Dining with Sustainability Participants

Diana H. Wall

Diana Wall
Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability
Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University
Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
I am a soil ecologist and environmental scientist and my research focuses on sustaining soils and soil biodiversity. I have spent 25 seasons in the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys examining how global changes impact soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. I am a Professor of Biology and Senior Research Scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, and am Director of CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability.
Five descriptive words: 
soil ecologist, interdisciplinary, biodiversity, sustainability, climate change

Nancy Wallace

Chair, Larimer County Open Lands Advisory Board
I am a long time board member with the Larimer County Open Lands program, as well as an attorney, county planning commissioner, and gardener.
Five descriptive words: 
attorney, board member with Open Lands and County Planning

Katie Wallace

Katie Wallace
Assistant Director of Sustainability, New Belgium Brewing Company
Katie Wallace is the Assistant Director of Sustainability and “Purveyor of The Good Life” 100% employee-owned New Belgium Brewing Co.. For 10 years, Katie has been developing integrated systems and communication to drive innovation, efficiency, and commitment to values as the company scales towards a national brand. She architects and implements the strategic direction of NBB’s sustainability efforts, facilitates collaborative problem-solving, and drives progress toward established goals. Corporate alignment, high-involvement culture, and coworker well-being are imperative ingredients to building a thriving and enduring mission-driven business and this is the area of Katie’s expertise. She shares this wisdom as an experienced presenter and by partnering with and consulting for company leaders and government officials across the globe.
Five descriptive words: 
business, sustainability, culture, applied

George Wallace

George Wallace
Owner, Soldias Farms
Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University
I am a Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Center for Protected Area Management (WCNR) I am involved in a variety of local conservation/sustainability efforts including Larimer County Agricultural Advisory Board, Poudre Basin Water Sharing Working Group, Legacy Land Trust Board and work on our farms. I also served on the Larimer County Planning Commission for 9 years and the Fort Collins Water Board in general focus my efforts on land and community health issues related to natural resource management.
Five descriptive words: 
agriculture, natural resources, water

Matthew Wallenstein

Matthew Wallenstein
Assistant Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University
I aim to advance our fundamental understanding of the ecology of microbes and apply that understanding to predict and mitigate climate change feedbacks, and to develop approaches to improve agricultural sustainability, environmental restoration, and human health.
Five descriptive words: 
microbial ecologist, mid-career, solution-oriented

Colleen Webb

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University
My lab focuses in two areas: disease ecology and trait-based approaches in ecology. Within disease ecology, we largely focus on mechanisms that impact the persistence of highly virulent diseases including work on rabies, plague, dengue, avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease. Within trait-based approaches in ecology, we focus on application of a conceptual framework to empirical systems with the aim of understanding how traits and environmental drivers shape how niche and neutral processes scale up to impact the dynamics of community composition and ecosystem function in grassland, forest, microbial and marine systems. My group uses a variety of quantitative techniques to address these questions.
Five descriptive words: 
ecologist, modeling, traits-based frameworks, disease, statistics

Cecilia White

Research Associate, National Park Service and Colorado State Forest Service
I work for Colorado State University with the National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division. Areas of research interest include noise pollution in national parks and its impact on humans and wildlife, as well as using acoustics to monitor wildlife populations. I also focus on outreach and education in my work. I have a background in ecology and wildlife, with prior work focused on restoration ecology, avian communication, and breeding success.
Five descriptive words: 
acoustics, ecology, biologist, avian communication, noise pollution

Christopher Wood

Christopher Wood
Environmental Services Manager, Platte River Power Authority
I manage the Environmental Services Department for Platte River Power Authority. In my role I am responsible for environmental issues and regulatory compliance related to electric power generation and transmission in Northern Colorado. Platte River serves and is owned by the cities of Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, and Estes Park.
Five descriptive words: 
Electric Power, Environmental Manager, Generation Resources, Transmission Systems, Regulations

Grace Wright

Grace Wright
Instructor, Department of Management, Colorado State University
I am an Instructor of Management at Colorado State University. I teach Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Social and Sustainable Business Venturing. My greatest joy comes from helping students develop the tools to use business for global good. I am also the CEO and CO-Founder of a social enterprise, Ascent, which focuses on reducing maternal death at the bottom of the pyramid. I received my MBA from CSU in the Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprise (GSSE) MBA program.
Five descriptive words: 
passionate, facilitator of learning, entrepreneur, global

Daniel Zimmerle

Research Scientist, The Energy Institute
I am driving a cross-discipline program to make rural, off-grid, electrical systems viable and price competitive with grid connected systems. The approach is unique in that it looks at electrification holistically: as a catalyst for economic development, health improvement, and associated sustainability topics.
Five descriptive words: 
Rural electrification for developing world

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