Meet Your Sustainability Coordinator
LeeAnn Westfall, hired March 2011.
LeeAnn Westfall grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she obtained her B.S. in Environmental Science at Cleveland State University (CSU). She also holds a M.B.A. At Cleveland State University, Westfall was founder of the Student Environmental Movement (SEM). Westfall also was a founding member and coordinator of the Campus Sustainability Coalition (CSC). This was a collaborative program engaging administration, faculty, community members, and key students on a campus-wide sustainability coalition. Westfall sat on the Steering Committee, Energy Committee and co-chaired the Student Engagement Committee. This coalition developed and hired its first Sustainability Coordinator in 2010. LeeAnn also worked on CSU’s Energy Conservation Program (E3) which was developed to save $60 million over the next decade. E3 developed new approaches to energy efficient lighting, solar power, mechanical upgrades and recycling, among other projects. As the co-founder of CSU’s rooftop garden Westfall researched, developed and installed a 7,000 sq. ft. vegetated roof.
A rooftop garden has many environmental, economic and recreational benefits. She and a colleague worked on this project for two years before installation, and gained support state-wide. After completion in 2009, the City of Cleveland, its council members and CSU administration had named it the Huber-Westfall Garden through a Resolution of Recognition. This project awarded her the Ohio Environmental Achievement Award from the Ohio Environmental Council.
Throughout her sustainability initiatives in Cleveland, Westfall was adamant in creating opportunities for students to become engaged in these real-world applications. It is her hope to create the same opportunities for students at Pikes Peak Community College. She believes it is imperative to involve the campus community at-large to truly create a sustainable institution.
While not working on sustainability initiatives, Westfall enjoys art, music, rock climbing, hiking, camping and time with family. She also volunteers for many non-profit organizations and does not mind getting her hands dirty!