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Emma Newman

Interim Student Sustainability Coordinator


Emma Newman brings many years of experience working in sustainability and a strong history of student involvement and leadership to the Coalition. Emma was strongly involved in the UO Climate Justice League, LiveMove, and the regional Cascade Climate Network during her time as a student at the University of Oregon. She conducted research on bicycle infrastructure and multi-modal “complete street” designs for her Clark Honors College thesis and Sustainable Cities Initiative work and also participated in the Environmental Leadership Program through the Environmental Studies department. Emma worked to establish the Student Sustainability Coalition and Student Sustainability Coordinator position during her time as a student at the University of Oregon and is excited to be back as staff working on sustainability at the University of Oregon once again. She will be the interim Coordinator while a search is conducted and completed, tentatively in February or March.


Auraleigha Reneau

Student Sustainability Office Manager


Born but not raised in Eugene, Auraleigha has always felt at home in this green town. As an army brat she lived in many different states. While visiting family in Eugene one Summer she had a sudden realization that she wanted the same sustainable lifestyle brought to (her then current state of residence) Georgia. Auraleigha’s involvement in sustainability continued to grow leading her to attend UO. Her passions include her Christian faith, dance, environmental studies, and leadership.  This year she hopes to successfully reach out to the student body and the community in an act to collaborate with various groups on campus.


Matt Nelson

Garden Manager


Matthew Nelson grew up on a farm in Mount Angel, Oregon. He is very interested in food equality issues and reforming the agricultural sector to become more sustainable. Right now, he is finishing his last year of an undergraduate Biology degree here at UO. After graduation, he wants to start his own farm and continue to study botany. When he isn’t gardening, he likes hiking, riding his bike, and reading. Specifically, he is crazy about reading Tolkien’s many books about Middle Earth and Arda. His favorite movies are Star Wars (the original trilogy!) and anything by Hayao Miyazaki. Come by the center and talk to him about gardens, Tolkien, or Star Wars during his office hours!