About us

The Office of Sustainability

Mission Statement

“Weave throughout our campus fabric the principles of resource stewardship, responsible decisions and planning that result in efficient operations, enlightened understanding, and higher quality of life for current and future generations.”


Established in July 2008, the Office of Campus Sustainability will build institutional learning capabilities in support of continual improvement in building design and operations, landscaping, procurement, energy and water conservation, waste minimization, recycling and service provision. We integrate sustainability principles across all operational areas of the university and collaborate with relevant sustainability education and research programs across each of the colleges, schools, and department to drive outcomes that are aligned with our overall university mission and vision. The scope of sustainability covers environmental and economic issues, and includes our direct campus operations; the indirect activities of faculty, staff, students, and business partners; and engagement with the greater community.

Chancellor Khayat signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment in April 2008. By signing this document, Dr. Khayat publicly recognized the University’s commitment to the environment and sustainability. Chancellor Jones re-signed the President’s Climate Commitment in April of 2014, committing to further the University’s efforts to combat global climate change. Jones stated, “We are pleased to be among those who make this commitment. It doesn’t mean we are perfect stewards, it means that we are on the pathway to being better.” The University Creed has long recognized the importance of serving as good stewards of our resources, and the University pledges to honor this commitment with action.


Meet our staff:

Photo by UM Photographer Kevin BainIan Banner, Director

In 2005, Ian was appointed Director of Facilities Planning and retains the position of University Architect, and Director of Sustainability. He holds a B.A. in Architecture from Plymouth University, a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Ian was born in England and came to the United States in 1984.  He has professional and teaching experience having been in private practice with Shafer/Banner Architects from 1987 to 2002 and with the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University from 1987 to 1994.  He received tenure and the position of Associate Professor in 1994.

Ian’s areas of architectural expertise are in energy efficient design and construction, daylighting, passive systems such as thermal buoyancy “stack-effect” ventilation, and environmental impact of building materials selection.  He has written on architecture and the environment, indigenous houses in the Appalachians, natural lighting in overcast and clear sky regions, and humidity and ventilation of medieval buildings in northern Europe.


SKB_1952-ABAnne McCauley, Assistant Director

Anne joined the Office of Sustainability in October 2009 and works on efforts to move the Green Initiative forward. Prior to moving to Oxford, Anne worked for a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. She also was involved in planning an environmental communication campaign at George Mason University. Anne holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of the South and Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University.


headshotlindseyLindsey Abernathy, Project Coordinator

Lindsey joined the Office of Sustainability in September 2014. Previously, she worked in public relations at the University of Mississippi where she often collaborated with the Office of Sustainability to promote green initiatives and raise awareness of sustainability related issues on campus. Lindsey holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MBA from UM. She and her husband, Andrew, live in Oxford with their two dogs, Sawyer and Hamilton Culpepper.



IMG_3206Kendall McDonald, Post Baccalaureate Fellow

Kendall, of Diamondhead, Mississippi, is a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Leadership with minors in Environmental Studies and English. As Fellow, Kendall is interested in sustainability education and change agent empowerment. She works extensively with the Eco Reps residential leadership program.  Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability full time, Kendall helped coordinate and plan Green Week 2015 and 2014 as part of the office’s Green Student Intern Program. Kendall has worked for the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, a nonprofit concerned sustainable agriculture in the state. In 2014, she was as an Honorable Mention to the Udall Scholarship for her dedication to solving environmental issues. In her free time, Kendall enjoys making pottery, reading, and exploring local Oxford spots.

To learn more about the Post Baccalaureate Fellowship position, click here.


picmonkey_image-150x150Ellen Olack, AmeriCorps VISTA

Ellen graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish. She is currently serving with the North Mississippi VISTA Project, a Domestic Peace Corps Project. She is a firm believer in equal access to fresh, healthy foods. During her term, Ellen hopes to work toward decreasing food insecurity by increasing access to local produce in underserved areas. Having helped install the first University of Mississippi Residence Hall Garden at the Residential College South, she looks forward to getting back in the dirt working with and installing new school gardens throughout North Mississippi’s public school districts. She hopes to create a network of volunteers to teach K-12 students about environmental and health issues linked to food production through an educational traveling trunk program. When she isn’t on the clock, Ellen enjoys knitting, traveling and trying new recipes.

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