Research and Resources

Encouraging Conservation in Communal Living Environments” by Aiko Nakagawa, Neil Wagner, and Ashley Connors, 2014. Click here for an article on the research.

What I Learned from the Campus Plumber by Dr. Charles Bergman, Professor of English, October, 2004

The Environmental Studies Program at Pacific Lutheran University: Modeling Cooperation Between Disciplines, 2001, Greening of the Campus IV–Moving to the Mainstream by Dr. Jill Whitman, Professor of Geosciences

Historic Flows, Flow Problems and Fish Presence in Clover Creek—1924-1942: Interviews with Early Residents by Dr. Fred Tobiason, Chemistry Professor

From the Faculty, Staff and Students of Pacific Lutheran University

Greening of the Campus at Pacific Lutheran University: 18 years of Recycling, 2001, Greening of the Campus IV–Moving to the Mainstream , by Barbara McConathy,  Environmental Services Coordinator

From the Staff of Pacific Lutheran University

Successfully Integrating Sustainability into the Campus Culture – Connecting Academics, Operations and Student Life, Greening of the Campus VI-Extending Connections, 2005 by Rose McKenney, Jill Whitman, Joel Zylstra, Charles Bergman, Dave  Kohler, Amanda Miller, and Sheri Tonn

Building a Model of Water Sustainability by Integrating Operations, Research, and Curriculum: Greening of the Campus V-Connecting to Place, 2003 by Rose McKenney, Dave Kohler, Michael Henson, Charles Bergman, and Sheri Tonn

From the Students of Pacific Lutheran University

Sustainability Fellows:


Saiyare Rafaei; Carbon Emissions and Meat Consumption

Kenny Stancil; Examining Irrigation Practices and Rainwater Usage

Tyler Wilson; Restoration of the Morken Meadow


Carrie Hylander;  Food Justice

Caitlyn Jackson;  The Sustainability  of Sustainability

Brett Rousseau;  Sustainability in the Curriculum


Emma Struss;  Public Transit Access at PLU

Josh Stromberg;  A Bike Coop Business Plan

Karly Siroky and Carrisa Davidson;  A Green Welcome to PLU


STARS: Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System by Becca Krzmarzick, Sustainability Fellowship 2009

A Green Welcome to PLU, by Karly Siroky and Carissa Davidson, Sustainability Fellows, April 2010


The Softer Side of Sustainability: Community Based Education, Leadership, and Action at Pacific Lutheran University, by Tamara Power-Drutis, Sustainability Fellowship, March 2008

Focus on Food: PLU’s Sustainable Foods Movement, by Rachel Esbjornson, Sustainability Fellowship, August 2006

COMMON GROUND: Proposal for an Organic Community Garden at Pacific Lutheran University, by Kate Fontana, Sustainability Fellowship, August 2006


. . . For the Earth: Sustaining the Mission of Higher Education, by Joel Zylstra, Capstone, May 2005

Sustainable Street Renovation Project at Pacific Lutheran University by Michael Henson, Capstone, May 13, 2004

Integrated Waste Management at Pacific Lutheran University: A Look at the Scientific, Social and Educational Aspects of Composting by Elizabeth N. Stone, Capstone, May 2004

The Biological and Economic Effects of Water Loss in Clover Creek by Kate Dunlap, Capstone, May 13, 2004

A Drip in Time: Water Audit and Survey of Environmental Attitudes of Students in Pacific Lutheran University Residence Halls by Eric Fiesth, Capstone, May 25, 2003

A Literary Approach to Sustainability by Natalie Gulsrud, Capstone, May 2003

Resource Use at PLU: An Environmental Audit by Jeanette Dorner, Capstone, May, 1994