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The Peers Network educates and empowers members of the Auburn family to lead and connect the campus community in cohesive efforts toward sustainability.

Employee Ambassadors, who champion sustainability, represent units across the university. The Office of Sustainability trains the Ambassadors to affect change, and then this network of changemakers works in their respective areas to help Auburn University achieve its sustainability goals, particularly in relation to the university’s day-to-day operations.

Get to Know the Ambassadors

We’re excited to have the passion and leadership of the following people in the Peers Network.  If one of the listed Ambassadors represents your unit on campus, please don’t hesitate to reach out to them concerning topics and issues related to sustainability.  They have volunteered to be a contact and champion for sustainability within their units, and can definitely help steer you in the right direction to find answers and solutions.  If you don’t find your unit represented below, please contact our office for assistance.


Maiben Beard

Maiben Beard

Unit –  College of Liberal Arts

Subunit –  Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

How long have you worked at Auburn?

9 Years

What is your favorite part of your job?

Traveling around the state and meeting new people.

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

I hope to learn new ways to affect change within my unit and broader community.

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Reading, gardening, and playing board games.

 


Amy Cannon

Amy Cannon

Unit –  College of Education

Subunit –  Truman Pierce Institute

How long have you worked at Auburn?

8 Months

What is your favorite part of your job?

Building Relationships

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

Awareness of Sustainability

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Auburn football & the beach.

 


Karen Cochran

Karen Cochran

Unit –  Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Subunit –  Department of Chemical Engineering

How long have you worked at Auburn?

10+ Years

What is your favorite part of your job?

Meeting people and developing relationships.

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

Promote sustainable relationships with people and varied resources

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Scrapbooking, card making, gardening, and family life.

 


Amber Denham

Amber Denham

Unit –  Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Subunit –  Department of Biosystems Engineering

How long have you worked at Auburn?

1 year

What is your favorite part of your job?

Working on campus and interacting with students.

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

I hope to bring further attention to sustainability efforts in my department and campus-wide. I also look forward to meeting and working with others outside of my department.

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Hiking with my dog and following Auburn athletics.


Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman

Unit –  Risk Management & Safety

Subunit –  Environmental Health & Safety

How long have you worked at Auburn?

11 Years

What is your favorite part of your job?

Working with other departments on campus to advance the Auburn mission.

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

Help Auburn become a more sustainable campus for others to emulate.

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Competitive Bass Fishing, Water Quality Advocacy, Conservation, AU Athletics

 


Prissy Goodson

Priscella “Prissy” Goodson

Unit –  Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Subunit –  Department of Aerospace Engineering

How long have you worked at Auburn?

6 Years

What is your favorite part of your job?

Getting to meet new people.

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

Help others and make our community a better place in the process.

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Spending time with my family & friends, teaching Children’s Church, camping, and crafts.

 


Patrick Johnston

Patrick Johnston

Unit –  Human Resources

How long have you worked at Auburn?

2 Years

What is your favorite part of your job?

Partnering with a world-class group of coworkers who are committed to serving the employees of our University.

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

As a communicator, I look forward to sharing what I learn with our department to ensure we are fully supporting the University’s sustainability initiatives.

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Sports fan, golfer wannabe, & above-average griller. Favorite magazines include Smithsonian, National Geographic, & Outdoor Photographer. Small group co-leader at Church of the Highlands.


John Kush

John Kush

Unit –  School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

How long have you worked at Auburn?

33 Years

What is your favorite part of your job?

Interacting with students and educating the public about ecological issues associated with forestry and prescribed fire.

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

Learn more about sustainability, make others aware of the many issues with the topic, and organize an activity or two to do something positive for campus.

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Travel, cooking, gardening, and running.


Shelly Nemeroff

Shelly Nemeroff

Unit –  Office of Development

Subunit –  College of Architecture, Design, & Construction

How long have you worked at Auburn?

12 Years

What is your favorite part of your job?

Helping the Office of Development achieve and surpass our goals.

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

Helping others realize the importance of sustainability in all aspects of our lives.

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Yoga, reading, spending time with my family, riding bikes and hiking.

 


Giovanna Summerfield

Giovanna Summerfield

Unit –  College of Liberal Arts

How long have you worked at Auburn?

15 Years

What is your favorite part of your job?

Students

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

Advance sustainability goals on campus.

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Reading, writing, photography, and travel.

 

 


Ken Thomas

Ken Thomas

Unit –  Undergraduate Studies

Subunit – Honors College

How long have you worked at Auburn?

7 Years

What is your favorite part of your job?

Getting to work directly with undergraduate students on a daily basis.

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

A deeper understanding of sustainability assessments and metrics.

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Reading non-fiction that is not work related especially global current events.

 


Claire Wilson

Claire Wilson

Unit –  Office of University Outreach/University Libraries

Subunit – Encyclopedia of Alabama

How long have you worked at Auburn?

11 Years

What is your favorite part of your job?

Learning new things about the world.

What do you hope to accomplish through the Peers Network?

I hope to foster and broaden a commitment to creating an ethos of sustainability on the AU campus

What personal hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

Gardening, hiking, watching films, and traveling.

What Do the Ambassadors Do?

Peers Network Ambassadors serve as liaisons between the Office of Sustainability and the functional unit they represent for a minimum of 2 years.

