The Pacific Index

New director talks plans for the year

New+director+for+the+Center+for+a+Sustainable+Society+Michelle+Larkins+hopes+to+make+Pacific+a+sustainability+leader+among+Pacific+Northwest+colleges+in+the+coming+years.++
New director for the Center for a Sustainable Society Michelle Larkins hopes to make Pacific a sustainability leader among Pacific Northwest colleges in the coming years.

New director for the Center for a Sustainable Society Michelle Larkins hopes to make Pacific a sustainability leader among Pacific Northwest colleges in the coming years.

Harrison Clifford

Harrison Clifford

New director for the Center for a Sustainable Society Michelle Larkins hopes to make Pacific a sustainability leader among Pacific Northwest colleges in the coming years.

Erika Vives

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The Center for a Sustainable Society (CSS) plays a major role in Pacific University’s sustainable programs and outreach within the community. This work can not be done without the hard working students and faculty who dedicate several hours a week to making Pacific a more sustainable environment.

The new director of CSS, Michelle Larkins, will be continuing that work during this school year. Larkins graduated from Michigan State University with a PhD in Community Sustainability where her research examined how gender, ethnicity and migration influenced access to resources and ultimately how it impacts sustainability outcomes. Larkins also worked as a researcher for the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation working on sustainability initiatives and ethical market development for women farmers in Malawi, Africa.

Before arriving at Pacific, Larkins taught Environmental Science in Colorado, where she would often spend her spare time outdoors.

“I did a lot of hiking with my two dogs and got up to the mountains as much as I could,” Larkins said. “I am really looking forward to exploring the trails here in Oregon.”

In addition to focusing her efforts on sustainability, Larkins enjoys going out on her wooden kayak whenever she gets a chance.

“I grew up in Michigan, where my family farmed and restored old wooden boats,” Larkins said. “This
explains why I get really excited about food justice and I own an 18 foot Cape Charles wooden kayak.”

Pacific was of particular interest to her when she realized how many opportunities there were both in and outside of the classroom to engage with the student body. As the semester rolls forward, Larkins hopes to initiate more opportunities for students to participate in sustainability research across disciplines and majors.

“I was excited about the chance to elevate the voices of diverse stakeholder groups and to help Pacific University become a visible sustainability leader in the Pacific Northwest,” Larkins said. “Sustainability is for everyone and breaking down disciplinary silos is an important step in bringing together the next generation of thought leaders to make transformational changes.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • New director talks plans for the year

    Student Life

    AMIGOS Eye Care

  • New director talks plans for the year

    News

    Campuses receive repairs and renovations

  • New director talks plans for the year

    News

    College of Optometry

  • New director talks plans for the year

    Sports

    Pacific Football begins training for a new season

  • New director talks plans for the year

    News

    Conference Services hosts events during break

  • New director talks plans for the year

    News

    Library to undergo renovations

  • New director talks plans for the year

    News

    Campus Security prepares for new semester

  • Student Life

    Students reflect on LGBTQ+ experience

  • New director talks plans for the year

    News

    Currie undergoes successful surgery

  • Opinion

    Coffee chain sparks racially charged outcry

Speak up, be heard.
New director talks plans for the year