Chief Sustainability Officer, Director of Sustainability & Energy Management
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Bio: Lauren has been serving at WCU since 2005. She became the Energy Manager for the Facilities Management Department in 2007. In 2014 she transitioned into her current role as Chief Sustainability Officer. Her focus includes taking a holistic approach to integrating sustainability and waste reduction systematically across the campus and community. It is a dynamic goal that includes utilizing campus as a living-learning laboratory for student engagement, research, and high impact learning. Her family includes her husband Blair and two young boys, Harper and Myles. In her free time, she likes to enjoy time outside with her family, hiking, traveling, playing in her garden, and being a mom.
Energy Management Specialist
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Bio: David was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to the states at the age of eight. Prior to joining Western Carolina University, he worked as a fellow for the Environmental Defense Fund identifying cost-effective energy upgrades for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He has also worked as the Weatherization Coordinator for Green Opportunities (GO), a community based green-jobs training program for under-served young men and women. He is enthusiastic about working with students, staff, and faculty to identify energy efficiency opportunities and to further energy awareness across campus. David enjoys mountain biking, surfing, and getting dirty in the garden.
Hometown: Spruce Pine, NC
Education: BS, Crop and Soil Environmental Science
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), 1995
Bio: Prior to joining WCU, Dana was the Sustainability Program Manager for Manoa School in Honolulu, Hawai’i. There, she advocated for recycling and waste minimization, starting a program for on-campus composting of food waste. She engaged students in every step of the process, from food and data collection to pile building and compost harvest. Prior to her time in Hawai’i, she worked as a federal contractor in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, assisting states with their Clean Water Act reporting requirements by providing GIS and database technical support, training, and outreach. In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time with her family and working in the yard with her chickens.