Their main responsibilities include:

  • Communicating with their unit and the Office of Sustainability on sustainability topics, goals, and concerns;
  • Attending 3 foundational training sessions during the first semester of involvement;
  • Attending a minimum of 4 gatherings per academic year, of which at least 3 must be focused on topical subjects and 1 can be topical or social. Ambassadors may choose to bring a guest as a way to help extend the network;
  • Assessing needs and setting goals with their unit related to the program;
  • Implementing at least one change initiative in their unit during the two-year commitment. This begins with a one-on-one strategy meeting with the Office of Sustainability staff and an intern, who will continue working closely with the Ambassador throughout the change process; and  
  • Coordinating the activities, resources, and services needed to achieve goals.

In addition, Ambassadors are expected to sign up for the Auburn Sustainability Digest, actively communicate within the Peers Network through the Yammer communication platform, and contribute to program evaluation efforts.

SUPPORT PROVIDED

Office of Sustainability staff and interns will provide direct support for the Peers Network Ambassadors by:

  • Providing foundational training on key aspects and concepts of sustainability, including how to create lasting changes;
  • Hosting and facilitating the gatherings;
  • Creating outreach campaign materials — including timelines, posters, videos, etc.;
  • Conducting a unit site visit to help identify opportunities for improvement;
  • Assisting in researching potential solutions to identified opportunities;
  • Getting product samples; and
  • Connecting to key campus units that can help with sustainability goals.

In addition, each Peers Ambassador will be paired with an Office of Sustainability intern to work with over the course of the year.  The intern will serve as the Office Liaison and will touch base with the Ambassador on a regular basis to check on progress and see how they or the Office can be of additional assistance to the Ambassador.  Ultimately, the Office of Sustainability commits to providing direct, individualized support to the Peers Network Ambassadors to ensure their success.  

Interested in Becoming an Ambassador?

LEARN MORE

If you’re interested in learning more about the Peers Network program, you can reach out to your unit’s Ambassador, join your Ambassador as a guest for a topical gathering, or attend any of our social gatherings.  Of course, you may also contact our office directly.

BEFORE YOU APPLY 

While any employee may apply to become an Ambassador, the nature of the program and associated responsibilities align particularly well with job functions of staff/A&P employees.  That being said, we’re happy to have anyone apply!

Active participation by Ambassadors in Peers Network trainings and gatherings will be critical to ensuring success for sustainability efforts at Auburn, along with helping to weave together a strong network of changemakers. As a result, we require all Ambassadors to attend the 3 foundational trainings during their first semester in the program, along with attending at least 4 gatherings during each academic year.

Therefore, we recommend assessing your availability for the 3 trainings, and at least some of the gatherings prior to applying.  If you find your schedule already conflicts with training dates, please go ahead and still complete an application, making sure to note in the appropriate space what conflicts you may have.  The 2017-18 and 2018-19 dates and times have been listed below for your convenience.

Given participation in the program will involve a commitment of time and effort, official designation as a Peers Network Ambassador will require the support of the Ambassador’s direct supervisor. As such, it’s suggested applicants discuss participation with their supervisors prior to applying to ensure adequate support. If additional information or direct support should be needed at this phase, please reach out to our office.

2017 foundational training sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, September 13 from 8am-12pm
  • Wednesday, October 11 from 8am-12pm
  • Wednesday, November 8 from 8am-12pm

2017-18 gatherings will be held:

  • Thursday, August 23 –  4:30pm-6:30pm (social – Sustainability Picnic)
  • Tuesday, September 26 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – Meet the Peers)
  • Tuesday, October 24 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – A-ha!)
  • Tuesday, November 28 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – What’s the Plan?)
  • Tuesday, December 12 – 11:45am-12:45pm (social – What’s Cooking?)
  • Tuesday, January 23 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
  • Tuesday, February 27 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
  • Tuesday, March 27 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
  • Wednesday, April 25 – 3:30pm-4:45pm (social – Spirit of Sustainability Awards)
  • Wednesday, June 13 – 11:45am-12:45 (social – Peers Network Info Session)

2018-19 gatherings will be held:

  • Welcome Week –  4:30pm-6:30pm (social – Sustainability Picnic)
  • Tuesday, September 25 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
  • Tuesday, October 23 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
  • Tuesday, November 27 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
  • Tuesday, December 11 – 11:45am-12:45pm (social – TBD)
  • Tuesday, January 22 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
  • Tuesday, February 26 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
  • Tuesday, March 26 – 11:45am-12:45pm (topical – TBD)
  • Wednesday, April 24 – 3:30pm-4:45pm (social – Spirit of Sustainability Awards)

HOW TO APPLY 

You can apply to be a Peers Ambassador each year between May 1st and August 18th. If you would like to be notified when the application period opens, please complete the Peers Network Interest Form.  If you have computer-based accessibility needs, we kindly request you please reach out to our office to begin the application process.

NEXT STEPS

After being accepted into the program, applicants will need to complete the following tasks to become an official Ambassador.

  • Meet with your supervisor and Office of the Sustainability staff to sign the Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Fill out the Ambassador Profile Form.
  • Sign up for the Auburn Sustainability Digest.
  • Add the foundational training sessions to your calendar.