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Christina Hupy named Sustainability Fellow

April 4, 2013
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Dr. Christina Hupy

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Christina Hupy, assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been appointed as the university's third Sustainability Fellow.

Hupy succeeds Dr. James Boulter, associate professor of chemistry, who had served as Campus Sustainability Fellow since 2011.

The half-time Sustainability Fellow position was created in 2008 as part of the implementation of the Centennial Plan, UW-Eau Claire's strategic plan, which calls for identifying and prioritizing campus improvements focusing on sustainability.

"I'm pleased to appoint Dr. Hupy as our new Sustainability Fellow," said Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet. "She is energetic and very engaged in issues of sustainability on and off campus — an ideal person to carry on Dr. Boulter's good work. Her sustainability-focused teaching, scholarship and service activities as a UW-Eau Claire faculty member all will contribute to her ability to effectively lead our campus in this crucial role."

Boulter too said Hupy's professional background and campus involvement make her particularly suited for the Sustainability Fellow position.

"Her expertise in geography and spatial technologies will be a great asset to the position, and her experience as a faculty adviser to the Student Office of Sustainability will serve as an excellent foundation to understanding the variety of sustainability initiatives on campus, since students are integrally involved in so many of them," Boulter said.

As the Sustainability Fellow, Hupy will support faculty, staff and student engagement in campuswide sustainability initiatives. She will continue coordination of UW-Eau Claire's many sustainability efforts, working closely with the Student Office of Sustainability and various campus entities including University Centers, Housing and Residence Life, Facilities Planning and Facilities Management. She also will continue overseeing UW-Eau Claire's efforts as a signatory to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Since 2007, UW-Eau Claire has participated in the national effort to provide leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Hupy also has goals to work toward a bicycle-friendly culture at UW-Eau Claire, as outlined in the Campus Master Plan, and to create a sustainability-themed campus map to serve as both a showcase for efforts on campus and an educational tool.

"I am honored to be chosen as the Sustainability Fellow at UW-Eau Claire and very excited to work in this capacity toward sustainability on our campus," Hupy said. "At its core, sustainability is all about living our lives in the best way possible while ensuring the longevity of environmental resources and services for future generations. It requires knowledge of how to use our resources in the most efficient and effective manner possible."

Sustainability can bring people from a wide variety of backgrounds and political views together, Hupy said.

"This is because the idea of efficiency driven by ingenuity has clear fiscal advantages and promotes healthy economies, communities and environments," Hupy said. "A university campus is a perfect place to foster these ideas and put them into practice while inspiring our students, who are members of our country's next workforce and leadership."

Hupy joined the faculty in UW-Eau Claire's department of geography and anthropology in 2007 after receiving her doctorate in geography from Michigan State University in 2006. She has been involved in various aspects of sustainability at UW-Eau Claire, including serving as faculty adviser to the Student Office of Sustainability (and its predecessor, the Environmental Endeavors Commission) and as a member of the Putnam Park Commission, and she has taught the geography course "Conservation of the Environment" for five years.

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