Agents of Sustainability Student Team

Our Director

Michelle Larkins, PhD

michelle.larkins@pacificu.edu

Michelle works across campuses to encourage a culture of sustainability within the University and with communities. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersection of society and the environment, particularly food and environmental justice. Outside of the classroom, she works with faculty to bring a sustainability lens to a diverse array of courses at Pacific, with students and staff to dream big on sustainability and social justice, and engages with community members and partners for collective impact. Michelle earned her PhD in Community Sustainability, and MS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University where she was a Charles Stuart Mott Fellow in Sustainable Agriculture. Prior to joining Pacific she served for three years as a researcher for the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (USAID), working on gender equity and food insecurity Malawi, Africa. She sits on the advisory board for CS Food Rescue, and the Fernhill Wetland Council. 

When she's not at Pacific, you'll find her in the garden, hiking with her two dogs, or on the water.

Student Team

The Center for a Sustainable Society has six student members on it's 2016-2017 team. The diversity of the group allows the team to come up with new ideas and projects to further aide Pacific University in it's mission to be sustainable.

Edgar Fausto Sanchez

sanc9895@pacificu.edu

Edgar is currently a sophomore, and is from Forest Grove, Oregon. He is majoring in physics and environmental engineering. He’s always had a passion and excitement for the outdoors, and he hopes to harness that passion to become an environmental engineer. Edgar’s favorite forest in Oregon is the Tillamook State Forest, and the Willamette Forest is a close second. One of his top favorite trails is the Wilson River Trail. As for pets, he has a sassy 2 year old rabbit named Larry. Edgar is excited to be a part of the CSS team and aims to be involved with projects focusing on materials management and energy.
Julio Montelongo

Julio Montelongo

mont5062@pacificu.edu

Julio Montelongo is a senior at Pacific who previously transferred over from Portland Community College. Originally from Texas, he has called Oregon home for the past 7 years, immersing himself to the cultural diversity and communities that make the Pacific Northwest,  the Pacific Northwest. In that time, he has been able to enjoy  the beauty of the lush scenic outdoors( camping, hiking, swimming, etc.), eating out with friends in downtown PDX or relaxing indoors with the rain falling down, he has an open-mind to any sort of good time. “I enjoy helping get people out of their comfort-zone  in order to be better than who they are and broaden their minds to the world around. This year, a key focus of mine will be to bring the various groups on campus together in order learn how to better grow as a university community.”

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Daela Muñoz

muoz1774@pacificu.edu

Daela wants people to live well and eat well. Her projects with the Center for a Sustainable Society revolve primarily around Native American land and food justice. Her experience working with the Portland-based non-profit, Wisdom of the Elders, has given her many opportunities to learn about the unique ways in which Indigenous people interpret the environment—and adapt to a changing one. She believes there is much to learn from Indigenous peoples when it comes to resilience and sustainability, and aims to bring an understanding of Oregon’s Native history to Pacific University. 

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Drew Fagerness

fage3009@pacificu.edu

Drew Fagerness is a senior Business-Finance major with a passion for sustainability, physical activity and nature. As a life long native to the Pacific Northwest, he takes pride in the scenic land and environment he calls home. Drew has past work experience in the banking industry as a financial analyst, is a member of the Pacific University baseball team, and the Pacific University business club. Drew's goal with Center for a Sustainable Society is to provide funds to worthy recipients through the practice of impact investing.

 

   
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Chris Abosamra

abos9909@pacificu.edu

Chris is a junior here at Pacific University. Originally from San Diego, California, he plans to major in environmental sciences with an emphasis in sustainable design and a minor in Spanish. Chris is also apart of the Pacific Men’s soccer team. He always grew up with a love for being outside with nature and that is one reason he loves it so much here in Oregon. His favorite places to go and explore here are the Oregon coast and the Tillamook forest. Chris also enjoys venturing up to Mount Hood. His aim with CSS is to spread awareness about energy consumption and how necessary it is to save our recourses and to use them wisely. Chris wants to educate people mostly on the topic of water and how important it is for us to conserve as much of it as we can.