Anna is a junior double majoring in Environmental Studies and Sociology and working at the Office of Sustainability as the Sustainability Engagement Coordinator for the spring semester. Anna’s spirit animal is the Pika because they live at high elevations in the mountains to avoid warm temperatures and are highly susceptible to climate change. Her favorite food is muffins.
Taylor majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies and is the Real Food Calculator Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. Her spirit animal is the finger monkey, and her favorite food is sushi.
Ellen is a senior double majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies and working at the Office of Sustainability as the Sustainability Engagement Coordinator. Ellen’s spirit animal is a spirit bear because they live in coastal temperate rain forests and spend a lot of time near the ocean and in trees. Her favorite food is mangoes.
Jamison is an AmeriCorps Member serving as the Sustainability Leadership Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. He graduated from Gonzaga in 2019 with a BA in Psychology. His favorite food is anything potato-based, especially tater tots and french fries. Jamison does not have a spirit animal, but if he did, it would be a water animal, as he is a Pisces.
My name is Dani and I am the Communications Manager in the Office of Sustainability. I am from Reno Nevada and am a sophomore nursing major. My spirit animal would have to be a seahorse and my favorite food is Sushi which is lucky because Reno is one of the only places to offer all-you-can-eat.
Alex is a first year law student and the Graduate Assistant in the Office of Sustainability. He assists with curating the Campus Sustainability Committee meetings and staffing the Gonzaga CREATE Committee. He is also working on the update to the Climate Action Plan. His spirit animal is the American Black Bear for their playful personality as cubs that grows to a protective, compassionate, and strong nature as adults. His favorite food is chicken and broccoli fettuccine alfredo!
My name is Madison and I'm an Americorps volunteer serving as the Higher Education Waste Reduction Educator. I graduated from Miami University with a BA in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Individualized Studies. My favorite meal is medium spicy saag paneer with naan and a tall glass of water. My favorite plant is the ginkgo tree - they're living fossils! My spirit animal is the sloth because I'm pretty laid-back and my favorite part of the day is going to sleep.
Jim Simon joined Gonzaga University as its first Director of Sustainability after serving Buffalo and Western New York in various professional and volunteer capacities. At Gonzaga, Jim is working to add capacity to our missioned goal of being a climate neutral campus by 2050. Through engaging the campus and the community in new and different ways, foster a culture of sustainability that is resilient and responsive to the dynamics of higher education and our changing world. Jim’s favorite food is New York style pizza, which he’s found to be imitated well in the PNW by Big Mario’s Pizza in Seattle. Email Jim.
Karen is an Americorps Volunteer in the Office of Sustainability, where she serves as the Commute Trip Reduction Coordinator. She is a recent graduate of Michigan State University in Lansing, MI. Her spirit animal is the beaver, as she relates to their determined mind and structured, organized lives. She can’t really choose a favorite food, but if she had to, it would be sushi or cacio e pepe, a traditional Italian pasta dish. Karen enjoys reading mystery novels, hiking, and just being outside in her free time.
Be in Touch
The Office of Sustainability is located at 521 E. Sharp Avenue, just across the street from College Hall. The front door is painted a sunny shade of yellow.
To reach the Director of Sustainability by phone, please call 509-313-5571. To reach the AmeriCorps Members serving with the Office, please call 509-313-4893. For general inquiries about sustainability at Gonzaga University, please email us.