Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Office of Campus Sustainability

 

The Office of Campus Sustainability works with the university's schools, departments, and units on sustainable initiatives that will enhance environmental awareness, achieve efficiencies that will preserve natural resources while reducing campus costs, support environmental education and research, increase understanding of environmental stewardship, and engage the surrounding community through sustainability activities. This multi-faceted approach assists the university’s efforts in providing a campus environment that understands, appreciates, and actively works at increasing sustainability in its daily actions.

Wayne State seeks to lessen its environmental impact by implementing various initiatives identified as helping improve its triple bottom line of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. This sustainability path endeavors to meet our current needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations. In taking this approach, Wayne State embraces its role as an environmental steward for the campus as well as the global community.

Office of Campus Sustainability

Staff

Daryl M. Pierson, Sustainability Coordinator

Daryl M. Pierson leads the Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS) in its work toward implementing the university’s environmental vision. Pierson seeks to engage the university community in sustainability awareness through informal education activities, conferences, workshops, seminars, special events, and promotional campaigns. As a result, the OCS helps increase understanding of issues involving the environment. In addition, Pierson works closely with Facilities Planning and Management on helping obtain energy reduction and cost efficiencies, recycling, LEED activities, and related green initiatives.

As a member of the President’s Standing Committee on Environmental Initiatives, Pierson works with a group of faculty, staff and students to monitor and help identify ways to move forward the university’s sustainability effort. Through the Urban Watershed Environmental Research Group (UWERG), Pierson works with an interdisciplinary team of researchers on water-related initiatives and research focused on ecological and human health with the Lake Huron to Lake Erie corridor of the Great Lakes Basin. UWERG undertakes scholarly activities, including basic and applied research, community and K-12 outreach, and collaborative initiatives related to the Lake Huron to Lake Erie waterway and associated watersheds.  These activities are intended to benefit human health and the watershed ecosystems, as well as inform scientists, public policy, those who reside in the region, and others interested in access to clean and affordable water. Pierson also sits on the Energy Curtailment Committee, a team of Facilities staff who work to implement energy efficient performance in the university’s physical plant and grounds operation.

In the community, Pierson is involved with several environmental committees while also volunteering with a local nonprofit on the installation of water wells and solar-operated water distribution systems in West African villages. Pierson also conducts community seminars on rainwater management and volunteers on Belle Isle to help in the effort of maintaining one of Detroit’s natural gems.

Pierson earned a Masters in Urban Planning from Wayne State University.

 

“I appreciate the connection between my efforts and the university’s mission to discover, examine, transmit and apply knowledge that contributes to the positive development and well-being of individuals, organizations and society.”   

 

Chelsea Maralason, Student Assistant

Maralason manages outreach programs and activities for the Office of Campus Sustainability while also serving as a staff writer for the South End student newspaper. She has shown great leadership on campus by establishing the WSU’s award-winning USGBC student chapter; previously serving as president of WSU’s Student Environmental Action Leaders; and serving as student liaison to the President’s Standing Committee on Environmental Initiatives. Through WSU’s Urban Watershed Environmental Research Group, Maralason works on outreach initiatives related to water quality through do-it-yourself (DIY) seminars on natural, homemade cleaning products. In addition, she volunteers to conduct water testing on the lakes of Belle Isle, Detroit's 982-acre island park. Maralason is president of the USGBC Students at Wayne State University where she majors in journalism.

"People need to understand that by taking small measures toward being green, big things can happen. Sustainability is being active everyday to preserve the planet's resources."

 

Shaleen D. Clark, Special Projects

Shaleen D. Clark works on special projects around campus and in the community for the Office of Campus Sustainability.  She is very passionate about sustainability at Wayne State University and how its endeavors affect the surrounding community. Clark has worked in several industries as it relates to energy and the environment with significant experience in both the automotive and utility industry working with alternative fuels and biofuels. Clark holds a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University, and a Master’s in Engineering Technology from Wayne State University.

"I am particularly passionate about finding avenues to provide educational learning opportunities to the masses."

 

Samiah N. Alqahtani, Research Assistant

Samiah Alqahtani is working on her PhD in the Department of Nutrition & Food Science at Wayne State University. Her research interests are in nutrition, health, food science, and statistics. Alqahtani is a research assistant for the Office of Campus Sustainability where she uses her statistical background to conduct analysis on the Green Warriors behavioral change campus initiative.