Brian serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainability and teaches in the new Environmental Studies academic program. His primary role involves leading the college’s efforts to promote environmental stewardship at an institutional level. This includes overseeing sustainability programming, coordinating with faculty to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum, working with facilities to 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 directs a Christian ministry called Climate Caretakers. He is also 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. His biggest bucket list goal in life involve climbing to the highest point in all 50 U.S. states.
Eco Rep Coordinator
Mary is currently a junior at Houghton and is majoring in English and Secondary Education. Her primary role with the Center for Sustainability involves directing the Eco Reps program, which engages students on sustainability and creation care issues. This passion for environmental stewardship comes from a background in agriculture and a concern for today’s world. For example, Mary holds a strong interest in the intersectionality of different world problems and their impacts on different populations. She also hopes to be able to learn and advocate on these subjects more in her future.
CFS Intern for Media and Marketing
Ansley is a junior at Houghton majoring in Political Science and serves as the media and marketing intern for the Center for Sustainability. She works to advertise events by designing posters and social media posts and assists in planning events. Ansley has a strong love for the earth and the creatures that live on it. She also loves to find ways to reduce her impact on the planet and has a passion for informing people about how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
CFS Intern for Event Planning and Sustainable Dining
CFS Intern for Garden and Orchard
Clayton is a junior, majoring in Biology with an Environmental Emphasis and Communication. He is actively involved in many organizations across campus, including the Gospel Choir, the Ultimate Frisbee team, and Eco Reps. Clayton looks forward to working with the campus garden and the new Apiary (courtesy of the class of 2020). With this new role, he hopes to help Houghton students discover the Center for Sustainability, so that together we can transform Houghton into more sustainable community.
CFS Intern for Event Planning and Recycling/Composting
Samara is a senior at Houghton College studying International Development and Political Science with a minor in Public Health. She will be working with the Center for Sustainability as an intern with event planning and recycling/composting. Samara’s personal interests related to sustainability include clean eating and developing a well-rounded sustainable lifestyle. Samara has experience working with youth at her local YMCA to promote good sustainable hygiene skills. She also taught urban youth that being involved in a green lifestyle is accessible to everyone regardless of socioeconomic standing. She hopes to involve more of the local schools in Allegany County with the CFS this year. Samara also loves hiking, rock climbing and always being where the sun is shining in her spare time.
CFS Senior Intern
Emily is currently a senior at Houghton majoring in International Development and minoring in Health Promotion & Fitness and Education. She works in the Center for Sustainability as a senior intern to help with event planning. Her goal is to educate the student body on creation care by bringing awareness to environmental issues in an engaging, participatory, and community-oriented way. 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.
CFS Senior Intern
Jesse has worked with the Center for Sustainability since August 2018. She is currently a senior at Houghton, studying International Development with minors in Spanish and Business. Jesse’s role involves mentoring the new interns, outreach to other groups on campus, 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 also contributed to her engagement in worldwide, national, and local efforts to address current issues.