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Sustainability Committee

2020-2021 Committee Members

David Voelker                                         
David Voelker

Chair of Sustainability Committee
Professor of Humanities & History 



Eric Amenson
Eric Amenson

Electronics Technician

John Arendt            

John Ardent
Director of EMBI & Sustainability

Erik Aleson

Associate Director of Facilities Management

Vallari Chandna
Vallari Chandna

Associate Professor of Management

Julianne Crayton

Julianne Crayton
Assitant Director for Operations


David Helpap

David Helpap
Associate Professor of Public Administration

Holly Keener

Holly Keener
University Executive Staff Assistant

Susan Grant Robinson

Cabinet Liason for Internal Affairs

Matt Suwalski

Matt Suwalski
Director of University Union & Student Life

Committee Charge

Georjeanna Wilson- Doenges

Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges

Professor of Psychology

Michael Holly

Michael Holly
Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology

Carly Kibbe

Carly Kibbe
Assistant Professor of Human Biology & Biology 

Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw
Marketing Content Writer

​Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams
Assistant Professor of English

UW-Green Bay, described as America’s first environmental university, where every day was Earth Day, was called “Eco U” by Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek, and other national and regional media shortly after its founding in the late 1960s. The nickname came about in large part because of the University’s interdisciplinary approach to addressing environmental problems.


  1. Building upon this historical foundation, the UWGB Sustainability Committee (hereafter identified as the Committee) will continue expanding the culture of sustainability awareness and behaviors across the entire campus community. While the Committee’s focus is the environmental aspect of sustainability, the Committee recognizes and supports the importance of the social, cultural, economic, and justice aspects of sustainability.
  2. The Committee advises the director of the UWGB Office of Sustainability and reports annually to the Chancellor.
  3. The Committee helps guide sustainability efforts at UWGB by establishing priorities and supporting projects to improve sustainability.
  4. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and the community, Committee members will identify strategic opportunities to integrate sustainable practices into operational, educational, and residential programs and processes, leveraging available financial resources while seeking new financial resources to achieve identified goals.
  5. The Committee supports faculty efforts to embed sustainability concepts and teaching across the curriculum.
  6. The Committee advises the Office of Sustainability in the compilation of the STARS report.
  7. The Committee supports planning for and promotes Earth Week.


  1. The Committee will be comprised of members of the University community who express an interest in environmental sustainability and/or hold a position that encompasses elements of sustainability.  A quorum will consist of one more than half of the voting membership. Typically, this will include:
    1. The Chancellor’s Cabinet Liaison for Internal Affairs
    2. Up to 6 appointed representatives from areas such as Academic Affairs, Facilities, University Union, Marketing and University Communications, Residence Life, the Office of Sustainability, Information Technology, and Purchasing;
    3. At least one current UWGB student;
    4. Community members with expertise and interest in sustainability;
    5. Faculty, Academic and University Staff from each of the main Colleges with expertise and/or interest in sustainability; and,
    6. A faculty or staff member from each of the three additional locations.
  2. The Committee will elect its own members, including the staff members who are appointed by their supervisors. Faculty members typically serve for three years, while appointed members typically serve until replaced by their supervisors.
  3. The Committee may create standing subcommittees, which may include members from outside of the Committee.
  4. The chairperson shall be a faculty member elected by the Committee (with approval of the Chancellor). The chair will serve a three-year, uninterrupted term and may, with the approval of the Chancellor, receive a course reassignment or other compensation if undertaking special projects.
UWGB Sustainability Committee Charge
(Approved  at the May 6, 2021, Sustainability Committee meeting)

If you have more questions about the work of the Sustainability Committee, please contact David Voelker.