Members & Subcommittees

Below is a list of Committee members and the different subcommittees. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact our office at

  • Elena Past Ph.D.- Associate Professor of Italian and Associate Chair, Classical and Modern Languages, Literature, and Cultures, Chair, President's Standing Committee on Environmental Initiatives 
  • Barry Johnson Ph.D.- Alumni and former WSU instructor
  • Damon Wade- Associate Director of Parking and Transportation
  • Paul Bernard- Director of Utilities and Energy Management
  • Jon Frederick- Director, Parking and Transportation 
  • Steve Gilsdorf- Senior Director of Facilities Operation, Associate VP to Facilities Planning and Managment
  • Nic DePaula- Assistant Professor in School of Information Sciences
  • Noah Hall- Professor of Law 
  • Michelle Serreyn Ed.D.- Educational Programmer, Outdoor Adventure Center, MI DNR
  • Donna Kashian Ph.D.- Professor of Biological Sciences, Sustainability Learning Community Professor
  • Andrea Daldin- Project Coordinator, Office of Economic and Community Development
  • Ashley Flintoff- Director, Planning and Space Management
  • Barry Lyons Ph.D.- Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Donna Reincke- Associate Director, Grounds Services
  • Emily Thompson- Director of Economic and Community Development, Economic and Community Development 
  • Jenna Steele- Student, Office of Campus Sustainability Intern
  • Julia Beltowski- Student, Office of Campus Sustainability Intern
  • Gwendolyn Schmidt- Student, Office of Campus Sustainability Intern


Below is a list of the nine subcommittees under the President's Standing Committee on Environmental Initiatives. Each subcommittee creates guidelines and regulations for the Wayne State Sustainability Strategic Plan that must be followed by the university.

  • Environmental Justice- the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. 

  • Urban Biodiversity- the vitality, variety and variability among living organisms found in a city and the resilience of the ecological systems in which they occur. 

  • Energy- the different energies used within a built urban area, more strictly referring to the acts of conservation and waste reduction, and implementation or renewable forms.

  • Built Environment-  the common shared interest in human configurations of the environment and the interactions among the constructed, social and natural environments.

  • Waste Reduction/Recycling/Compost- a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycles (sustainable consumption).

  • Transportation and Mobility- creating and managing mobility options, at both the systemic and system-to-customer levels, and to improve the reach, efficiency, and affordability of public transportation services. 

  • Water Quality and Quantity- the management of ecological consequences, contaminents, and disease found in stormwater and wastewater, as well as maintaining the health of water and its increase in availability

  • Sustainable Food Practices- the range of issues in security, health, safety, affordability, and quality of a food supply. Encompasses jobs and growth associated with the industry, and environmental sustainability of issues like climate change, biodiversity, water and soil quality. 

  • Carbon Reduction and Footprint- the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with all the activities of a person or other entity (e.g., building, corporation, country, etc.). It includes direct emissions, such as those that result from manufacturing, heating, transportation, electricity, goods & services, and greenhouse gasses.