Our Mission

Founded in 2012 through the efforts of students who saw a need on campus, our office strives to fulfill that role as a voice for progress and stewardship—for our land grant university, for our students, and for the betterment of our community. We work every day with students to develop, coordinate, and promote campus sustainability goals, projects, and practices. Our office supports students in pushing our university to excel.

MSU's Sustainability Goals

Steward use of student and the University's resources, ensuring these funds contribute effectively to campus sustainability efforts and engage students, faculty and staff in a meaningful way. 

Provide employment, volunteer, and internship opportunities to students who wish to contribute to sustainability efforts at MSU. 

Build programs that engage the campus in dialogue and action. 

Link students, faculty and staff to information, campus resources, and decision-makers with regard to campus sustainability.

Leverage student activism by building partnerships with MSU administration and departments to provide program continuity year to year. 

Advocate for increased institutional commitment to sustainable policies and practices.


Contact

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Kristin Blackler – Director

By appointment via phone or email
(406) 994-6822

Kristin Blackler has served as the Director of the Office of Sustainability at Montana State University for the past 5 years. Kristin has 10 years of experience advancing sustainability in higher education and is also an adjunct professor in the School of Arts and Architecture.  The only thing she loves more than skiing and playing in rivers are her students. She received a BA in Environmental Studies with a special concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Anna Price

Anna Price - Alternative Transportation Program Manager

By appointment via phone or email 

(406) 994-6822

Anna Price was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and is an alumna of Montana State University.  After her bike was stolen freshman year, Anna involved herself in campus transportation management and contributed to the MSU Bicycle Master Plan as a coauthor.  Anna is now MSU’s first Alternative Transportation Program Manager and works to improve all methods of sustainable transportation because, ultimately, the best mode of sustainable transportation is one that fits each individual’s commute.  In her free time, Anna loves traveling, boat building, playing with her dog, biking, rafting, and pretty much anything that has to do with the outdoors.

Paul Edlund

Paul Edlund - Project Coordinator

 

Paul Edlund joined the Office of Sustainability as Project Coordinator during the Fall of 2019. A graduate from down the road, he began his career collaborating to create the University of Montana’s second STARS report and completed a holistic analysis of waste streams and environmental reporting at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. At Montana State University, Paul is most excited to collaborate with equally motivated and determined students to improve MSU’s environmental impact by way of Sustainability Reporting and meaningful programs. His spare time is filled with exploring the Gallatin’s beautiful wilderness areas. Come say hello at SUB 284!

Kelsey Morris on mountain

Kelsey Morris – Communications Coordinator

 

As Communications Coordinator, Kelsey assists in the technical and creative function of communication and outreach for the office. Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to; website design and maintenance, creation of marketing and informational materials such as brochures and posters, and social media content creation. When not in the office, Kelsey likes to go explore the beautiful outdoor world, or read a good book.