Meet the Team

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What We Do

Our mission is to engage the Texas State community as a champion for environmental stewardship and social responsibility while fostering a culture of sustainability that permeates all aspects of the campus experience. We believe that sustainability is a collaborative, interdisciplinary field to which all members of the Texas State community contribute.

The Office of Sustainability collaborates with stakeholders across the university to facilitate the integration of sustainability principles and practices into operations, academics, research, student engagement, and administration. We strive to exemplify sustainability leadership as we contribute to the education of the next generation of leaders.

Staff

Emma Parsley

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She/Her

Sustainability Coordinator 

512-245-6822

ecp29@txstate.edu

Sustainability Interns

Kera Daughtery (She/Her)

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Public Relations Intern 
Major: Electronic Media & Mass Communication
Minor: Women's Studies & Honors Studies 
knd82@txstate.edu

Adriana Montoya (She/Her/Ella)

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Community Outreach Intern 
Major: Public Administration 
Minor: Nature and Heritage Tourism & Peace and Social Justice 
arm462@txstate.edu

Jengo Russell (He/Him)

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Educational Outreach Intern
Major: Business Administration and Management 
Minor: Sustainability Studies
nud2@txstate.edu

 

Simren Pokhrel (She/Her)

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Educational Outreach Intern
Major: Civil Engineering 
nnm50@txstate.edu

Sustainability Fellows

Jengo Russell (He/Him)

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Sustainability Leader
President Sustainability Squad 
Major: Business Administration and Management 
Minor: Sustainability Studies

Carolina White (She/Her)

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Sustainability Leader
Vice President Sustainability Squad
Major: Geography Resources and Environmental Studies 
Minor: Sustainability Studies

Caleb Rodriguez (He/Him)

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Sustainability Leader
Secretary Sustainability Squad
Major: Geography & Water Resources 
Minor: Sustainability Studies

Sustainability Internship

The goals of the program are to bring students together from a variety of backgrounds to create a holistic team that works to create a culture of sustainability at Texas State University and to foster sustainable leaders who will expand the goals of sustainable development into their individual fields.

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Previous Sustainability Interns & Fellows

Drake Blanchard

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Sustainability Intern August ‘22 - August ’23

Current Profession: Data Coordinator for the Great Springs Project

Haley Johnson

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Sustainability Intern August '19 - December '19

Thesis: Macro and Micro Litter Accumulation in the San Marcos River San Marcos, Texas, USA 
Current Profession: Graduate Researcher at California Riverside

"My favorite memory was meeting with students, staff, and faculty to tell them about our office and hearing their ideas for how to make their office more sustainable. Also hosting events to increase knowledge about sustainable practices and interacting with student organizations."

 

Eva Nobles

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Sustainability Intern August ‘22 - May ’23 

Honors Thesis: Sustainable Student Body: Impacting the Next Generation Through Educational Outreach 

“I had several internships at TXST, but the Educational Outreach position with the OoS was by far my favorite. I had the opportunity to take ownership of my own projects while working alongside a brilliant team. I felt supported and encouraged while preparing to graduate and join the workforce.” 

Mitchel Sabourin

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Sustainability Intern August '20 - August '22

Current Profession: Wildlife Conservation Researcher - Chile

Annalisa Garcia - Shockley

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Sustainability Intern October '19 - May '20

Current Profession: Environmental Investigator for Seattle & King County Public Health 

"The internship position at OoS taught me how to engage with different departments across TXST to create sustainability goals and projects. I learned a lot about how collaboration and education is key with sustainability projects. I've carried this with me to my current position and have learned that even big cities rely on collaboration to keep communities engaged and educated about topics that are not brought up as frequently."

 

Elijah Cardenas

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Sustainability Fellow January ‘23 - May ’23

Sustainable Salamander Manager & Editor 

Quincey Pugh

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Sustainability Intern January '20 - August '20

Current Profession: Resource Recovery Program Coordinator for the City of San Marcos

"I have so many good memories while I interned for the Office of Sustainability and I would have to say planning the Farmers Market Day even though it had to be canceled due to COVID was my favorite because I was able to learn new skills. This position really sparked my passion for sustainability here in San Marcos."

 

Juan Martinez

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Sustainability Intern November '18 - May '19

Current Profession: Sustainability Coordinator for the Center for Urban Agriculture & Sustainability Houston, TX

"My favorite memory was knowing that Texas State was headed in the right direction by creating the Office of Sustainability. I knew that once I left Texas State, the fight to do what is right had only begun!"

 

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