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New sustainability coordinator hired at Indiana State

July 7, 2017

Veteran sustainability activist Nick McCreary has been hired to lead efforts at Indiana State University's Institute for Community Sustainability.

"I served as the sustainability coordinator at Saint Louis University while working on my master's degree in sustainability. I love working on a college campus because I am surrounded by smart and open-minded individuals who have so much to offer," he said.

In his former position, McCreary was responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of programs that engaged the campus community in sustainable practices such as: a residence hall energy competition, sustainability, and a sustainability themed basketball and soccer game.

Born in Fort Wayne and raised in Tampa and Dallas, McCreary earned a bachelor's degree in geological and earth sciences from DePauw University in 2015 and received a master's degree in sustainability from Saint Louis University in May.

He became interested in sustainability during his time as an undergraduate at DePauw when he started studying environmental ethics and policy; he started an athletics recycling program, focusing on tailgate waste diversion.
He has experience in campus sustainability, specifically recycling initiatives, residence hall energy competitions and sustainability education. His academic interests include environmental justice, environmental policy, sustainable local food systems and environmental ethics. McCreary also previously worked with St. Louis Earth Day as a recycling ambassador and served as a sustainability education intern with the Missouri Botanical Garden.

As he settles into his new position, McCreary is using the summer to acclimate to the campus and community culture. It is important for him to understand the local view before attempting to implement any of his own work, he said. McCreary wants to hear about issues and concerns of people on campus and in the community in order to build on their support to move the institute forward.

He already has some ideas to do just that. McCreary would like to initiative a sustainability student group, a residence hall energy competition and a bike share program using old bikes on campus. McCreary also plans to pick up where his predecessor, Caroline Savage, left off by helping students obtain "green" jobs, working with the sustainability fellows and using campus as a living laboratory for sustainability research and design.

"I'm excited to be here, and I am more than open to hearing from people on their perspectives of sustainability," McCreary said. "I want input from students, faculty and staff to be a guide for what they want from (the Institute for Community Sustainability), so we can all work together to push those efforts forward on campus and in the community."

Photo: - Nick McCreary

Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or