The Office of Sustainability maintains a lean staff. Currently we have three regular staff/student positions totaling 2.4 FTE. Depending on funding, we also support one half-time temporary classified position. Additionally, we employ approximately 20 students annually who do short-term, part-time field work in support of our co-curricular programs. Finally, we receive accounting and budgeting support from Campus Planning Design and Construction.
STEVE MITAL, DIRECTOR
Steve is the Office of Sustainability’s founding director and has been in the position since 2007. He works to reduce the university's environmental footprint and expand opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage sustainability issues. Steve played a major role designing the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development – a plan to certify all new buildings LEED gold and meet all new load growth through conservation and efficiency. He also lead initiatives to create the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate certificate program and a sustainability-themed freshmen residence hall. Prior to this position, Steve founded the UO Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) in 2001. The ELP trains students to consult with non-profits, businesses, and government agencies on mapping, monitoring, and environmental education projects. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree from Prescott College and master’s degrees at the University of Oregon in Planning and Environmental Science in 2001.
KIM CARSON, CO-CURRICULAR AND MONITORING COORDINATOR
Kim comes to The Office of Sustainability from Oregon State University’s Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. With over a decade of co-curricular development and implementation, she has done previous work in the Eugene area as the MidWillamette Valley education coordinator for The Freshwater Trust. She graduated with an MA in Art Education from University of New Mexico where she was introduced to permaculture. She is currently working on obtaining her Permaculture Certification through OSU to apply these concepts to her Willamette Valley 50 acre farm, which will also house a new solar array. She looks forward to applying her previous work experience to her new position.
Office Phone: 541-346-3489
TAYLOR McHOLM, SUSTAINABILITY AFFAIRS GRADUATE FELLOW
Taylor joined the Office of Sustainability in 2016. He is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in the Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy program, with a focal department of English. His research investigates the intersections of race and the environment, particularly the ways in which experimental form in environmental representation can produce new modes of environmental commitment attendant to social justice. Prior to being the Sustainability Affairs Graduate Fellow, Taylor designed and taught courses in environmental studies, literature and composition at the University of Oregon. Before that, he was a public school teacher and worked in education reform in New York City. Taylor has an MA in English from the University of Oregon, an MS in education from Pace University, and received his BA from the University of California, Davis, double-majoring in English and religious studies. His commitment to social justice and education ground his engagements with sustainability.
Office Phone: 541-346-3489