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About Extension Sustainability

What is Extension Sustainability?

Extension Sustainability provides credible information and trainings fostering increased awareness and behavioral change to improve environmental, social, and economic conditions. 

Sustainability is the capacity to improve environmental, economic and social conditions. As stated in "A Vision for Relevance" by the National Network for Sustainable Living Education (2008), "visualize a pair of overlapping circles representing social and economic sustainability, set within and constrained by an encompassing circle of environmental sustainability – without which the sustainability of the other two circles is not even a possibility." 

To live sustainably is to follow an ethic, not a rigid set of rules. Sustainability is a human matter, not exclusively an environmental one. As a result, it must include successful problem solving and objective measurement. Although the term sustainability has grown to encompass a broad spectrum of meanings, energy and natural resources serve as its core basis. The most common misconception about sustainability is that it has to involve sacrifice and, in relation, that its main focus is on recycling and consuming less.

Project Coordinator

Roslynn Brain, PhD

Roslynn is an Assistant Professor, Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist in the Department of Environment and Society, College of Natural Resources at Utah State University (USU). She uses conservation theory, communication techniques, and social marketing tools to foster pro-environmental behaviors in the areas of land (land conservation, reducing, reusing and recycling), water (water-wise landscaping, decreasing water contamination and consumption), food (consuming locally with a focus on CSA's and farmer's markets), air (air quality and climate change), and energy (energy efficiency, renewable energies). Roslynn also teaches Sustainable Living and Communicating Sustainability at USU and helps coordinate the University's annual Earth Week, Permaculture Initiative, and Sustainability Camps. 

Graduate Research Assistant

Blake Thomas

Blake, a native Virginian, began his M.S. in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management in the Department of Environment and Society at USU in January 2013. In December 2012, Blake completed his Environmental Studies undergraduate degree with an Environmental Stewardship emphasis, and a minor in Sustainable Systems. He currently is a council appointed board member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Advisory Board for Logan City. Blake has also served as the College of Natural Resources Academic Senator, the Natural Resources Student Council Sustainability Liaison, and was a Research and Programs Intern in the Student Sustainability Office. Blake enjoys reading, playing music, cooking, hiking, biking and anything outdoors.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Paige Young

Paige is a junior majoring in Art Education with a minor in Sustainable Systems. She has worked as an ambassador for the Caine College of the Arts and is currently serving as an intern for the Utah State Sustainability Council. 

She is from South Jordan Utah and has always had a great appreciation for the natural world around her. She loves Utah State and has enjoyed her experience learning from the knowledgeable faculty, she hopes to use her education to make a positive difference in the world. 

Permaculture Interns

Jeremy Lynch

Jeremy has a background in language and literary studies and diverse experience in world agriculture. His work on farms in the United States, Canada and India broadened his practical and conceptual understanding of what it means to grow food in a globalizing world.

With an interest in the cultural significance and the human simplicity of food production within and for one's community, his passion remains to discover and teach method's for sustainable harvest, broadening - not constraining - diversity.'

Claire Core

Claire was raised in the prairielands of Iowa and grew up to be a lover of the red rock country of southern Utah. She is studying, in various arenas; human geography, permaculture and natural healing. These are complementary paths in that they observe the patterns we find in the human-environment communication. Practical yet beautiful systems that aid in the creation of community is a high priority in the work that Claire is doing through this permaculture internship.