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Meet Heather Spalding
Meet Heather Spalding

Heather launched the Student Sustainability Center (SSC) at PSU in 2009 and has over 15 years of experience developing science and sustainability programs. The SSC functions as a campus resource center and also provides programs for students who want to deepen their connections with themselves, their communities, and our world. Opportunities include volunteer positions, a sustainability council, EcoReps, field trips, garden education programs, a free seed library, an apiary, and workshops and activities throughout the year. Heather also facilitates a year-long leadership fellows cohort that allows students to reflect on their experiences and optionally receive credit through PSU’s Civic Leadership Minor.

As a first-generation college student, she completed an M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy with a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education and B.S. in General Science from Portland State University (PSU). She has also completed a permaculture and whole systems design certificate with Toby Hemenway and is certified as a yoga instructor with emphasis on restorative techniques (RYT-200). Heather serves as Board President of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development designated by United Nations University. As well, she participates in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Advisory Council and serves as the Region V Sustainability Knowledge Community Representative/board member for Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA). In 2017, Heather proposed that the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) create sustainability leadership program standards. She is now participating in a multi-institution committee to develop these standards.