University of Minnesota Morris

Office of Sustainability

  • Sustainability staff
  • Sustainability staff

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.

Katy Evenson: Sustainability Events Intern


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).

Sophie Bishop: Climate Education Intern


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.

Katie Ledermann: Systemwide and Statewide Sustainability Leadership Fellow


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.

Katie Hosch: Engagement and Data Intern


Sustainability, for humans, is the practice of sustainable living, allowing resources (rather than problems) to be passed onto our future generations. Personally, I try to bike as many places as I can, buying and eating many local foods, and conserving both electricity and water throughout my day.

I enjoy reading, swimming, watching sports and cooking.

Kyle Klausing: Community Climate Education Intern


Sustainability is the capacity of individuals and communities to combine both a high quality of life that endures for future generations with a respect for our natural environment and the resources it contains. While things like energy conservation and organic gardening are important facets of sustainability, I believe that sustainability as both a concept and a practice is something much larger. It involves a wide array of people and institutions engaged in everything from community composting to developing more efficient batteries for wind turbines. It's exciting to be a part of this effort!

I enjoy reading, biking, and conversation with friends.

Nkaujcoob Vang: Communications Intern


To be able to live in balance with the environment, people, and other species without having to create consequences for future generations: that is what sustainability is to me. Though the concept is still new to me, I am honored to be a part of a great cause, learning about new ways of being sustainable and helping others become aware of these sorts of things! I hope to help pass along the knowledge so that people can too incorporate a sustainable method of living.

I enjoy being with family and friends, listening to music, watching a good series, trying out new things.

Sam Guida: EcoStation Development Intern


Sustainability is very important to me. I grew up living on a small family farm. As part of this I always spent a lot of in the great outdoors, exploring the woods, learning what all the different plants around me were, helping in out large family garden and things similar to that. This has greatly influenced my perspective of what sustainability is. To me sustainability means that everyone, both now and in future generations, have the ability to not only experience the wonders of the natural world, but to be able to have a good and healthy lifestyle which is in balance with the natural world and the components that make up integral parts of it, like the wildlife of the areas.

In my free time I like to spend as much of it as I can in the great outdoors. This includes Nordic Skiing, mountain biking, and running a Nature Center at Camp Olson in the summer. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and cooking.

Mckenzie Dice - Morris Model Work Intern


One of the main reasons I am at Morris is because of the passion for sustainability that many of the students and faculty share. It is amazing to be a part of a community that cares so deeply for their environment and wants to see change in the world that will ensure a sustainable future. There are many aspects to sustainability that I believe everyone can become involved in, whether it be education, research, or communication, and it is important to realize that becoming a sustainable world is a team effort. I am passionate about sustainability because I believe in keeping our earth beautiful for future generations.

My hobbies include hiking and kayaking, being outside, playing the clarinet, learning about new things, and being with my cat, Muffy.

Maeve Maron - Compost and Zero-Waste Coordination Intern


Sustainability is important to me because I believe that everything, and I mean everything, is connected and this can be used to our advantage if we act mindfully. If we work with a sustainability focused mindset not only can we find solutions to environmental problems but we can also use those solutions to improve every aspect of our lives and the lives of people around us. We are dependent on and inseparable from our environment so the way we treat the earth ends up being the way we treat ourselves. I don’t think that working for sustainability is about coming up with the perfect solution to every single problem, rather it is about acting with good intentions, a positive attitude, and respect for every single thing on this earth.

I enjoy pretty much any activity where I can be outside and physically active but I am especially fond of running, biking and hiking.

Ashleigh Cimino - Alumni Engagement intern


I believe sustainability is important because it means taking responsibility for the way human life has affected the Earth. Today we have opportunities to use renewable energy to preserve our natural resources, and I am proud to be part of a campus that does this and makes sustainability one of its top priorities. Personally I am passionate about sustainability because I want to inspire other people not to take our Earth for granted.

When I have time between my studies and helping to save the world my favorite hobby is dancing, specifically with hula hoops. I've been hooping for almost 2 years and last fall I felt like a full-fledged circus performer when I finally got to try Fire Hooping.

Hannah Goemann - Biodiesel assessment intern


To me, sustainability means fully utilizing resources in an educated, meaningful manner that minimizes waste and maximizes a deeper understanding of the environmental and social systems involved.

My hobbies include running, playing piano, and writing creative listservs.

Nina Schexnider - Campus Sustainability Data Analysis Intern


"You reap what you sow."

Reading books, playing sports, traveling.

JoMarie Garcia - Strengthening Native Community Connections and Cultural Intern


"We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.", this is what comes to mind when I think about sustainability. As a society we are often too focused on instant gratification, we don't consider the consequences of our selfish actions very well. This is not good for our children. In my culture there is an ancient teaching that defines my thoughts about sustainability. My Dakota Sioux ancestors always thought Seven Generations ahead. Hundreds of years ago, they were planning and praying for the day I would be here on Earth. I think we can all take something from this teaching. We can't continue to abuse our Mother Earth the way we have. Although it may seem a dire situation, it's not too late to change.

BEING OUTSIDE enjoying nature, going on walks/runs, watching The Walking Dead, reading, spending time with children, beading, stargazing.

Saskia Zinn - Morris Model Intern


Sustainability to me means caring for and maintaining the different areas of education, community and the environment in ways that will allow future generations to appreciate them just as we do now. Additionally, ensuring that the projects we implement in these different areas are ones that have strong enough foundations to outlast our generation, and cultivate further beneficial advancements for the future.

Travelling, tiny homes design, reading, hiking, camping, cooking, skiing.

Former Interns