sustainable Communities Intern
- Majors: Environmental Studies and American Indian Studies
The Seven Fires Prophecy is an important part of Anishinaabe teachings. It is my belief that this generation is faced with a choice between two roads. The wrong road will lead us to destruction, but if we choose the right road, “the seventh fire will light the eighth and final fire, an eternal fire of peace, love, brotherhood and sisterhood.” As an Anishinaabe woman, I feel a responsibility toward protecting the water and the land. But to me, sustainability is more than that. It’s about sustaining peaceful relationships within our communities and personal lives, and fostering a spiritual connection with our Mother Earth.
I love living a vegan lifestyle, and am currently making plans to build an off-grid tiny house. I am extremely interested in renewable energy projects on tribal lands, and my biggest aspiration in life is to create an eco-commune on my reservation.
Sandra Thao: Sustainable Relationships Intern
- Majors: Sociology and Philosophy
Sustainability to me symbolizes the preservation of “earthly” cultures and ways to improve the ways of living for ourselves and our futures. The ways we directly and indirectly interact with the environment and each other will impact our lives in some ways. Sustainability will allow me to find the link between our causes and effects with not only the environment but with the people and other organisms.
My hobbies are reading books I find interesting, watching dramas and anime, learning new things, playing any sport - especially soccer - listening to music, and singing.
Lorrie Gottwald: Alumni Networking and Outreach Intern
- Major: Environmental Studies
Sustainability is a concept that encourages us to live a life with purpose, emphasizing how our lifestyle choices affect not only our local community but communities across the world. It is a lifestyle in which I was raised, before it was formally formed as a concept. As a child I helped my dad maintain a large garden, helped my mom hang clothes on our clothesline, and engaged with the natural world every chance I had. Every choice we make in this world leaves a footprint, every footprint we make leaves a mark. It is our responsibility to leave this earth in as good or better condition for future generations.
I am passionate about running, reading, crocheting, gardening, and being outdoors.
Emily Moore: Data and Reporting Intern
- Majors: Physics and Environmental Science
Sustainability is important to me because I want to make an impact on the world around me, and leave it better than it was for future generations.
At UMM I am involved in the Women's Varsity Soccer Team and Physics Club. I enjoy learning, running, working out, spending time with friends and family, and playing with my puppy, Lucy, in my free time. I like to stay busy and hope to become an Environmental Engineer in the future.
Sarah Terpstra: Implementation Intern
- Majors: Sociology and Human Services
Sustainability is important to me because humans are impacting the world in a terrible way. We need a way to preserve the planet and sustainability is the best way for that! There is so much to this world that is beautiful; I want future generations to see it its beauty.
I love photography, volleyball, hiking, horseback riding, traveling, animals and farm life. I currently have only been to Italy outside of the U.S, but I'm hoping to change that very soon.
Brenna Cook: Communications Intern
- Major: Biology
The interconnectedness of people, societies, and the environment is an idea that appeals to me and manifests itself in a hope that we can use our actions to create a more equitable world for everyone in it. Minimizing our negative impact on each other and maximizing the effectiveness of resources we use can help us provide for ourselves and other living things in both the present and future. Therefore, I think focusing on sustainable practices in every facet of life can help make the world a more pleasant place for everyone here.
I also enjoy reading and learning about different places and people, as well as spending time outside.
Katie Ledermann: Systemwide and Statewide Sustainability Leadership Fellow
- Majors: Environmental Studies and Management
I am passionate about sustainability because I want to do as much as I can to protect the beautiful places in this world so that I and others can enjoy them for years to come.
I love just about anything and everything that involves being outdoors, especially skiing, running, hiking, camping, exploring new places, and being in the sun and water.