About Us & Contact
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.
What is sustainability?
Sustainability is a pluralistic approach to ensuring human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. At a university, this requires that every aspect of university operations contribute to improving the institution’s environmental, social, and economic performance.
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.
Kristin Blackler – Director
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.
Mathew Bain – Program Coordinator
Mathew graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from MSU and enjoys spending his free time in the mountains and traveling around the country. As Program Coordinator, Mathew works on measuring, analyzing, reporting, and communicating data about sustainability performance and effectiveness. Mathew also oversees the campus sustainability tracking, assessment, and rating system (STARS) and helps coordinate campus sustainability activities, events, and efforts to achieve MSU’s sustainability goals.
Maya Perrier – Education and Outreach Coordinator
Maya grew up in Missoula, Montana, and is now a senior studying political science with a minor in Native American studies. She enjoys thrifting and intends to pursue a career in law after graduation. As Education and Outreach Coordinator, Maya works to convey a coherent and consistent campus sustainability narrative. Maya also assists in communicating sustainability efforts to campus at large and promoting sustainability goals’ incorporation in all areas.
Sarah Barr – Creative Content Developer
As Creative Content Developer, Sarah 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.
Caleb Morgan – Multimedia Specialist
Caleb grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho and came to Bozeman because he thinks it's pretty flippin' cool here. He likes anything having to do with film and even sometimes shows up to the weekly office meetings without a reminder! Caleb helps with anything video-oriented in The Office of Sustainability along with other media-driven tasks.
Logun Norris – Recycling Coordinator (now part of Facilities Services)