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Office of Sustainability

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.


Mckenzie Dice: Morris Model International Partnership Intern

Major(s): Environmental Science, German, Chemistry minor, 2019

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 building a sustainable world is a team effort. I am passionate about sustainability because I believe in keeping our earth beautiful for future generations.

Interests: Reading, knitting, traveling, my cats and my rabbits, being in the mountains.

Sydney Bauer: Energy Intern

Major(s): Biology, Environmental Leadership and Stewardship, 2019

Sustainability is a very big umbrella term that includes many types of societal, economic, and personal efforts in order to better the planet. I believe that all students could actively engage in this work, by doing things such as learning more about where your waste goes, understanding policy surrounding microgrids, or running community-wide climate education programs. It is important to me that folks engage in these issues because all of them highlight the importance for worldwide change via community action.

Interests: I spend my time driving the Morris Transit, finding and eating snacks, as well as shopping at the local Someplace Safe Thrift Store.

Dennis Dongmin Kim: Energy Data Analyst Intern

Major(s): Statistics, Applied Ecology, Biology and Mathematics minor, 2019

Sustainability is important to me because our future depends on it. Simple as that. Sustainability = Environment + Economy + Society

Interests: Ecology

Jules Burke: Energy Intern

Major(s): Native American and Indigenous Studies, Environmental Studies, 2021

Sustainability is the simultaneity of strong community and independence. 

Interests: Sound, music production, theme parks


Becca Gomez: Morris Model Community Resilience Intern

Major(s): Biology and Environmental Science, 2020

Sustainability is important to me because we must find a way to live that impacts the future positively. The earth is not ours to just take from, but to cultivate and improve.

Interests: I am a co-chair for CAC Homecoming and Traditions committee as well as the Training Coordinator at Higbies, but in my free time I enjoy hiking, photography, experimenting with new food recipes, and attempting to teach my Betta Fish some tricks.

Abbey Dickhudt: Climate Education Intern

Major(s): Environmental Studies and Human Services, 2019

Sustainability involves looking at the past, present, and future to see what work is necessary to move our communities into healthy futures that include clean air, protected waterways, healthy energy, place-based food systems, resiliency and other needs based upon where a community is. It means responding to the space and passing it onto those that come after you.

Interests: I am interested in sustainable agriculture, working with the next generation of youth, and taking time to move, garden, read, and create.

Khondoker Prip (Ahnaf): Software Systems Engineering Intern

Major(s): Computer Science, 2019

I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Seventeen million of Bangladesh’s 29 million households lack access to grid power, according to national statistics, relying on fossil fuels and traditional biomass for lighting and power. Sustainability to me is the solution that will lead to a better future for my people. I am passionate about the development processes of energy monitoring and prediction systems. I truly believe technology can do a lot to solve the energy crisis and to create a sustainable future.

Interests: I enjoy playing guitar surrounded by my friends near a campfire. I play soccer and occasionally cook spicy chicken curry that is not nearly as good as my mom's. When I’m not turning coffee into code, I’m usually with my friends at the local Couch House!

Allison Johnson: Communications / EQB Youth Engagement Intern

Major(s): Environmental Studies, Biology minor, 2020

Sustainable communities and the individuals within them are strong, resilient, and united. That’s why I love Morris, both the community and campus within it are focused on providing solutions to problems that exist today and those that will exist in the future. Sustainability isn’t just an end goal but a way of living life, and ultimately building strong communities to equip the next generation with tools and resources to achieve even more great things.

Interests: Biking, hiking, gardening and sustainable agriculture, trying new recipes in my crockpot, collecting/listening to records and cassettes, and being the wacky aunt to my niece and nephew.

Maddie Happ: Morris Model and Community Resilience Intern

Major(s): Political Science, Pre-Law, 2021

Sustainability to me is meeting the needs of the present without compromising future generations. Sustainability encompasses all areas of society and is vital to the success of not only people, but also our planet as a whole.

Interests: Traveling, hiking, reading, superhero movies, and all things Star Wars.

Sam Rosemark: Morris Model Intern

Major(s): Political Science, Economics, Environmental Leadership and Stewardship minor, 2021

To me, sustainability is something everyone should altruistically strive for in everyday life in order to preserve one’s self and one’s society for tomorrow’s self and future generations. To do this, individuals and our society must sustain themselves economically, socially, and environmentally.

Interests: Student government, public policy, politics, dogs, movies, cooking, and hanging out with people.

Alex Keller: Morris Model Intern

Major(s): Chemistry, Mathematics minor, 2019

Sustainability is a lifestyle choice that involves the collaboration of individuals to maintain and thrive in our own environment. It encompasses the idea that we must adapt and strive for environmental and social changes to improve the overall quality of the planet and quality of life of future generations.

Interests: Playing soccer and being active in general, board and card games, traveling, relaxing and hanging out with friends.

Jasmine Pryor: Communications Intern

Major(s): Environmental Science, Environmental Leadership and Stewardship and African and Black Studies minors, 2021

Sustainability to me is the impact of our environmental, social, and economic endeavors. It is the process of thinking about our future and taking action to ensure that our planet and its inhabitants have a chance to not only survive but thrive.

Interests: I enjoy kayaking/canoeing, running and learning. 

Josie Rehbein: Zero Waste Intern

Major(s): Environmental Science, Biology, English minor, 2022

I think sustainability is a prerequisite to a successful future. It is important that society recognizes the importance of sustainability for it can lead to a more comfortable economical, societal, and environmental future.

Interests: I like hanging out with my cats, baking, traveling, and reading.

Kallan Sandahl: Water Ethic Intern

Major: Environmental Science, 2020

Sustainability, to me, is the acknowledgment that our planet’s resources are finite, and a way of life that reflects this knowledge. It’s working to preserve our resources for future generations, and implementing practices that cut down on the use of nonrenewable resources.

Interests: Traveling, Kayaking, Canoeing, Hiking, Bird Watching, Crochet.

Erin Wilaby: Research Intern

Major: Environmental Science, 2019

They / Them

To me, sustainability means living in a way that could continue indefinitely and that anyone could do. So, living in a way that won’t use resources faster than they’re produced, and in a way that’s economically viable for everyone.

Interests: Outdoor activities, plant and insect identification, reading, cooking (especially with fresh produce)