Montana State University

MSU names new sustainability director

December 10, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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Kristin Blackler, a program director at the Sustainability Solution Institute at the University of California San Diego, has been hired as Montana State University's new sustainability director.

As head of the MSU Office of Sustainability, Blacker will be responsible for helping the campus achieve its sustainability goals that are identified in its strategic plan and climate action plan and integrating sustainability principles into campus operations, planning, development and academic pursuits.

Blackler has more than five years of project management and campus sustainability experience. At the Sustainability Solution Institute, which aims to generate solutions to environmental problems, she managed a $2 million research grant that examines the potential for energy savings from natural ventilation retrofits. She has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

"We are thrilled to have Kristin lead MSU's sustainability efforts," said Bruce Maxwell, a plant ecology professor who chaired the search committee. "Her interests and background make her a natural fit for this position, and she will be a great asset as MSU works toward its sustainability goals."

The MSU Office of Sustainability is a joint venture between ASMSU and the MSU administration. The initiative was student-led and created mostly from student fees along with some university funds, according to Terry Leist, vice president of Administration and Finance, to which the new office will report. In addition to the director, the office will employ a part-time recycling coordinator. Previously, recycling and sustainability efforts were handled through the ASMSU Sustainability Center.

Blackler will begin her duties Jan. 9.

Contact: Bruce Maxwell, 994-5717 or bmax@montana.edu