Brian serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainability and leads the college’s efforts to promote environmental stewardship at an institutional level. This includes overseeing co-curricular sustainability programming, coordinating with faculty to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum, working with facilities to reduce energy use and promote sustainable operations, and directing the college’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Brian holds two masters degrees, one in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University and the other in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard Extension School. In addition to his work at Houghton College, Brian also directs a Christian ministry called Climate Caretakers, and is actively involved in numerous national-level creation care initiatives. Brian loves a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and ultimate frisbee, and has a life goal of climbing to the highest point in all 50 U.S. states.
Campus Engagement Coordinator
Jesse has worked with the Center for Sustainability since August 2018. She is currently a Junior at Houghton, studying International Development with minors in Spanish and Business. Jesse’s role involves outreach to other groups on campus, coordinating the Center for Sustainability’s social media, helping with event planning, and providing leadership on student sustainability engagement. In addition to helping with the college’s sustainability efforts, she participated in the London Honors program during the spring semester of 2018. Jesse’s passion for hiking and eating clean foods has contributed to her engagement in worldwide, national, and local efforts to address current issues.
Eco Rep Coordinator
Mary is currently a sophomore at Houghton and is majoring in English and Secondary Education. Mary’s primary role with the Center for Sustainability involves directing the Eco Reps program, which engages students on sustainability and creation care issues. Mary’s passion for Environmental Stewardship comes from a background in agriculture and a concern for today’s world. The intersectionality of different world problems and their effect on different populations is something that she is deeply interested in. She hopes to be able to learn and advocate on these subjects more in her future.
Honus is majoring in International Development with minors in Philosophy, Political Science and Religion and serves as the Center for Sustainability’s Garden Coordinator. When on the job, he can normally be found organizing the garden, planting, transplanting and all other manner of garden-related things. This is motivated by Honus’ love of the natural world and desire to see himself and his fellow students live more sustainably.
Emily is currently a junior at Houghton majoring in International Development and minoring in Health Promotion & Fitness and Education. She is serving as the Center for Sustainability’s Events Coordinator where she works to plan, promote, and carry out events with the Center. Her goal with these events is to educate the student body on creation care and bring awareness to environmental issues in an engaging, participatory, and community-oriented way. In addition to working for the Center for Sustainability, Emily also spent the spring semester of 2019 in East Africa studying anthropology, biology, human ecology, and Swahili. She dreams of someday starting an organization that combines her love of fitness with her passion to bring sustainable solutions to issues all around the globe.