Committees and Staff

Tristan Sewell, Campus Sustainability Coordinator (started July 1, 2013)

The Campus Sustainability Coordinator facilitates and directs sustainability efforts on campus. The main responsibilities include:

  • Managing the campus Recycling Center
  • Serving as a liaison between college administration and existing campus groups
  • Chairing the Sustainability Advisory Committee
  • Administering and managing the Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund and its application process
  • Guiding students and interns in their sustainability-related pursuits
  • Evaluating current practices related to sustainability in all campus operations
  • Assisting campus offices and departments in establishing and implementing short- and long-range campus sustainability goals
  • Identifying, evaluating, and assisting in implementing cost-effective changes to campus policies and operating procedures that will result in conservation of resources
  • Working with campus departments and offices to gather and compile campus records related to conservation and sustainability efforts
  • Inventorying greenhouse gas emissions and subsequently 
  • Networking with other colleges and universities and acting as Whitman's representative to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Maintaining and enhancing the Whitman Sustainability website

Questions? Contact the Coordinator at:

Sustainability Advisory Committee

The mission of Whitman College President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee is to promote a respect for and commitment to environmental awareness and responsibility within the Whitman College community. This dedicated group of faculty, staff, and students meets monthly to develop a direction for an increased commitment to sustainability campus-wide. The Committee is chaired by the Campus Sustainability Coordinator.

Our purpose is to:

  • Undertake a leadership role in representing members of the Whitman College community on sustainability issues
  • Promote a lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship among members of the Whitman community through programs of education and awareness
  • Support and promote the initiatives of students, staff, and faculty that serve to enhance the College’s sustainability
  • Develop recommendations to the administration that further the College’s long-range environmental goals
  • Uphold the environmental principles of the College and advocate for practices aimed at reducing Whitman’s impact on the environment

Previous Meeting Minutes

Current Agenda

Creation of the Full Time Staff Member Proposal

In the fall of 2012, a group of students and staff launched an effort to develop a full time Sustainability Coordinator position. A dedicated staff position would allow the college to set and accomplish larger sustainability goals, integrate sustainability into a broader range of campus activities, and build on current efforts to strive for higher standards of efficiency and stewardship. Led by senators Marcial Diaz Mejia’13 and Jack Percival ’16, the Associated Students of Whitman College passed a resolution advocating for the position. They presented their proposal to the college’s Budget Advisory Committee requesting creation of the position in the 2013-2014 budget.

AASHE Membership

Whitman is a member institution of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). All students, staff and faculty have access to the AASHE online resource center and newsletter. To gain access, follow the instructions below.

From the AASHE home page click on member login or follow this link. Click create new account. Use your campus email address as your user name. You will receive a password in the inbox of the email account you used for the user name. Go back to the login page, enter your email in the user name box and type or paste the password that was emailed to you. That will give you access to all of our locked resources. All faculty, staff and students can use their own email address to create login credentials for themselves. If you have difficulty with this process, please send an email to 

One of the best ways to keep current on the evolving landscape of campus sustainability is to subscribe to AASHE Bulletin, a weekly compilation of the latest sustainability news, resources, events, and opportunities at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Click here to subscribe or read archived issues online, or email with a request to be subscribed.

See Whitman’s Green Report Card score here!