Susan Yirku, interdisciplinary studies alum, and Paul Ventura, business faculty, led panel discussions at the Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference in Eugene in February 2016.
Susan Yirku, assistant director of compliance at American College of Healthcare Sciences, was joined by several ACHS colleagues to share Lessons Learned in Creating Sustainable Practices and a Greener Curriculum. The panelists discussed their campus’s year-long journey to fulfill its mission to follow sustainable practices including logistical and resource challenges and solutions, and impact on curriculum and campus planning.
Paul Ventura participated in a panel discussing Certification of Sustainability Professionals. He was joined by Dr. Marsha Willard, Axis founder & CEO, and Dorothy Atwood, consultant and board member of International Society of Sustainability Professionals. The panelists presented the history and goals of ISSP and its recent efforts to provide professional and associate-level certification for individuals working to implement sustainable practices in organizations and communities.
The Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference is a platform for empowering and inspiring change making, facilitating action, and for sharing, networking and collaboration related to sustainability within Oregon’s higher education institutions.
Susan Yirku earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Marylhurst University in 2010. Including her current role at American College of Healthcare Sciences, she has held several leadership positions in natural medicine education and professional associations.
Paul Ventura teaches several courses in the MBA in Sustainable Business program, including modeling and decision making and application of sustainable practice. He also oversees the capstone project for all sustainable business students.